We are so lucky by comparison

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This is a misty photo of a boat, floating on the river behind the Taj Mahal (Agra, India).  Notice how foggy it was there.

In my previous post, I mentioned that my grandson Rylan had won the $100 prize in the grab bag contest.  Because my brother in law Pete had complained that it was wrong to “steal” grab bags from other contestants, everybody decided to pick gifts from the floor and not steal from others.  It was a good thing, because Rylan’s parents would have been so crushed if someone had stolen Rylan’s $100 grab bag!!!

We all should be grateful for what we have, because others often aren’t as lucky as we are.  For example, my sister in law Pat was instructed by the bishop of her church to look after a fellow parishioner.  This parishioner used to be completely self-supporting.  She was even able to eat out and never had to cook.  Suddenly, her life was turned upside down, when her sister committed suicide and left her four young sons (ages 5 – 12) behind.  Naturally, the parishioner had to take those boys into her own small one-room apartment, located behind a dumpster.  Since she had dined out a lot, she didn’t even own a frying pan.  Pat has been helping her adjust, with donations from their church.

Last night, David was bemoaning the negative atmosphere at work.  As usual, his boss kept criticizing him for every little thing.  After listening awhile, I reminded my husband that he was darn lucky to be employed, as there were many other accountants who would love to have his job.  I further reminded him that a certain accountant we both know was married and divorced several times and bankrupted a couple of times, too.  We are so lucky by comparison, I told David.

No matter what your situation in life is, always remember that there are other people who are worse off than you!  Give thanks for the little that you do have!  Amen.

13 Responses to “We are so lucky by comparison”

  1. Christine Says:

    great advice Gigi! I’m trying to think positive for 2013, hard to fathom how life can change in an instant.

  2. Jeanie Says:

    I’m sorry David is being criticized at work, but you are probably right that many people would like to have his job. It is good to think about how fortunate we are in our lives.

  3. Grannymar Says:

    Yes, we do need to be thankful for our bounty. David is privileged to be able to work and have a job, his crook knee stood up to the Indian adventure and he has a caring wife and family – Gold dust, pure gold dust!

  4. Suzanne Says:

    Wow! 4 kids to be responsible for in the blink of an eye (plus loosing her sister). I could not imagine.

  5. Nanny Says:

    Amen…Gigi! Great post.
    It is hard to deal with unhappiness at work…when you spend all day there.

  6. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Good advice. Keep on keeping on. The can-do attitude is very important.

    Thinking about that poor girl who was gang-raped on the bus in India. She has brain damage and is in critical condition. Some men are pigs.

    David is one of the good guys, so you are quite blessed. Dianne

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Yes, I read about it in the newspaper. Terrible! And it happened in New Delhi, where we stayed for several days. Apparently, sex crimes are prevalent in that city.

  7. L from W Says:

    Yes it is good advice to always be grateful.

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    Absolutely correct. I think about it every day, how fortunate we are to be living in comfortable retirement. It’s almost miraculous, considering the lean years I’ve lived in my past.

  9. DrumMajor Says:

    Gigi — I hate for David to have such a miserable job. That takes a toll on a human eventually. Any chance he can tell his boss to please not talk to him like that? Boss sounds very unstable and a bit bipolar in his dealings with humans. Documenting the statements and days the boss says such things would at least permit a better case for unemployment benefits.
    Maybe a social services agency can help with the orphaned kids; how sad.
    DrumMajor

  10. Denise Says:

    How true, we always try to help those who are in need, and was told once that many give around the holidays with ease, but forget that the need is still there all year round. I do have a lot of sympathy for David because working with that kind of continual criticism is dehumanizing. One can only think that this person feels so bad about himself that the only way he can pick his own ego out of the tank is to make others feel worse than he does. That in itself is very sad.

  11. Kay's Musings Says:

    It’s true that we have to be grateful for what we have, but if your spirit is being knocked down daily, constantly, miserably at work it’s hard to deal with it psychologically. I really feel for David. I wish there was some place he could go to so that he could share his feelings to help him cope with it. He’s been a real trouper, but it could affect his health eventually.

  12. palolo Says:

    David will get the last laugh when he retires the company will beg him to come back.

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