It is so easy to get caught up in our own day-to-day issues that we often forget the beauty and abundance all around us. Pay attention to all of your complaints today. You might be frustrated that the car keeps breaking down and costing all of your money. Perhaps your bicycle– your only means of transportation– got a flat tire and made you late for work. Maybe you are just upset that your boss is insensitive or incompetent, or both; or perhaps you regret not having a job at all. A woman from Iran who is following this blog keeps me updated on her life through the “contact” tab on the homepage of my website. She has helped teach me to put my own frustrations in perspective. Without going into too many details, she lives a difficult life. Amazingly, she is inspired to make the most of her experience, and because at her core she is one with divinity, she has every ability that we all have to be happy in this moment.
Everything you or I do every day is done to make us feel good. We often forget this, but really everything that is done, is done to make us feel good. The miracle of life is this: feeling good is a choice. Anger, love, frustration, gratitude– all choices. If you choose, you can feel good in your current circumstances. Yes, you can choose to be happy right now, even if you are struggling for daily bread in the middle of an oppressive country. Take a minute to see what I’m talking about.
Meanwhile, true story; last week an acquaintance on Facebook wrote this post: “hard to complain about a trip to Maui [Hawaii], but a two-hour delay is sure a real pain…”
Some of us choose to find things to complain about in the middle of paradise, while others choose to be full of gratitude despite their struggles. Which camp are you usually in?
By the way, you are already rich. Don’t believe me? Read this.
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