Top 6 reasons to remain grateful during a difficult day

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 into a whirlwind. We probably watched it spin forever.
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 own 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 round and round and round with our levers pushed down to the maximum.
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 particularly gruelling day at work, I realized that I was beyond fortunate to be driving my child to his activity.
Shall we analyze my past sentences and count our 6 reasons to overcome the urge to complain?
  1. Driving: access to a car – a privilege along with vision, mobility and general health.
  2. My child: millions struggle with infertility.
  3. Swimming lessons: the financial capacity of providing an activity that will help my child develop a lifesaving skill.
  4. Household chores: millions of refugees have lost their homes.
  5. Making supper: millions are dying of hunger and malnutrition.
  6. Work: millions are searching for employment.
And here I am, feeling frazzled from 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.
Read more about gratitude here: How to feel better on a Monday


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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.

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