“Think, for a moment, about a day in which we wake and remember what we already have, the blessings that we have already been given, the things that we have already earned, the love that we have already found,” writes Andrew Bienkowski, a Polish psychologist.
We are prone, he observes, to focus on our “wants” instead of our “haves”. But we could, alternatively, approach our present situation thinking this:
“I have breath!”
“I have life!”
“I have shelter”
“I am here…”
Imagine starting each new day by saying this a few times over, before the worries and the fears rush in. Breath, life, shelter, presence – perhaps the greatest gifts we could receive, and yet the very things we are most likely to take for granted.
And here’s a thought… “If you are in a position to take things for granted,” writes Bienkowski, “you are already blessed beyond your needs.”
From: Less Is More, Spirituality for Busy Lives, by Brian Draper