Do you really appreciate what you have?

United States
July 24, 2012 9:24am CST
I was thinking about this the other morning. When my daughter wakes us she is very fussy and is ready to eat. I started to think about other mothers in developing countries who are starving and who aren't able to feed their children. How awful I would feel to hear my child tell me that they are hungry or cry because they don't have any food. And know that I don't have food to give them. That would be truly heartwrenching. It just reminded me that sometimes we forget how good we've got it, we may not have the the new and latest car but we have food and shelter. That other stuff is extra things we don't need.
15 responses
• Philippines
24 Jul 12
i do. but still we are affected by the people around us who do not appreciate what you do appreciate. for example you are happy on what you are doing and you are really contented to but a member of your household are not and expecting more so how. he or she will bring confusion to you to strive more on what you have. in times that we have all the graces we need, we should be thankful to God. that means He keeps you strong for you to be able to help others.
• United States
27 Jul 12
I completely agree with you. It can be difficult if we are divided in the household with the family goals and achievements we want to do. It is important that we are able to help others. We do feel good as well when we do things for those in our family or just anyone.
@simonelee (2716)
• China
25 Jul 12
No. I used to complaint for not having this and that. When i already have it i want more. I don't get satisfied. I complaint and blaming others. I am miserable. But, i realize how lucky i am for being surrounded by people who love and appreciate me. I have parents who starve hard in giving our basic needs and wants in life. I am happy now and a bit contented. I am visioning and planing on how to transform "living beyond my means" into how can i get those means. I appreciate what i have right now and thankful for all the blessing He gave me and to my family.
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• United States
25 Jul 12
I'm glad that you have come to appreciate what you have. This is a hard thing for many individuals to do. As we are often surrounded by the media and the emphasis on always having more. It takes concentration and effort to have a different mind set when so many people think this way. It is a wonderful thing when we have family members who care about us deeply.
@simonelee (2716)
• China
29 Jul 12
It was hard at first. I have to experience rocky roads for me to realize how lucky i am. I have this attitude of i am okay right now then tomorrow start complaining again. When bad time comes i become bitter again. What i do now is once i'm in the situation again i pray hard to surpass the trails.
@Paper_Doll (2373)
• Philippines
25 Jul 12
I am guilty of ignoring some of the blessings that God gave me. I sometimes take for granted those people who love me and those things that I have. I always look for more and for better. I usually complain whenever we eat canned good at home not thinking that there are people somewhere who do not have food to eat. I think that I need to be more appreciative of what I have now especially my job.
• Philippines
26 Jul 12
I hope that through consistent and continuous prayer, God will give you what you are asking for. I hope that you will find the job that job you are looking for. Not too many people want to help others so I commend you for that. Have a nice day.
• United States
25 Jul 12
I think we all at one time or another have done this. It often brings things back to the forefront when we think of others especially children who don't have anything at all to eat. We really do have to be thankful for what we have. I'm glad to hear that you have a good job that you enjoy. I can't complain about mine all that much :). I just would like to find a job that I can be more happy about what I'm doing. For example it would be nice to have a job where I can help people.
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
ya, i understand. In here, kids are the priority, they have to eat enough food for growing up. i saw many wives-husbands always spend money for buying food, milk, etc for their kid and they just try to reduce their needs because it is hard to earn money now and prices are expensive. I think all parents want to spend much nice things for their kids.
• United States
25 Jul 12
I completely agree with you. The prices for everything continues to rise and yet the income pay generally stays the same. It is a hard time for so many people. We feel so much better when we are able to care for our children's need. So many people however aren't able to and that is a very heartbreaking thing.
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
27 Jul 12
Ya, it is hard time for many people including kids...so that we should be happy what we have today..and try to make our life better day by day..
@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
25 Jul 12
Yes, Yes, Yes...I really do appreciate what I have. I do not have much because I really am not into things that much. I know it's strange, but I'm not really a 'shopper'. However, what I have I do appreciate. Every little thing is something that I appreciate, so it all works out well for me. What I really seem to have, lately, is a better class of people surrounding me. I really had some bad people for a lot of years, and lately, those horrible 'monkeys on my back' have disappeared and for the most part, I am extremely happy at this moment. Good people really make all the difference. Good people are not those who shove crap at you, but good and gentle souls that actually, really realize the value of yourself. Peace, compassion instead of bossy control and authoritative behavior. That is what I appreciate most of all. That is the absolute truth. If I had not gone through what I did, I would not know the value of true nice and good people. Believe me, they are out there, and if you find them, you are very very fortunate. www.ehow.com/how_5186481_good-quality-friends.html of all the things in this world, free spirited and ethical people are the best things to have and be appreciative of. Control freaks, well, we can toss them in the dumper :D Take Care!
• United States
25 Jul 12
I'm glad that you have good friends in your life. We all need those type of people. They really do encourage us to be a better individual. And no one likes to be told what to do all the time by others. Yes good advice is necessary but we don't want to be controlled by another person.
@imAbigael (475)
• Philippines
25 Jul 12
I do appreciate what I have right now, and I do also think what are you thinking, it was a blessing for us that knowing we are really blessed. But for us that wont stop in there, we must share it as we can with no doubt because this is the only simple thing that we can do. Help people so somehow you can be the way that someday they will say how blessed they are too having you, a truly good people.
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• United States
26 Jul 12
I agree with you. We should do our best to help others. And like you mentioned they in the future will be happy to know that we helped them. It makes us happy to be able to give to others. That is a win win situation.
