Be Grateful For What You Have

There are people in far worse shape than you.

There are homeless, starving children in Africa whose parents were killed.

Your parents aren’t in jail.

At least your mother/father loves you.

Be grateful for what you have.


That statement, and its relatives, annoys the heck out of me. It’s another way of saying:
* It’s wrong to Want more.
* It’s wrong to Want better.
* It’s wrong to Want to act.
* You have everything you Need. Stop being greedy.

It’s a Should in disguise: You Should be grateful for what you have.

I AM grateful for what I have. Because I KNOW how easy it is to lose it all. One mistake while driving and WHAM! It’s all gone: Everything that I’ve worked for, everyone that I love, everything that I have.

I Want more.

I Want more than my Needs. I Want the tools, resources, and devices to live a strong, beautiful life. I Want people to share that life with me.

And Pookahs.

I want lots of Pookahs, dogs, snakes, birds, trees, yes – even squirrels, to share that life with me, in however great or small a way.

Wants aren’t wrong.

We are each of us dealt a certain number and kinds of cards when we are born. Over the course of our life, we can put those cards into play, or trade some of them for other cards. We may lose the game. We may make only small gains. We may hold fast, or even sometimes win big. But if we don’t play the cards, we can never even try to win.

I would rather try, and fail, than give up.

Yes. Be grateful for what you have, knowing that many people have helped you get this far. Accept it with grace and humility. Treasure the gifts life brings you, small and great – like Pookah. But never let anyone or anything tell you that you must stop striving for better. That is the path to your soul’s death.

One Response to “Be Grateful For What You Have”

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