I’m feeling very grouchy right now but I have lots to be thankful for:
- My cold (mentioned last week) is pretty much gone! I’m left with the mildest of sniffles but I can breathe easy now so thank God for that!
- I now have a new address: the move was successful! I still have a number of things at my parents’ place that I need to sort out but all the important/big things were moved.
- My friends that turned out to help me move. When it comes to these sorts of things, you get to know who your friends are. Prior to the move I had people offering me things or offering to help but when the time came I got to see those who backed up their words with actions. I was very blessed!
- The internet. I won’t even pretend that I can live without it. I would miss it terribly if I had to do without.
- Access to health care. I will never take for granted the ability I have to visit a doctor when I feel unwell, and also for preventative measures. It’s funny that a lot more of us don’t take advantage of this: I have friends and family members who avoid the doctor and prefer to self diagnose. Doctors are scary because there is always the fear that they might have bad news for you but there is always the Great Physician to turn to.
While working at my part time job a few days ago, a grey haired woman wearing her hair in a ponytail came into the store. She was Black, likely from a Caribbean island, and I told her I was envious of her long hair and that I can’t seem to get mine to grow. In her response, she ended up “preaching” (in a gentle manner, mind you) about how I have plenty of hair and I should be happy with what I have. The gist of her “sermon” (it was a Sunday, after all!) was that there are many people who would love to have the amount of hair I have because they have none, and she went on to remind me to give thanks in all things, and just to remember that there are people who might be dying for the very thing I complain about. So let that be a reminder to you: if you’re busy looking outward, wishing you had a boyfriend, or a car, or a better job, think of those who have an abusive boyfriend or husband, who aren’t able to walk to get around, or who are unemployed to give you perspective. I’m not saying you shouldn’t want certain things for yourself, or that you can’t be sad about what you feel you (or your life) lack, just don’t be fixated on what you don’t have all the time that you forget what you have been so richly blessed with. I’m probably wrong, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with spending a moment or two complaining or feeling blue about something you want, as long as you don’t let it control your life.
And it is my prayer and hope that your blessings will increase, and you will not lose any of what you have.