Monday, January 7, 2013

Letters of hope and consolation #19

Quite honestly it seems that what you really want, what you think would take away all of your problems is somebody else’s life because the one you already have doesn’t appear good enough for you. You are always speaking about somebody else’s job, somebody else’s family, somebody else’s house, a different style of clothes, a different climate and a constant surplus of new friends who can pull you out of these funks and make life once again fresh and exciting.

What about your life, your job, your family, your friends, etc? What about all the blessings and opportunities that are already a part of your life? Instead of constantly desiring other things maybe you should begin by thanking God for what you already have, which, if you took time to consider, would realize is actually a great deal. The problem is you are always admiring other people and the happiness you think they have and never realize all the great blessings God has already given to you.

The moment you begin to be grateful for what is already yours it is as if a new world appears, or rather the fog from your current world disappears and you are able once again to see the freshness and excitement of life that has always been present to you in your life. You do not need somebody else’s life to be happy. God has already given you all the ingredients you need for a happy and fulfilling life, if only you can open your eyes to all that is before you.

God bless you,
Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
St. Felix Friary, Yonkers, NY
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