@Zhizho (1350)
• Indonesia
25 Jul 12
I try to always appreciate whatever God has given for me and for my family. Sometimes, yes I dream something but not really ambitious to reach it. I really gratefull about my condition now. I have happy family, my husband who loves me and my kids who growing health and smart. I would like not asking much to God because He has given me without I ask. so, must gratefull every time.
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• United States
25 Jul 12
I'm glad that you are appreciative of your life. It is a wonderful blessing to have a happy family life. That is not always an easy thing to achieve either. It takes work and commitment like most things that we want that are worthwhile.
@oindy54 (3445)
• India
24 Jul 12
I agree with you. On many occasions I have given a thought to this and thanked God for all the privileges he has given me in life. I have a stable economic life and caring parents. I have a house to live in and get to eat meals at the required times. I want to share the condition of my city to you. A lot of people are living on the streets here. They work in the homes of people or do odd jobs for a survival. When I see them I feel thankful to God for his small mercies that he has bestowed on me. I really do appreciate what I have in life.
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• United States
26 Jul 12
It is a good thing to have a stable job in this economy.So many people are having a hard time finding work. I'm glad to hear that you appreciate the many things and people you have in your life. When we see others and the different trials they have to go through, we start to appreciate that our life isn't all that bad.
• Valdosta, Georgia
24 Jul 12
Just last week we were so broke and behind that we could not even afford food for us. All we had was ramen soup. I was grateful it was something to eat though. This week we finally got our food stamps and I have never been more grateful for real food in my life! I think there are hungry people everywhere, even here in this country. It is sad. If I ever win the lottery I am going to change that. I am planning on opening a homeless shelter but a better one than what is available now. We are going to have rooms and beds with tons of food to eat and plenty of toys for the children! I just hope I can do it someday. =)
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• United States
26 Jul 12
I'm glad to hear that you got your food stamps and were able to get real food. We have been at a point where ramen noodles is what we would eat. But thankfully that doesn't happen often so the ramen noodles tasted good to us. They just don't fill you up enough. We have recently been penching pennies lately because we will be getting ready to move. Moving cost so much money. We often think of what we could do with all of that money if we didn't have to move. I will be happy when we move into our new place and get settled in. I hope that you will be able to open up a homeless shelter like you would want to. It sounds like it will be a nice place for those who are homeless to feel like they actually do have a home.
@ARIES1973 (11472)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Jul 12
I am always thankful for all the blessings that I have. These include the things that I have, friends who are always there in times of need and a family who are healthy and free of sickness.
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• United States
25 Jul 12
I'm glad that you are thankful for the things and people in your life. Our life does feel so much better when we have the right outlook on all that is going on and happening in our life. It is definitely a good thing when our family does not suffer from any health issues.
@Raine38 (11503)
• United States
24 Jul 12
Sometimes, we tend to overlook or to even just ignore the things that we have right now because we are so intent on feeling bad because of the things that we don't have. I admit I've been guilty of this as well, brought on my envy, hardships, or just plain old, selfish want. It takes a bad experience or a mind opener by other people before we can even be grateful with what we have. There will always be people greater, and smaller than us. But being appreciative should always be there despite the "level".
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• United States
26 Jul 12
I completely agree with you. It often takes those bad experiences to see how fortunate we really are. I know with all that has happened with that theater shooting in Colorado that it has reminded me of how short life can be. And how we, or the ones we love can be gone in a matter of seconds from our life. It has brought to my attention the need to be content with my family and to focus on what is really important. My spirituality, me family and friends. And not to waste time on mundane things or being upset about things that really don't matter.
• India
24 Jul 12
Is is really sad that in today's world people are always craving for more not satisfied with forgetbeinf thankful for the things we have. Children can be excused coz they have to be made aware and educated for being grateful about their surroundings,their educational and many other facilities that they are provided with. What about adults who do not appreciate many things in life the most important being freedom to live and move about in a free country.
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• United States
26 Jul 12
Yeah adults definitely should be thankful for what we have. Children do have to learn this. And it is important that as parents we teach our children these things. Otherwise they will grow up being unthankful about what they have.
• United States
24 Jul 12
yes. I feel that I am not grateful enough for what I have. So many people have it so much worse than us.
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• United States
26 Jul 12
I agree with you. When we take the time and reflect on our life and the life of others we realize that we do have a good life. Even though at times we may think we don't. There are a lot of others who don't have the necessities of life let alone the "luxuries" we have. Many people in other countries think it is crazy that we have homes for our cars.
• Romania
25 Jul 12
Yes,it's happens all the time to not be grateful for what we have,and when we're losing we are suffering an learn to apreciatte what we had.
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• United States
26 Jul 12
Yeah the emphasis on more -media, celebrities, etc can cause us to forget that we do have a lot already. People are always thinking that they need more. We can be happy when we keep our priorities straight and focus on what is really important in life. Life is so short, it can be taken away in an instant. We want to make sure that we use our time and life wisely.
@devideddi (1435)
• United States
24 Jul 12
Several several years ago we lost our job then our home and next our car broke down. We found another job and after 6-8 months lost that one as well. Not our fault. It just seemed like we couldn't get a break. Today we are secure in our job and have been in our home for four years and I'm driving a great car that has a/c. Every day when I get into my car to drive I praise God for the car. When I get home at the end of the day I praise God for my home. I thank him daily for our job, health, everything, laptop lol, everything everyday. I guess I learned the hard way, but I definitely learned!
• United States
26 Jul 12
I'm glad that things have improved a great deal for your family. It would be so hard to go through all of that. Especially when things often happen one right after another. It is nice when things calm down in our life and we know that we have been through hard times but made it out alright.