Keeping My Focus on Gratitude

NYC from the Time Warner building: Photo from Diana Chang

NYC from the Time Warner building: Photo from Diana Chang

Good Evening, God!

I got this photo from a dear friend who is visiting NYC with her husband. They are just seeing the sights — totally free!

I love the photo and it gave rise to several thoughts. The first was Wow! I’d LOVE to be THERE! Considering that I was totally traveled out after seven off island trips in the first nine months of this year — that was a good thing.

But, then I got to thinking, God. Hey!  I’m here in Honolulu. I don’t really want to leave. It was just a FLASH WISH. Sort of a desire to WARP over to NYC — look around from the photo’s vantage point — and then WARP back. That would be fun, God. And I sort of hope I live long enough for that sort of Star Trek Transportation to happen.

Another thought was that looking at the photo is pretty close to being there. In fact, given the cold and the long flights and the jet lag, it might even be better.

My latest thought is how easy it is to fall into wishing — wishing for things we don’t have — or wishing for what we do have to be just a wee bit better. Oh my! That kind of wishing slips in and takes over . . . leaving me discontented and disagreeable. Yikes!

Hmm. Yes enjoying and appreciating photos is one thing. Sliding down into discontent is quite another. I do have so much to be thankful for — even my “perceived problems” could well be other people’s blessings. It’s all about Perspective, God! Please help me — please help me deepen my gratitude.

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