Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Greeting Gratitude January 6, 2013

I have a lot to be thankful for. A loving home. Food in my dish every day. Clean water to drink. Plenty of plush toys and rawhides. People to pet me and play with me. I’ve got it pretty good.

One of my happy placesThinking over these things made me realize that sometimes it is a little too easy to become a happiness hypocrite. The similarity of our surroundings can make us lazy. Sameness does not always equal happiness. In fact, we can get so preoccupied seeking joy that we fail to notice it all around us.

“The revelation that we have everything we need in life to make us happy but simply lack the conscious awareness to appreciate it can be as refreshing as lemonade on a hot afternoon,” Breathnach writes. “Or it can be as startling as cold water being thrown in our face.”

I’ve never tasted lemonade, but I am definitely a believer in making lemonade from life’s little lemons and serving the result to anyone who will take it. What I gain from today’s thoughts is a lesson to take time to be thankful for what we have instead of wasting time seeking what we don’t. The first step is acceptance. Only then can we share it with the world.

John F. Kennedy said it best. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”