Day four: All can, but most do not.

  Expression of gratitude at Fringe Salon

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.  If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world.  If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, you are among the top 80 percent of the worlds wealthy.  If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.”  Author Unknown

This passage really touched me today.  It reminds me of some of the poignant thoughts I had after returning from Haiti.  I visited a community of people living in tents two years after the earthquake.  Some of the people I spoke with expressed how grateful they felt to be alive and to have found a community of people who care for each other.  They would tell me that even after the devastating earthquake they now felt happier than before.  Others could only see devastation and expressed how angry they were.

I found it interesting how the external conditions were the same for everyone in the camp, but each individual’s  inner perspective created a completely different experience.  We all do this don’t we?

Today, in this moment, you have the chance to create a different experience for yourself and others.  Please, take a moment to contemplate this.  What are you grateful for?

17 thoughts on “Day four: All can, but most do not.

  1. i am grateful that i have an opportunity to explore moiving to a new house in town – which would require some serious budget adjustments- that led me to realize i already have everything i need – and to really get to the ‘why’ of the move – not for the actual house but for the quality of life my children would enjoy by living in a quieter, less trafficed neighborhood

  2. I am grateful to be celebrating my son’s 12th birthday! That post reminds of something that I once read that goes something like this and always helps me to keep perspective…all a person with cancer wants is to beat cancer.

  3. I am grateful for autumn, with all its multi-colored leaves dotting the streets and trees, bringing color to my world like paint on a canvas. I am grateful for the cozy warm fire inside and the crisp, fresh air outside, making me feel alive.

  4. I’m grateful my sons father is coming to visit from California tomorrow. Although it is never easy for me to host him in my house, my son is happy as can be. I’m grateful that he is making the effort to visit his son and that he and I can navigate through our differences and choose to act out love.

  5. I am grateful for my mother! She is an amazing strong woman who has taught me so much. I’m grateful that we are best friends and can talk about anything. I am also grateful that she is a breast cancer survivor because i don’t think I would have made it through my 20s without her.

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