The Ultimate Battle Between Lack and Gratitude

By TATUM

Hokay. So. Remember right before 2012 ended? What kind of thoughts did you have? If you were anything like me and my pals, we were all, “Oh em gee, get outta here 2012, we are totes sick of you.” We looked toward 2013 with all this excitement and anticipation for something better and brighter. Never mind the arbitrary nature and relativity of time, we were so sure things were gonna get better.

I am here to tell you, that if I were to draw a direct comparison between 2012 and 2013 at this very moment, 2012 was better. Hands down. 2013 has actually been pretty difficult for pretty much everyone I love. I’m talking cancer diagnoses, bombings, murders, dying pets, divorcing parents, inability to practice a craft, job loss, it was snowing in May and so much more. Dude. It’s only July. We’re only halfway through the year.

Do me a favor and go back and re-read the first two paragraphs of this blog, like, 18 times. THAT is how many times I’ve talked about that stuff in the last couple of weeks. It’s damn exhausting. You know what I think? I think we all need to change our dang focus.

Sure, crappy stuff happens. It’s happening all the time, all around us. But so is a butt load of great stuff. Poop metaphors aside, I want you to do me yet another favor. Get up, walk over to your sink and turn on the cold side of the tap. Put your hands underneath it, make a cup and fill your palms with water. Raise your hands to your mouth and take a slow, gentle sip of that refreshing, cool life source. Do it again. And again. Keeping doing it until you’re full. Turn off the tap and dry your hands.

Guess what? There are 780 million people on this planet who don’t have that.  That’s more than two and a half times the amount of people who live in the United States, y’all.

Nope, that does not make it any easier to deal with the fact that your parents are splitting up, or your cat just died or your sister has cancer or any of the other terrible things that are happening in your life.

It can, however, give you perspective. The fact that you know how to read and are sitting in front of a computer right now says SO much about how f*cking blessed you are. So, while it won’t fix our problems in a concrete way, it can shift our focus to a place of gratitude.

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