Looking for Blessings
There was an article a few years ago in which a man gave his idea of a perfect world. He said, “In a perfect world you would feel as good at 60 as you did at 17. And you would be as smart at 60 as you thought you were at 17.” “In a perfect world professional basketball and baseball and football players would be complaining because schoolteachers were signing multi-million dollar contracts. In a perfect world potato chips would have calories, but if eaten with dip, the calories would be neutralized.” “In a perfect world, mail would always be early, and the check in the mail would always be for more than you expected it to be.”
The truth is: This is not a perfect world and it never will be! But it can become a lot better in this New Year for all of us. One thing that would help us all would be to look more often at the blessings we have rather than the burdens that confront us. I remember walking into the pediatric cancer ward in a hospital when my nephew was so ill with cancer. I had the overwhelming sense of blessing, seeing all those ill children while knowing I had healthy ones at home. My mother always said (I know I sound like Forrest Gump here) to look at your blessings because there is always someone less fortunate. My resolution has been to look at my blessings more in this coming year, and my burdens less. Then, this imperfect world will become much closer to perfect than I otherwise would think. I hope we all can do this.