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Count your blessings, forget your gripes

Posted: August 21, 2013 10:50 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2013 10:50 a.m.

For some time I have been thinking about writing to the opinion page in The Signal. I have many things I want to say but must consider economy of words.

It seems people write primarily when they are disgruntled, though occasionally someone writes to express gratitude for an act of kindness, and then I think, “There is hope after all!”

It seems we have become a community of complainers in an exceptionally pleasing city, where for the most part there is a comfortable standard of living.

We complain about our neighbors, about government, the barking dog next door, the pothole in the street, being inconvenienced by things that do not go as we want them to or people who do not think as we do.

And I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we thought about how grateful we are to live in a safe and beautiful city, where we do have neighbors who, perhaps, one day may be able to help is when we need them, or conversely we may be able to help them should they need us.

If we thought about all the reasons we have to be grateful, even for the fact that we are human beings. that we are allowed to live ... How amazing that is! ... grateful for the air we breathe, the food we eat, the love of family and friends, and the list is endless.

The fact alone that our Creator has endowed us with life is in itself a miracle and something to be grateful for.

The fact that we have been given free will ... Which can be our glorification or our destruction ... as we choose.

How great it would be if, at the end of each day, we thought of all the things we were grateful for, that we verbally expressed gratitude instead of what annoys us.

If our next letter to The Signal was about gratitude for all that we are, all that we have, and yes, all that we don’t have — for that, too, can be a blessing and something to be grateful for.




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