Every day, somebody somewhere is complaining about what they don’t have, how unfair life has been to them and you know that this so true.  If you are willing to listen, you will find a number of people making this claim.  It can get to a point where you would say to yourselves, enough is enough.

Although there are people who fall into this bad luck category and that may be for a number of reasons good and bad, we won’t go into that story today, as that topic will take more time to elaborate on.

However, in watching the catastrophic events that are occurring in places like Houston, Florida, in the Caribbean Islands and in Puerto Rico, in looking at their predicament our issues are a much smaller when being compared to what these families are going through.

In seeing these families going through this amount of pain and extreme hardship, I can’t help but feel a strong sense of empathy for their them. But, more important, I know that I have to count my blessings that I’m not in their shoes and I believe that many of us need to do the same.

As you get older and hopefully wiser, whenever people have to go through this type of life-changing events it can shake the core of a person’s belief in wanting to give up on life and that is dangerous. Without having hope, many of us would not be here today and to be honest we know this.

I have heard comments from people who have been in one of these disaster situations that there is no way that they will ever be able to bounce back from this setback.  And I’m sure that there are thousands of people who have lost their homes would like to settle for having the run down homes that we currently live in and don’t take care of ourselves. We complain about these impoverished living quarters and don’t realize that things could be worst.  In talking to a victim of one of these disaster situations, they would gladly tell you that these rundown houses are better than having nothing.

I’m sure you have heard of the story that a person who had no shoes complaining that they needed a pair of shoes but when they ran into a person who had no legs their complaining came to a sudden halt.

In electing to count your blessings, no matter how small they may be, you learn to be appreciative of that old car, that small room that you’re in, and you get the point, these can be luxury items to others.

This message does not represent a new idea for you to think about. But, I hope that it allows you to think about this point with some reference of how life can change for any of us in a second. In having this reality check now and then, of your own personal situation, you should do so because counting your blessings is something that we shouldn’t ignore.

According to a current Bloomberg report on the impact of the people who lost everything in Puerto Rico, there are over 450K people who have to be brought to the USA to obtain living services as their homes were completely demolished. Collectively, all of us will have to pay in some form for these people to get back up on their feet. So if you have to donate to help this cause, don’t complain, just do it as it could have been you and your family on the other side of this unfortunate situation.

For me, I’m not going to wait until something like this happens to me and my family.  I’m going to count my blessings and pray that it’s not me being in their shoes. I’m also going to also check my emergency funds kiddie, doublecheck with my children and other family and friends to do the same.  To me personally, it’s better to count your blessings before a crisis occurs and I urge you to do the same.