- 5 years ago
I’m probably going to get some angry replies for this but I think it needs to be said…
I am seeing quite a few posts on the bee (I posted this in waiting since this is where I lurk most often) about “I’m so mad that I didn’t get this or that”, or “it wasn’t expensive enough, and so and so got more than me and their SO/FI/family must love them more” and “I really hate this person and now I have to spend one day out of my whole year pretending to be nice to them because they’re important to my SO/FI/family and it’s just too much to ask me to ::gasp:: I have to SMILE at them?!”
where did we get this sense of entitlement? When did we stop being grateful for the important things like having a job in this terrible economy to be able to put food on the table, and get any presents at all, even if it was handmade or came from Walmart?
I grew up with a single mom, pretty poor, and although I didn’t have all the cool/new/brand name stuff that my friends did, I was happy and safe and taken care of. I didn’t get to go to the movies with friends or do cheer leading because we couldn’t afford it. I got ONE new pair of pants every year, even if I had out grown all of my old ones, but I was loved, and disciplined (which is done out of love) the right way, to make sure I grew up to be financially responsible and appreciative of everything I have.
I am not claiming that now that I am older and have worked very hard to have nice things (to me anyway) that I do not have twinges of jealousy that so and so has a 60k Mercedes and I drive my paid off 2006 Acura rsx, but in the same breath, I am SO THANKFUL, for everything God has blessed me with, that I even have a PAID OFF 2006 Acura rsx (which is a pretty nice car I think) and would never ever complain about having it!!
There are studies out there that show that someone who has 5 million dollars is NO HAPPIER than someone who has 50k, and that some of the happiest people in the world live in shacks and barely have clean water.
I know Christmas is over, and congrats to all the newly engaged bees (my jealous part wishes I was one of you, but I am so grateful for my SO, and my soon to be completed custom ring) but can we all just be happy to have people to share the holidays with and that we are loved and cherished and healthy and safe? It is much much more than some people have