Do you remember playing with a spinning top toy?
It had a pretty simple mechanism, but it was very entertaining. Push down on the lever, and the top would spin round and round on its axis, blurring the images or colours into a whirlwind. We could probably watch it spin forever. Kind of like how we feel on a tough day, spinning forever. So how can we fight the urge to complain? Continue reading to discover the six reasons to remain grateful during a tough day.
Do you feel, as I do, that we have become the human equivalent of our childhood toy?
On the best day, I feel like I have spun out of my orbit a hundred times. Running from work to home, making supper, taking care of any household chores and then rushing to whatever sport/activity on the schedule for the night. I am out of breath simply recounting what an average day sounds like for most parents. Spinning around and round and round with our levers pushed down to the maximum.
How can we feel grateful when in this whirlwind?
I am not proposing any solutions. I have not found the answer to the age-old question of simplifying modern life. Far from it.
Instead, on my way to swimming practice, after a gruelling day at work, I realized I was beyond fortunate to be driving my child to his activity.
Shall we analyze my past sentences and list 6 reasons we should remain grateful on hard days and overcome the urge to complain?
6 reasons to remain grateful during a difficult day.
- Driving: access to a car – a privilege along with vision, mobility and general health.
- My child: millions struggle with infertility.
- Swimming lessons: the financial capacity of providing an activity that will help my child develop a lifesaving skill.
- Household chores: millions of refugees have lost their homes.
- Making supper: millions are dying of hunger and malnutrition.
- Work: millions are searching for employment.
And here I am, feeling frazzled by the abundance of privileges that were heaped on me.
I pray to remember this realization every time I catch myself spinning out of gratitude and into complaints.
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