Be Careful of What You Wish For – You Might Get It

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Most – if not all – of us are familiar with the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side”. It refers to one not being satisfied with what they have (or not being satisfied with their situation), and wanting what another has, because they think it’s better.

There are also a few other sayings:

“Be careful of what you wish for – you might get it!” ~Anonymous

If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles ~Benjamin Franklin

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck ~The Dalai Lama

The grass is NOT always greener on the other side. Outward appearances can often be deceiving. There was an excellent example of this on a television show I watched a few years ago; I wish I could remember the name of the program.  The story was about two men – one wealthy, who had a successful business, expensive home and car, and a beautiful wife. The second man made a modest living, had an average looking wife, and children. He considered his daily life to be very boring. Both men went to a ‘secret agency’ that offered ‘different lives’. The rich man looked through the choices available, and chose the simple life of man #2. When man #2 saw the life of man #1, he immediately said it was the life he wanted; however, he wanted to know why man #1 would give up all of the wonderful things he had. The ‘salesman’ told him he could not disclose the reason, but, to make sure he chose carefully, because there was no reversing the contract once he signed it. Needless to say, he did sign it.  Man #1 was completely happy with his new life. Initially, man #2 loved the expensive house, expensive car and beautiful model wife; however, he soon got tired of it. His curiosity made him stop by his old home to ‘check on things’. He peered in the window and saw man #1 enjoying his new life with his wife and children. Man #2 immediately went back to the agency and asked for his old life back. After being denied, he went to his new home and was greeted by his new wife, who he no longer had an interest in. Moments after entering, his wife’s secret lover shot him dead. She had planned it all along, so that she could have all of her husbands wealth. Apparently, man #1 knew it, as well, which is the reason he wanted to trade his life for another one; sadly, man #2 realized what he gave up too late.

Now, the above story may be taking it to the extreme, however, the message was made very, very clear…sometimes, we don’t appreciate what we already have – spouse, family, job, etc. – and think we need something else or more, or what we percieve as better. The very same person who you may want to switch lives with, may be feeling the same way about your life.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

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Thank you and many blessings.


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