Count Your Blessings…
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.”
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.”
I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally! At the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section,” my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.
“How is it that there is no work going on here?” I asked.
“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.”
“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?” I asked.
“Simple,” the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”
“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked
“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
“If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.
“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.
“If you can attend a church, temple, monastery, mosque etc., without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are envied by and more blessed than three billion people in the world.
“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm. You’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.
“Okay. What now? How can I start?”
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special, and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Our tongue has a tendency to go often go into the gap left by a missing tooth, ignoring the other thirty-one teeth. Whenever we feel like cribbing or complaining about what is lacking in our lives, we should start counting our blessings. We should also think of those less fortunate, who lack many things, which we take for granted in our lives.
We should learn to count our blessings.
This should remind us how blessed we all are.
3 thoughts on “Count Your Blessings…”
Thank you so much Swami-ji for sharing beautiful stories.
Hari Om Swamiji, Thanks for your valuable teachings.
Sadar Pranam and Hari Aum,
Yes, I agree, we should thank god for many things we are blessed with, rather than complaining for those which we do not have.