Things We Take For Granted

It is way too easy to get caught up in the negativity of the U.S. economy. One of the downsides to all the “connectivity” that most of us enjoy is that the message, whether good or bad, as thousands of ways to get amplified. Unfortunately, the media, as well as most of us, tend to feast on the negative, and we pass it around like a bad cold!

I would like to take a step back and ask you to step back with me. My guess is that most of you who have time to blog, Tweet, share on Facebook, browse the Internet, etc. probably have enough income to do so. Staying connected isn’t cheap. And if we can afford to do these things, we probably have work, a roof over our heads, heat and electricity, and enough to eat (probably way more than enough to eat)!

If you are one of the lucky ones who has all these gifts, how often have you stopped to think about how fortunate you are? I, like most others, get so caught up in what I want, that I rarely notice that I already have anything that I really need.

We just had our first major snowfall of the season in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota this past weekend. When I got up Sunday, I looked out my window and saw the scene in the photo below, and I thought “What do I possibly have to be griping about? I was able to sleep in a warm house, and the view I had out my window for free was better than most things I could find in an expensive painting!”

I know if you are in a construction-related business, times our tough, but if you are lucky enough to still be able to pay your bills, enjoy your family, and come home to a warm home, condo, or apartment, we really need to grateful. Those our my thoughts, I welcome yours!

A View of the Root River and Bluffs in Lanesboro, Minnsota

First Snowfall on the Root


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