We spend a lot of time thinking about our ideal life. We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can improve ourselves and our circumstances. We spend a lot of time thinking about what we don’t have, how we’re not good enough, and how unfortunate we are.
We do this at the expense of realizing the miracle of life and at the expense of appreciating the many good things in our life.
Guaranteed you have something that someone else desperately wants that you have taken for granted. Guaranteed there is something or someone in your life right now that you would miss terribly if it/they were gone. Guaranteed that if you developed a terrible illness or suffered a serious injury tomorrow you would wish you could come back to the way things are today.
Wanting more and wanting to be better does sometimes help us improve our future circumstances, but too often we sacrifice the good things in our life now in our quest for a better future. And we do the same thing once we get there.
If you are going to sacrifice what you have now — your time, your health, your finances, relationships, etc., for what it can bring you in the future, make sure it’s worth it, because what you sacrifice now may not be recoverable later.
There’s always a price to be paid for reaching future goals. The question of whether or not it’s worth the price is something we usually ask ourselves, but we don’t always do a good job of determining what that price actually is before it gets paid.