Perspective is a Good Thing

While doing a random internet search, I found this article that really touched me.  It is a poignant reminder of how lucky most of us truly are:  She's on top of the world with $400 a week.  Just the day before, I read an article about how "rich" most of the world is – ice for drinks, a rodent free place to sleep, a chance of medical care – compared to a few hundred years ago.

While there are families who are truly struggling, I ha've been trying to reframe the troubles in my life in terms of the blessings they represent:  Oh, my gosh, I have so much laundry to do!  What a blessing to have so many clothes.  The kids won't stop fighting!  Thank goodness they are all healthy.  It is so hot in this house!  How wonderful to have a secure home.  (Plus, I could choose to turn on the air conditioning if I wanted to.)

It isn't an easy exercise and I don't know how much longer I can keep it up, but it certainly is interesting and very educational.

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.