I love to scroll through Facebook and see photos of friend and family, read the occasional joke, and laugh at the silly cartoons. Every once in a while something more serious catches my attention. I want to duplicate it on this blog so that we can have a conversation about it.
Several of my female friends and I were just complaining about these very things at work. We get ourselves so upset about elements of our lives and it makes us resent our family members. Reading this list after complaining with my colleagues made me feel guilty for taking my life for granted. As the latest terminology calls them “first world problems”.
I realized that our problems really are all about perspective. My friends tease me because when they complain, I always point out that it could be worse and give them an example. For example, one of my friends was complaining about her child vomiting on her living room carpet. I told her it could have been worse. When she asked how, I described in vivid detail how when I was a child, I always tried to run to the bathroom while vomiting, so I left a trail on the carpet in the kitchen, the family room, the den and the bathroom! My mother would be so upset that I just did not stand in one spot and make the mess. I was joking, but maybe I should take my own advice more seriously.
We get caught up in our lifestyle and routines and often forget that there are many people in the world struggling to make ends meet, do not have families to share their lives with and some do not have homes to live in. When we live our lives comfortably, we forget to appreciate them!
I encourage you to print this list or make it your background or post it somewhere you will see it often to remind you to be grateful for what you have. It does make all of those chores a little bit easier when you view them from a grateful perspective.
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