Our meaning of happiness today has gotten quite skewed, in the fact that, the littlest things in life (and often the most non-essential things in life) are elevated as important; while the bigger (and often most important things in life) will take a back-seat to our everyday lives.
Let me give you an example. Recently, I was talking with a co-worker during one of our coffee-breaks. And we were discussing how my pregnancy was progressing?
At that time I was 6 months pregnant, and having very minimal complications.
I was very excited to tell her how happy I was to feel the baby kicking, and that I couldn’t wait to see my belly move as my child secretly rolled around in my belly.
She asked me if I had everything I needed for when the baby comes, And I said “I’m getting there, but I wished I didn’t live in an apartment but rather had my own house where I could decorate a nursery for my baby-boy.”
It was in my co-workers next statement that made me really think about my attitude of gratefulness. In those precious minutes, my co-worker gave me a great lesson to live by:
“Steph, alot people today are living life craving for that 20% they feel is missing in their life, because they feel that with that 20% they will acheive happiness [beyond measure]. But the truth is, we should actually be grateful to God for that 80% in life that is actually meaningful; and good.”
WHOA! Talk about a reality check! That little dose of reality made me realize that life was good for me and my husband! Sure, we had circumstances to overcome with a new baby on the way, BUT we had a new apartment we loved, food to eat, jobs that we could provide for our families, and whole lot of love from our family and friends. What were decorations in a nursery compared to that!
This “life-lesson” from my co-worker was one that stuck with me, and made me more appreciative of the things in my life. It gave me a daily challenge to live everyday with the attitude of gratefulness. No matter what circumstances were going on in my life.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Are you thankful for the 80% in your life? How do you show this thankfulness in your life? How does the above story change your view of the 20% in your life?