Today, I am thankful for money. Now, I know that that sounds like I am the most "worldly" person on earth, but please read on and hear me out. :) I sure don't have much of it, but I am so incredibly thankful that we have enough for our needs. It's so wonderful to not have to worry about how we're going to pay our bills and feed and clothe our children. And we will be able to provide Christmas for our children. We are able to buy the things that they need.
I certainly don't think that money is the MOST important thing in the world and I don't think that it totally sucks that I'm not a millionaire. (well, that would be really nice!) But, one of the biggest lessons that I have taken from our financial struggles is that it doesn't matter whether you live in a dive or a mansion, whether you have a gazillion dollars or you live paycheck to paycheck, your happiness doesn't come from money. Although, I do realize that having enough money to take care of every need and whimsy your heart desires can make you feel happy and blessed and it can stress the crap out of you if you don't have enough. But, ultimately happiness, I mean pure JOY, comes from the peace and comfort that comes from our Father In Heaven, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the gift of The Holy Ghost. As long as we know that they are on our side and that we are on their side, we can handle any challenge that is placed before us. It might take us a minute to get our bearings, we might have a come apart, total breakdown, freak out fit, and lay on the bed in the fetal position and bawl our eyes out. But when the tears dry up and the dust clears, we realize that as long as THEY are going to help us through it, we can handle it. It will all be OK.
My heart breaks when I hear of people losing their jobs and for those who have had to look for a job for a while without success. It's a difficult challenge, that's for sure! I know it can always be worse, but that still doesn't keep it from being difficult for us as we learn to accept His will in all things. And, I just feel terrible for people in New York and New Jersey, and anywhere else that has people who have been displaced for whatever reason. I can only imagine what they are going through.
I am grateful for what we have and will be for how ever long we are able to have it, and we'll try to find ways we can help others with it as much as we possibly can. :)