Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. ~Estonian proverb
The other day, Monkey and I were walking along when a truck pulled up beside us, slowed, and its window slid open.
‘I’ll give you $15 for that dog,’ said the stranger with a twinkle in his eye.
I thought about it for a half-second, then replied, ‘You know, there are days — like when I have to pick up this (and I showed him Monkey’s filled poop-bag) that I might take you up on that offer.’
We had a nice chuckle before he drove off.
The encounter left me pondering how much — or how little — we actually value things in our lives.
No doubt, all of us have struggled through two incredibly difficult years. The COVID pandemic (which isn’t completely over still), rising inflation, supply chain woes, the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, all sorts of challenging weather conditions, and so on have led many of us to stop watching or reading the news for fear of what’s next.
But ask yourself: Would I take a nickel to trade places with anybody? To toss away the things I have — the people and pets who love me, my education, my job, my health, my home — in favor of accepting those things from somebody else?
I know I wouldn’t.
How can you put a price tag on love? Or loyalty? Or talent? How can you not be grateful for the air you breathe, the food on your table, the water flowing from your faucet, the electricity lighting your home and office? Even if they’re old, how can you fail to be thankful for the vehicle that gets you from one place to another, the clothes you have hanging in your closet, the fact that you even have a closet?
We’re told that “Gratitude is an attitude,” and I firmly believe that. To grumble and complain that we don’t have more — when so many have far less — feels like the gravest of sins to me.
So no. Monkey’s not for sale. He might be troublesome at times, but I’m growing attached to his Monkey Business!
…we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasure… ~Thornton Wilder, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and playwright