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Gratitude and Thankfulness

How about some positive thinking as we head into the weekend?

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On Wednesday, Our Daily Bread focused on the importance of gratitude. Just being thankful. They recited the prayer of  George Herbert, a seventeenth-century British poet, in his poem “Gratefulness”: “Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart.”

I found that to be a great reminder. It also caused me to locate a story in the “blog collection for future blogs” that, I think, is now ready for the blog! It was originally posted without credit to an author. Again, a great reminder of being thankful.

ONE  DAY  THE  FATHER  OF  A  VERY  WEALTHY  FAMILY  TOOK  HIS  SON  ON  A  TRIP  TO  THE  COUNTRY WITH  THE  EXPRESS  PURPOSE  OF  SHOWING  HIM  HOW  POOR  PEOPLE  LIVE  . THEY  SPENT  A  COUPLE  OF  DAYS  AND  NIGHTS  ON  THE  FARM  OF  WHAT  WOULD  BE  CONSIDERED  A  VERY  POOR  FAMILY  . 

ON THEIR RETURN  FROM THEIR TRIP , THE FATHER ASKED HIS SON , HOW WAS THE TRIP ? 

“IT WAS GREAT DAD”

“DID YOU SEE HOW POOR PEOPLE LIVE ?” THE FATHER ASKED .

“OH YEAH” , SAID THE SON .

“SO TELL ME WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THIS TRIP ?” THE FATHER ASKED . THE SON ANSWERED “I SAW THAT WE HAVE ONE DOG AND THEY HAD FOUR” . WE HAVE A POOL THAT REACHES TO THE MIDDLE OF OUR GARDEN AND THEY HAVE A CREEK THAT HAS NO END . WE HAVE IMPORTED LANTERNS IN OUR GARDEN & THEY HAVE STARS AT NIGHT” . 

“OUR PATIO REACHES TO THE FRONT YARD AND THEY HAVE THE WHOLE HORIZON. WE HAVE A SMALL PIECE OF LAND TO LIVE ON  AND THEY HAVE FIELDS THAT GO BEYOND OUR SIGHT “

“WE HAVE SERVANTS TO SERVE US , BUT THEY SERVE OTHERS . WE BUY OUR FOOD, BUT THEY GROW THEIRS . WE HAVE WALLS AROUND OUR PROPERTY TO PROTECT US THEY HAVE FRIENDS TO PROTECT THEM ” 

THE BOY’S FATHER WAS SPEECHLESS . THEN HIS SON  ADDED “THANKS DAD FOR SHOWING ME HOW POOR WE ARE”

I hope you have a great weekend. These are the good days! Our Days!

And for pic o’ day, this just makes me laugh:IMG_1969


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