A trait I have that I really do not love is that of comparison. I often look to where others are and think to myself how if I could just have what they have or be where they are or experience what they experience, then I would truly be happy. In a program like YAGM, it is so wonderful to hear the stories of the other volunteers, but I have caught myself being envious of others' experiences. Don't get me wrong, I am beyond happy to be in my placement and know that this is the perfect place for me, but it is difficult not to compare. Each time I have caught myself doing this comparison this past week, I have thought back to a story I heard at least once a summer at camp from Pastor Mary, "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle". I'll let you watch the story being told.
"The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle"
I love how it closes, "If you can't be happy here, you won't be happy anywhere. For joy only grows in a thankful heart." I think this story challenges those of us in the YAGM program, but really everyone whether you're working, in school, old, or young, to give thanks continuously. When we recognize what we have to be thankful for in a given situation, envy and jealousy will subside and we will realize just how much joy there is to be had where we are! This week, I am thankful for the reminders/slaps in the face that what I need and am looking for is right here in front of me. It may look different than I expect it to, but I am being provided for by one who knows my needs better than I do!
**This is yet another support for my argument that you are never too old to take away a lesson from a children's book. ;)