Rejoice For What You Have

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

Following on to yesterday’s thought about celebrating having enough. Let us ponder gratitude versus unfulfilled desire.

Explore in our lives where our wants exceed our ability to acquire them. What uneasiness we feel in our gut. Like a perpetually unsettled stomach. I had a friend as a youth whose phrase was “don’t get your bowels in an uproar.”

We look at what we have. We choose to compare to our neighbor and despair of having more than them. Or, we choose to look at what we have. We are grateful to have shelter from storms, a bed upon which to lie, a place to welcome family and friends.

I look around and cannot believe I have all this. I am blessed. Thank you Lord.

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