Here is one of those things that should be common sense, but as they say, common sense is not that common. How many of us spend time talking about our blessings? More to the point, how many of us spend more time talking about our blessings than our problems? Very few I would guess.
Why is that? While I pondered that question I began to examine the person that I have the most experience with – me. Why, when asked to give my latest ‘State of the Neil’ address do I not begin to shower my listener with all I am grateful for?
After a few days of thinking the answers that came were as follows. First, perhaps we are concerned we will sound boastful? Worried that we may leave the other member of the conversation feeling depressed about their life and how it can’t compare. Being that I find myself in love with a lady I consider to be not only the most beautiful, but most amazing woman in the world, and the fact I am blessed with the ability to find words and ideas to share with and inspire some of the greatest friends around my neighborhood, my country and this wonderful planet we all share I would be jealous of myself.
Maybe it is because that is what everyone else does and has been doing since we were old enough to comprehend what others actions may be and emulate them. Then again, I saw one of my neighbors dressed in far too little clothing sitting at a bus stop doing things that may not be the most hygienic and I certainly don’t wish to emulate that neighbor.
There were a million other reasons I came up with, but the question remained, how can we start to do this more? One thing to think of here is this – what would you enjoy listening to someone share with you, everything that is challenging in their lives or everything that is making them smile? This week let us try to put forth an effort to share more of our blessings than our problems and share with each other the results. I look forward to hearing from all of you!