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In this turbulent world these days, I think we are too often bombarded with negative news, be it people we know that are losing their jobs, losing their houses, companies  that are falling apart and in general news that the world is crumbling around us. As Americans, we are obsessed with excess, we want the bigger house, the better car, more things. Our meals are king sized and super sized. We are trained to not be content with what we do have, we are constantly told we need more, different, bigger, better. We are a greedy and arrogant lot. We all too often do not sit back and be grateful for and content with what we have. I am not advocating complacency or laziness but rather simple contentment. A trait that is, sadly, pretty much, unthought of in our society. We often spend our lives working toward the bigger or the better that sadly we often times do not enjoy our lives at all. We should relish what and who we have in our lives. We should reflect and be grateful for those things and people in our lives that others are not as fortunate to have. The things that are immeasurable and cannot be bought – such as love, family, friends and our health. These are the things that we often take for granted — until we are alone, isolated and ill. 

Often, we hear that youth is wasted on the young. That with age comes wisdom. These adages speak some truths. We often are reckless enough to fail to realize that sometimes we have the most important things, the things we really need, right in front of us.

Be grateful.


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