“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” – Lev Grossmans
So, yesterday I wrote a post complaining about my personal choice to drink less caffeine. At that same time, students at Ohio State University were being run over by a car and attacked with a knife. The southeast region of the United States is on fire. People living in Aleppo are being bombed and civilians can’t leave their houses and are hoping that no soldiers come inside. And last night when I was watching a movie, a plane carrying a soccer team that was the hope of a town, crashed on its flight from Colombia to Brazil.
My problems may seem huge to me, and they are still important, but I’m grateful that my house is not on fire. That my family is safe from soldiers with guns. That nobody has attacked my alma mater putting my friends and loved ones in danger. That I didn’t know anybody on that plane that crashed.
It’s so easy to get caught up in things that are important to us, but won’t actually be major turning points in our lives.
Thanksgiving was last week, Christmas is coming, and Advent is upon us. This is the time of year when we realize all of the things that we have to be grateful for. All of the people in our lives that have improved it. All of the things that we have going for us. There are people standing outside of stores ringing bells. There are food drives going on everywhere. You can donate toys for children, Christmas presents to families, or cash to charities. It’s even National Giving Day today.
So today, don’t just be thankful for all of the things you have and all of the things you can give. Change it up a little bit. Be thankful for the things you don’t have. Be glad that your children are safe from polio, don’t take it for granted that nobody brought a gun to work or school today, be glad your brakes didn’t fail on the highway. The good things in our lives are more than just the 0’s on your paycheck or the items you own.
It’s also the moments where your entire world did not turn upside down.