Society encourages us to want, want, want.  We deserve more and we deserve it now!  Isn’t it easy to get caught up in the frenzy?

A saying I heard long ago really resonated with me regarding this.  “It’s not about having what you want; it’s about wanting what you have.”   

Wow.  That’s a seriously out-of-the-box concept. When I step back and really let it sink in, it is powerful!  Sometimes I get discouraged about not measuring up or having the latest greatest something.

All the hard work of recovery can lead to resentment and feeling like we got cheated.  Unfortunately, this flawed thinking can seriously delay our healing process and contribute to depression and illness.  But that quote reminds me I can be satisfied.

Scientific research is even discovering what God has built into us; the ability to promote our physical and mental health by being grateful.

Harvard Medical School, Web MD and The New York Times all have great articles about the benefits of having an Attitude of Gratitude.  They have some practical suggestions for how to incorporate it as well.

When I take the time to stop and smell the roses (or lavender) I am reminded to hop off the gerbil wheel and enjoy life because I’m thankful for:

Loving husband, visits from my kids, sassy girl-power songs, freedom to worship, loud concerts, quiet walks, robins singing, raindrops on leaves, handwritten cards in the mail, strangers smiling, singing like a lunatic in my car, friendship, giggling girls, hungry boys, hot running water, surprise bouquets, crazy road trips, God’s whispers, I love you texts, double rainbows, silliness, chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, fast motorcycle rides, slow sunsets, basketball games, second chances, puppy breath, flying flags, crashing waterfalls, books, new socks.

How about you, what are you grateful for? You can share a comment at the top of this post.