Unlikely Martha

Just Be Thankful For What You Got

Excuse the dust. I’m trying to make some changes and I’m frustrated that I can’t find a layout that I like. It’ll be back pretty around these parts…eventually #carryon

*Diamond in the back, sunroof top….Y’all don’t know nothing about that. Nothing!*

The other night I had to go to the grocery store and as I was getting closer to home I started to complain in my head about the fact that I was going to have to unload all of the groceries, get the kids in the house and feed them and put the groceries up all by myself because the Mr. got called in to work.

Then it hit me. While I’m sitting there complaining about the fact that I had to lug a significant amount of groceries in the house that were paid for without Peter missing any of his coins in an effort to pay Paul I felt bad. As if I really wasn’t being taught a lesson Mr. came home while I was feeding the children and the groceries were still all over the floor. Without a word he started to clean out the refrigerator and put up all of the groceries without me asking.

I’m ungrateful.

Seriously. Mad because I have groceries to eat, healthy kids, a decent car from which to pull these groceries and a door that belongs to me in which to stick and turn my key. Reality check homie.

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I don’t have time for my own foolery. I urge you daily to take inventory of ALL that you have. No matter how bad we may think our situation or minor discomforts are there are so many people who have bigger and lesser fish to fry.

Are you active in your community assisting the less fortunate? I am not as active as I would like but I am going to make sure I get out and do more. Sometimes we need reality checks..they pay the best.

Be honest. Lately, what have you taken for granted?


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    Christine M. of Hartlyn Kids
    February 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Great post! I definitely take my life for granted and sometimes dwell on all of the things are going wrong rather than dwelling on what’s going right. I find that when I’m thankful, I fell more at peace.
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    February 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Oh how I take too much for granted. Of course not on purpose but there are so many out there who don’t have nearly as much as I do so I need not to complain. To God I give thanks.
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    February 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I think we all gripe about something but it’s acknowledging that gripe and knowing that we have everything we need that’s important.
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    Baby Shopaholic
    February 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I do this all the time! I fuss when Mr tries to do something b/c it is not how I do it or when I want it done. I will try to get better!
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    Rose's Daughter
    February 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Great post. I fuss and I complain about my husband as we all know. But I am grateful for a man who takes such wonderful care of my child while I am at work each night. I am grateful that he feeds him, bathes him, rocks him to sleep, and sends me pictures all throughout this process so I can feel like I’m not missing anything. Sigh. I’ve got to let him know.
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    February 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I can’t even pinpoint one thing exactly. that’s sad. But I did realize yesterday that I hadn’t been writing in my gratitude journal. And I need to because it puts my mind on the greater beauty, the simplistic beauty around me.
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      February 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I may need to get a gratitude journal! I really need to start journaling period. Only so much I can put on this blog!

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    February 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I agree that this is a geat post and SO RELATABLE for all of us. I have to make an effort to not compare myself to others that I perceive to either have more or better than me. I’m really trying to change this about myself and CHECK myself when my thoughts go in that direction. How DARE I not appreciate all of the love and blessings that I’m surrounded by? Plus, I want to instill this grateful mindset into my children so I have to embody it for myself first ya know?
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      February 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yes. Stop with the comparing. I spent years doing that and it just caused me so much anxiety. It feels great to finally be in a place to be at peace with where I am in life. God places us where he needs us to be. It is so much easier said than done with this. I still battle it from time to time but I recognize it when I see it and then I shut it down!

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    February 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This post is right on time for me. I take so much for granted unconsciously. I stayed home today from work to get things done and started to become so upset that my time would be ending soon in order to bring my babies home. To think, I would be mad that I have to get my butt in the car and pick up my beautiful, loving babies who make me smile instantly. Shame on me. – Signing off to get a few more minutes of shut eye — yes, its almost 2pm EST 🙂
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    February 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I can SO relate to this. I have to stop for a minute, when I find myself complaining, and think about the silver lining, even in situations that really aren’t ideal. Going over the things that I have to be thankful for brings me back to reality pretty quickly. Overall, I have a great life, and so few things to complain about. Sometimes we all just need to be reminded.
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    February 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    To be completely honest lately I haven’t had a thing to complain about and I am truly grateful for this. I try not to complain much in general because I’m the type who feels ” things could always be worse” and for someone things are worse. I make sure I tell the people in my life I love and appreciate them often.

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      February 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I also think to myself the same thing. It really keeps you humbled and thankful for what you have even when you think its not enough.

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    February 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    So very honest, and right where I’m at sometimes. It’s so easy to get into to nagging, complaining mode in our heads, meanwhile forgetting the surroundings around us. This just seems way to easy to do.

    Sometimes, we just have to take a step back (like you did) and really take a look at it. Because of that, I know that even if we don’t show it, when we do realize that we have taken things for granted, we at least try to give things (and people) their proper respect.

    I agree with GG, sometimes we just need to check ourselves (always harder to do than say)
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    February 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I have to constantly remind myself to be thankful for the little things. I think we all have a tendency to be ungrateful at times, but I work on that daily. I love that song, you’ve got good taste in music. When I saw the title of this post I started humming the song before I even read what you wrote…:LOL

    Great post
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      February 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

      That’s my jam!

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    February 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    You are blessed! And this post is excellent! It be like that on some days, but thankfully the good Lord gives us a reminder to count our blessings!
    Thank for sharing this! I needed a “reality check” myself.
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    Fashion Pad
    February 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

    This is fab! God is so good all that time that we “forget” that our situations could always be worse. I take for granted the fact that I have been blessed with an amazing career but I have been complaining about my workload lately. Child boo! I’m doing a job I LOVE and I get compensated well. Thank you Lord!
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Great post! Thanks for the reminder. My husband has had to be at work at 5 this whole week and by Wednesday I was absolutely exhausted with having to get all the kids up and out the house. I had to stop and realize the blessing it was to have him there period and how tiring it was for him to report to work 3 hours earlier than he was used to. Definitely a humbling experience.
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    Tom Hayers
    February 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    It’s a great post. I seem to take everything for granted. I should be thankful for what I already have in life and not make a fuss about it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    February 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Mimi i am so touched to see how much you have grown as a woman over the years!! i am so grateful to God that we are humble and in tune enough to check-ourselves!! Keep learning from life and listening to your spirit within!!

    Love ya much!
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    Rhonda at Looms, Lids, and Layers
    February 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I just want to say that this was right on time! I was just complaining about something that would make me sound like a snob if anyone heard. Thanks for bringing me back to reality!
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    Dr. Reginia
    February 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I complain about my job ALL THE TIME. I am very happy to have gainful employment in this economy. Though I wish I had a job with less stress and no commute, I am grateful that I have a job.
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    February 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Great reminder to be grateful. You don’t know what tomorrow holds so definitely appreciate the blessings you have in hand today!
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    February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve done this – several times. I’ve complained without realizing all that I have, all that God has given me. I’m getting better at being more grateful and appreciative for what I have.

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    February 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I definitely take my job for granted. Very bad thing and I need to stop. I’m bored yet frustrated with it, but I realize that I have a great boss, a good salary, flexibility and above all else – A JOB!
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    February 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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    February 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    In the wake of my niece’s passing, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been taking my family for granted. You never know when death is going to strike. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to seize every opportunity that I can to spend time and make new happy memories with them.
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    April 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This was a nice to have come across, It will definitely be useful in near future.
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    September 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Sooo true!

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