Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
There are many reasons (or rather excuses) we have for not focusing on what we are grateful for:
We focus on what needs improvement and the many things we still have to get done.
We focus on all the bad stuff in our lives, about others and in the world.
We’re too busy and stressed out.
We’re waiting for things to work out perfectly (which they almost never do).
We don’t want to brag (especially now, when lots of people are going through tough times).
We pay a lot of attention to what we don’t have, what we want and what we think we should get.
While all of these reasons make sense and are understandable, they simply and sadly get in our way of tapping into one of the most powerful emotions and states of beings we have access to the power of gratitude.
Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
You are who you are and you have what you have, right now. You may feel like you don’t have much, or anything at all, but you have your mind to inspire you. And that’s what you need to go forward in your life.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”