we people can roll along quite content with our general situation.
then, with no change in our circumstance other than noticing someone else has a slightly groovier version of something we've got, easily be thrust into a state of dissatisfaction.
sometimes, in the midst of living a truly blessed lifestyle, we don't even need to have an obvious comparator to
suddenly be awash with a sense we are being unfairly punished by the world at large.
this phenomenon is expressed well in one of my favorite satirical comedy bits,
"everything's amazing and nobody's happy" by louis c.k. (go ahead, watch it, i'll be here when you get back)...
early this morning, i stumbled upon an essay i wrote some ten years ago whilst in the throws of gratitude over the quality of my life at that time. in it i had suddenly noticed so many little things i'd been taking for granted. and realized that by comparison to most of the world's population, i could be considered a wealthy man.
-10/7/04- i've got it so good! i wake up in a warm, dry, clean bed every morning.
i walk out to a kitchen chock full of food. it's as full of food as i want it to be because i can easily get into my late model truck with the satellite radio, air conditioning & cloth seats and drive to any number of huge stores within minutes and buy all that i can carry (and then some) to bring it home.
i have a closet filled with clothes, clothes i like, clothes i chose and bought or received as gifts from thoughtful loved ones.
i can read and write in english. i have many books in my home and i've read many others because i have access to huge uncensored libraries and book stores.
i have had years of formal education with many accredited teachers.
i have traveled thousands of miles from my home to visit far away places.
i have experienced weeks, months and years at a time living in other cultures.
i am so very fortunate!
i have a computer and a television.
i can access information and entertainment from all over the world.
i am free to come and go anywhere i like in my homeland.
i can walk ride or drive for days in any direction i like, knowing i can get fresh water, food in abundance and a warm bed almost anywhere i go.
i can travel well with a reasonable level of personal safety.
i don't wonder if my door will be kicked in by tyrannical authorities for no reason.
i have running water, flushing toilets and my trash is taken away from my house for me.
i am so wealthy that i have pets who eat better than many people on this earth.
i sense connection with a spiritual power and feel that i can accept and handle anything that happens in my life.
i am confident that i can deal with anything that might occur, including more success, good fortune and abundance, which is likely.
i've really got it so good!
it occurs to me the corollary to benji's observation has some validity as well;
happiness can be generated pretty easily with a grateful comparison of what doesn't suck in our lives.