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Monday, November 14, 2005

 

LESSON IN GRATITUDE:
I'M THANKFUL

I got this beautiful text in my email box and wanted to share it with my blog readers.
I anticipate you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I'm Thankful

For The Wife Who Says It's Hot Dogs Tonight,
Because She Is Home With Me,
And Not Out With Someone Else.

For The Husband Who Is On The Sofa Being A Couch Potato,
Because He Is Home With Me And Not Out At The Bars.
For The Teenager Who Is Complaining About Doing Dishes
Because It Means He Is At Home,
Not On The Streets.

For The Taxes I Pay
Because It MeansI Am Employed.
For The Mess To Clean After A Party
Because It Means I Have Been Surrounded By Friends.

For The Clothes That Fit A Little Too Snug
Because It Means Have Enough To Eat.

For My Shadow That Watches Me Work
Because It Means I Am Out In The Sunshine

For A Lawn That Needs Mowing, Windows That Need Cleaning, And Gutters That Need Fixing
Because It Means I Have A Home.

For All The Complaining I Hear About The Government
Because It Means We Have Freedom Of Speech..

For The Parking Spot I Find At The Far End Of The Parking Lot
Because It Means I Am Capable Of Walking And I Have Been Blessed With Transportation.

For My Huge Heating
Bill Because It Means I Am Warm.

For The Pile Of Laundry And Ironing
Because It MeansI Have Clothes To Wear.

For Weariness And Aching Muscles At The End Of The Day
Because It Means I Have BeenCapable Of Working Hard.

For The Alarm That Goes Off In The Early Morning Hours
Because It Means I Am Alive.
And Finally, For Too Much E-Mail
Because It Means I Have Friends Who Are Thinking Of Me.

If you ask me the person who wrote these lines is blessed with lots of wisdom and a profound philosophic mind

Comments:
Excellent post.

I have learned that nothing is to ever be taken for granted.

Be grateful for each and every gift that G-d gives to us.
 
Love it! Thanks for shareing.
 
i love it aswell.very profound.
 
How apt. Beautiful poem.
 
I loved this. It really puts life into perspective. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)
 
This is going up on my fridge. Good to be reminded of all that we take for granted. Thanks for posting this!
 
Someone's glass is obviously half full.
 
Beautiful. It's true. We have a tendency to focus on the negative not on the positive. BH, we have been blessed with plenty, and all we do is find ways to complain. Kudos.
 
Could he lend me his pink sunglasses? really nice...
 
Very nice. Keep on sharing.
 
Great entry!

As Frum Idealist said that I would like to take a little bit further... is so refreshing to see so many of us choosing to focus on the positivity in life. Perspective is everything! Eyzehu Ashir? Hasameach B'chelko!
 
Very Beautiful.. Thank you.

I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet..
 
I liked that.
 
Unfortunately what we are up against is part of the essence of the Original Sin. True Adam ate from the tree which he obviously shouldn't have, but when Hashem asked him, he could have and should have fessed up, but instead, what does he say. "Haisha asher nasata imadi, HE nasna li min haetz vaochel". The original and ultimate kafui tov. Instead of being appreciative for the incredible gift that Hashem gave him, he, kavayachol, blames hashem for his sin, saying, if you didn't give her to me, this never would have happened.
This is one of our nisyonos in life. To overcome that. Your post definitely opened ours eyes, the only question and problem is, how long until we shut them again.
 
The world is a much more wonderful place when we think "What could make me happier than to make it better" than when we think "What could the world do better to make me happier."
 
prag, beautiful post.
 
I had an interesting ride in to work this morning and istened to a great lecture on happiness, that really fit in with almost everything said here.

I never realized that Semgirl's quote, "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.. ", is actually brought down in a medrash. What nobody seems to know is how the midrash ends. Firstly, the man with no feet was also happy. Why? Because he was traveling with his friend and they encountered terrorists who decided to kill one of them and cut the feet off the other. He was happy that his feet were cut off. The midrash closes with the words, "dai, shechai". Serious words to live by. "dai, shechai".

As to frumgirl's quote on ayzehu ashir, two different thoughts....

#1 - ashir is rashei tavot for
ayin - aynayim/eyes
shin - shinayim/teeth
yud - yadayim/hands
raish - raglayim/feet
you have those things, and even if that's all you have, you are an ashir.

#2 - "Eyzehu Ashir? Hasameach B'chelko!" what is his chelek??
could it possibly tie in to "kol yisrael yesh lahem chelek laolam haba"???

thoughts to ponder. have a wonderful and happy day.
 
Excellent! Good to be reminded every now and then to accentuate the positive, and realize how much good we have!

Peace!
NJ from NJ
 
Wow! puts things in perspective, thats for sure.
 
wow, that was very beautiful! wouldn't it be wonderful if we all truly lived our lives like that?
 
ms shtark, why no blog?
 
cornyporny, i actually tried to do it once but i have no clue how. i am also really 2 busy for it so i just like to put my 2 cents here and there.
 
Great post,
 
Thank's all for posting, I'm so glad you enjoyed these lines.When I got them, right away I knew it's something to share. Perhaps I'll get some more pearls of wisdom in my email box soon.
 
Ms Shtark -if there ever is a blog, let us know!
 
This is my second visit to these words.It makes you want what you have and be greatful for it.Life can seem to be cruel but with so many good things in it we should all be thankful for our blessings however small.
 
Very nice :-)
 
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