We often overlook or fail to value all that we have… most of us no longer appreciate the ‘little’ things in life; a warm cup of coffee, the way the air smells just before it rains, a set of nice clean clothes, beautiful clean skin glowing after a nice bath or shower, good food and good friends. So let’s take a little mental meander to remind us …..that things could be worse.
Imagine that you have to get up early in the morning for a very important meeting; knowing this you toss and turn and sleep does not come easily. Then in a seemingly short time your alarm clock wakes you from what little sleep you had. You stumble out of bed, have a quick shower, grab a cup of coffee and some toast, and off you go to fight the traffic on the way to work.
Does the above sound like the start of a terrible day? Most would answer ‘yes’. Some people however, would answer, ‘no’. These people are blessed with an attitude which determines how they view their life.
For them, the situation described could be worse. For example, think of the man who doesn’t have a bed, let alone a roof to cover his head. When he wakes from what little sleep he is able to get, it due to the rain falling on his cold body. He too stumbles to his feet and begins his journey to work,… bare foot. His work is in the field of survival. He searches through garbage cans for scraps of half-rotten food to eat and odd bits of clothes to keep him warm.
Live with appreciation for what you have and from time to time focus a little of your attention on the needs of others for it too will create a sense of well being and gratitude in your life. Mother Teresa was a primary example of this phenomenon. Her entire life revolved around helping others in need. As a result she experienced a great deal of love and self-satisfaction in her life.
Here is an apt quote to illustrate the point a little further "I once was distraught because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet." – Unknown