Blogging from Brookside in Kansas City: Always Grateful for the Riches Taken For Granted

Always Grateful for the Riches Taken For Granted

The November challenge is always a pleasure...because I feel the older we get, the more grateful we are.  And as I look back through the decades, I feel extraordinarily lucky that I haven't experienced the numerous deaths, tragedies, illnesses, gun violence, etc that so many people have.  Sometimes I wonder, when's my number up?


This is the time of year when people think of giving more: donating to a toy drive, food bank, serving at a soup kitchen.  There are so very many people in need, and my husband and I do give to various charitable organizations, plus volunteer.  I've never been homeless, or seriously injured, or not had enough money to repair a vehicle.  Yet the stats tell us that so many families struggle to get through each day trying to make it with enough food, daycare and shelter. Sometime the situation is due to a job loss, or domestic violence, or mental illness or..whatever.   Wages have not kept up with inflation and I don't believe they ever will. It's more difficult now  to enter, or keep, the basics of a middle class lifestyle: owning a home, saving for college, retirment, child care, staying out of debt -- and on and on. 




So I am grateful for those everyday riches that are out of reach for so many people:  enough to eat, reliable transportation, a warm down comforter on my bed and a healthy family.  Yes, I have worked hard for these 'riches' but I also know part of it seems like luck.  I saw the car running the light and stopped so it didn't hit me; my kids didn't become addicts; my husband's prostrate cancer is treatable at this time.  All of it could change tomorrow, so today, I'm grateful for the everyday riches I have.  I do not take them for granted.




Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

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Comment balloon 5 commentsMary Hutchison, SRES, ABR • November 11 2019 06:09PM


Being thankful is well expressed by your mentioning of things we usually take for granted. Thank you for sharing. Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 8 months ago

HI Mary- I could not have said it any better. We have so much to be thankful for and I'm not talking about big cars and houses. We have good relatively good health, a roof over our heads and so much more. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago


What a beautiful post, and feeling  rich everyday is a wonderful way to live.  I enjoyed this. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

What a wonderful "spin" on gratitude, May. We have so much to be grateful for and often forget. And if we take a bit of time to think about it, we are all "richer" than we sometimes realize.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning Mary - understanding our abundance is part of gratitude.  It is luck too but it great to look at the positive that always exists.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago