This past weekend I came to the realization that my family are really nice people. Well, I should say, I knew this before, but I sort of took it for granted. I suppose -- as all families do -- they have the occasional blips on the radar screen of life, but their "set point" seems to be one of enjoyment, intellectual curiosity, and just general joie de vivre. It also occurred to me this weekend just how very fortunate they are. They live in a gorgeous vintage house decorated in French country style, they live in a lovely town, the kids are well-adjusted and go to good schools. As I have said ... oh ... about a million times before, it's really the small things in life that make people happy. I hope people are aware of the the small blessings they have, because in the greater scheme of things, those are what add up to make the larger fortune. Life really is just one day at a time, one small blessing at a time.
We can all tend at times to look at the glass as half emptry, rather than half full. We may live in a nice house, but someone down the road lives in a nicer house; we have a good job, but Ms. Such-and-Such-a-Body has a better job. I sometimes look at my friends and think that Fortune smiled on them more than it did on me.
There is a theory that if a group of us were all to throw our troubles into a pile in the middle of the room, and then run and pick up any troubles from the pile, we would pick up our own. I think the same counts for blessings as well. Since my husband died when I was very young, I have never remarried. There are times when I have felt rather sad about that. But, I have a friend who has been married and divorced twice, and each time was unimaginable pain for her. She is now deeply bitter about the experiences. Would I trade places with her? Probably not.
Most good fortune is the result of hard work. People have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and always do the best they can. And maybe then, good luck with find them, and maybe not. But even the effort is a type of blessing.
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." ~~ Thomas Jefferson
Count your blessings; you will probably find you have a lot more than you realized. I know I do...