When people are asked, “where do you want to be?” Is the answer ever, “right here, right now.” No, it’s I wish I was finished with my graduate program, I wish we were engaged, I wish I could afford a house like so-and so, I wish I was vacationing in the South of France.
Therein lies our problem. We are so quick to wish the precious present away that we don’t even enjoy it. The way I see it, we’re throwing away our joy.If you’ve been keeping up with my “Finding Your Joy” series you’ve probably read that I think gratitude is the answer to experiencing joy in your daily life.
One’s perspective separates the sincerely happy people from those who pretend to be happy. I mean, it makes sense right? The person who looks forward to his morning newspaper and quick coffee with his wife, the woman who takes advantage of her lunch break to step outside and get some sun, the man who doesn’t care if he spills coffee on his khakis because they’re just a pair of pants, the person who is thankful she got stuck in some extra traffic because at least she’s safe.
Those who pause and can see the good in the mundane, choose a lifestyle of gratitude. Nothing is ordinary, or most of life is – it’s your choice.