I have been thinking a lot lately about worry. It is so easy for people to say: “Oh, don’t worry. Everything will be alright”. Easier said than done, right? Now, I am not going to make this post about my troubles. We all have our fair share. I have been very blessed in many ways. However, from time to time I find worries creeping into my daily living. Instead of focusing on what is going well, I focus on what is not. Or what I perceive to be “missing”. Jobs, money, health, achievement – how much is “enough?”
Recently, Molly graciously invited me to contribute to this wonderful blog. Thinking about living from a mindset of gratitude became my task for the past week or so. Each day I came up with a mental list of all the things for which I am grateful. The list was long, yet I still felt the old worries creeping in. Then, I looked out my back window onto the pond which I share with the other condominiums in our complex. It is a natural pond which is frequented by a number of different birds: ducks, geese, heron, and even an occasional pelican.
It has always been relaxing to me to watch wildlife, especially around a pond or lake. The birds don’t worry about what will happen tomorrow, or about what other birds have or don’t have. They just live in the moment. I was reminded of a book that I like by Dan Millman: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. In it, a young college student is taught by a mentor to focus on and live in the moment. He learned how to be a human BEING, rather than a human DOING. By focusing on the here and now, perhaps my mind can clearly see the joy in each day – and that joy is something for which I am truly grateful.
You can learn more about Lisa on her blog: Pine Ridge Treasures