I’ve wrote before about how it’s easy to see the good things in our lives as blessings, but the real challenge is practising gratitude in moments of difficulty.
Maybe in this time of fear and uncertainty, it is all the more important to not run from the paradox of both the good and the bad things in our lives.
Often, we can be dualistic and only see with rose or dark tinted glasses. Yes, there is a great collective suffering going on in the world right now. There are people who are experiencing it a lot worse than me – there always will be.
But I can also be grateful for the many blessings in my life. I have the opportunity to be at home with my family, to connect with distant friends online, to retreat from the stresses of university. I can also be grateful for my health right now, a roof over my head, food on the table and running water.
Millions of people don’t have these luxuries most of their lives, let alone during a global pandemic.
How can we hold this Great Suffering of the world with gratitude for all that we have in our lives?