All of us want our children to be happy. But most of us overlook a really critical factor in everyone's happiness. Gratitude. We need to model this for our children so they don't grow up thinking that happiness comes with a price tag.
It's hard to remember that. We all have stressors and if you've been watching the news...it just seems like the world is falling apart. So it's hard to think of something to be thankful for. Let me help you.
Pretty simple right? Let me explain.
I had a mom come in and tell me about her teenager that went on a mission trip. They painted houses in a small village in Mexico. Afterward, they washed their brushes in the common spigot. They accidentally used up all the water in the well for the entire village! All of it. No drinking water. That's never been anything I've worried about here.
And another thing. My grandmother helped to potty train my kids by telling them 'it was time to make water'. Years later, I was taking care of a teenager who had kidney damage. He was bitter and frustrated because he was unable to urinate. He never imagined that he would want to 'pee' more than anything else in his life. I used to just take 'making water' for granted.
Right now in Yemen they are experiencing the worst cholera outbreak ever. Cholera is an infection that causes profuse diarrhea. The patients become so weak that they can't make it to the toilet. So they are placed on cholera beds, cots with holes emptying into buckets. Cholera is preventable and treatable. But 14.5 million people do not have access to clean water. Less than 1/2 of the medical centers are functioning with supplies like IV's (water) to take care of the sick. Thank God, I've never been in a position where I couldn't provide the most basic of resources to save a life.
Water. Pretty simple. Most good things in life are. Remind your kids.