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If you've ever said these phrases, you're living a blessed life

If you've ever said these phrases, you're living a blessed life

I’ve been watching the TV show Shameless for many years now. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s about a low-income family living in Chicago. They scrape and scramble to get by. The oldest daughter, Fiona, is more competent and hard-working than her father, who tries to swindle and cheat the system constantly. It’s peppered with funny moments and crazy hijinks, but of everything I’ve seen, there’s one scene that has stood out to me in my years of watching it. In that scene, Fiona says:

“You know what I want? Not to win the lottery or go on vacation to the Caribbean. I want normal people problems. Like, am I getting enough fiber? Why did my friend say that insensitive thing about my weight?”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whether or not I truly appreciate the life I’ve been blessed with. I’ve been stopping to think about some of the things I say and really think about what they mean and whether or not I recognize what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to say them. Of course I have those days where I curse everything because my Netflix is streaming too slow and skipping, then shake my head and realize I need to get over it because it’s just one of those “first world problems” that’s really just an inconvenience at best.

But that’s not necessarily the kind of talk I’m referring to. I’m talking about those phrases you say to yourself when you’re down. Or those wise words you say to your best friend when she’s having a bad day. When I tell myself that “things happen for a reason” it’s because I couldn’t be more confident in the fact that my life will wind up being better. And not only do I know this issue is just a blip in my life overall, but I also recognize that I’m going to be a better and stronger person for it. What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to say that and know it’s true.

Here are some other phrases I feel blessed to be able to say:

“It’s a blessing in disguise.”

“It’ll all work itself out.”

“If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”

“What’s the worst that could happen?”

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“Fake it til you make it.”

“Think happy thoughts.”

“Stay positive.”

“It gets better.”

“Hard work pays off.”

I am so grateful to live a life where (so far) my setbacks haven’t ruined me, where I have the most supportive and loving friends and family, where I work hard and feel appreciated. I’m grateful I get to say these phrases to myself and others and mean them.

What are some things you feel blessed to be able to say?

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