I found myself sitting at Les Schwab today, sipping an ice-cold Diet Pepsi… feeling very grumpy and dissatisfied.
Then it hit me: I’ve got nothing to complain about. There are literally billions of people that have no idea what a cold soda tastes like. Or how the bubbles can tickle your tongue. Or how, if I want another, I can just walk across the lobby, take two dollars out of my pocket and have another perfectly chilled bottle of artificial sugar water.
I’m typing on a device that billions of people likely wouldn’t know how to use, let alone afford to buy (on credit of course). I’m putting ideas into words and sending them across invisible signals to the rest of the world.
I’m an American and I have the luxury of being miserable in the midst of all my stuff.
So today I chose to be grateful instead. No, things in my life are not exactly the way I would like them to be. But I live in a country, and in a time in human history, that I can truly change my life; if I’m willing to apply myself and accept things as they come.
Happiness is a choice. It means choosing to see things in a certain way, and accept the world as it shows up. And accepting that I’m not really in charge anyway.
There is beauty all around. And kindness. And generosity. And ABUNDANCE! Accept it.