It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 18, Book 17

The Paradox Of Our Age

The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing. 

Today is a gift

 For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.

Clarence E. Hodges

So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savored and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. 

The older I get, the more I believe that gratitude is the answer to almost every problem we face. It can transform anxiety, anger, and depression.  Today will never be repeated. It it is unique among all the days of your life. Gratitude can transform into something to be remembered.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Author Unknown


jack69 said...

I smile as I read this post. And I think, Ain't it the truth. The Paradox of our day is so SPOT ON!

betty said...

I like that paradox of our age. Lots of truths there. I agree about living in gratitude. Need to incorporate it more here.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hi-ya. I just wandered over to say hello after reading a comment you made on another blog. I'm glad I did! This is a fantastic post, and I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments. If people spent less time bellyaching and more time appreciating, there'd be a heckuva lot less stress in the world.

It's nice to meet you. Count me in as your newest groupie. :)

Mevely317 said...

Going through some crazy, annoying computer challenges ... THIS is just what I needed to see.
So glad Susan (above) has joined the neighborhood! I'm such a fan; I hope you'll like her, too.


I can certainly relate to this post. Particularly This quote, "We've learned to make a living but not a life."