Sometimes your reality all depends on your point of view.
The other day I witnessed a man driving a pricey little sports car. As I climbed into my trusty little Honda with way too many miles on it, I felt a pang of jealousy. For a couple of years now, I've been hoping and planning to purchase a new car, but it hasn't happened yet. "How lucky is he," I thought.
Then I realized that his sporty little set of wheels was specially equipped, modified to accommodate the needs tied to the driver's other set of wheels — his wheelchair.
I was looking at life through the keyhole; maybe it's time to broaden my perspective.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm going to make an extra effort to be thankful for what I have instead of longing for what I lack. I'm going to relish the time that I'll spend with loved ones and try to savor the bounty of food that will fill my table. I'm going to try and remember that:
Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect; it means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. ~ Unknown
Whether you're heading out today in a BMW, a Kia or a beaten-up jalopy, I wish you a safe, happy and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.
UPDATE (Nov. 21, 2012): Since writing this a year ago, I finally replaced that trusty old Honda with a brand-new one. Reliable wheels: One more thing to be thankful for this year.
Have recent events led you to change your life perspective? What are you thankful for? Comments are welcome and appreciated.