On Gratitude

gratitude

Recently Jonathan and I went for drinks with friends who had some exciting news to share. They told us that they are going to be receiving a very generous gift from family. I don’t want to get into the specifics, but it’s something that Jonathan and I have been working towards and will most likely spend several more years saving for. Obviously I am very happy for my friend, but my first reaction was jealousy. I struggled to hide my feelings for the rest of the evening and to be honest I don’t think I did a very good job. I woke up the next day feeling really guilty for having let myself get upset. Nowadays it’s very easy to get caught up in comparing our lives to other people’s.  We scroll through Instagram and see designer bags we can’t afford, vacation photos fill our Facebook news feed, and everywhere we turn Pinterest worthy homes and weddings are being posted. It’s only natural to occasionally feel jealous of what other people have and I’m no stranger to these feelings. But life isn’t about how much stuff you have or how much money you make. It’s about experiences, love, laughter, and the people we get to share all of this with. I have been very blessed when it comes to the important stuff, and some of the not so important stuff too! I have a wonderful and supportive family, caring friends, and an amazing husband who makes me laugh everyday. I think it’s normal to occasionally feel envious when we see others getting the things we really want. However it’s important to keep perspective, to live with gratitude, and to tell the people we love how thankful we are to have them in our lives. Everything else will fall into place eventually.