This is off topic, but this post from Daniel Miessler is a great example of how I want to reorient my world view.
Basically, I’ve done most things I could have wanted to do in a life already. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have more to do. It doesn’t mean I don’t still have goals, because I do.
What it means is that if things were to end suddenly tomorrow, and I had even the shortest time to reflect, I would smile knowing that there wasn’t some other big thing I needed to be happy.
I already am happy.
Anything past this point is just greedy. I’ve already lived a remarkable life, and now I want another 50 years of it? Seems rather selfish when you think about it.
That is real gratitude.
From where I sit, I still feel I have a lot to contribute and so much more to learn. And I’m not one to call my life to date ‘remarkable’, but I have done some cool stuff. I’m with Daniel – I don’t want to be greedy. This kind of gratitude is hard for a lot of us, as culture has us striving to move on to the next hill – before we are over the current one.
In the rush to always get something else done, I find it helpful to sometimes just sit and appreciate where I have already been. That helps me get excited for whatever is to come. Both the positives and the negatives. Everything is a learning experience. Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to keep learning.
Photo credit: “Gratitude changes the way we look at the world” originally uploaded by BK