Do you remember to count your blessings each and every day?
These last few weeks have been incredibly busy for me; not just in a business sense, but I’ve had many irons in the fire with household projects, my children’s activities, field trips, appointments, and so on… and of course there’s always the occasional wrench thrown in the works.
Sometimes when we get caught up in the whirlwind of life, we forget to count our blessings as often as we should.
Here in BC, we just came through our Victoria Day long weekend. While many people took off for the weekend, we stayed home.
While my kids played with neighbourhood friends, I worked on the yard and worked my proverbial bottom to the bone in order to take advantage while “the big yellow ball in the sky” graced us with it’s presence after literally months of rain.
To be honest, I am as stiff as a 2 x 4 and almost need another long weekend to recover from the weekend!
Though it was pandemonium around here, I accomplished a lot; I still have a list as long as my arm of things I want and have to complete and to be honest I feel quite overwhelmed.
It can feel pretty heavy being on the treadmill of life sometimes, but at the end of the day I know I should (and do) count my blessings.
Last night at the end of a very long day, we sat down to have dinner while the TV blasted the “news” in the back ground.
As I listened to many reports from around the world, I couldn’t help but realize how good we have it and how much we have to be grateful for.
For example: Joplin Missouri has just been hit by a series of massive tornadoes resulting in hundreds of lives being lost. Thousands of people have lost everything they own and have worked for over their lifetime and are left to deal with unimaginable devastation.
Joplin is a place I have spent some time in over the years. As some of you may know I used to own an industrial equipment company here in BC. Our primary vendor is located in Webb City Missouri, so I visited occasionally and stayed at the Ramada Inn just a few minutes away from the plant in Web City.
I called one of my contacts today to see how things were. He told me that one of the ladies who works at the plant was in Wal-Mart with her niece, a store I have frequented on a couple of occasions, when seemingly out of nowhere, the twister hit and mowed the store to the ground.
She and her niece were trapped under rubble for almost three hours… which is terrifying in itself… however, a few feet away lay a mother and daughter who had succumbed to the collapse of the store.
A number of the restaurants we frequented occasionally are totally gone and many people are unaccounted for.
I can’t help but feel deeply saddened for all the people who are currently living in such turmoil and pain.
As the news stories changed, and I listened to reports from different parts of the world, we were once again reminded of the strife and struggle of war stricken countries, shortages of food and even clean drinking water.
Could you imagine not knowing where you’re next meal is coming from?
We forget when we live in our parts of the world that millions of people deal with problems on such a magnitude that we cannot comprehend, right from the moment they are born.
We let little things get us down, or tend to play our own violins feeling sorry for ourselves when minor inconveniences occur, such as running out of milk, getting a flat tire or getting a door-ding in our vehicles.
We forget that millions of people who are born just the same way as we are, don’t have the luxuries and conveniences that we do, or even live in a place where they are lucky enough to even feel ‘safe’.
Could you imagine living in a constant state of fear? Fear of starvation, fear of losing your life, fear of not being able to protect your children or provide them with the basic needs of life?
If you are reading this post right now, you have a lot to be grateful for. Not because you are reading ‘my post’… (not at all), but just the simple fact that you CAN.
You are likely sitting in a comfortable home, in front of your computer, possibly with a cup of coffee or a glass of clean water.
Millions of people in the world are not, they don’t have a home, they don’t know what a computer is… and may have never even seen a glass of clean water.
I know this post is not earth shattering. It’s pretty basic really, but the message is just to really ‘try’ to imagine what life could be like and remind you to of how lucky we are to live in such abundant parts of the planet.
It can be difficult to keep things in perspective sometimes, but at the end of the day it does us good to remember we have so much to be grateful for.
I know that most of us are aware of how blessed we are but we do tend to take things for granted sometimes.
I just felt the need to share this post as a reminder today. Please take a moment to pray for those in need, I’m sure every bit helps.
Are you counting your blessings? I know I am.