posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 03:33 AM
I'm sensing that you may possibly have some issues with gratitude. Here is something that I hope may help you to get things into perspective...
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you are not paralyzed from your waist down, there are six million people in the U.S. alone who wish they were you.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the millions who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead
of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are more blessed than three billion people on
If your parents are still alive and still married you are very rare.
The next time you feel like whining, remember that your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30 percent of the people in the world.
Ungrateful people are ingrates who usually end up bitter and alone. Most often they are cynical to borderline pessimist or let alone misanthropes who
only see the bad things in life. Their pitiful, sour perspective reverberates through their entire being mentally, emotionally and physically. We
should all be thankful that we are waking up everyday with the free will to choose. To be thankful or unthankful for the things in our lives, the
persons who love us and all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. A choice that ultimately determines whether we get to be “bitter” or
”better in this meager existence!”
Long ago, there was a British family who went to Scotland for a summer vacation. The mother and father were looking forward to enjoying the beautiful
Scottish countryside with their young son. A day went by and the son wandered off all by himself and got into trouble. As he ventured through the
woods, he came across an abandoned swimming hole, and as most boys his age do, he took off his clothes and jumped in.
The boy was totally unprepared for what happened next. Before he had the time to enjoy the pool of water, he was seized by a horrible attack of
cramps. He began calling for help! He was fighting a losing battle with the cramps to stay afloat.
Luckily, a farm boy was working in a nearby field. When he heard the cries for help, he dove in and brought the English boy to safety.
Of course, the father, whose son had been rescued, was extremely grateful. The next day, he went to meet the youth who had saved his son’s life. As
the two talked, the Englishman asked the boy what he planned to do with his future.
The boy answered, “Oh I suppose I’ll be a farmer like my father.”
“Is there something else you’d rather do?” he asked.
“Sure!” answered the boy. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. But, we are poor people and we could never afford to pay for my education.”
“Never mind that,” said the Englishman. “Leave that up to me. You’ll have your heart’s desire and you will study medicine. You make your
plans, and I’ll take care of the costs.”
So, the boy did grow up and became a doctor. But wait ... there is more.
Years later, in December of 1943, Winston Churchill became very ill with pneumonia while in North Africa. Word was sent to Sir Alexander Fleming, who
had discovered the new wonder drug, penicillin, to come immediately. Flying in from England, Dr. Fleming administered his new drug to the ailing prime
minister. In doing so, he saved Churchill’s life for the second time. For it was the boy, Winston Churchill, whom Alexander Fleming had rescued from
the swimming hole so many years before.
If not for the gratitude of Winstons father, shown to a boy who had nothing but dreams, countless lives would have been lost.
Be grateful every day you wake up, looking with your eyes, and standing with your legs, and if you are lucky enough to have someone who loves you -
that is reason enough to smile... Because it is the little things in life that really are important.