This morning I woke up with this thought: we look, but do not see. Where the thought came from, I do not know. Maybe it was something I dreamed, or as my daughter used to say when she was small, "Mommy, I saw it in my eyes".
We look at our lives and we think about all the things we would like to have, the things we would like to do and be. We have bucket lists for adventures, a 100 places we would like to see before we are sixty, five year and ten year goal plans and expectations to be met. All of that is great. It is awesome to have plans and goals to strive for. It is often exactly this which gives us hope and a reason to carry on. However, sometimes we are so busy looking forward to what we want that we fail to see what it is we already have.
We dream of having a better job, but in the process forget to value the job we do have. We take it for granted, yet the fact is that just having a job in the present economic climate is very close to a miracle! It is a huge blessing. Ask anybody who wonders where the next meal for his family will come from. If only we realized what a privilege it is to be employed we would go to work everyday with a song of joy in our hearts.
Do you look at other people's beautiful houses or cars and dream of having a similar house or a grander car? Yet, you fail to see the heartache which they may be carrying with them? Do you notice the many homeless taking shelter wherever they can find it? If you did, you would see your humble home for the palace it is, you would give thanks for your feet that can walk and take you where you need to go.
We look at our friends and neighbours jet setting all over the world and we wish we too could go off to exotic places, eating extravagant dishes and sipping martini's on a cruise ship, yet we do not see the beauty of the sunset from our own little stoep, and we are oblivious to the early morning breeze at the break of dawn and the happy song of the birds in our own backyard. We hardly notice the wholesome home-cooked meal we enjoy at dinner time.
Maybe it is time to remove the "I Want" glasses and rather shout out exuberantly "Thank You! I have!"
Let us take a good look and see, really see, all that we have to be grateful for. Blessings to you.