If you were to compare our lifestyle nowadays to life just 20 years ago, the enhancements of everything that we use day-to-day is completely remarkable. But where has our patience and appreciation for everything gone? Did it go out the window with the tight jeans and the big hair of the 80’s?

How cool would it have been to have a cell phone 20 years ago, much less a cell phone with Internet connection, or how about just the Internet, period? Isn’t that cool enough? But we definitely take all these things for granted, and we all just kind of sound like spoiled brats.

We complain like little babies about the stupidest things these days; my iPhone is frozen, my food is taking too long to cook, my DVR reset and my TV shows didn’t record. Get a grip people. Be thankful we have color TV!

We need to take a step back and be thankful for everything we have. Everyday we complain about things that in all reality don’t matter at all. Let’s rewind back to the day where people used candlelight for their means of light around the house. If we got in a time machine and took with us our top three daily used items, they would probably have a hernia.

Sitting in line at McDonalds, you may encounter customers loosing patience, possibly honking their car horns and getting angry at the employees, all because their food is taking seven minutes instead of five. Is it not cool enough that we can get food through a drive thru?

I believe that although we are blessed to have such advances in technology, we expect these things now, instead of appreciating them. We expect everything to be done in five minutes with little or no work involved, and when things do not go our way, we lose our patience.

Every time something goes wrong, we need to take a deep breath and remember how ridiculous we sound when we complain about these things, sometimes to the extreme that we let it ruin our day.

Stop sweating the small stuff and stop acting like it is the end of the world.

We need to take control of ourselves and appreciate everything that is around us, instead of acting like the world is going to come to an end every time our cell phones die or freeze up.

Don’t take anything for granted, appreciate life and be thankful for the advances in technology we have seen in our lifetime.

The fact that the loss of Internet connection could ruin our day just amazes me.

If you still have your health and you still have your family and friends, don’t you think that is enough to be thankful for and enough to make you want to go about the rest of your day smiling?

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