Tuesday, October 1, 2013

You Don't Know What You've Got . . . 'Til It's Gone

People my age might recognize that title as the lyrics to a Cinderalla song from the 80s.  I heard it on the radio the other day.  You know, for a hair band song, it's got a pretty good message.  It got me thinking.

What if you woke up tomorrow, and God had only left you with the things you were grateful for the day before?  Think about it for a minute--go back to yesterday and think through that whole day.  Pick out those instances where you thought about how grateful you were for something.  Did you show gratitude for your house?  Or your car?  Or your spouse?  Or your children?  How about that new cable package, or your new cell phone?  Did you stop at any point yesterday and think how fortunate you are to have any of the things you have in your life?

For a shocking number of Americans, I'd be willing to bet the answer is no.

We spend so much time focused on either complaining about the things we have, or wishing for the things we don't have, most of us take very little time to consider the things we are fortunate to actually possess.  We take things for granted.  We complain our car is making a funny noise without appreciating the fact we have a car at all.  We complain about our property taxes without being thankful that we own our own home.  We complain about how much our spouse spent at the mall without being thankful that we aren't alone in the world and we have money to spend at the mall. 

Take a little time today to look around you and appreciate what you have.  You might be suprised at what you find.  There might be some things there you don't pay nearly enough time being grateful for.

Oh, what the heck--here's the video.  :-)


Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014

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