The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Take Inventory Of What You Have And Be Grateful

On December 17th, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by 1 Comment

For two bucks, she’d break off a song – that was her offer. She sang Janis Joplin – not very well, but not the worst I’ve ever heard. And then she left. Walked through us to the other side of the street and took her stage on an inverted milk crate that carried her stuff. Her boot prints filled up with snow shortly thereafter.

For her, it was a few bucks here and there, maybe enough to get something to eat, maybe bus fare, maybe a night’s stay at a cheap motel or boarding house. I was hoping for the best. It couldn’t be for some illicit vice or so I prayed. Whatever the case, I never saw her again. I have no idea what happened after the corner performance across the street. I left, and she did too. Sometimes I think the Good Lord drops people and situations into my life for the sole purpose of providing me with a teachable moment.

It occurred a few years ago, about this time, so I think about her right about now. I think about everybody like her this time of year.

What happens to people who move around without anywhere to be? Where did she come from and where was she going? How’d she end up on the corner with the clothes on her back and not much else? Where was her family? Who was interested in what was happening to her? My answers to these questions usually lean to the sad side.

I am grateful for all that I have and am reminded of my many blessings during this holiday season. I hope others count all that they have as a treasure and are thankful.

Wanting for more can be a motivator. But a hollow wanting, without being grateful for what you already have, wastes time, energy and turns what should be a thankful place into wasted dissatisfaction.

My dad used to say that the worst people in the world were people who had a stick of sausage in each hand and complained for a loaf of bread. I never forgot his lesson.

I’ve got nothing to complain about relative to the world in which we live. I’ve got my faith, my family and my friends. My stomach is full, my mind is sound, and shy a few aches and pains, my body is strong.

This holiday season, take an inventory of what you have and be grateful. There is abundance in our lives – usually more than we think. We have our sticks of sausage and our loaves of bread. Be grateful and share. That’s the holiday spirit.

One Response to “Take Inventory Of What You Have And Be Grateful”

  • Kevin Barger says:

    Compared to what most of the world has,we as Americans are truly blessed.Our prayers should be for those less fortunate than us and be thankful for what we do have.

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