When we’re sick, we dream about how great it is to be healthy. That’s also the first thing we forget as soon as we become healthy.
Why? We tend to spend more time chasing the have-nots than appreciating the haves. The things that are right in front of us become blurry. It happens more than you think.
Quick exercise: Count how many toes you have in your feet and move each toe as you count it.
Great, now you feel the presence of your toes, a sensation you didn’t have a few seconds ago.
How wonderful it is to have 10 toes… I’d hate to lose one to learn this lesson.
In my juvenile years, I was part of a basketball team. I recall that during a shower after a hard training session, I scanned my body parts and thanked each part for doing a great job today.
While commuting to my operation base, during my military service, I faced a daily decision, will I use the elevator or take the stairs?
I always took the stairs and while doing so, I thanked my legs for carrying me, reflecting on the ones that have to take the elevator and are not privileged to have my choice.
Today, I’m grateful for waking up next to my smiling wife and child, being able to start another day together.
Adapting to a sufficiency mindset is tricky because of our built-in fear of missing out, but if you take a long, hard look around, you will see that you have enough.