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?