I was driving to work when I started to feel like I’d rather be doing something else. I wanted to be home writing, or doing pretty much anything else.

I felt discontent. I was doing something I didn’t want to do, but I realized that I was feeling this way because I was being ungrateful.

I’m certainly not discouraging the desire to constantly grow or achieve more, but being ungrateful sends me down a dark path that only leads to resentment. I’ve taken this same path many times, and the outcome is always negative.

We can’t get to a higher level without taking the steps that lead there. Each step is supposed to be more difficult. That is the nature of a climb. Besides, if the climb were easy, would the journey be worth embarking upon?

What would life be like if we were grateful for our current situation, whether good or bad? What if our current position puts us on a path that leads to the level we dream of, or beyond?

What if every situation can be good, bad, or neutral depending upon our perception? What if our chosen perception determines the level of success we experience in life?