The Buddha would say that wanting what you do not or cannot have is the source of much suffering. On that, I think he was right.
Once we acquire what we wanted, how quickly do we move on to wanting something else? I do it. Guilty as charged. But, I think this is common--just part of being a person.
Let's take a moment today to reflect on what we do have, right now. Let's give thanks for the good in our lives, and really spend some time appreciating all the wonderful things we already have.
I'll start with a list of things in my life that I am grateful for, and I'd love it if you did the same in the comments. Let's have a conversation about what is good in the here and now.
- The food in my fridge
- A warm bed to sleep in
- Good health
- People who can and have forgiven
- Friends with whom to laugh or cry
- Family that supports my endeavors
- A secure job
- A safe neighborhood
I know good and well that not everyone has what is on my list. For each and every single one of them, I am lucky.
Listing them all is a powerful way to truly appreciate what you have, right now, right in front of you.
Relish those things. You may be struggling. You may be out of a job. You may not be in the best of health. But by looking around at what we do have, it's a little easier to deal with what we don't.
Now it's your turn. What in your life right now are you most thankful for?[Photo by dan paluska]