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Today’s quote comes from an e-mail that my mother recently sent me. It’s from Alice Munro, a Canadian author that I hadn’t heard of before and now am rather curious to read:

I can’t play bridge.  I don’t play tennis.  All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for.  But what there is time for is looking out the window.

It is certainly a delightful quote, and terribly refreshing to me. There are so many things that other people manage – sending out their Christmas cards on time (or, at all), keeping up with music, being “the life of the party,” or knowing all about German history – that I really admire and wish I could emulate. Certain ones I could accomplish – there are history books to be read and Christmas cards to be purchased in September. But somehow, like Alice Munro, for these things “there hasn’t seemed time.”

This week for me has been a lot about realizing the things that I have – praise God – managed in some form or another and not worrying so much about those things for which there hasn’t seemed time.  I tend to assume the abilities and enjoyments God has gifted me with are trivial and that other people are accomplishing so much more. Comparison leads to discontent, jealousy, meanness, bitterness.  But gratitude lets us enjoy our own lives and admire those things in others’ lives that we cannot manage ourselves. So I will head into my day thankful that God has blessed me with a really wonderful family, a brain that works, an ability to listen well and a very nice window out of which to look. And hopefully he will also give me the grace to honestly admire and rejoice in the skills and accomplishments and blessings of those around me.

What about you, readers? What are things that you admire but haven’t found the time or the inclination for? How do you deal with the temptation to compare yourself to others? What are you thankful for in your life?

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