Do you count your blessings?

@ausnikki (4055)
Brisbane, Australia
March 29, 2007 11:26pm CST
I have been having a tough time of it lately but I always take the time to count my blessings.I have so much to be grateful for, that by the time I think of all my blessings my troubles don't seem to be so bad.In hard times alot of people forget about what they have to be grateful for.I have my beautiful children,my wonderful friends,a roof over my head and food in my stomach.Yes financially things aren't good but I have many blessings in my life.Do you count your blessings? Or do you just grump about the things you don't have?.
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24 responses
• Canada
30 Mar 07
I do count my blessing but definitley not as often as I should . I find when times get hard I find it harder to be grateful for all that I have as I do have a lot to be grateful for . I have wonderful children also and a wonderful husband , we have a roof over our head and all the esentials we need in life with a few extra's , although at times money may be an issue for the most part we are doing alright and many more that I could list if I had too .
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
I think if you take the time to be grateful for what you have life will be alot better.I rarely b*tch about what I don't have as I have so much,and I don't mean material things.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
You have the tight attitude, there are areas of my life that things are not good also and I know for sure that if I didn't do as you do count my blessings for what I do have , I know I would go crazy...
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
oooops sorry for the spelling mistake, I meant to say you have the right attitude..... :}
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
I think I would go crazy too if I didn't count my blessings.I hope you find a solution to your problems lilaclady.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
LOL it's ok,I knew what you meant :)
@steney (1418)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
I have always counted my blessings and looked at the brighter side of things in life. I figured that there is no use in stressing over a problem or difficulty that I have no control of. So I raise my worries to the 'Big Man' upstairs, and let Him take care of them. We can only do so much as humans, and the rest is left to His loving grace. When people tend to focus on what they don't have, all the more they feel that they have less. But when we focus on what we have, we realize that we have so much than we have asked for. I used to have a diary where I write my blessings and the things that I'm thankful for on a daily basis. I was inspired by Oprah in one of her shows on how she keeps one too. It's a good practice that I'd like to pass on to my daughter. :)
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
It is a good practice to pass on.I may start doing a blessings journal too.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
31 Mar 07
It's so easy to grown and complain sometimes, but I do make a concerted effort to count my blessings. It does make things better for me when I do, and realize that things could be a lot worse. I have my family, my home, my job, food, friends, and love and so much more I can't even list them all.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
It sounds like you have a blessed life.I am having financial problems now and I have realised that I should be grateful for what I have,and I am.
@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I try very hard to appreciate what I have and to count my blessings everyday. I am grateful for the fact my teenage son is doing well. I appreciate the fact I also have a roof over my head, heat to keep me warm, food in my belly, and the clothes on my back. I am also thankful to be a part of the community at Mylot to be able to meet people like myself and to make a few dollars to continue to afford somoe of those blessings. Last but not least, I am grateful for the diversity and beauty in life.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
I am thankful for my Mylot friends as well,they have been very supportive of me.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 07
Yes Nikki like you I do as well and it does help A yEAR AGO IT DIDN'T HELP ME i HAVE TO ADMIT THAT there was just to much happening nothing could make it right but yes you are right Love and Hugs
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
Like you Gabs I have had my times that counting blessings didn't help me.I have now realised,when I have got to this bad point,that I have so much.Maybe not financially but my life is full of joy.Love and hugs
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I know the feeling Ausnikki I didnt talk to you much yesterday because I wasnt on here I was out looking a job. Things are bad for me too. But your right about counting your blessings I do that all the time. I think thats whats holding me together. I will say alittle prayer for your tonight. Hang in there my friend.
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
Terry I wish you all the luck in the world in finding yourself a job.I think counting my blessings hold me together too.I think if I didn't count my blessings I would be on the verge of a nervous breakdown lol.Thank you for saying a prayer for me,I will say one for you as well.We will get through this!
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
I'm so lucky in that at least once a day It comes home to me how contented and happy I am. My life is far from perfect, I have made many mistakes and suffered the consequences and am now alone. I have my home, which I enjoy and my animals whom I love dearly. The only thing that's really missing is a really good hug every now and then.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
Oh MsTickle,a hug isn't much to ask for ((((MsTickle))))I don't have a partner so know how much a hug is missed.Appreciating what you do have is great.
