Entitlement Schmitlement

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“Here’s the deal:  The more you think you’re entitled to, the less you will be grateful for.”

–     John Ortberg, in his book “Soul Keeping; Caring For The Most Important Part of You

This is not a political commentary or a summary view of kids these days.  (Dad always said, “Kids these days!” as if we were every bit as dopey as we were….but I digress…)

It’s about having a spirit of thankfulness.  Of gratitude.

It’s about seeing the silver lining in the darkest cloud.  It’s about realizing that this side of the grass is, for the most part, better than the other — although since Ortberg is a Presbyterian Pastor, an argument could be made that the good stuff comes….oh, never mind….  It’s about being positive, even in a Twitter™-based world of haters and “experts” who don’t know much at all…

Being grateful might be as simple as looking at the glass as half full and the water as crystal clear.  Ortberg is a great, conversational author, and his books have had an impact on millions.  This one “take,” though, most likely trumps his other perspectives.

The world owes me nothing.  The closer I stay in tune with that fact, the more grateful I will be, even in times of ickiness.

Make it a great weekend.


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