What are you thankful for today?

I love books, I enjoy reading all kinds of books. In my books I have found inspiration, wisdom, stories of people who have made a difference, and people who have survived against all odds. 

Some books have made me think and some have given me hope. 

In one of my pursuits of reading I came across an inspirational story that had this poem which the author found in one of the books she read.

When I Whine
By Red Foley

Today upon a bus, I saw
A lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her – she seemed so gay –
And oh, I wished I were so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle,
She had one foot and wore a crutch,
But as she passed, a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two feet – the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,
The lad who served me had such charm;
He seemed to radiate good cheer,
His manner was so kind and warm.
I said, “It’s nice to deal with you,
Such courtesy I seldom find.”
He turned and said, “Oh, thank you, sir!”
And I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God,  forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes – the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play;
It seemed he knew not what to do,
I stopped a moment, then I said:
“Why don’t you join the others, dear?”
He looked ahead without a word,
And then I knew; He could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears – the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I’d go,
With eyes to see the sunset’s glow,
With ears to hear what I should know:
I’m blessed indeed, The world is mine;
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

Now the next time you complain about not having “a good day” or when you start feeling sorry for yourself, think about the many things you can be thankful for. 

We whine about the little things – When the day isn’t going like we planned, when we do not like what’s been cooked, the weather, the traffic, our clothes, jobs, people…the list goes on. 

We blame everyone else for things that are not going right in our lives. Stop and think, someone out there has had a really bad day because perhaps they’ve lost someone they love, have lost their job or home or both. In comparison, if we have none of these things to worry about, our day has been a blessing. 

While the older generation have their set of complaints,  our younger generation won’t be left far behind with a fair share of their own – From waking up early, going to school, having homework, slow internet …….. their list is long too.

Life isn’t fair. It’s true, and you still have to deal with it. Whining about it rarely levels the playing field, but learning to rise above it is the ultimate reward.” Harvey Mackay

Have we ever stopped and considered the fact that by complaining we are not solving any problems, only probably creating problems that do not exist. 

Let’s reevaluate our journey over the past months. The world has been in turmoil and everything has changed – But we have so much to be grateful for. We are alive, our families and friends are safe, we have jobs to go to, food on the table and a roof over our heads. Giving thanks would be appropriate. 

So what if some things don’t go as planned. Find ways to change yourself instead –

Express gratitude – Be thankful for all the things you have, instead of complaining about what you do not have. Say “Thank you” more often. Appreciate every new day that you wake up to, it gives you the opportunity to do something worthwhile.

Change your perspective – Instead of always finding fault with something or someone, start looking at things from a different point of view. You cannot go around changing the world so start by changing yourself. You do not have to agree with everything or everyone, but you can learn to appreciate and accept the thoughts and ideas of others. It gives you one less reason to complain.

Find solutions – Instead of complaining about a situation why not find a solution to make it better. The amount of time you would have spent complaining can now be used more constructively in finding solutions. 

Distance yourself from the negativity – Since you can’t change people and their way of thinking you can keep away from them. People who complain about everything are like a dark cloud, so take your own sunshine wherever you go. 

Learn how to prioritise and manage time- When you use your time wisely, you will not find the time to complain about things. Keep busy, a busy person never has time to be unhappy. Choose what actually matters. Once you know your priorities you will realise that things can be pretty gratifying.

What am I Thankful For?                                                                                                                           I am thankful for my family. They keep me centred and grounded and provide a purpose in my life. They have played a role in shaping me into who I am today. I have found that being with them I do not need much else. I am thankful for my friends, they make me laugh and add spice to my life. I am thankful for good health which allows me to enjoy the many things life has to offer. Most importantly I am thankful for today and everyday I wake up to.

     When things get tough don’t complain just smile and say let’s try again.-

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