Gratitude is Not Equal to Satisfaction

My husband and I had a nice conversation about this topic, as were driving to dinner the other night, and I had an “aha” moment. The title was actually what he said to me, and I thought I’d share it.

Most people who read inspirational blogs and self-help books are learning to appreciate our current situations and the things that we already have. Even in my more spiritual readings, I find that it speaks of being grateful for what we have now, and appreciating the good and the bad. I was a little confused thinking about how to achieve both gratitude and wanting more at the same time. I practice being appreciative for every experience and circumstance, whether it is a blessing or a trial, but how can I be genuine in my gratitude if I’m saying, “I am grateful for _________, but I really want __________”? I mean, if someone said that to me, I would most likely deem that person ungrateful. My husband broke it down to me, by saying “Gratitude is not the same as satisfaction.”

If you think anything like me, that statement should bring about a sigh of relief. It makes perfect sense too. Think about this; we all dream big and want great things for ourselves, but until we attain those things, we should be appreciative of the things that we already possess, while we move toward what we want. We don’t have to settle for what we have and never strive to attain anything more. If I would love to possess a luxury car, I shouldn’t treat the car I already have with disregard. We should treat what we have with care and look forward to having exactly what we want.

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