What do I have that’s good?

life is goodEvery now and again, especially if I’m feeling exhausted or hungry or a combination of the two, I sometimes lose my focus on what’s good in life. Perhaps even start to feel sorry for myself for the things that I don’t have in my life. And by things, I don’t mean material “stuff,” but rather the more meaningful things, and I might even begin to compare my life and things that I feel are lacking to what other people appear to have that’s better.

It happens to the best of us.

Then I have to remind myself to keep my eyes on my own paper.

It happened to me today. After traveling to Indiana for a fun-filled weekend with family and friends, full of music and dancing and laughter, I was feeling exhausted. And hungry. A bad combination for me, because that leads to feeling down. But this time I circumvented that feeling by thinking about the things in my life that I have that others might look at me and say that I’m blessed with a lot of goodness in my life. (Plus I ate dinner, so I was no longer “hangry!”)

Here are some of the things that I thought of that make my life so very good…

  • Two amazing, funny, smart, and healthy children
  • A fun extended family with whom I can always connect and have a hearty (and maybe even hysterical) laugh with
  • Some very good close friends who are there for the laughter and the tears
  • A growing circle of friends whom I enjoy
  • A rich cultural heritage
  • A beautiful home
  • A good job

This, of course, is just the short list, but is by no means a small or meaningless list. It’s a powerful list of very good things.

Yet, if one were to be negative, it would be possible to say that every item on that list could have a down side.


There is a yin and yang to everything. But the amazing rewards that I’ve gathered from just this short list have made my life and my world a much more joyful place. And for that I am so grateful.

So when you’re beginning to slide into a slump, try to consider all the good you have in your life.

It just might dispel the notion that things are looking down.


  1. Alexandra Piacenza says

    Love that line, “keep my eyes on my own paper”! Yogananda said to focus on what’s on your plate, not the serving platter!

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