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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Something to Live for?

Sometimes we all need to Stop! and recognize what we have in this life. It is so easy to get caught up in the struggles, and storms of Life that we forget what we do have. I know because every once in a while I am guilty of it myself. Getting down on myself for everything that is wrong and stressful, and then suddenly I snap out of it, and feel guilty for taking for granted my wonderful life I have been given. If you pause and listen once in a while their are many life lessons to be learned every single day, and we should always be open for a positive change, and open mindedness.
I for one, and many others I know have it pretty good, not excellent, but not horrible. We get frustrated at the smallest things, and forget just how lucky we are. A few people I know, of course I will not name names, but they are always upset with life, always pondering over the little things that are wrong, always complaining how bad things are. It honestly makes me angry, because I know they dont stop to realize how bad things could be, how bad the person down the street might have it, how bad the stranger at the store might have it. Instead they dwell on all of the things they dont have, or all of the things that aren't perfect.
Have you heard the true story of the mother recently divorced, had gone out for a walk one morning before work only to come home and find all 4 of her children murdered, by her ex husband who then turned the gun on himself. Have you heard of the woman, who got so caught up in her busy life that she had forgotten her sleeping infant daughter in the back of her car, and went to work instead of dropping her off at daycare, only to come out hours later to find that her daughter had died from the heat in the car. I could go on with many true stories of tragedy, but I am sure you get the picture. Could you imagine what they must feel like? I know I cant.
Of course I can only speak this message to the people I know who have it good, they have their health, they have their job, they have a roof over their head, they have food and water, they have their family, they have their freedom..... You never truly know what the person you hardly know, your coworker for instance may be going through, so you can not really judge why they act the way they do. Get to know them, sometimes simply sharing your stories may be the thing that keeps them from breaking down. While I am not religious, I do believe we were put here for a reason, I do believe one day through your struggles you will find you are happy to be here, and be thankful. I know I am.
If you are not happy with your situation, their are always options to change it, it may take sacrifice, but it can be done. Until you have exhausted all avenues of change, or improvement, please dont give up.
We all need to slow down and enjoy the lives we have. Show your loved ones how happy you are to have them in your lives, and actually show them with the light in your eyes, take a moment to pause and listen to them, catch up with them, hang out with them. I promise you will make a difference in both of your lives once you do so. You never know how long they will be around.

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