I have often heard of people having those "A-Ha" moments and thought to myself, "What a bunch of crap!" But as I was driving that long commute to work early this morning, I actually had one.
Six days a weeks I drive 35 miles on I-75 to a small town where I work. At 5:30 in the morning, there isn't much traffic... usually just me and the truckers. Often my mind wanders as I listen to the radio or some CD. On this morning, I was thinking on how much I would like something... some material object that is out of my financial reach. When all of a sudden it hit me. I HAVE A GOOD LIFE!
That made me stop my wandering mind and actually focus on what I HAVE. I may not own my own home, but the apartment where I have lived for the past 10 years is nice. Small, yes, but just enough for me. The furnishings are quite lovely, and I am comfortable there. I keep it up (OCD won't let me do otherwise) and have had many compliments on it. I may not drive an expensive luxury car, but drive a newer Nissan that I really like. My job may not be in the field I choose, but it IS a job, and I have met some interesting people there. It pays well, and at times I actually enjoy being at work. I don't go hungry, all the bills are paid on time, I'm not in debt of any kind, and if there is something I want, I can usually obtain it. I may not be as thin or as in shape as I once was.... but for a woman pushing 45 I look damn good! My close friends are few, but they love me unconditionally and are always there for me.
Then I thought about those that have very little. How many of them could only wish to trade lives with me?
So now, when I'm a bit depressed for whatever reason, I will think about this. So what if I have gained a few pounds. So what if I can't afford to take that vacation to Italy. So what if I have to work two weeks straight without a day off. SO WHAT!! I HAVE!!
Now when I have to wake up at 3:30am to prepare for work, I will count my many blessings. And only hope that YOU will, too. Before you start to whine and cry over what you don't have, take a moment and reflect on what you DO have. There are many who could only wish to have it so good!
Many Blessings ♥☽O☾♥