It is so easy to stop and smell the Roses, but how many of us do? And if we do, is it not a little clouded with, I wish they were mine? Ah those metaphorical roses do seem sweeter in someone else’s garden.
We are prone to forget our own. We have so much. The fact that you are reading this means that you are richer than about 90% of the world’s population. You probably have enough food and clothes, somewhere safe to live, you are probably not in immediate danger from religious or ethnic persecution, you probably have some sort of education, you have access to the Internet and free time.
And that is just the beginning.
I have a job, family and friends. Loose change (good bye uni student days). It may not sound like much, but it should. Too long have we believed lies about needing everything new and flashy, or maybe it masquerades as ‘financial security’. It is good, but not as the main thing in life. It is a tool, a means to an end, not an end in itself.
So make a list. The five finger ed list is fine. Make a list about what are thankful for. And it makes sense to thank the person who gave them to you. In most cases (I think ‘all’), God is the benefactor.