There is a great temptation in life
To not know when we have a good thing.
Like having a mouthful of the richest food
And only tasting something bland and regular,
Not realizing that life may never serve a better meal.
Trust is taken for granted until it’s lost,
Time is wasted in regret, or worse still wishing ourselves to be different people, in a different place, in a different time and never actually just being ourselves,
We have certain people whom we imagine the supporting cast of our personal adventures, forgetting that we too are a part of their stories,
We make comparisons of what is now to what once was or what will be, leading us to a generalized discontent with the present,
We spend hours online looking for escape from non-ideal circumstances, distancing ourselves from discomfort only to find discontent,
In the pursuit of happiness we often develop a myopia, narrowing our enjoyment of life to just a few specific circumstances; the absence of which will overshadow any good we find along the way.
In a world where the apparent happiness of others is so much easier to see, and the possibilities of pleasure truly seem endless, it is all to easy to never fully know when we have found a good thing.
If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
-Charles de Montesquieu