On email chains and blessings

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Sometimes I think I’m contrary for the sake of being contrary. I received one of those emails that encouraged me to pass on its wisdom, and I just didn’t want to. Mostly because I really never do that, but also because its message didn’t sit well with me. As a matter of fact, I found it a little offensive. Here’s the content of the email:

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to a premature baby..

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Maybe I’m just getting curmudgeonly in my middle age, but I don’t like the idea of finding comfort in the discomfort and misfortunes of others. I do want to treasure every moment, but not at the expense of someone else’s difficulties. It’s been my experience that people desire compassion, not pity. I am very grateful for the life that I have. Compared to many people, I am rich, healthy and happy.

But God forgive me if I ever say:

“I may not be rich, but at least I’m not homeless.”

Instead let me say, “Because I have so much, let me help someone who is struggling.”

“My teenager may be rebellious at times, but at least he’s not on drugs.”

Instead let me say, “Because children learn more by what we do than what we say, let me set a better example and pray that they will be a good example for their friends.”

“My marriage may not be perfect, but at least I’m not going through a divorce.”

Instead let me say, “Because I am married, let me be sensitive to those who are not. Whether it be by choice or by circumstance.”

“My faith may not be as strong as it should be, but at least I know that this life is not all there is.”

Instead let me say, “Because I’ve been given the gift of eternity, let me share this gift with anyone God puts in my path who is searching for hope.”

What do you think? Do you think I’m being overly sensitive because of my disdain for email chains, or do you think gratitude can be expressed in a more positive way?

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