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Even though the times we live in are chaotic (even violent) we still have something for which to be grateful.  Nevertheless, we choose to focus on the things we don’t have and complain about it.

Perhaps this video can help you have more appreciation for the blessings you do not recognize and take the time to think about it.

1. At first, I complained about the $3500 we spent from our income tax return (which we planned to spend in other ways) to repair a sewage pipe problem that flooded rooms in the house with grey water. Two days later, I realized we wouldn’t have had the money to fix it if the problem had happened at any other time; suddenly I was grateful. That was 2010 and I am still grateful.

2. After taking a new job out of state, my husband came home for a few days to get things ready for us to move. The day before he planned to go back, the car broke down on the way home from a religious conference we attended. As a result, he had to get the other vehicle ready to drive that we worried could not make the long drive. To my surprise, my husband resisted getting angry about the situation. He realized going to conference was probably the reason our car broke down and that, if we had not gone, the car would have broken down anyway but he would have been stranded in the boonies in the middle of the night with no one around to help.  The car breaking down Sunday was a blessing and I am grateful that he and I both realized it.

3. I had a pulmonary embolism several years ago that was traumatic but I feel blessed to have lived through it. Every morning I thank God that I am able to wake up to a new day and that I am still able to do the things I want to do. I may be limited in my strength and abilities, but every time I complain about it I yell at myself and say “Stop It!”  I am grateful for being able to complain about my body’s disabilities (because I still live) and for being able to complete the goals I believe I am supposed to do before I die.

4. My gratitude for things could go on and on but your get the point.  I hope you will take my lead and contemplate your blessings and the people (and things) for which you are grateful;  perhaps you will share that gratitude with others.

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