May 8

Today's quotation:

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.  Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought if you did not have them.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Today's Meditation:

It's so easy to focus on what we lack!  After all, there are many commercials and advertisements that insist that we need more, and they certainly know just what we need, don't they?  And our neighbors keep on getting new things, things that we'd love to have ourselves.  And people keep inventing new gadgets that we simply cannot do without--and until we get them, it's very easy to keep focused on how much we want them.

But there are many things that I have that I take for granted, too.  If I didn't have a car, I most certainly would be longing to have one.  And without a computer, I'd spend a lot of time focusing on all the cool things that I could do if I just had a computer!  Even simple things such as our coffee maker and toaster add something very positive to my life, and I would sorely miss them if they were gone.

This kind of exercise can help us to build appreciation for all that we have--and when we appreciate those things, we see their value in our lives.  When we see their value, we tend to feel that we need fewer things in addition to what we have already.

Our perspective helps to paint our days--it helps us to see our world through a positive filter or through a negative one.  And how we see the world is our choice, depending on where we place our attention and how we see what we're attending to.  There are many beautiful things and people in my life--but do I recognize them for what they are and appreciate their presence?

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you take for granted?

What would your life be like if you focused mainly on what you have already, with appreciation for those things and people?

Why is it so easy to focus on things that we lack?

For further thought:

It is the preoccupation with possession,
more than anything else, that prevents
people from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell

  

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