Roses and Thorns

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

~ Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

No matter how little you may have, you still have more than someone. We are so quick to condemn our fortunes thinking that we're always the victims, the ones with the worst fates, but this is rarely the case.

No matter how bad you're having it, you have to know that there's someone who's having it worse than you. Often, knowing this may not offer you much solace, but if you really contemplate it, it's going to be different this time.

We have many pains, many sufferings, and many worries, but think about it, and you will know that it could have been much worse. For example, having a limb that aches is far better than having none; and having a boss that nags at you, is far better than having no job.

When you're feeling low for not having something, like good health or financial freedom, just stop for a moment and count your blessings, and then ask yourself: could it have been worse?

When you realize that yes it could have been worse, you will immediately feel a sense of relief. In your mind you experience a worse situation and when you stop imagining it, you realize that this is an improvement compared to what could have been.

If you couple this with counting your blessings, it will be very hard for anything to make you upset. When you go to sleep tonight and when you wake up tomorrow, name three things that you are grateful for, like your eyes, your hands, and your mind, the very same things you used to read and understand this post.

We can aspire for greatness and wish for all the riches of the world, but this should not hinder our appreciation of the things we have.

Take care