As a kid, I insisted my dad read me the same book again and again. “It Could Be Worse,” was about an old man who would consistently look for a silver lining when horrible things happened. He tells his grandchildren (who think he’s terribly dull) a story about a giant bird lifting him out of bed one night and dropping him in the mountains. He declared “it could be worse,” just before he was chased to the sea by a snow monster. He was promptly swallowed by a giant goldfish- or was
that Jonah? Well, you get the idea. At the end of his story of outrageous danger and mishaps, he
discovers a giant newspaper to fly home on. He asks the kids, “Now what do you think of that?” Of
course, they hug him and cheer, “COULD BE WORSE!”
My dad would read the words “could be worse” with a smile and an expression that’s so funny to me; I
still laugh about it now.
It became a mantra of sorts between Dad and I. When things were bad, “it could be worse.” When I got my first C in the third grade, he said it. When I crashed my grandfather’s Mustang, he said it. When he
bought me a replacement car that required me to climb in through the driver’s window or kick the door
open from the inside to get out, it was an adventure. It certainly could have been worse.
And it has been worse. Life has become progressively more difficult to manage over the years. Keeping a positive attitude feels damn near impossible much of the time.
But it could be worse.
I’m not making light of the troubles of this world, but let’s not think about the bad stuff that happened
this year. Let’s not think of the garbage heading our way next year. This Thanksgiving, let’s just remember that it could be worse. We still have a whole lot to be thankful for. If you’re able to read this, then you have working eyes, fingers to click with and sufficient education to understand the written word. These simple things put you far ahead of 2/3’s of the population of the planet.
Being thankful for the little things feels good, even if just for a moment, before you go back to the worries and pace of the holiday season.
Wishing you and yours a peaceful Thanksgiving from Adorable Chaos