My wife ordered a sandwich the other day and asked for wheat bread because it was listed on the menu. The guy at the counter said, “We don’t have wheat bread.”
We’ve been to a KFC that didn’t have chicken. Really. I’ve heard of an I-Hop without any pancake batter and a nice restaurant with an enormous menu, but really only had one type of fish. So no wheat bread is no big deal.
But the first few times this happens it can be pretty frustrating. You get your heart set on something, your mouth starts watering and then, “Seriously? No chicken?”
Part of the problem with human nature is we want what we see. Just watch a couple of toddlers with one toy and you realize we’re born with it.
Our days are filled with images and interactions that leave us feeling like the monkey in the cucumber vs grape study. We’re happy with what we have until the new iPhone comes out. We’re fine with our spot in line until the one next to us moves faster.
True contentment will never be found in that next big purchase or even in that raise we’ve been hoping for. Only when we begin to look at what we have, with gratitude, will we begin to find contentment.
Comparison is a poison that destroys contentment. Gratitude is its lifeblood.