An attitude of gratitude

One little privilege we now again have during the current phase 4 of lockdown, is that we are allowed to go for a walk between 6 and 9 am. I must say,

to me it is a welcome break from staying inside all day.

But now everybody seems to be very health conscious and it feels like everyone who can walk is on the road during that time. Perhaps it is just because all those who want to exercise, must now fit it in during those three designated hours of the day.

Scenic route

Where I live we have a nice circular route of about 7 kilometres. This route takes you out of town and for about five kilometres the road is winding between vineyard- and blueberry farms. At present it seems like this is the most popular place for residents in our vicinity to be between 6 and 9 am.

Wonderful to be part of it because it is almost like being part of a fun run, although you can see that everybody is much aware of keeping their social distance. Unfortunately with everybody hiding behind masks, it is often hard to recognise people you are well acquainted with.

Where I walk there is a farm with a couple of horses and there are dams with ducks swimming and diving. On one of the farms some days farm workers are harvesting guavas and this morning I saw a man on a tractor busy ripping a piece of land.

New perspective

Now usually this is just the everyday normal along this route, but after not being allowed to even walk there for five weeks,

I look at it with new eyes.

Now, because it was withheld from me for so long, every morning seems to be extra special.

So, why don’t we appreciate what we have every day? Are we perhaps so focused on what we do not have, that we no longer live with gratitude for what we do have?

# Comparing yourself to others

One of the biggest mistakes we often make is to continually compare ourselves with others.

We tend to envy the person who has a bigger house and you envy the person who is more beautiful than yourself and envy the one who achieved better in sport than yourself. But they are most probably three different people. We always tend to compare ourselves to those aspects of people’s lives that seem better than our own situation.

That person with the beautiful house may perhaps have a very unhappy marriage or the beautiful one, has a child who is a drug addict. Instead we should rather be grateful for what we do have. Yet our comparative and competitive nature often leads to us not noticing the beauty and privileges we do have.

Perhaps we should all follow Paul’s good advice in Phil 4:11-12 “… for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” and “… godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1Tim 6:6)

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One Response to An attitude of gratitude

  1. Elzanne Kurtz 2020-05-15 at 16:05 #

    True words indeed.

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