During the Christmas season, it’s my observation that folks tend to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in the shopping, the food, and the chaos that always occurs. Like clockwork, we can predict it. Just this morning, a rowdy group of shoe hounds damaged a mall in Indianapolis because they just HAD to have the latest pair of Air Jordans. And every year, I can’t help but think to myself, “Wow! These people would all be so much happier if they just took the time to realize just how good they have it.”
To me, it seems almost epidemic. Especially the kids in today’s society seem to have a really hard time putting things into perspective. Rather than feeling slighted by their parents’ inability (or unwillingness) to spend more than $100 on a pair of shoes, these kids need guided through the process of putting things into perspective. “Now, Jimmy, do you realize that in some parts of the world, kids don’t even HAVE shoes?”
It might seem silly. It might even resemble those comments that some folks heard when they were young. “Eat your breakfast! Don’t you know there are people starving in Africa?” But in reality, it’s our responsibility to remind our children how fortunate they are. It’s our duty to teach them to count their blessings. It makes for much happier, much less entitled children who grow up to do good works themselves.
I was just telling my daughter this morning after she awoke from a nightmare, “You know, I pray as I’m drifting off to sleep, and the first thing I do when I pray is thank God for the many blessings I have in my life. It helps me to fall asleep happy, and the bonus is that I’m much less likely to have bad dreams.” I wasn’t telling a fib. I really do take the time to be grateful, and I try to stay humble. I don’t always succeed, but when I do, it goes a long way toward keeping me happy. Seeing the silver lining is the mark of a survivor. After all, if you’re a pessimist, what’s the point?
So everyone, take a moment and remember that, no matter how tough things are right now, they could be so much worse. Stay positive, stay motivated, and make the most of each day you have on this planet of ours!