The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 12, 2013

Turn your world around

The Commercial-News

---- — Turn your world around

This is an open invitation to all those people who are caught up in the mixed-up, less-than-perfect world we live in. This is to all of those who live with their minds set on all of the things they don’t like, don’t have and see every glass as half empty. They might have as much as they need, but they’ve never learned to appreciate it.

Each day is another day of gloom for them, with government leading them down the path of no return. They see no light at the end of the tunnel. They spend each day looking for someone to blame, then talk about their misfortune again tomorrow.

They should take into consideration some of the good perks that surround most of us. While thinking the worst about this country we live in, they should give some thought to the big breakfast many of us eat or the steak dinner we could have this evening.

They don’t give a second thought to their healthy family, their comfortable home, their high-end cell phone, their iPod, computers, the two or three televisions in their home or the extra vehicle parked in their driveway.

Most have not seen or felt any change in lifestyle in the past 20 years or better. The luxuries of our freedom and the blessings we enjoy never seem to come to their minds. There is just nothing good going on in their lives.

Granted, most things have higher prices each passing year. We don’t like it, but we haven’t changed our pattern of living one iota. The casinos are full, professional sports fields and gyms are packed with patrons paying hefty sums for tickets and the athletes are in the seven-figure salary brackets and moving up. Big-name stars in Hollywood and on television are knocking down millions of bucks to act stupid while living in houses that compare to the Mall of America. Our home kitchens are getting lonesome for activity.

I can’t seem to come up with the dividing line of who is poor. Where does the middle class start and end? How many dollars are necessary to be rich and not necessarily famous?

This is not to say there are not those who have less and live a modest lifestyle. Circumstances prevail and have since the beginning of time. A good portion of these situations could be through no fault of their own. Many at this level have the system down pat and would have it no other way. We will always have those who need help by some means. Americans do what they can because of our compassionate nature.

If you do not like your level of living, ask yourself, “What an I doing to make it better?” Complaining and laying blame sure won’t make it better. We’ve already tried that, and we all know it will only make our lives more miserable.

Bless and be happy with what you have. Maybe steak is not on the menu every day. I have 80 years of living proof the United States is still No. 1, and that alone is enough to be thankful for.

Max Keller resides in Covington, Ind.