It's easy to be thankful during times of abundance. When immersed in the comforts of modern living, when the dams and pantries are full, when the coffers are brimming and customers are beating down the door, when surrounded by those who love and support us, it's easy to espouse the virtues of gratitude and offer a smug prayer of thanks.
So often, however, we take the abundance that fills each day for granted and it's only when the tide turns against us that we contemplate how truly blessed we are. As the VET industry faces its next challenge in the form of a global pandemic we never saw coming, loss—or the threat of loss—has a tendency to wash the complacency from our eyes and remind us of the fragility and impermanence of our human existence.
Much of the time, we live as though immortal and allow trivialities to overwhelm us and dilute the preciousness of life. We focus on a minor flaw and lose sight of the bigger picture. We fill the present with past regrets. We complain at the slightest inconvenience—a computer malfunction, five minutes on hold on the telephone, a jam in the photocopier, a broken heel, or coffee that’s too hot or too cold!
So much of our thinking is habitual and our failure to see the world with eyes of gratitude can be the result of years encrusted with negative thinking. Today, let us take a fresh look at everyone and everything around us. The choice is ours. We can choose to complain or we can choose gratitude and open our hearts and minds to an even greater abundance.
When the world recovers from that chaos of COVID-19, let's keep our perspective and take the time to remember our true worth and focus on what's important. Every person and every opportunity that comes before us bring gifts in the learning they provide. Each moment is a gift to be welcomed or cast aside. The choice is ours.
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