Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Taking it all for granted

Do you ever have one of those days that seems to be going along just fine and then something happens that blindsides you and makes you put things into perspective?

Today was one of those days. I got some upsetting news that doesn't directly affect me, but does affect someone I know  that was once a big part of my life.  I will not go into details, but just say that it shook me and affected me very deeply. It is something that I can not get out of my mind.

It made me realize how much I take things in my life for granted..... not just the little things but the big things too. Sometimes I have to just stop and remind myself that I am lucky just to be alive and living in a country that has so many opportunities, liberties and freedoms.

I guess it is easy to take for granted the everyday things such as a dishwasher, having clean clothes and a car to drive. To some people (many, in fact) these things would be a luxury and is something that is far out of their reach.

I was struck as I was letting the water in the kitchen sink run for far too long that all over the world people are in need of something as basic as clean water. Something that I have at my disposal at any given time and here I am letting it literally slip through my fingers and run down the drain. I quickly shut it off in that instant and reminded myself to be thankful.

You see in the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to forget to say thanks for all the little and big things that we have. It is so easy to get caught up in the "have nots" instead of the "haves". I am ashamed that it sometimes takes something tragic in  life to remind me that I am so lucky. I have everything I could ever need and so much more.

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  1. I totally understand what you are saying. Sometimes it's good to have something that reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for.

    Thinking of you.

  2. Unfortunately this happens to all of us, something bad highlights the good. As humans it is just hard to live with the 'what if's' in our daily lives and thoughts because we just 'forget' to. Not deliberately.
    Whatever happened, I'm thinking of you friend xo

  3. Thanks so much for linking up with me. I know I feel the same way sometimes - we so easily take for granted the things that are right at our disposal all the time and we forget that we should be thankful for such a luxury that others do not have access to.

  4. this is very true. I always wake up every morning and think about this. Makes even a bad day, better.

  5. Oh my gosh, I know just what you mean. It doesn't even have to be someone I know but when I hear about a tragedy on the news I feel sick and so bad. It makes me think about how fortunate I am and how I let all the stupid little everyday things get to me when I should be counting my blessings.

  6. Such a great reminder. It's never fun to go through, or have someone you love go through a hard time, but the thankfulness and compassion it evokes are good reminders of how blessed we are.

  7. I absolutely agree with you. It's incredible how much God blesses us and we so often take it for granted!! He is SO very gracious that way. :) :)

  8. This is so true. I, too, am guilty of thinking of what I don't have instead of what I do have. It's good to sit back and be thankful for what's in front of us...

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  9. You are not alone In your thinking! I sometimes too take things for granted without thinking.

  10. this was a beautifully written thankful post. thank you so much for linking up!

  11. There is so much beauty in this post!! I'm so sorry for whatever your loved one is going through.
    Thank you for writing and sharing this and bringing everything into perspective.
    I can relate to so much of what you're feeling.

    Lots of love to you!