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Blessed or grateful?

I'm not using the word blessed any more. I feel like it is one of those things where you say "oh I'm so blessed" but what you really mean is "I'm so grateful."

Hear me out... Just like the word love gets way overused for everything so has blessed become that catch all.

My kids are so healthy, I'm blessed. We bought a new house, I'm blessed. My marriage is going well, blessed. My health is intact, blessed.

What your saying when you add blessed to these sentiments is that people who don't have these things are somehow not blessed. I have to go back to yesterdays blog, I just can't imagine God up there going "You, you, you, nope, not you, and you are blessed." Then he claps his hands together and glitter flies everywhere. No I imagine it more like he's watching a really good episode of a favorite Netflix series and allowing us to go through these trials and tribulations and experience our joy and happiness and he is just a spectator, if you even subscribe to an earthly form of Him... Hmmmm...

Anyway, I am throwing blessed out, mostly because of everyone else. Yes I am healthy, I am grateful for that, my brother, not so happy with his health status right now.... And I could go on with other examples but I just can't...

So I dare you to rephrase your words and reframe your thoughts.

Good health? Gratitude!

Good relationship? Gratitude!

Kids? Gratitude!

Home? Gratitude!

Food? Gratitude!

If you want to give it up to God and thank him, so be it, if you want to just throw your gratitude out there in the world, so be it. But be thankful! Be grateful for what you have and the sun you see and the way your world is, even if it's challenging.

My brother has been writing quotes on his window, today it was Aristotle "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." He has taught me so much in less than two weeks, he has also shown me how strong he is and much his smiling face is just part of who he is. So I'm not blessed because I'm healthy and he's not, I have gratitude for my health. I will start using gratitude as my word and I will be more grateful for all that I have in my life.

I've started a charitable account at America First Credit Union. You can walk in and make a donation in his name. If you wish to send him a card or a note of support, leave a comment with an email address and I will send you his address.

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