Gratitude

These past few weeks, the world has been full of terror, hatred, and violence. It just seems like everywhere we look, there's something negative happening, and it feels as though there isn't anywhere safe.

This got me thinking: Why am I so caught up in my own stresses when there are actual real-life problems going on in the world? As I sat out on my balcony and read my bible this morning, I got to thinking about all of the terrible things happening around the world, and then compared that to my problems I'm currently stressing out about. And I felt so silly for worrying about the little things I have on my plate. There are people losing their lives at innocent events like parades and concerts, people getting attacked by those who are supposed to be protecting them, children going through life not knowing what it's like to go to school, have a warm place to sleep and a nice meal to eat, there are people who seek refuge in other countries to escape the dangers of the place where they grew up. 

Then I saw Twitter drama online. Is this something worth worrying about and spending your time on? Why are people engaging in petty "he said, she said" drama? (Side note: I'm Team Kimye on this one, but that's beside the point).

There are real life problems going on in the world. There are people who are dealing with some very serious issues, and it makes me feel silly worrying about the problems that I have. Of course, I'm not discrediting my stresses, and I'm not saying that my problems are invalid. But in comparison to the problems that others are having right now, and in the grand scheme of things, I should feel very lucky to have the problems that I do have. Yes, I have things in my life that bring me stress and anxiety, but there are so many people who have it so much worse than I do. 

Food for thought: Someone would love to have your problems. 

Today I'm counting my blessings for the good and the bad in my life. I'm feeling very grateful to be alive, to be healthy, to be loved, and to have a roof over my head and a steady job that pays my bills. 

Show gratitude today.