Gratitude and Envy
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Thinking about a recent article on Oliver Sacks in the Globe and Mail: famous neurologist renowned for his work on Parkinson's in particular. And for his non-scientific writings too, including reflections prior to his death after he'd received a terminal diagnosis.
His life was hard, and he approached it nevertheless from that 'attitude of gratitude" place which we all know makes for good mental health.
But he also identified envy as the antithesis of gratitude: looking around and gazing on those who have more and deserve it less. Or so we may think. Because we observe everyone else's life from the outside and only our own individual life (not even really the lives of our nearest and dearest} from the inside.
Envy. Worth noting quietly when it arises. And worth distracting ourselves from gently and firmly. To refocus with gratitude. On the good stuff. Which goodness knows is unearned, at least in my own case pretty much!!