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Are you Grateful for the Luxuries?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"You'll never miss the water, 'til the well runs dry."- W.C. Handy

Even if you've never seen it, you are probably aware of the CBS reality show Survivor--sixteen castaways sent to live on an island to duke it out and vote one another off for a million dollar prize. What is most striking about this concept is not the competition, but the absolute gratitude these people hold for things we take for granted everyday. The dirty, unpurified water they cling to for life is the same stuff we flush, wash, and cook with everyday without batting an eye. They covet and fight for food that we could easily pop in our microwaves or sit down at a restaurant to order. The very fact that you can read this at your computer signifies that you are one of the most wealthy, educated persons on the planet. Take a moment to think about the luxurious and privileged life you live. Give thanks for a whole body, everyday freedoms, your family, and all of the choices you have. Cherish what you have while you have it because you never know when your life could change. " from Healthy Reflections

Wake up dissatisfied that you don't have the newest car with all the bells and whistles, less money today than yesterday in your investment account, or had to cancelled the upper tier of your cable?

Think about what you do have today. Enough money to pay the bills, basic cable and Internet, and a reliable car that gets you from Point A to Point B.

Today I have not only a high school degree, a BA degree, and in one more month, a Maters degree. I have a full time job with health benefits teaching school and a retirement plan. I was able to afford a full coach training program and have a coaching business. I have the freedom to choose my profession and where I live. I own my home outright and my 7 year old car is paid for, in good condition, and has a garage to be parked in. My trusty companion, a pointer mix dog, is healthy and I can afford veterinarian fees to keep her so. Three grown children are living lives out from under my roof. My laptop had a meltdown this weekend, but I'm grateful that I backed up most of my files on a thumb drive and have a generous loving son who helped me pick out and install a new hard drive which is humming away.

A few years ago I would have given thanks that I had a wonderful husband of 30+ years and 2 loving parents, but that has since changed. My marriage went by the wayside and my parents made their transitions within months. Does that make me feel lack? I will admit to grieving those losses deeply and fully, but I've found the growth and blessings in them too. I now have a bit of financial security and was able to rediscover the core of who I am and always was. I've learned to tap into my own power and stand in my own light! I have memories that sustain me of those times and have chosen to remember the good and learn from anything that doesn't seem to fit that category.

What luxuries do you have today?

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  • EOSTAR_45
    So true. We do have so many luxuries. I just returned from visiting my home country in Kenya and was once again reminded of all the things that we take for granted every day. Like running water, paved roads, highways, washing machines, computers, good hospitals and so much more.


    3261 days ago
    I always enjoy reading your posts they give so much more perspective.
    3266 days ago
    emoticon this was thoughtful and I want you to be assured that I appreciate YOU! I read your greeting to me on the grief team and felt pleasure in the confidence you have in my experience. Thx so much for reassuring me.
    3268 days ago
    Thank you for this timely blog. I, too, have much to be grateful for and I feel that I am so lucky. Your blog is a useful reminder.
    3272 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I only lost $7,000 in my retirement account, so I wasn't that upset. I never put any money in a 401K Plan because I said from the day they started them, that they would be a rip-off because greedy people manageing them would make out like bandits. I believe in managing my own assets.
    I have a wonderful life, and have always been most grateful for being an American. emoticon
    3273 days ago
    Jude another good blog your post link takes me to the Dec one lol
    3273 days ago
    Nice work at coming up with the things you have to be grateful for.



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    3273 days ago
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