To demonstrate, just look around the room you’re in now. Wherever you happen to be reading this Chapter, there’s certain to be abundant reminders of “blessings” you have in your life. Virtually every object likely represents a “blessing” you might list — a happy memory — a family achievement — a long-sought possesstion — a religious object of significance — and so on…
And how about the computer that’s bringing this “on-line” book to you now? Another “blessing?” Well, I’d like to think that that it’s the first thing you thought of when you started your list.
Its almost impossible, if you honestly examine it, not to find hundreds and hundreds of specific “blessings” in your life, no matter what your, more objective circumstances actually are.
But this is only half the story of the “blessings list.” Contrary to all thats been suggested in this Chapter, it’s time to think negatively. For, in addition to all the positive things you can think of that are going well in your life, an adaquate “blessings list” should also include all of the horrific and traumatic things that have never happened to you on the back page!
This list, too, is virtually endless:
My home has never been struck by a hurricane, fire, tornado, or other natural disaster.
My taxes have never been audited.
I’ve never lived in a “crime-filled” neighbohood.
I was never abused by my parents.
I’ve never faced public humiliation for my failures.
I’ve never suffered a major accidental injury.
I’ve never been struck by lightening, hit by a torronado, or stuck by a falling asteriod or piece of space debris.
I’ve never been imprisoned or tortured.
I’ve never been in a major airline or train crash.
I’ve never been a victim of a violent crime.
No one in my family has ever been hit with “mad-cow disease.”
There’s no end to such a list, either. Nor can there be! If we pay attention, the Network News and Local Papers are filled with stories of new diseases, criminal scams, environmental polution, murder, and natural disaster — any of which might bring horrific concequences for us and our loved-ones, if we were affected directly. And tragically, for millions of people around the world, annually, crime, natural distaster, war and disease cause incalcuable human suffering and death every year.
Still, if such peronal or natural catatotrophies haven’t stricken ourselves or people we love directly, we should consider ourselves very lucky!
And so one should!