“Take a moment to appreciate what you have.”
We are constantly adapting, constantly faced with new days and new stimuli. We meet new people, each with their own experiences and desires, hopes and dreams. And observing them from the outside, we catch only a very surface level image of what is actually going on. And when that happens, we can sometimes envy what others have, and completely lose sight of everything that we, ourselves have.
It’s normal, it’s natural, and it’s probably happened to us at some point. So what can be done about it? Take a moment to realize that what you see isn’t the entire picture. Once that is done and accepted, create a list of everything that is good in YOUR life. It could be anything from the people to the possessions to the places you’ve visited or the dreams you are slowly reaching towards. It’s easy to want something. And that desire is even greater when you forget all the little somethings you already have.
But this isn’t just something to do when the green envy bug bites. This is something you can do at any point during your day. Some people do it just before bed, and make a mental checklist of everything they have to be thankful for and appreciate. Others do it at the start of their day as a way to move forward with a smile on your face. I do it randomly. Anytime something makes me even the slightest bit happy, I take a moment, step back, and frame it alongside every other good thing that’s made me smile recently. In this way, every little moment of joy becomes a major source of optimism, energy, and strength.
So do it now. Take a moment to appreciate what you have. And smile about it. Because odds are if you can read this, you have more than you think…