Friday, November 25, 2011
Happiness is a grateful heart
I read this on a cardboard sign that was held by a man that on all counts was homeless. You know, tatered clothes, wrinkled face, a white beard. I usually look away and ignore people like him. I'm so ashamed to say that I often think negative thoughts like- "He just wants money for alcohol" without even thinking about what a hard life it must be. It was 10:30 at night and he was kneeling at the exit of a nearly deserted parking lot, on a night when many of us were getting ready for a big feast the next day- Thanksgiving. When I saw his sorry sign I was struck with sadness. I wished I had some food for him. It was hard to imagine how he lives with so little when many, including me, complain about trivial things.
So often I find myself getting caught up in wanting things without feeling grateful for what I already have. I hadn't been in a very "Thanksgiving" mood. Sometimes being surrounded by people that have so much just seems to highlight how little we have. We don't have a TV, or new cars, or a nice kitchen, or a big house... but that's okay.
Because we do have a LOT to be thankful for:
A warm house
Food to eat
Wonderful parents & family
A beautiful quilt
An education in progress
A hope chest built by my father
A temple marriage
Love that will last forever
& much more
And that's plenty enough. Because happiness doesn't depend on how much you have.
Happiness is a grateful heart :)
Posted by Lydia at 7:43 PM