Counting our blessings

Photograph by Debbie Scalise

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that it’s always easier to look at what we don’t have, than what we do have.

We tend to compare ourselves with others, and often times we may feel we fall short by comparison.

We compare our homes, finances, cars, jobs, looks,  health etc…but  rarely, if ever, do we compare ourselves with those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Funny that, isn’t it?

But if we don’t compare ourselves to those who are less fortunate than ourselves,  how will we ever be able to appreciate the extent of our blessings?

Just a thought.

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15 Responses to Counting our blessings

  1. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for my blessings. I am thankful for God and His beautiful Creation today. The sun is shining and I haven’t went out, but I don’t think it is incredibly cold, but just the pretty blue sky is so nice. I am thankful to have my home tidied up a bit and that even though I don’t want to, I must sit down and do some paperwork. Well, to have some funds to take care of that and a job today, is something to be thankful for. Of course, I am thankful for our..yours and mine..our Catholic Faith and the Eucharist, the Rosary, the Saints and Intercessors in Heaven..esp. Mother Mary and St. Joseph. I am thankful for hopeful reasonably good health for my family and just the fact that we can pray to be spiritually healthy is big! I am thankful to write to you…and all these friends here and many other things. Please pray for a couple boys…one is about 14 and has a brain tumor that tries to blind him and it goes up and down, but steriods used in his treatment is causing extra weight gain…John is his name and then another boy I don’t know the name as of now, but he is in 7th grade and has bone cancer.
    Thank you so much.
    Better go do that paperwork now.

  2. Suzanne says:

    …excuse me…NOT incredibly cold…ha!

  3. ukok says:

    Oh dear Lord, how young these boys are to be suffering this way. I will certainly pray for John and for the other lad too. How their parents must worry about them both, i know when Wonderboy got that lump on his head the first thing i thought was ‘tumour’. He still has a bit of a lump left at the back of his head but the specialist said it was nothing to worry about. (we saw 2 and neither of them thought it anything to worry about) But over here we are stuck with the NHS healths system and going private costs such alot of money, especially for scanse an such like, it is impossible for me to pay that kind of money. So i trust in God to keep Wnderboy as healthy as he can, Wondergirl too of course!

    I am so thankful to have your friendship and the friendship of all my blogging buddies. It means a lot to me that you use precious time out of your day to stop by here and to take an interest in the lives of this little Catholic family.

    God Bless you for sharing with me, Suz

    (((hugs)))

  4. Sarah says:

    I’m thankful for everything – the good and the bad. Seriously. I’m still suffering from my right ear not hearing like I’m used to – it’s a trial of my patience, believe me (and everyone else’s). So, I try to plug along and thank God I’m not literally deaf, just worse for the wear and at that, only temporarily as this cold take’s its course.

    God bless you! You – something else I’m thankful for: a friend over the pond!

  5. ukok says:

    Sarah you are absolutely right about that. We can’t appreciate the good things that happen if we don’t have the sucky things too. Besides which, i firmly believe that in every bad experience there is something w can learn, either about ourseves, about others, or both.

    I am very grateful for your friendship too.

  6. Cathy says:

    You are so right. And by reflecting on our blessings we are drawn to look at those in need and offer assistance. Thank you for this!

  7. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for all you pray and what you say here.
    Suz

  8. logtar says:

    When I count my blessings I do think of those less fortunate… however, and I have seen this throughout my whole life, those that have “less” seem to have more peace than the ones that have “more.”

    • ukok says:

      Hi Logtar, hope all is well with you. I do count my blessings more than i used to, but i tend towards feeling sorry for myself and my familys financial situation and reminders are always very much required for me to remember how fortunate we are. I completely agree with you that those who have less seem to ‘have more’. I have seen it myself. Those hwho have want more and more, those who have less are just grateful for what they do have.

  9. Rosemary says:

    So true, Deb. We are all SO fortunate is so many ways. We need to remember to have gratitude. Nice post.

  10. KC says:

    What a lovely photograph! and how appropriate for your topic: does one see the bars on the window, or the sky beyond it?

  11. Moni says:

    You are very right, and it is SO hard a habit to get out of for me. In my daily prayer there is a line that says “…and appreciate what we do have more than dwell on what we don’t have…” and despite praying that daily, I need reminders like this one from you. Thanks!

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