Time to pause and count your blessings

“You will be blessed the moment you realize you already are.”

-Bryant McGill

One day while driving my daughter to school, news on the radio reported that a cyclone had struck Myanmar and killed an estimated 100,000 people. The storm left another two million people without clean water or basic necessities. Around the same time in China, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed 50,000 people by toppling buildings – including 6,900 schools, killing thousands of children.

These events reminded me “not to sweat the small stuff.” It’s a lesson I’ve learned many times before and sometimes then forget.

I hope the lesson sticks with me this time. Today, I know that if somebody cuts me off in traffic, it’s no big deal. If I get a flat tire, I can change it. And if my grocery store is out of my favorite cereal, I can survive on any of the other five cereals in my cupboard.

Perhaps it’s human nature to always want more than you have today. I’ve learned, though, that when life throws you a curveball, it’s worthwhile to take a deep breath and count your blessings, because there are millions of people around the world who only dream of living the lifestyle – problems and all – that some of us take for granted.


Published by robertpeek

I live in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoy my work as a marketing and public relations professional.

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