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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Appreciate What You Have

A few weeks ago, I encouraged you to "Count Your Blessings." As I told you then, our blessings are infinite. So I hope you’re still counting.

But there's a subtle difference between "Count Your Blessings" and today's secret, "Appreciate What You Have."

Can you see it? It's simple, really.

The fact is, not everything we have is what we might call a "blessing."

How about a cold? Or cancer?

How about a difficult kid? "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is," said King Lear, "To have a thankless child."

How about a crappy job? Or a run-down house? Or a beat-up car?

Is it just possible to stop and appreciate those things?

There are lots of little mental tricks you can use, comparing yourself to others, etc.

But in the end, the ultimate trick is just to appreciate these things.

"Happiness," someone said, "isn't getting what you want. It's wanting what you get." (That's a pretty good paraphrase of the Buddha's "Four Noble Truths.")

So look around at what you've got, whatever it is. Be grateful for it. Say "Thanks." Appreciate it.

You'll be happier.

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