What’s Not Wrong

March 19th, 2012

I read an excerpt from a Thich Nhat Hanh book today about how we tend to wake up thinking about what’s wrong in our lives and hardly ever with thoughts of what’s right. I was stopped in my tracks with this simple, obvious idea and realized it’s a matter of changing my viewfinder. Yes, there are all sorts of problems and issues I grapple with on a daily basis, some big and some trivial, but if I made a list, the good things would absolutely outweigh and outnumber the bad:

– I’m breathing! For someone who had to undergo major lung surgery at one time in my life, this is something I should never, ever take for granted.

– I have a job. I have a craft. I have a calling.

– I can walk 5 miles. I’m a sloth and yet my legs can carry me where I need to go. Whenever I pitch a mental bitch about exercise I need to bless my legs.

– I can pay my bills today. No, I can’t have everything I want, but I have everything I need.

– I have friends. I remember my mother growing old and reclusive with literally no friends and I am overwhelmed with how lucky I am.

– My family is safe today. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but at this moment in time, they are all okay.

– The camellia bush I cut down survived to bloom better than ever and my cherry tree rallied after being declared dead. A lesson in rebirth for me.

– My car started this morning. I remember my years of Bad Broken-down Cars and bow down to the god of good Carma.

This list doesn’t begin to cover all the things going right in my life today. I’ve written before about how I have a superstition about acknowledging the positive events in my life for fear they will vanish, but doing that only robs me of joy. I’m going to try to remember what’s not wrong every morning. I know I will fail, forget and fall back into the drearies as often as not, but every day I succeed is a step toward the light.

One Response to “What’s Not Wrong”

  1. Rosa says:

    What wonderful wisdom. Thank you.

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