Last week I wrote a post about gratitude. The topic and thoughts from it have been on my mind ever since. I guess that makes me have a little more of an open heart when it comes to emotional situations. I don't watch much TV. The only reason I have cable is so I can watch sports, I could watch any other show online. That said, last night for some reason I watched 60 minutes. They ran a story, that I can't get out of my head. The visuals, the words, and the emotions are all completely engraved in my mind.
The title of the package was called, Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars.
The post last week about gratitude, really made me extra thankful for the little things we overlook on a daily basis. Water. Food. Having a computer. Our cell phones. Etc.
What about the big things we over look? .. Like our house or our cars. For the majority of us, we have been so blessed to never have to question where we were going to sleep, or if we were going to be safe while we were sleeping.
That's not the case for everyone.
They featured stories about different families, one family, the main focus of the story - lived in a truck. Let me say that again, they lived out of a flipping TRUCK! The same kind of truck that delivers your favorite snacks to the grocery store, they lived in. A out of work dad and his two children. I have never seen two more positive kids then these two.
Ariel who is 15 makes two quotes in the interview that completely rocked my world.
When talking about what the kids as school think, when they find out the family lives in the truck she replies
It's not really that much of embarrassment. It's only life, you do what you need to do right?
Ok seriously? .. Most of us flip out if people think we are dressed weird. These guys live in a van and could give a rip about what you think. They have each other, and are completely focused on school and what is head of them.
They then threw out a staggering statistic that 25% of all kids live in poverty. Wow.
The second thing she says, that will really put this whole post into perspective was ..
Before living in the truck, I would see homeless people and feel so bad for them. Now, living in the truck I see homeless people and think how much better I have it, and want to do everything I can do help them.
Ok, wait a minute. You're homeless by all meanings of the word, and you look at yourself as blessed over a homeless person, because you live in a truck. Dang.
Think about that for a second, someone that has NOTHING - see's people that have even less then they do and wants to help. If we could all only grasp that.
My intention for this post isn't to make you feel bad about what you have, my complete intention is to maybe help put into perspective just how blessed we all are. If you're reading this right now, you're blessed. No matter what your situation might look like, you're blessed.
Really let this topic marinate on your heart during this season of "giving" .. something that might mean nothing to you, could mean the world to someone else. I don't even know what that looks like for you, but I know for me, I waste a lot. Time. Money. Energy. All to completely useless stuff. It's time to stop wasting live, and really put it to use.
If you would like to watch the entire interview, you can see it here.