Whenever we are down, kind meaning friends would ask us to count our ________? What do you think that word is?
Whenever we are feeling down and out, kind meaning friends would ask us to count our ________? What do you think that word is? Did you expect me to say blessings? Is it easy to count your blessings when you are feeling down?
Were you expecting me to ask you to count your blessings too? No, Not today.
If you are really feeling down, I would like you to count your frustrations…curses if you may, that you think life has unfairly dealt you.
Make a list, as long as you can of all the unfair hurts that you are suffering. Don’t stop at five, or even ten. Try making a list of a hundred if you could.
Could you? If you are not able to do it, Good. Then it may make sense to you what your other friends have suggested all this while. You can stop reading this article and do the other exercise instead (i.e. count your blessings).
If you have made a list, whatever the count… 5, 10, 15, even 100. Very good. Now take the list and do a search online (e.g. google it) for each of the items you have listed. When the search results appear, scan through a few listing and see if there are people in your same lot, or are they better off or worse off than you? Do that for the rest of your list. Open your eyes and compare your hurt with theirs.
The alternative is that you should take a walk through some neighbourhood where you know houses children without parents, abused wives, drug addicts, outcast ex-convicts, the handicapped, the unwanted old folks, the blind, the lame, the diseased and you add to this list. Talk to the people you meet, and see if you don’t come out thanking God for the situation you thought was the pits for you.
Whatever situation you are in, trust me, there are others, make it many others, worse off than you. Once you make this list of curses in your life and go through this exercise, maybe you might remember how blessed you are for the rest of your life.
If you are still unconvinced, I hope Ralph McTell’s old favorite take you for a walk down memory lane and rekindle some heartstring tucks:
So for goodness sake, heed your friends’ advice and count your blessings one by one, day by day. Don’t you know that counting your blessings will improve your mental health too?
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