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Lucky? Or Blessed?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I used to always say "I'm lucky to ...be healthy, have great friends, have good kids, have a job that is really flexible..."

You know what I mean. I have always counted the good things in my life with a sense of deep appreciation.

Recently, instead of saying I'm lucky, I told myself "I am blessed..."

And it occurred to me that lucky and blessed imply two different things.

Lucky means it happened, nothing I did contributed to the outcome and the results were random.

Blessed means I was chosen by God, who loves me, to receive something fortunate, like healthy children, or that God's grace has rewarded my efforts with the blessing.

God sees that I appreciate my body and take measures to take care of it and rewards me with good health. God sees that I put in many, many hours at work, doing the best job I could and at times making great personal sacrifices (like cutting my maternity leave short and going back to work when my son was only four weeks old, when my boss was diagnosed with cancer, for he had greater problems than I) and God rewarded me with a job that truly allows me to put family first now, and allows me time to do the volunteer work I love, so that I can be a blessing to others.

I don't ever want to be 'the luckiest girl in the world'- I owe my life more accountability than that.

I will continue to do the best I can and I will treasure my blessings!
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  • MYBABY852003
    I totally agree with the blessed saying!!!
    God has chosen each of us to do something...I am very blessed also...with having two healthy children and although I had to have both of them cesarian...I am very blessed not to have any complications with them...

    We don't really stop to think enough how blessed we really are...I think this has encouraged me more to look at the bright side of things instead of always worrying about the bad...
    thanks for your blog....you are very encouraging...
    Your Spark Friend Erin emoticon
    3900 days ago
  • SUNFLOWERGRRL
    Fantastic post. I say "lucky" all the time...but you are right, "lucky" has a random component that makes it seem like it could all go "poof" in an instant...but as we have all learned with our fitness and weight loss--a lot of the good things that come our way are a result of our own efforts. Thanks for the important reminder today!
    3905 days ago
  • RAINRUN
    GOOD for you! I also stopped using that word years ago. It changed my perspective greatly :)
    TIA

    3906 days ago
  • no profile photo ANGELA_2009
    I count my blessings daily! It's what helps to get me through some tough times. Instead of counting what I haven't got. I look at what I have. I know how blessed I am truly... It makes the other stuff seem less important... emoticon
    3906 days ago
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