|By C. G. P. Grey () |
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How you see something can be an interesting thing. I always try, and thankfully usually succeed, in finding the silver lining in everything that I perceive as being a bad situation. Sometimes those "bad situations" aren't as bad as what you think. Do we really know how blessed we are?
Sometimes I know I forget.
I'm sitting at the table trying to decide what I'm going to make for dinner tonight and the choices are getting frustrating. The freezers are full in this house. There is chicken, ham, lamb and beef in both of those freezers along with canned chicken and turkey in the cupboard. Not to mention all of the fresh produce and frozen and canned veggies that came out of the garden last year. It's almost like there are too many choices and it becomes a bit frustrating.
Then it hit me. Perspective.
How lucky am I to have this problem of indecision? There are millions of people around the world that would kill for this so called issue. So in all reality, it's not an issue at all. It's a squed perpsective on life.
Someone used to tell me that I lived a charmed life. At the time, I didn't understand what that actually meant, but over the years I've paid more attention to what goes on in the world and now I know. WE live a charmed life. Even when you think that your world is colliding in on you, there is always someone out there that is worse off than you. Always.
Human beings need very little to survive. We need food, that's a given. We need some sort of clothing to protect us from the elements and shelter, a place to live. As hard as it may be to believe, those are the only three things that are required for each of us as individuals to survive. Remember I said survive, not thrive. Those are two completely different things.
We don't NEED electricity, gas, the internet, phones or cable television to survive or even thrive but in today's world, you would think that those conveniences are necessary. Don't get me wrong, I use most of those things just like everyone else does but I'm well aware that 200 years ago, man survived without them.
My point is that when you don't have internet, a phone, cable television or the latest and greatest things that money can buy that it's really nothing to cry about. Millions of people around the world can't even see your Facebook status because they don't have internet, let alone a computer, and they are thriving even though they will never know what is going on in your life at this moment in time.
I haven't had cable television in quite a while now and honestly do not miss it at all. Too many people take the luxury of butt to cushion in front of what I call the idiot box when they could be doing other things that would benefit themselves and their family. That's called priorities and is another writing for another time. We'll get to it... soon.
I enjoy the conveniences. I think I would go into mental meltdown if the electricity was lost because I like lights, refrigerators and space heaters, but do I need them to survive? No. Am I lucky to have access to it? YES. There are a lot of dark houses and dark places around the world. Luckily my house isn't one of them.
It's all in how you percieve the world. Do you really NEED that item or that thing? Probably not. The majority of us are a lot luckier than we realize or will ever admit. When I open my freezer from here on out, instead of getting upset because I can't make up my mind what I want to pull out for dinner, I'll be thankful that I am lucky enough to have to make that decision in the first place.
Happy Saturday my friends.