Entitlement

I’m a fan of Mikey’s Funnies. But sometimes the funnies are not so much funny as thought starters.  Today, for example, he posted this:

Two friends meet in the street. The one man looked rather forlorn and down in the mouth. The other man asked, “Hey, how come you look like the whole world caved in?”

The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me ten thousand dollars.”

“I’m sorry to hear about the death, but a bit of good luck for you, eh?”

“Hold on, I’m just getting started. Two weeks ago, a cousin I never knew kicked the bucket and left me twenty thousand, free and clear.”

“Well, you can’t be disappointed with that!”

“Yep. But, last week my grandfather passed away. I inherited almost one hundred thousand dollars.”

“Incredible… so how come you look so glum?”

“Well, this week…nothing!”

We live in an ungrateful society. We do not think about all we have. We focus on what we have not.

Then we look around for someone to blame for what we don’t have.

That becomes a source of hatred. From hatred we breed anger. And eventually anger leads to action. Most often violent action. We have evidence this week in El Paso and Dayton.

We live in a country where clean water is easily available, as are general sanitation and health care.  Granted, it’s not perfect. Were it perfect, it would immediately become imperfect the moment we entered because we are not perfect.

It would, however, behoove us to be grateful for what we have, to focus on the positives, and give those who are not exactly like us the benefit of the doubt.

Our entitlement attitude is a source of great dissatisfaction. And it’s erroneous. We are entitled only to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Beyond that, we are to work for what we have.

Today, what can you find for which to be grateful? Let us know in the comments.

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ACFW New Releases

One of the advantages of belonging to writers’ groups is that you get information on a regular basis. ACFW’s list of new releases will be found at this link.

I hope that you will find something inspirational to read in this list. Meantime, I’ve shelved my writing projects for a speaking project at the moment. The client wants my keynote expanded to a retreat format. That’s something of a challenge.

Hope February is a wonderful month for you.

 

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