Posted by: Anne | November 29, 2014

not grief but gratitude

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus

What does that look like?

* Maybe when you find yourself stuck in traffic, you rejoice that you have the privilege of driving.

* Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.

* Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

* Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

* Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

* Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

* Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

* Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness, or insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be them!

There will always be things you don’t have and that don’t go your way. Don’t let the bad blind you to all the good in your life.

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