Making Good on a Promise
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
In the hustle and bustle of the last month of the year and the season of winter solstice, holiday joy, and spiritual renewals, I rediscovered a promise I had made to myself. This week driving home from work, I recognized the stark reality of those whom have less than they need on a daily basis. Part of this realization was the fact that I got a phone call for an interview last year about this time. I did land a job out of the interview; but, not the one I was interviewing for. The outcome is well as I have a steady source of income, health benefits, and a nice place to call home with my family.
For me and my family this abundant lifestyle may have just as easily been lost and exchanged for one of those in a less comfortable environment if things had continued the way they were last year. This thought crossed my mind with a flash of thankful overtones following. The secondary thoughts were of those who have not obtained or regained their financial footing. I still have friends and acquaintances now on their third year without substantial income. This year, even more so than last year, those pursuing work are forced to a lower salary should an offer even exist.
So what was this promise I rediscovered? I promised myself to find the best in any given situation and to be thankful for the bounty I have. Outside the sensational stories, most of us in this country have it good. Yes, there are plenty of kooks and crackpots out there to change the equation. Yet, even those seeking warmth, shelter, and food can generally find what they seek; if not want they want.
The wants far outweigh the needs in our society. We often have trouble understanding the difference. Be thankful for what you have: friends, family, and neighbors. Say it out loud and mean what you say.
Be at Peace