Sometimes you can’t be glad for what it is, but you can definitely be glad for what it ain’t. My mother passed this philosophy on to me from my great grandfather, known as Papa Pillow in our family.
“Be thankful for what it ain’t.”
Straightforward and accurate, Papa Pillow’s phrase conjures up a list of things that I’m grateful not to be grappling with:
- Poor health (at least at this writing);
- Devastating weather (again, on this day at this time);
- Trouble in mind;
- Envy (I succumb to this for a quick minute every now and again but it quickly passes through my system);
- Lack of shelter;
I could go on and on but I’ll stop right here because I know y’all know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
This is one of those habits of mind that are so clearly true yet so hard to carry out when I’m feeling down. Yesterday’s rain for example, thankfully wasn’t snow, but I know the snow is coming Friday and it’s going to be heavy and deep. Thankfully I have a warm house, for now.