Complaining in America

We forget how blessed we really are.

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(19) virgil, May 10, 2012 6:45 AM


yes,we are truly blessed,just by the fact our G;d allows us to wake up every morning,things may get bad,but comparing to other countries we are doing pretty good,what we must fear that the more thank less we are the more away we might get from G;d,then less blessings we might receive

(18) Anonymous, May 10, 2012 3:55 AM

prosperity vs, posterity

With all due respect,I think the word you wanted to use was prosperity not posterity.

(17) Anonymous, May 10, 2012 3:46 AM

one more thing

besides counting out blessings, meaning, every time you have a minute of peace, like drinking that hot cup of coffee, or going for a walk on a beautiful day, or any moment where nothing is bothering you, notice, and thank g-d. However, there is another important thing we must do - all the horrors in the world are caused by people who are arrogant and human being haters. Make a point to be nice to everyone, Always say "good morning" or whatever greeting at that time of day. Teaching yourself to be nice to everyone is ahavas yisroel, (if it is a Jew) and loving every human being - because they are also g-ds creations.

(16) Steve Cordova, May 9, 2012 9:28 PM

Nothing wrong with wanting to make it better

Sure we have it better in the U.S. than other people who live in countries like Syria, and we should be thankful for that. But being thankful that we are better off than those who live in tyranny is no excuse for turning a blind eye to the injustices that exist within our government as well. It is true that it is necessary to take a balanced approach and not let the horrors of the world dominate over our perception of the world, but the other side of that is to try and make things better. Governments around the world are corrupted by crony capitalism, and as a result the system is rigged so that most of the opportunities in the world go to those who have the means and the power to influence policy. And yet in the midst of all this people either turn a blind eye because they are distracted by media or because they rationalize some reason as to why we should allow things to continue to operate as they do. I believe that having faith in God is good so long as one takes it in balance. It is not good when people let religion and a belief in God blind them from their own role in the world. God helps those who help themselves, and this notion that we should just allow our fate to be guided in God's hands can not be applied when dealing with issues of government corruption and corporate greed. To allow one's self to to believe that God will some how save humanity from the evils of human beings who seek power and greed is a limiting and disempowering notion that serves those who seek to use our belief in God to acquiesce to their corrupt authority.

(15) David, May 9, 2012 1:14 PM

Truly, one of your best

Thank you

(14) Trudy Adwar, May 9, 2012 2:29 AM

She's "right on" and expressed it beautifully.

Most of us, or almost all of us, forget how fortunate we are to be living in this country. We have opportunity, we have freedom and we have such a beautiful country. . We must remember to thank Hashem every day for what He has given us.

(13) mkk, May 8, 2012 10:00 PM

perspective on life

I think we have to view the glass as being half full and not half empty.

(12) shoshana, May 8, 2012 9:38 PM

i wish ALL americans heard this

i'm so happy you brought this up! I read/ hear about how horrible this country is to minorities (usually liberals!) and always the economy is so bad! but americans don't realize whta their lives would be like if they were in other parts of the world! peopel in america know they can complain about the government and are free! in many countries they would be in jail or killed! if only evryoen heard Lori's point they would be quiet!

(11) Anonymous, May 8, 2012 7:23 PM

so what's good enough?

So, we are better off than the Syrians and Sudanese. Is that really good enough?

(10) Anonymous, May 8, 2012 5:48 PM

Count your Blessings...

When I was a little girl, a favorite song we used to sing in Sunday School was Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One...All of us should count our blessings, naming and remembering each and every one...Be truly thankful and pass it on.

(9) ed walls, May 8, 2012 4:56 PM


thank you for bringing me back to earth........we are blessed beyond belief

(8) Danial, May 8, 2012 4:49 PM

Rainbows Everywhere

I appreciated Lori's video. As a paraplegic I find it easy to complain about life; that was until I met and became friends with guys that are blind, or quadraplegic, or laying in hospitals wishing, hoping and praying that they could be rolling around like I do. It makes me grateful to Hashem for all that I have, not what I don't have. If you look you'll realize rainbows everywhere.

(7) Antonio Perez, May 8, 2012 4:08 PM

Count our blessings

Thank you Lori for reminding us. And, we should also thank G-d for those blessings. G-d bless you too Lori.

(6) Anonymous, May 8, 2012 1:01 PM

Good point Lori - yes I am a complainer too. Sometimes we don't stop and think how furunate we really are until we acually sit back and count our blessings or pick up a newspaper and find what really goes on in the world. I live in Canada where the economic crisis the media is touting for the past 4 years is almost non-existant and when you hear of people loosing their homes, jobs, ect it really hits you.

(5) Ze'ev, May 8, 2012 2:48 AM

Some of these comments are quite ridiculous. It's almost as if people totally missed the point of this video. It's not about traffic or the fact that America also has it's problems. It's about putting things into perspective and focus more on the positive and not focusing so much on the negative. We should count our blessings and be grateful for what we do have and remember that life is not supposed to be perfect. Pirkei Avos says that the rich person is the one who is happy with their lot. PS Lori, it seems like you talk to taxi drivers quite a bit (in Israel and in the US). I too have found you can learn a lot from interacting with people who some other people may not think to speak at length with. Who is wise? He who learns from every man. < Also a quote from Pirkei Avos aka the greatest collection of wisdom in all of literature.

SusanE, May 8, 2012 1:43 PM

The Negative needs Examining and Fixing

If we focus only on the positive, we won't notice how to repair the world. The positive doesn't need repair. The negative does. Nothing wrong with BEING positive. Ignoring the negative is dangerous and deadly.

(4) ALBERTO, May 8, 2012 12:43 AM

we don't see everything we have

sometimes we don't see everything we have for our complaint.

(3) Anonymous, May 6, 2012 5:00 PM

Probs In America

Yes. You are right about how people are consistently complaining instead of appreciating their blessings. But America has a whole lot of mighty problems themselves, and it's not just countries around the world that are suffering. And each and every person is going through crazy struggles. It's sometimes hard to feel human when so many people are going through such hardships and your going through your own and you wonder who cares enough to help.

(2) SusanE, May 6, 2012 3:47 PM

I Love the Train Too.

Why would one spoil a perfectly nice train ride by reading words slanted by advertisers and politics who call it a 'news' paper? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I agree with Yisroel, the taxi driver is here in the US making a living just like each of us. When there are obstructions in our way and when working is frustrating we complain. His complaint was genuine. Lori might have listened and learned from the driver. He might have had an idea to make the corruption and greed in the city's transportation systems less. Ideas from someone with a different perspective (including a heavy accent) are always enriching.

(1) Yisroel, May 6, 2012 1:32 PM

The Magnitude of a Problem

Try as I may, I can't find a single thing to fault the poor taxi driver with. That there are problems going on in various places in the world is no reason to muffle that man's cries for a better system of auto traffic control in the cities of this country. Admittedly, fixing the problem that is so bothering him will hardly make a dent in the totality of worldwide suffering and hardship. But every little bit counts. If each of us chips in, no matter how seemingly infinitesimal the individual contribution, collectively they will all add up and produce a tangible and noticeable change. That's what we need to do: encourage everyone to give according to his ability. Better traffic for cabbies is, indeed, a part of the greater solution.


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