How much time do you think the average person spends evaluating the circumstances of their life? Before you answer, I want you to take a look at the word “evaluate”. According to Dictionary.com the word evaluate is a verb meaning “to determine or set the value or amount of; appraise: or, to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of:” So, when I say ‘evaluating’, I mean actually dissecting the various circumstances and condition.
Often, when I meet someone who asks me how am I doing, especially someone I really know, I respond with “I am doing well. Things could be better. But they could be a whole lot worse.” Many times, that statement is enough to cause them to stop and think and maybe even respond back with a smile. They’d say “You know, what you said is so true. It really could be a lot worse. Thank God, it is the way it is.”
Understandably, many people would consider it an upgrade to be in the very place where we express unhappiness. Imagine how many people would love to be able to get up and go to work today but can’t for whatever reason. Countless people would give anything to be in a relationship with someone with whom they can respectfully disagree with. Leftovers mean that there was something left. We were fortunate enough to have a meal. Whereas there are others who wonder where the next meal is coming from.
For some reason, it seems our society feels as though we should be entitled to a good life. It is common to look at ads on TV or in magazines and feel deprived of something. Please understand, I think everyone should desire to live a satisfying life but not everyone will. And for most individuals who achieve that status, they did so out of great effort and hard work.
I want the finer things in life and am willing to continually work to attain them. But I understand that I am not promised a life of luxury. So in the interim, I strive to develop an attitude of gratitude. There are so many people who would jump at the opportunity to trade places with me. And the same is probably true for you too.
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