I have on occasion thought about each person in my world.
I might see that they have more in intelligence (Well, I think that) or they might be able to see, or they might be able to drive a car and go where they want when they want, or they might have more education such as college, or they might play piano or sing better than me (Well, I think that too when I compare) or I think they have a happier marriage or they’re alone and don’t have to please or answer to a spouse.
If I really delve into this little idea, I don’t really know the childhood they had—even if they give it to me in great detail. I don’t know what they struggle with in all the areas of life or what’s pervading their minds or what physical pain they either have had are having or will have.
When I compare, I’m only looking at what I think they have that I don’t have; and I discount or don’t know the hardships they have had or are having.
It all comes down to……………………………would I trade places with them? And WITHOUT EXCEPTION, I’ve always said “NO!” When it gets right down to the nitty gritty, I want to be just where I am – not in the past (because I’d have to do exactly what I did then because that was the only light I had at that time). I wouldn’t want to be in the future because I wouldn’t have the wisdom of what Life is teaching me today.
So after that little exercise; I think I could find many circumstances, people and things to be thankful for!