I don’t like to waste a lot of time thinking about how my life would be better if…[I had a boyfriend/I owned some sparkly shoes/I weren’t such an introvert/insert additional wishes here]. What’s the point of cultivating discontent in one’s heart? Life is happening right here, right now, whether or not you are wearing sparkly shoes! I think cultivating gratitude is an art and a science: it’s a mindset, a spiritual practice, and the wisdom of taking a walk around your neighborhood and admiring the way the light filters through the tiny leaves.
That being said, perhaps there is also some wisdom in knowing what you’d really love to have or do if you had the freedom. It gives you something to dream about, perhaps something to work toward. Here are two of my wishes:
* Enough time off to do some foreign travel. I’ve said before that I choose to spend my vacations with my family in Michigan, and that’s true. But I am really looking forward to the first chance I get to visit Italy…or Germany. Or Syria. Seriously! I love Middle Eastern food, and this post made Syria sound amazing. Some day…
* The privilege of working at home one day a week. Oh, how I love working at home! It is so peaceful, and I always get a ton of work done. My labtime work usually involves a lot of running around and experimental work. In contrast, when I work at home, I’m analyzing data, making a presentation, reading, or writing. It’s a really nice change of pace when I can spend most of the day doing deskbound activities.
Are there any items on your “If I had the freedom” list?