What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Be Grateful

Be grateful, my baby.  Seems easy enough.

We all know folks who look at their life with dissatisfaction. I’m not talking about the kind of emotion that is healthy and propels us onward to bigger and better things in our life, I’m talking about the kind of dissatisfaction that weighs on a person and makes them feel less than.

They have that; I have this.  They have that; I want that…why don’t I have that…why do they have that…aren’t I good enough to have thatThat kind of soul-sucking dissatisfaction.

As our mommas told us: You can always find someone with more than you and you can always find someone with less than you.  My addition to what momma told us is that no matter what you have or don’t have in this life, it doesn’t define who you are or who you can become.

Be grateful in the place you find yourself and you’ll never feel less than.

Are you hungry because there isn’t enough to eat?  No?  Be grateful.  So many are hungry by no fault of their own.

Do you have a warm bed to sleep in at night?  Yes?  Be grateful.  So many sleep where they are unsafe.

Do you have a roof over your head? Yes?  Be grateful, no matter how humble your home.  Many wish for a small place to call their own.

Do you have the opportunity for an education?  Yes?  Be grateful.  Many a soul has been denied such a fundamental right.

Do you have a voice and know how to use it?  Yes?  Be grateful. Many are silent because they live in fear.

Do you have the means to provide for yourself?  Yes?  Be grateful.  Many must resort to the kindness of others for basic needs.

Do you have laughter?  Yes?  Be grateful.  It will always lighten your way.

Do you have a family who loves you?  Yes?  You have everything, my sweet.

Do we choose gratitude or do we too easily discard what we can be thankful for because it is small and seemingly inconsequential?  I say whatever brings us peace in this world, and humble appreciation is a fine place to begin, is worth much more than anything tangible we can imagine.  Being grateful, having a grateful spirit, is not an easy thing to do.  One must cultivate that spirit, so start with the simple stuff.

To be grateful is to recognize goodness no matter your circumstance at any given moment, even if hellfire is raining down on you. It is a key part of a solid foundation against the whipping winds of this world.  You can be at the bottom of the crag-riddled mountain, preparing to climb without harness or help, feeling small and overpowered, yet the grace of gratitude will provide strength for the journey.

Life is gonna come at you quick, Sweet E.  We all face the choice of happiness or discontent.

Be grateful, my baby.

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Comments

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    Wise words for us all. Sometimes it’s when we feel we have nothing to be grateful for that it would most behoove us to take a closer look. Thank you for the reminder. Precious photo!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I’ve always thought that being able to find something, anything, to be grateful for has the ability to start a chain-reaction of thankfulness which empowers us with joy. Thanks for the sweet comment about Sweet E!

  2. I love this! I am big on gratefulness. There is no excuse to not be grateful if you have a roof over your head, food in your belly, and family in your arms.

  3. Thanks for this!

  4. My husband just read an article that said the U.S. is something like 14th in the world on the happiness scale. That is, with the highest income and best health, we are only 14th happiest. Mexico, Canada, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries are all in the top 10 happiest. Good timing on this post.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Wow. I had no idea. Mexico surprises me in some ways and in others it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing that info.

  5. It is a wonderful reminder. I got to witness a wonderful moment of that gratefulness in Amara the other day when she sadly told me that one of her friend’s parents were getting divorced. She went on to tell me how glad she is that she has both a Mommy and a Daddy and that they like each other. Pretty good thing to be grateful for. Good post! Thanks!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      It can be trying to find *something* to be grateful for when things look bleak, but I think it’s key. I hate the idea of kiddos having to face such big disappointments so early, but that Amara has a grateful heart in the midst of it, is a wonderful thing.

  6. sue@thet2women says:

    I love your writing style!! Very cool! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place! I’m off to “Pin” this to our favorites!
    Sue @ thet2women.com

  7. I love this sentiment!

  8. Everyday I post at noon my “Gigasecond of Gratitude”. On Sunday’s I only post that one item. This powerful post will be on Sunday’s Feibu & Tweety. Gracias.

    Here from the Grand Social; BB2U.

  9. I agree with you on the draining effect that ungrateful (jealous) people have on others. Can’t really do anything about adults -except maybe to remind them about what they do have and then just start avoiding them if that doesn’t work!- but we do have a blank canvas with our grandchildren and can encourage the positive from “day one!” I think a loving grandma can effect a child’s outlook very positively!

  10. What a wonderful post!

    It is amazing that if we practice being grateful for what we have, we find the ability to share our blessings with others.

    I happened upon your site with a link from a site party and will most certainly be visiting often.

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  12. Oh, to learn this when we are young. Took me a while. I finally realized that, when life got tough I had to go through my “I thank You.” list. Thanking God for whatever I could find, even if it was the simplest “thank you Lord that I have breath!” The more we thank Him, the lighter the load becomes. Thanks for a great and touching post.

    Sinea

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I agree that the act of looking for things to be grateful for starts a chain reaction of gratitude. Thanks for such a lovely comment.

  13. Certainly words of wisdom. I particularly like the question and answer form. Nicely done. May God bless little Sweet E.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Thank you, Manny. I appreciate the blessing and that you have stopped by. Come back anytime.

  14. thanks for the reminder about the power of gratitude.

  15. You keep saying the things I want to say but saying them better! If I wasn’t grateful for having a a voice of my own Things my Grandkids Should Know I’d be jealous of yours. 🙂

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I’ve been to your site (for some reason I can’t comment there…eep!) and you do just fine. Your comments humble me. Thank you.

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