Monday Motivation // Be Thankful

Good Monday morning to you all! I hope you had a good weekend and I hope you have meet the work week well. I know Mondays are the hardest day of the week. I know Mondays are the hardest days to like. I know that we are all conditioned to drag our feet and maintain a negative outlook but that really isn’t good way to live. I say it’s a huge waste of the short time you have on this earth to go on hating one day out of every week. I say let’s work every Monday to start the week off right.

This Monday is the first of the holiday season, a very stressful time for many families. That stress could be lessened if we’d all get back to remembering what this season is supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be about giving thanks for what we have and helping others who have less. I am not a big fan of the Thanksgiving story, the one where the Pilgrims and the Native Americans come together to feast and give thanks, mainly because it is completely false, but I do agree with the sentiment, and I do think it’s good to spread it.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

Oprah Winfrey

This week I am trying to get back into the swing of things after taking off a whole week of work. I woke up sad my break was over and angry I had to go back to work doing a job that is not fulfilling. I quickly realized this was a poor way to view my life. I realized I was being very ungrateful for all the good things I have that many others don’t. I might not always like my job but compared to many other people in many other places around the world I am lucky and quite rich.

This morning I wanted to put my money into perspective, I googled “where am I on the global wealth scale”. The first result was a link for the Global Rich List, and oh man did that make me feel bad. I won’t divulge my income but I can tell you that according to this site, globally I am sitting in the top 1 to 2 percent. That isn’t even including my girlfriends income, and she makes considerably more than me. I am rich and working a cushy job and I woke up complaining. How horrible am I?

I have clean water and heat on demand. I have good food, I have clothes, I have a stable roof over my head, and I generally feel safe where I live and work. I can vote, I can take people to court who wrong me, and I can move about freely in the world. I am not religious but the best word to describe my station in life is blessed.

So this week I am going to remember to be thankful for what I have. I am going to remember that while I sometimes forget how lucky I am, there are those who would gladly switch places with me. I will stop taking my life for granted. I will stop complaining so damn much. I will do this because when we are always wanting more and more in life we forget to look behind us and help those who need our help the most. We forget that while we are complaining about not having the newest and the best there are some who are just trying to survive.

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

5 thoughts on “Monday Motivation // Be Thankful”

  1. That’s so true. I checked and we are in the top 11% globally for income. That’s pretty darn good, especially considering my husband’s job is feast sometimes and famine other times. He is a union member and has been an electrician for about 20yrs. I haven’t been working the past six years and we still do fairly good. You’re right, we should be thankful. Not just for income, not even just for being employed, but even for having those basics. Food, a roof over our heads, heat and cold when it’s needed, refrigeration for our food. We have community when we work on it. We have family. We have love. Great blog! Happy Monday! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you could relate to my message. Being in the top 11% is really good! I think I am only higher because the cost of living is so high here (Denver, CO). Still though we have so much simply because we were lucky enough to be born in a country that was a bit more developed than most. I’ll be doing a post on being grateful for community and love later this month too :)

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  2. I love your Monday Motivation Posts, but the problem is I don’t get the chance to read it until after I have already started my day (my grumpy day;), but at least my Tuesdays go great. You should send these out on Sunday or at least to me. Lol

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    1. I’m glad you like them! It would probably help if I posted them early Monday morning, like I always plan to, but I am a procrastinator so I don’t get them up until the afternoon sometimes. Maybe if I ever get it together and write them on Sunday nights like I’m supposed to I’ll send them to you :)

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