Monday, July 29, 2013

Gratitude Monday -- Generally Speaking

I am grateful for everything.
Good, bad, indifferent, it doesn't matter because it all matters.
Without a good mix in your life how can you know the good from the bad?
Let us suppose for a moment that it is a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit each day. An occasional breeze stirs up the abundant always green grasses and leaves. The skies are blue with a warm, shining sun for 12 hours and then deep, dark night for 12 hours.
You are neither too hot nor too cold. What rain you get is at night. It cools things off and helps you sleep.
Nothing changes. Each day is the same. Wouldn't it be great?
For a brief vacation, sure.
But if it was every day for your whole life?
Nope. Face it people, you'd  take everything for granted. You'd be bored silly.
Eventually you'd start thinking you'd died and gone to Hell.
I am sure I would.
With no changes there's nothing to compare.
With nothing to compare with current conditions you wouldn't know if it's good or bad or normal or unusual.
We need comparisons, a baseline, something that tells how we're doing.
Change matters.
Constancy in some things is great. In fact, it is probably necessary if for no other reason than being able to tell that something has changed. But even constancy changes over time and that's good because it means we are evolving through our lives.
Personal evolution and societal evolution are important. It got us where we are and even if it gets us into messes it gets us out of them, too.
This is why I say I am grateful for everything, because everything, in its own way and its own time, matters.

13 comments:

Carla Birnberg said...

AMEN.

Leah J. Utas said...

Why, thank you, Carla.

solarity said...

You nailed it. Change keeps us alert, and if we aren't paying attention, we aren't really living.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Mary Anne. You are correct about paying attention.

the Bag Lady said...

The only constant in life is that everything changes.
Great post, cousin.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Bag Lady.

Chris said...

I guess I'm just more grateful for some things than others, I guess. ;)

Virginia Lee said...

I love you so hard. xo

Leah J. Utas said...

Chris, whatever works for you.

VL, thanks so much.

messymimi said...

Yes. We can fear things won't get back to "normal", whatever that is, or that things are already back to "normal", or we can realize there is no "normal" because it always changes, and that this is good.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, Messymimi. No normal is normal.

Hilary said...

Thanks for this. I'll take your much needed words to heart.

Leah J. Utas said...

You are welcome, Hilary.