We worry when we feel like we’re behind. When we worry, we have a hard time seeing the opportunities that surround us.
It is part of the human condition to compare ourselves to others. Our natural tendency is to compare ourselves to those whom we think are doing “better” than us. We feel behind when our friends and neighbors drive nicer cars, live in larger homes, and take more expensive vacations. Even though we live in a world of miracles and abundance, we often see ourselves as simply struggling to keep up.
The truth is no matter how well we do, or how much we have, there will always be someone who is doing better or has more. Gratitude is the antidote to those feelings of being left behind. When we pause for a moment and focus on all the blessings in our life, we can feel richer, fortunate, and calmer.
Take a moment and write down ten things you are grateful for in your life. They don’t have to be big things; they can be anything that cultivates a sense of gratitude. It can be a simple as having gratitude that we have the ability to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day of the year.
As the sense of gratitude engulfs you, take a deep breath and look for the abounding opportunities around you. Can you see them more clearly?