Happy Monday, lovelies! At least I’ll try to make it a little bit happy for you. 😉
I think it’s a good idea to start off the work week with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
You’ve probably heard that one before. A cliché motto that people often throw around to get other people to stop feeling sorry for themselves. I know, I know. Stick with me for a minute.
Now… I don’t want to be insensitive. I know life isn’t all sunshine and symphonies. But the truth is, if you’re reading this on a phone or computer or some other cool techy gadget, you’re living pretty good. There are so many people around the world who survive without the things we take for granted every day.
Here in Kentucky, we just had a severe ice storm sweep through the region (we really hate you, Queen Elsa). I spent almost a week without running water. Trust me, you learn humility that way. I even joked that I didn’t know struggle until I had to use snow to take a bath. And wash dishes. And underwear. And flush the toilet. Misery certainly does build character. During my period of discomfort, I thought about the people who trek for miles every day to find clean drinking water. I realized there are people with a lot more problems than I will ever have. In the big scheme of things, what we called a crisis here in Kentucky is really a minor inconvenience.
Even when the water was out, I had heat and electricity. I had plenty of food in my kitchen. I had my health, my mom, my dog. I’m getting a college education for free (thank you, lottery ticket holders!). I can carry a Bible or any book of my choice without trepidation. I have a car that takes me where I need to go. I have a job that I absolutely love. I won the “ovarian lottery” by being born in a free country. I have the right to choose the leader of said country. I get to watch Jimmy Fallon do his thang five nights a week while wearing fuzzy slippers. All my needs are met, and a lot of my selfish desires are, too. I really can’t complain.
I have a heck of a lot to be grateful for.
I’m not going to preach to you and say that you need to suck up all your problems and smile. Life can be messy. All I’m going to say is….it could always be worse.
If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, someone sneezed in your Cheerios, your dog left you, and you just really can’t think of anything to be grateful for, think about custodians. I really, really appreciate the custodians at my place of work and study. The next time you walk into a public restroom and there is actually soap in the dispenser, thank a custodian. They may be the reason you won’t catch whatever micro-critter was crawling all over the stall handle.
Keep your chin up, darlin’. You’re living good.