Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold. – Maurice Selter
We love food in the Benzakein household. Eli will often come and ask me what healthy food he can eat in order to have the junk food that he really wants. There have been times that I’ve made his favorite foods including his favorite dessert, and he would tell me he suddenly didn’t like what I knew was his favorite foods or that he was full after 3 bites but could he still have dessert? Can’t say I blame him? I’ve been known to rush through some darn tasty meals because I was in a hurry to get to the yummy dessert.
As the one who ususally prepares the meals, I’ve even been complimented before with the following: “This is great, but what’s for dessert?” (As I’ve said before, a compliment is NOT a compliment if it contains a “but”.)
How many times are we blind to the good in front of us because we’re looking past it for something better? It’s like having that really great meal but not really tasting any of it because you’re dying to get to that really good dessert.
How often do we really take the time to appreciate the good things in life… the things right in front of us or around us right now?
Take a second look at your goals. Are they building on the good already in your life? Are you taking full advantage of the strengths you already have? Is it worth giving up what you have for what you might have? In many cases, the answer is yes. To that I whole-heartedly say “Go for it!” Those are the meaningful goals.
If the answer is no, try reworking your goals to include ones that complement your present life rather than substitute for it. Whatever the answer is for you, we could all use a little more appreciation for the pieces of silver in our lives.