Today I am grateful for my glasses and how they help me see better. I am also grateful for how pausing in prayer and reflection also helps me see more clearly.
What I don't have that I don't want. This is a source of gratitude not always considered.
We probably all spend some time wishing for things we want but don't have. But regular gratitude practice helps minimize how much time I spend wanting new stuff. If I fully appreciate what I have, I don't feel like I am missing out.
Sure, I would like a master bedroom with an attached bathroom. But I am grateful for the nice bedroom we have and the full bathroom just steps away. Come to think of it, I'm grateful for a spacious and stable roof over our heads, electricity, and running water. And my husband Darcy who I wake up next to each morning.
There's a flip side to this too. I can also be grateful to not have things I don't want. I am grateful I don't have chronic pain, money problems, injuries that would keep me from running, an active addiction, food allergies, or family members who have disowned me.
When I start complaining about what I don't have that I wish I did, I am reminded to pause in gratitude for that which I do have. And also for that which I don't have and am glad I don't.