Sometimes, we spend a lot of time focusing on our problems, especially things that may or may not even happen. It’s basic human nature to be somewhat pessimistic, thanks to a brain that wants to protect us from harm. After all, if we assume that shadow behind the tree is a tiger, we’re ultimately safer than if we assume it’s a cuddly, friendly dog. Even the ancient Israelites had this problem. There are 150 Psalms and only four of them are devoted to thanking God!
I’ve been thinking a lot more about the little things in life, from wine and coffee, to more deep things like God and Church. The morning cup of hot coffee before work. The chill in the air as October comes. How much I love wine and how much I love chocolate. My joy in attending mass and doing the Liturgy of the hours before I crawl into a nice warm bed.
I’ve developed a nice habit of coming up with five things I’m grateful for each day and incorporating them into family prayer at night. Even if we’re just thankful for each other, it really helps us bond. You may want to try it to.