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Count Our Blessings, Not Our Miseries

Updated on December 19, 2008

 Today, like many of us, I am reminded of the tough times that we are facing in this economy. Even though the times are troubled, we will survive and many of us will have a roof over our heads, as well as plenty of food in our bellies. So I guess maybe things aren't quite as bad as they seem in our self-drowing tunnel vision. With all the government bail-outs, who am I to say these government funds are misappropiated, and where is this money coming from anyway? Oh yeah, I forgot! I'm a citizen, a taxpayer, and a registered voter in this country.

I notice where I live that all the shelters are full, and the various charity lunches and dinners lines are long. Food banks are expressing, that needs can't be met, due to the supply vs. demand. Help, contributions and resource are depleating at incrediable rates. Times are tough for everyone. Especially for the ones who really need a helping hand.

These are the "invisiable" people. You know. The people who you avoid making eye contact with, or refuse to see. These are the countless people. The people who have needed help even when the economy was good for many of us.  The people who don't even have many of the basic needs that we take for granted. Can you imagine being in their situation? Do you know how grateful many would be to be walking in your shoes right now?

Yet, we still feel the need to whine, grumble,and bitch about how bad we got it right now. What a struggle our lives are, and tough things are for us. Even though you will more than likey have some place soft to lay your head, possilbly more than enough food to eat today (even though you could survive on much less), you will probably be able to shower, and wear clean clothes.

Maybe its time to count our blessing and not our miseries. There are people that have much less, and they are grateful for what they have. Some folks have experienced such tramatic moment in their lives, that they are happy just being alive today. So, even though the world has dealt you a hand that takes you out of your comfort zone. I still don't believe that many of us have experienced how unforgiving life and fate can be. Be thankful that many of us are only experiencing  discomfort...even though much of that is really more emotional, than really actual. Many of us are really having something more like a temper tantrum.

So maybe its time to dry our eyes and do something from the heart. Maybe its time to be of service to others, or be charitible, and do something for someone else. Think about how good you will feel about yourself, and how good it feel to get out of your own head, and feel the spirit of giving.

Paul Young performing "Love Of The Common People"

Lyrics to "Love Of The Common People"

Livin' on free food, tickets

Water in the milk from the hole in the roof

Where the rain came through What can you do?

hmm hmm

Tears from your little sister Cryin'

'cause she don't have a dress without a patch

 For the party to go

 But she'll know she'll get by,

'cause she's Livin' in the love of the common people

Smiles from the heart of the family man

Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to

Mama's gonna love you just as much as she can, as she can

It's a good thing you don't have a bus fare

It would fall through the hole in your pocket

And you'd lose it in the snow on the ground

Gonna be walking to town to find a job

Trying to keep your hands warm

When the hole in your shoe let the snow come through

And chills you to the bone

And you better go home where it's warm

 Livin' in the love of the common people

Smiles from the heart of the family man

Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to

Mama's gonna love you just as much as she can, as she can

Livin' on a dream ain't easy

The closer the knit the tighter the fit

The chills stay away

You take 'em in stride the family pride

You know that faith is your foundation

With a whole lotta love and a warm conversation

But don't forget to pray

Making you strong where you belong

Livin' in the love of the common people

Smiles from the heart of the family man

Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to

Mama's gonna love you just as much as she can

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  • Shalini Kagal profile image

    Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

    I agree William - we can make it happen anywhere in the world - if we only try!

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    William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Unfortunately, Shalini, it's true that the hardhearted are unlikely to count their blessings, but I think it's up to the rest of us to press for government programs to help those in need, especially the homeless, the hungry and children without proper medical treatment.

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    Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

    What a wonderful thought brought top of mind during this season and I loved the Paul Young video.

    William - I see your point - but very often, when people stop to count their blessings, they tend to be charitable too. The ones who are hardhearted usually don't count their blessings - they're too busy trying to figure what more they need or want, wouldn't you say?

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    St.James 9 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    So true. I am more aware now of the homeless issues here in America. I am involved with someone who is a speaker/advocate for the homeless. Her work has made me want to make a difference.

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    William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    I would hope, St.James, that the "haves" would think of the "have nots" in these trying times, but I am always disappointed that so few care about them during the good times. Those of us who are getting by fairly well, I think, have an obligation to lend a helping hand to those in need. We should count our blessings, for sure, but also remember that not everyone is as lucky as we are. Thanks for bringing up this topic. It needs a lot more public discussion.

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    To think about good things in your life will stop you from dwelling on the bad. So often our blessings come in small ways which are the ones we most overlook. Nice hub.

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    Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL, depends on what is in it at the time :)

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    St.James 9 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    Just Happy to Have a Glass

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    Cindy Lawson 9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    The glass is always half full and not half empty :)

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    Tatjana-Mihaela 9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    "Count Our Blessings, Not Our Miseries"...

    Great point st.James, I like that statement. Of the biggest importance is to be thankful for everything we have (and that is never so little like we think). When we are grateful we create positivity in our lives. If we stuck in our negativity, we create misery. With positivity will this world be changed and better place for all of us.

    Congratulations, St James, Thumbs up

    A lots of Love and Light to you and your dearest ones, and very happy and Marry Christmas. 

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