If you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself today, take a minute to list some of the things you have that you don’t deserve. Do you have a spouse? Children? Other family? Friends? A home? Your health? A job that pays the bills? Meaningful challenges? A car (or two)? Do you know God–or, better yet, does He know you?
Now think about those less fortunate than you. The poor, the sick, the lost, the lonely. Are you any better than they?
Now think about the absolute miracle that you are here, amid the limitless stellar void, on a small, blue planet with all the conditions tuned just right for life, at a time in history when all your needs and most of your wants can be fulfilled, when you have more choices than the ancient kings.
Instead of self-pity, choose to put on gratefulness today.