The Garden of Gratitude

I want a new bike! What do you want? The moment you have a desire to possess something, is the same moment you become enslaved to it.

When we get caught up in wanting something that we do not have, we no longer enjoy the things that are still very positive parts of our lives. Whether it is intentional or not, we are giving enormous spiritual power to that “want”, in fact so much power that we lose out on the enjoyment of those positive things we do have.

For example:
I have a great bike. It’s light. It’s comfortable. It’s well built. I keep it maintained. It looks sharp. It works great. It has a few scratches, but there is nothing wrong with it. I love to ride it. It is 3 years old. It serves me well. Yesterday, I saw the updated version of the same bike. Lighter. State of the art parts. Sleeker. I WANTED that new bike. I looked at the price tag. My mind raced to thoughts of money. Where can I get the money to pay for it? I can borrow, save, sacrifice something else. All of a sudden my bike was old, heavy and ugly. My bike was no good. What happened?

The thought of a new bike became the “master of my thinking”. I was a slave to the new bike. I WANTED it now! What I had wasn’t good enough anymore.

We all have a lot in life, and it’s important that we appreciate and not take what we already have for granted as we desire to have something else. There will always be something else. We are only hurting ourselves when dismiss the good things in our lives as not good enough or not the absolute best.

Release yourself from the self imposed imprisonment of “wants”, and instead explore the “Garden of Gratitude” enjoying the “good” in your life today.

Be grateful as you enjoy a mindful pause.