We want to be grateful for what we have. It is something that we teach our children. We have started gratitude jars. Daily, we count our blessings.
However, it occurred to me that our blessings…being thankful for what we have...involves perspective.
I heard a talking head commiserate about the supply chain issue a year or so ago. He was concerned that he could not get the Range Rover he wanted to give his daughter for her birthday.
And during the Super Bowl, there was a commercial where a young boy deflates when his father said they couldn’t afford to go on a trip this year.
It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? What we think we don't have can seem so insignificant when we hear the stories of others.
On Monday, my niece texted her mother and me in need of Valentine’s Candy and little cards for three of her students. Those children were in tears when they explained that they would not be able to bring candy because their parents could not afford it.
My niece’s mother and I bought candies and Valentine's cards for her students and on Valentine’s Day, out of sight of the other children, Jennifer gave them to her 3 students.
They were so happy and thankful that they would have something to hand out to the other children.
I wanted to cry at the thought of any child feeling so left out. It wasn’t about the candy or cards but about belonging. The three would have received candy from the other students but now they were able to give something to the others as well.
I am grateful for so many things and feel I have been blessed with much. This week, I am so grateful for a niece who is so caring.
Empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective.
Nobody has an objective experience of reality.
It's all through our own individual prisms. Sterling K. Brown
Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It's not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline - and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.
Glennon Doyle Melton