Western Society

can be so presumptuous

the world owes us

other people owe us

for what we do

for what we say

we have enough food in our personal pantries to feed several villages

we have electricity, we aren’t ever too cold or too warm

for the most part we haven’t slept outside(unless we are camping and want to)

we haven’t gone hungry, though we through the “I’m hungry” phrase around an awful lot

our clothes fit unless we choose to buy things that don’t(think the low pants phenomenon)


quite frankly

our children have forgotten

how to be thankful(more than at thanksgiving)

they have all they need

and get everything they want

as parents

and teachers

we need to hold back

for the sake of future generations

we need to teach the children(and people) in our lives

how to be thankful.

we need to have discussions with our class about the difference of needs and wants

we need to have discussions about things the children like that people have done for them

we need to get them to brainstorm about “how to be thankful”

a person who is thankful for what they have

lives with less

and is still happy

a person who is thankful

does not need things

to be happy

does not need more more more

its ok to have wants

but we should not let wants rule our life

its ok to have things

but things should not take over our life

to live a fulfilling life

we need to be thankful

for people

for moments

for things

and especially

for God

for Jesus, God’s son

for the life they have given us


for all the blessings we’ve been given.


About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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One Response to Thankfulness

  1. ellasurreau says:

    Reblogged this on Me, A Mom and commented:

    good info for parents too!

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