Time For My Daily PrayerSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:05
There's only one prayer that I think is valid, and only one prayer that I know. That is the prayer of gratitude.
Thank you. Thank you God. Thank you for this blessed life.
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This thread is inspired, of course, by our friend jrd3820's original, powerful, epic, and transformational post, "Time for my nightly jam session."
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If there is one thing I would like to impress upon all of my friends here at the Daily Paul it is this: Whatever is going on in your life, please always remember to come from a place of gratitude. It is not always easy, I know.
However, the simple twist of fate of having been born American, with all of the resources and advantages that Citizenship entails, including having access to free education, government imposed or not, is the greatest gift you'll ever know. As a result of this gift you know how to read and write, which enables you to use the most powerful, cutting edge tool in history: The Internet. It allows me, in my bunker in Boston, to communicate you, wherever you are in the country or the world, in near real time.
As a result, you are in the top 5% in the world, in terms of education, material resources, and standard of living. Don't ever underestimate that.
Maybe some of you have never traveled outside of the US, and therefore don't know how lucky you are.
I am an American Citizen by birth, thanks to God, and have traveled extensively throughout the world. The advantages bestowed upon us as Americans by this accident of birth are beyond belief to 95% of the world. Electricity. Running water. Vaccinations against deadly disease. Clean air. Food. Unlimited fresh water...
I understand that things are not perfect. I understand that there are problems and injustices.
But having just returned home from two months overseas, I am grateful to be home, and I am grateful to be an American.
Thank you. Thank you to the Daily Paul.
I realize that this place is sometimes overloaded to the breaking point with biitching, moaning and negativity. Sometimes I'm so disheartened I want to just pull the plug on it.
But when I shift my focus, and change my perspective, I realize how much I have learned from all of you. I realize how important the Daily Paul is to me.
I invite you to do the same. Please just set aside your complaints for a moment to focus and share what it is you're grateful for. Think about Him. Think about how He feels. He created all of this. What would it be like to only hear a constant and never ending litany of complaints and negativity? If you were Him, how would you feel?
I know there are atheists here as well. If you're one of them, please indulge me. Do me one single favor and answer me this: Which feels better - biitching and complaining about the state of the world, or finding something in your life that you are truly grateful for, and just feeling that emotion of gratefulness?
Having spent two months traveling overseas, I can honestly tell you this: You are blessed to be an American.
I am thankful for all of you, who have read this far. God bless you all.
Happy New Year Everyone. May this one be your best. Be thankful for what you have, and you will live a fuller life.