Big Reasons . . To be Grateful in General AND To Tune in to eTown this Week!
By Helen ~ May 9, 2013
Been thinking lately about some big reasons to do certain things. Vague statement, I know, but stay with me and read on.
First, some big reasons to catch this week’s show:
Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott is definitely one of my very most favorite people on the planet. He’s a true gentleman, a loving father and husband, a brilliant, well read, inquiring soul, and a damn good musician (his songs have been covered by everyone from Garth Brooks to The Dixie Chicks to you name it). He’s one big reason why you’ll want to catch this week’s show.
The members of the band Leftover Salmon are our other musical guests this week, and they are another huge reason to tune in. After a long hiatus, with members going their separate ways to do their own thing, they’re back together for occasional ‘Salmon sightings.’ They’ve even made a new CD after 10+ years and they’ll be doing songs from that.
Yet another sizeable reason to listen this week? The E-Chievement Award story, about a very cool woman who’s helping to ‘green’ restaurants throughout Memphis with a surprisingly impressive positive environmental impact. This ‘back by popular demand’ show is one of my faves, and I just know you’ll love it. Tune in, podcast, or enjoy some videos from the program (posted below).
Second, big reasons to be grateful in general . . .
My parents, God rest their souls, were really good people. My family was of very modest means when I was little, but I never knew it – there was always plenty to eat, we had clothes on our backs; I knew I was safe and well cared for and loved.
My beloved Mom and Dad both died while I was still in my 30’s, so I didn’t get to have nearly as much time as I’d hoped with them. But they taught me a lot of great stuff when I was growing up (and beyond that). Invaluable things, like how to always try to do your best; tell the truth; be kind; put yourself in other people’s shoes and empathize; recognize that each person has their own reality (its not the world according to you) and that you are a part of the whole; develop a good work ethic; figure out how you can give to those less fortunate; give credit where credit is due; understand that, when you judge or blame others for what’s going ‘wrong’ in your life, it often has much more to do with you than them; etc. etc. etc.
The best thing they taught me, though, is to count my blessings.
Yeah, I know, life can seem hard for us Americans – you know what I’m talking about: “I’m not fulfilled at work,” “I’ve got aches and pains,” “Others seem to have it easier/better/more plentiful than me,” “ I’m the only one who has it rough,” “If only I had a better computer/cell phone/car/pair of jeans/social scene/job/whatever.” You get the idea. If and when you think any of that stuff, try this little tip from my parents: “Count your blessings.”
C’mon. You can do it. Don’t say you have none. Look around: Do you have a decent place to live? Not your dream home but a decent place? Enough to eat? Do your kids have enough to eat? Do you have a job? Friends? Clothes on your back? Heat in your house? Safe streets in your neighborhood? Are you fortunate enough to have love in your life in some shape or form?
Simple stuff, right? The kind of things one might easily take for granted, rather than feel grateful for. But keep counting those things and eventually it’ll hit you: You’ve got a lot of good stuff going on. Stuff to be joyful about and grateful for. Stuff that so many people both in this country and around the world do not always have; hell, more than we like to admit have NONE of these things. Ever.
Yes, we are blessed; most of us anyways. Remember to count those blessings and guess what? The things that you feel you DON’T have start to seem less important, less potent.
And then, step outside yourself for a moment, survey the scene and maybe consider doing something to help someone who has less than you; or try forgiving someone who has committed a real or imagined slight toward you (remember, we all have different realities); practice patience/empathy/ kindness; decide to admit your responsibility and your part in what is ‘wrong’ in your life and start looking at ways you can improve the situation yourself; or just look up and breathe and notice that hey, it’s a great day to be alive.
Blessings on you,