Focus on your Blessing

Joan and Natty were two young mothers who lived across the street from
each other. From their living room windows, each woman was able to
observe the activities of the other woman's family.

One day, Joan confessed that she'd been watching what went on in
Natty's front garden and that she envied her. I don't know what you
mean, Natty said with puzzled look on her face.

Well, I often see your husband out in the front mowing your lawn, and
I wish my husband would do the same thing, Joan said. Your garden is

Natty laughed and then made her confession. I have been doing the same
thing, Joan, she said. I watch your husband in your front garden - and
I have envied you! Joan shook her head with disbelied. What on earth
do you mean She asked.

Natty replied, I see your husband playing ball with your toddler so
nicely. How I wish Keith, my husband, would do the same thing! He
never wants our boys in the way when he mows.

Be honest Joan. Would you rather have your husband play with your son
than have a well-manicured lawn?

I had not thought of that before, but your right Natty. I may have
tall grass, but Eric, my husband is right about playing with little
Johnny, Joan concluded.

Very often we are blind to our own blessings that are so obvious to
others. Let us cultivate the habit of concentrating on our several
blessings rather than brooding over what we perceive as curses.

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