Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, ‘Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
Reflection by Janet Derby
It seems that it is human nature to never be content with what we have. My dad used to say that people always think they earn just a little less than they need to be satisfied. Yet, studies tell us that being grateful for what we have improves both our physical and mental health. In his book, The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes says, "Life is better if you develop an attitude of gratitude." Here are some of his suggestions.
Wake up every day and express to yourself what you are grateful for. Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day the 3 things you are most grateful for. Tell whoever you are with right now (significant other, friend, family member, etc.) the 3 things that you are most grateful for in this moment. Start a gratitude journal - Express gratitude in this journal every night by noting the things that you are grateful for, proud of, and excited about. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished in the last day/week/month/year. Instead of comparing yourself to others, give yourself credit for the big and small things you have been doing. Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring/helping/supporting you.
I would amend his list to say give thanks to God each morning and evening for all you have been given. If we all develop just one of these habits, I believe the world would be a happier place.
Giver of All Gifts, Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon me. Help me to be grateful for them each day. Amen.