@shoelover (896)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
I count my blessings each and every day. Even though my life is not easy I appreciate that I have a husband and children who love me. Food in my pantry and a solid roof over our heads. I also have a father and a brother who love me and it is unconditional which is the main thing in life.
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
I agree shoelover.Love is the most important thing in life,if you have love you have everything!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
Dear it seems like a lot of people including myself have been having a tough time lately I wonder why?? but then again I do always count my blessings and yes you are right when people have hard times they seem to dwell on them and forget about all those wonderful times that they had and should be thankful and blessed. No I often think about the things I have been blessed with.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
You're right kathy,alot of people do seem to be having a hard time at the moment.I think counting your blessings is a good thing to do.When you actually sit down and count all of your blessing you find they far out weigh the bad.I hope things improve for you soon Kathy!
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
31 Mar 07
yes all the time..that is when im in financial trouble it was my only consolation that i wont be depress of it reminding myself that im lucky im healthy and still living...and that there is always a solution to every problem that arises..and jsut be patient or whatever//...
• India
30 Mar 07
its complacency that we count our blessings. yes of course, we have to be self-satisified. but always thinking our blessings and forgetting our things-to-do doesn't seem to help anyways. so,its not imperative to forget our blessings but we have to prevent deferring our plans and start today forcefully
@patootie (3593)
1 Apr 07
Right now I am having the 'worst' life I have ever had so far .. I'm poor, constantly ill, always in pain, forever fatigued and generally not got much going for me .. But ohhhh boyyy .. am I lucky .. it could all be so much worse .. I live in a country that gives me just enough to pay the bills if I'm very careful, medically I am looked after, and I can think for myself .. and that makes life wonderful .. there are soo many other poor souls so much worse off than me in this world ..
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Apr 07
You are so right patootie,there are always people worse off than we are.I have many blessings in my life that I appreciate so much!
@mansha (6301)
• India
31 Mar 07
Yes I aghree, even experts say that to pull yourself out of depression you should start writing down your blessings. I have often done so to make myself realise what all I am blessed with. there's a saying that I was unhappy that God had taken away my one finger but then I saw a man who had no hands and niether did he had any feet - I thanked God that he took just my one finger. I also try and thank god for minimul losses and not have to suffer anything major.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
Counting your blessings is very uplifting.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
30 Mar 07
I'm afraid I am one of thos eunfortunates that often gets caught up in being so busy with dealing with the day to day that I rarely take time to take in the big picture. That unfortunately means that for the most part I tend to not count my blessings. I should try to slow down more and smell the flowers.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
There is always time to count your blessings,no matter how busy you get.Seeing a sunset or sunrise is a blessing.Slow down and take in the beauty of life.You'll be glad you did!
30 Mar 07
County our blessing is something that is hard for us to do. We are used to getting so much, so when things dont go the way we want to all the time we feel put upon. There are so meny people in the world who don't have we need to be greatful for what we do have.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
I agree,there are so many people out there who are worse off than we are.
• India
30 Mar 07
yes i do count my blessings not only in hard times but otherwise too.the thing is that one starts counting the blessings more during tough times. it soothes me,calms me down,gives me a reason to move on and makes that tough moment a bit simpler.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
I agree that counting your blessings in tough times makes you feel so much better.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
30 Mar 07
i have been slacking on the counting my blessings area lately and i can tell it effects my attitude...ive started a journal to write my blessing down in every day..maybe i'll start a blessings blog...thanks for the reminder
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
Your welcome,sometimes people do need to be reminded of what they do have.A blessings journal is a fantastic idea!.A blessings blog is a great idea too.To see written down what you are grateful for makes it more powerful!.
@navtech (1776)
• India
30 Mar 07
Yes, ausnikki, people do not count the blessings they have when they are facing hard time. They considered themselves, they were not blessed one. You should be content with what you have, than that of greedy for more. Some people never get the satisfaction of what they have. They want to earn more and enjoy life adopting mean methods. Due to this greediness they lose many of their small happiness. I appreciate your way of thinking about life. By adopting thinking of your way, most of the people will feel content of their life and lead a happy life.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
31 Mar 07
I agree with you navtech,if you appreciate the small things better things will come into your life.
• Philippines
30 Mar 07
always and im thankful everyday that I wake up breathing and alive! There so much around me to be thankful for!
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
30 Mar 07
That's wonderful.Yes just to wake up and breathe each day is indeed a blessing.