Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction behind here in the Northeast. Having been a news reporter before myself, I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who were on the scene doing live shots in dangerous conditions. Seeing and hearing of the material loss that many have suffered and even worse, the lives lost from fallen trees and even electrocution is enough to send people into a self depression. But when events like these occur, challenging and questioning our mortality and that of our loved ones, these are the times to be thankful for what we DO have – our health, our families, our good friends, food, water, and shelter.
It is human nature to compare ourselves to others and to have wants and needs, particularly if you live in Manhattan where you can clearly see the dichotomy between the rich and poor everyday. It is natural to compare ourselves to others who are more successful, more rich, and more beautiful than we are and to want more.
But events like Hurricane Sandy are a reminder for us as we sit safely in our homes, to reflect on what is going well in our lives. I’m sure each and every one of you can think of 3 things to be grateful for. It is something I try to do everyday. Today I am grateful for my health, thankful for the safety of my family and friends from the hurricane, and grateful that I can buy beautiful fresh flowers like these spider mums, to decorate my work space.
So take some time today to reflect on three things that you are thankful for in your life. Daily gratitude can go a long way to bring peace and happiness into your life. It can help to reduce anxiety and stress by reducing the amount of times you compare yourself to others. By being thankful of something in your life everyday, you can train your mind to think more positively and optimistically, and this will contribute to your physical and mental health.
Too often I hear from people, complaints about this and that – why they can’t get dates or why they can’t lose weight or why they got divorced and so on and so forth. Meanwhile, they fail to realize that they have their health, a good job, their youth, their beauty, and the ability to afford nicer things than most people.
So if you ever find yourself comparing yourself to someone else and wondering why you can’t be what they are, take a step back and look at all the blessings in your life. Just maybe that particular person may not have all the wonderful blessings that you DO.