Yesterday I was trying to figure out what to blog about and remembered the thankfulness lesson in Notting Hill. It’s one of the best take-away memories from the film. When Anna Scott, the most famous movie star in the world, has dinner with her friend William’s family, a challenge is given to those gathered to tell their saddest story with the last brownie going to the winner.
Self-focus has the tendency to magnify our own problems and reduce the troubles of others. Not good.
Focusing on someone else’s difficulties puts our world into perspective. We become thankful for what we have and for what God has done for us.
- Think of three people who have more difficulties in life than you do.
- Would you want to trade your life for theirs?
- What can you do to bless someone today who is experiencing a difficult time?
So before you get tied up in emotional knots with holiday stress, put your life into perspective. Think about those who are much worse off than you and be thankful. You’ve got it good.
So what say ye? Would you win the last brownie, or would you thankfully pass it on to someone who’s troubles are bigger than yours? And would you bake them a whole new batch of brownies?
More thankfulness lessons:
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.
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I think that’s what my 20 years on the mission field taught me the MOST….of course what I learned in these 20 years was priceless in every department of living and life….but when I finally came ‘back’ to suburbia, that was the single most difficult aspect of ‘living’ I had to deal with personally…..
I had SO much and i had just left those with SO little.
It actually took me three years to get my head and my heart around this, enough to simply NOT feel guilty every day….
BUT it affected my life for ever.
Which I am certainly not unhappy about, because my value system, my perspective on life and my level of gratitude every day has been eternally changed for the better….
SO, there’s an awful lot to be said in support of a ‘mission’ outreach!!!!
HUGs to all my wonderful friends and co workers in the ‘field’…….
Good words, Moi. Thanks for adding such a personal, life-learned perspective!