Take a Second, be Thankful

In a world of possessions and materialism it is easy to look at things you don’t have and get upset. Instead of thinking about the things that you don’t have, be thankful for the things that you do have, and never take anything you have for granted.

After making it through Hurricane Sandy with my house, family and friends all safe. Watching millions of people on television lose everything they had really hits you hard. In my house, I was without lights for two days and even that was pretty tough to deal with.

Once the lights returned, turning on the television and seeing the emotions pour out of people as they looked at the remains of their house really puts everything in perspective. Imagine fighting for everything you had and watching  it all wash away over night.

Sometimes when you win, you actually lose, and sometimes when you lose you actually win.

There are so many people in the world who think that their life is horrible and most of the time it is because of unimportant things in their life that make them upset. People go on to social media site and cry and complain over littlest things in their life. Things such as their phone not working, getting a bad grade or not getting attention from someone. All of these “problems” are nothing compared to some of the more serious problems that are actually going on in the world today.

I know there have been other devastating storms in the past, but this was the first one that actually hit my home state of New Jersey. Most of the time you see it on television and never really feel the emotion. It is totally different seeing it first hand to people and place you know.

Looking at some of the beaches and places that you have been to, now gone, just makes you think about life All that remains are memories of your childhood and past.

It’s easy to get down, but now that it’s over things can only get better.

Sometimes you wonder why things like this happen and you really can’t answer it. I can’t speak for the people who lost their houses and members of their family as a result of the hurricane, but I can speak for the ones who are lucky to still have everything.

Next time something bad happens to you, take a second and think of someone who has it a lot worse than you to.

42 thoughts on “Take a Second, be Thankful

  1. Wow! I’ve just read several of your posts, and they’re all so inspiring. As you’ve read my post, “So who am I, really?”, I’m sure you understand why!

    It’s an amazing and probably hard job to have, inspiring others to be themselves and restoring thankfulness again. I’m so glad that you liked my post, it helped me stumble upon your amazing blog!!!


    1. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, that’s too crazy lol :P I love trying to help out others through my post. Spreading positive messages is what I am all about!


      1. Fine, then it’s awesome! ;) It’s good that there’s at least one person (for sure) in this world that wants to spread positive messages! It gives me hope for humanity!


          1. Thank you for agreeing with me. There really is no point in fighting with a woman you know!? And now I finally have an accomplice! We’ll save humanity one follower at a time!


            1. True you pretty much are going to win either way. I start to feel bad after a while :P lol Yes, we will start our own superhero team. Sorry, the dorkyness in me just came out o.O


  2. I give thanks every morning. I’ve seen some tough times but I seen others go through much worse ( many friends at the Tsunami in Thailand for example). Lately things have been hitting closer to home. My heart bleeds for them and I always do what I can physically, morally, spiritually and financially ( though I’m poor as a church mouse myself) to help others.
    Great reminder.

    doug…thanks for popping by my silly chatter also.


  3. You nailed it. What a great message! I’m sorry about everyone’s losses in the storm and I’m glad you and your family are doing ok. Life throws so many different kinds of storms at us. I’ve found the biggest, most precious treasures amidst the most devastating storms, like the one my family is going through with my mom’s brain cancer. It is true there is tremendous beauty in the valley (or storm). I pray for everything deep and real and eternally good for you and everyone you touch. I’m so glad you found my blog. I’m happy to be following yours. Can’t wait to hear all about the lessons you’re learning through this. Take good care. :)


    1. Why thank you so much. I’m sure that things will go your way, just have to hold on to a little hope. Life is so crazy at times, you really need to sit back and be lucky for some of the things you have.


  4. I hadnt really seen anything bad about the storm until I looked up pictures on google. I live in PA and the storm didnt hit that hard where I live so I didnt think much of it but now that I read this I realize how bad it is. Thanks for sharing your perspective it puts reality into my veiw of it all. Especially since my family lives in NJ now I know what their dealing with. And now I can have their back in all of this.


    1. Honestly I looked outside my window and I thought nothing really happened. Then I went down the street and turned on the television and saw what happened. It really is pretty crazy, I’m just lucky nothing really happened to me.


  5. fantastic post. i definitely agree that some people think their life is falling apart when really they have it off pretty easy. i’m glad you and your family made it out ok though. it was pretty devastating to just watch even. i can’t imagine going through it.


      1. well that’s good then. yeah i imagine it being similar to the snowmageddon that chicago went through. rough time for us all. but it’s been amazing seeing the effort that people have put forth helping each other out. really shows the true character of people. :)


        1. I totally agree. It’s so amazing to see people come together, it really is awesome(: People of different races and background finally realize they are the same when it comes to certain things, its pretty cool.


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