Gratitude for the Problems We Do Not Have

What will you be grateful for today? #beinspired“I am filled with gratitude for the problems I do not have.”

Last week I read those words on my friend Carla’s site and they have stayed with me since. Some days it is difficult to remember gratefulness. Let’s be honest. When we are struggling with work, or parenting, or money, or personal struggles, we would rather just get through the day than focus on being grateful.

So maybe instead we can keep it in the back of our minds to simply remember the problems we do not have. It is so very poignant, don’t you think?

As I am trying to work more on the art of mindfulness, I’ll start. There may certainly be many more, but for today I will go with these:

I do not have to struggle with the loss of loved ones, or never having loved at all. I am grateful for my family and for every moment I get to spend with them, even the aggravating ones. There are too many others who are not so fortunate.

I do not have to struggle with health issues in the way that others do. At least not yet. Though we do have some health concerns in the family, they are manageable. Life and health are both so fragile, and both can change in a moment. Sadly, too many families have lived that moment. One accident or one trip to the doctor’s office can change everything. I am grateful for my health and the health of my family.

I do not have to struggle with extreme poverty. I am grateful that I do not live in a poor village in a third world country (or even right here at home), where necessities such as food and medicine are sparse. My family has clothes on our backs, a roof over our heads, and food in the fridge. Money may be tight, but there is no comparison.

I do not have to struggle with an inability to work. There are people who cannot work for physical, medical or emotional reasons. There are others who cannot find work at all, let alone in their field of experience, passion or expertise. I am so very grateful that I have the ability to work in a capacity that I love. There is a reason why they call it work, but I am grateful to have the opportunity to do it.

Today I will be grateful for the problems I do not have. What problems do you not have that you are grateful for?


  1. I think it is great to remember the blessings in our life! One of my very good friends recently went to the Philippines to shoot a village and I was heartbroken to see the poverty in which so many live.

    Thank you for this great reminder.

  2. I’m grateful to have food on the table and a warm place to sleep. Last week one of daughter’s friends made a comment about not having dinner on the table every night. I didn’t press, but just the thought that maybe someone who lived so close didn’t have enough to eat… breaks my heart.

  3. In 2003, when I started blogging because my new born had a heart murmur and a rare form of Down syndrome, those who blogged about kids with special needs were few & far apart. Most of them? Chronic, serious health issues or full on life threatening diseases. A few even lost their children along the way. Made a heart murmur that went away and Down syndrome look like peanuts. I learned “there but for the grace of God go I” within a year of my daughter’s birth, and I remember it EVERY DAY!

  4. Such a great reminder to be thankful. I am especially thankful that I don’t have to deal with the loss of parents at this point in my life. So many of my peers are now experiencing this and I’m just so thankful that my parents are both still healthy and happy and here.

  5. Wow. I am so happy I came across this post this morning. I have been having a rough couple of days with some difficult family things going on, and your beautiful words reminded me to be grateful for all that I do have. I do not have to struggle for health, I do not have to struggle for friendship (I am surrounded by incredible people), I do not have to struggle for work (I do something I love and am extremely passionate about) and I do not have to struggle for exercise– I am lucky enough to have the health to be training for a half marathon. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful! Sending you lots of love on this lovely Wednesday. Xo, Jordan

  6. so so true to look on the bright side of things. So many times I focus on one little thing not going right in my life. I need to look at all the great things I do have!

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