Thankfulness

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 22:04 — Carrie

Sometimes life has too many choices in it. Sometimes we can get caught up all there is to do we forget to appreciate how many things we have in life that are wonderful. So what do you have that’s wonderful? What do you have that you are glad you have?

I’ve got this baby. She makes my world go round. Her grin, her laugh, her pout, her cry. Everything about her captivates me. She’s a miracle… and I can’t even keep her forever. So I’m gonna love her while I can. Love here while she’s mine. And one day, when I have to let her go, I’ll cry, but I won’t stop loving her. And being thankful for this time I have now for her to be my everything.

That wasn’t the point of the post, but I like to allow myself brief tangents to keep myself focused on the topic at hand.

Sometimes I’m not thankful. People are always saying to be thankful for what you’ve got. But I think it’s ok to want things too. It’s ok to wish for something you don’t have. So long as you’re happy with what you do have, too.

“Be thankful for what you’ve got” just sounds so cliche, doesn’t it? It annoys me sometimes. These cliche, “christianese” things that people say, just to make them feel better about themselves and you feel like more of a rotten person. Oh I know, some people really mean it. And I’m glad. I don’t mean to hate on it. I mean, the bible does tell us to be thankful for what we have. So there’s nothing inherently wrong with telling people that.

It’s just… I know that. I know I’m supposed to be thankful. And I am. Really I am. But I also wish for some things I don’t have. I wish my life was in a different place sometimes. I wish… but what’s the point of wishing, right? It’s not gonna get me anywhere… not really. I suppose if I work really hard, some things that I want might happen. But I can’t force things to happen. I can’t force people to do what I want or be who I want. No matter how much I want it. Because I care about people, too. I care about them being able to get what they want. And if they get what they want at the expense of what I want, but it makes them happy… then I find a certain happiness in that. Not the personaly happiness that I’d feel if I also got what I wanted, but knowing that someone I care about is happy? Yeah, that’s important.


I detect another tone to

I detect another tone to this, but it should be said that contentment with (and thankfulness for) what you do have does not mean that all desire has been eliminated. Find things that you wish for, and work toward them, but don't forget to be happy with what you have at the same time.

And, yeah, not forcing other people to do things is hard. Fun thought for the former Calvinist. Wink

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