I was sent an article a few weeks ago, originally written by a lady named Regina Brett about her “50 Life lessons”. All are very thought provoking, but I picked this one to share with you:
“Envy is a waste of time…”
Unfortunately, our modern media plays hard with our emotions when it comes to envy: we see adverts daily (hourly?) showing us the latest gadgets, the luxurious holidays, the sleek new cars, the beautiful bodies that other people have (implying that to be happy, we should want to have them too).
I don’t know about you, but I have bookmarks to many online stores with associated ‘Wishlists’ for items that I covet, having seen them in adverts on the TV or in magazines (or being worn by friends or colleagues!), not to mention the weekly lottery tickets, bought in the hope of becoming the next millionaire. And I’m happy when I receive presents from my wishlists at Christmas and for Birthdays or get the odd small prize from the Lottery fund, but it’s not long before I’ve filled up my Amazon list and am wishing for the next new thing.
Regina Brett’s lesson reminded me that too much of this can be very depressing, so instead of wishlists, I’ve started to create ‘Thank you lists’ instead. It’s actually far more satisfying and I find that I start my day feeling altogether more positive! See what you think….
Start off by creating a daily list with 10 things that you have now or that are important to you, that you are thankful for. It should only take you a few minutes.
Here is my list from this morning:
After an eventful training session last night, I find I am not broken this morning
The cats didn’t fight before breakfast
I found the last 2 jars of homemade hedgerow jam in the fridge
Tesco is delivering my shopping this afternoon instead of me having to go and buy it and bring it home
We have another person interested in viewing our house
There are primroses in the garden
My husband isn’t starting work until late this evening so we get to have dinner together
- The online computer game I play is back working (having been off line all weekend), and my husband is out so I get to play, uninterrupted
- My phone still has charge this morning, despite me forgetting to charge it up last night
“…You already have what you need”
Today has been a good day.
(Contrary to what you may read on any number of internet sites, Regina Brett is nowhere near 90 years old. You can read the rest of her ‘50 life lessons’ here: http://www.reginabrett.com/ )