Humans are always striving. We always want more than we have. That’s OK, that’s what got us out of caves and into jet airplanes, AND, if we’re not careful, it can easily become a permanent state of dissatisfaction and demoralization.
Focusing on what you have NOW, that works well NOW, allows you to be happier in the present. And, when you think about it, it is always the present, you’re never actually IN the past or arriving AT future, you can only do things in the present, and appreciating the present is the best way to enjoy the present.
Also, when you appreciate what you have now, you set yourself up to get more of it. Also, if you give someone a gift, and they express appreciation, you’re more likely to do it again, right? If they grumble about how it’s nice but not enough, you’re probably not going to waste your time and energy on another gift for them, right? The way I see it, that’s how God / the Gods / the Universe works: the more grateful you are, the more likely you are to get more gifts.
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