Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had a fascination with learning about the Great Depression. I had “Kit” the American Girl Doll who’s story took place in the 1930’s and I read her books more times than I can recall. There was this intrigue with having to live with the bare necessities yet being happy and contented.
I recently came across this article on The Frugal Farmer of firsthand stories from the Great Depression. These stories are short accounts from the people who were just kids in the 1930’s and tell first hand what it was like growing up in that time. I absolutely enjoyed reading through them and came to a better appreciation of what I have been blessed with in today’s world. Yes, obviously there were those in dire situations and great poverty, but there were also those who were poor and didn’t even know it. They grew up being content with little things and were close to those they loved.
I’d encourage you to take a few minutes and read this great article. Once you’re done, sit back and evaluate your life and current situation.
Are you content with what you’ve been given?
Are you always wishing for more, more, more?
Do you have the basic necessities taken care of….plus some?
Do you complain about little things like not having a good Wi-Fi signal or the long line at Starbucks?
Are you appreciative of the little meaningful things in life like evening board games, family movies, a hike in the great outdoors, or simply working together as a family?
We have so much to make our lives enjoyable, even when money IS tight, that compared to those who live in the Great Depression or those in third world countries today, we are rich. It’s easy to compare our lives to those around us and fail to take into consideration all that God’s given us; fail to realize we’ve been given so so much that we have no room to complain.