Count Your BlessingsWith all the bad news on the T.V., the radio, in newspapers and coming from the mouths of almost everyone you come in contact with, it is easy to get caught up in the negative happenings all around us. Now, I am not sitting around with my head in the sand, so to speak. I know things are not at their best and there are a lot of hurting people out there. For all I know I could be one of them soon!

We all face difficult times in our lives, whether we are rich or poor. The circumstances may be different but we each suffer just the same. Sickness and disease, loss of jobs and financial income, floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, death of a loved one; these are just a few of the difficulties we face. We know these things are going to happen at some point in our lives, we just don’t know what or when.

My question to you is; When difficulties come your way, how do you handle them? Do you adopt the attitude that all is hopeless, there is no use trying so I’m just going to give up. Or do you begin to look at all the blessings you do have and focus your energies on the positives in your life; family that loves you, a roof over your head, food on the table (even if it got there from using food stamps), clothes on your back, and a country that tries to take care of it’s poor and hurting population. Our system might not be the best but how many people do you know that have been helped through difficult situations by this same system?

Even in the tough times in my own life, financial difficulties, sickness and the death of my son, there have always been positive blessings to count. My children never went hungry, they had a warm safe place to sleep, clothes to wear and love for each other! Medical care was always available when they were sick, sometimes paid for by the government, but available none the less. When my son had his accident and was taken from me, I was grateful that he did not suffer or lay in a coma for months only to be taken anyway. I am not saying that I did not suffer the pain of loss; he was my son and of course I suffered, just as many other loving parents have done over the years.

The point I am trying to make is this; look for the positive in every situation. Focus your time and energy on being thankful for all the many good things in your life, and we all have them! Change the things that you are capable of changing. Be willing to make some sacrifices if necessary, learn to live on less and not get caught up in materialistic living. Focus on what you do have and not on what you don’t have.

Take a pen and a piece of paper and begin to list the many good and positive things in your life. When you are finished, I am sure you will begin to realize just how truly blessed you really are! Then put your list on the refrigerator or somewhere easily seen. Read it often and remind yourself of what is really important in your life. You will be amazed by how much better you will feel and how much more positive your outlook on life will be!

Encourage your children and other family members to compile a list of their own blessings and remind them that you love them and will always be there for them no matter what the situation may be. Find someone who is in a difficult situation and see what you can do to help them. Involve other family members and friends in your endeavor and watch what a difference you can make in someone else’s life. One person can do a little but a lot of people working together can change the world!!

We live in a wonderful country, full of promise and possibilites. There is no country on earth where I would rather live than in the United States of America! This is truly a great blessing we should all be thankful for! Today is the first day of the rest of your life! How will you choose to live it?

Emily

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