Let’s Be Grateful



So much negative has happened recently in the world. There has been so much death and tragedy. The news and Internet is full of loss and fear-provoking heartache. With all of that, the judgment, ridicule, and finger-pointing begin. I have read the most horrendous, judgmental things in the last few weeks and not only is it unnecessary, it is pointless and uncalled for.

Instead, let’s just be grateful.

When I say “be grateful,” I am not talking about feeling blessed by your house or your car. Those are nice things and we should be proud to own them, but we should be grateful for more than our possessions. Let’s be grateful for our marriages. Let’s be grateful for our families. Maybe if we focused on our own blessings we would be happier, more inclined to lift each other up and ignore the rest.

Am I saying that we should mind our own business? In short … yes. There will always be negative out there. That’s a given. Negative will always exist. But I think the negative is fueled by insecurity and not being happy with what each of us has. When we point fingers or judge, that says everything about how we feel about ourselves. What if we began to feel better about ourselves? What if we looked around at the lives that we have? I think if we did that, we would begin to see that the comments and backlash aren’t needed. What good does it do the situation? It doesn’t help. It doesn’t end anything. It doesn’t make anyone feel any better.

Life is too short to focus so much of our time to the lives of others. I think if we appreciated our own lives more, we wouldn’t have so much negativity to offer others. Much less the time to devote to how others are living.

Let’s be grateful for …

…our families. They are who we live for.

…our spouses and partners. They support us.

…our pets. They love us unconditionally.

…our homes. Where we rest and make memories.

…our jobs. They provide for us.

…our hobbies. They enrich our minds.

…our friends. They make us happy.

…our siblings. They relate to us.

I think if we gave what we have a chance to make us happy, we would all be better for it.

Misty and her husband of 7 years live in Gonzales, LA with their 2 energetic and amazing children, Jax-7 and Elliot-4. She is native to Alexandria, LA and moved to the Baton Rouge area in 2005, where she now works for a large electrical contracting group. Her son Jax was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 8 days old and Misty has made it her mission to fund raise and educate as many people as she can about CF. Misty and her family love to find local (and non-local) adventures on the weekends and playing board games together. She is an avid reader, make-up buyer, and coffee-drinker. She can be found on the sofa binge watching The Office on Netflix and on Instagram at @MISTYROUSSA.


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