Do you enjoy what you have got?

Do you enjoy what you have got?

Last evening as my flight took off, my mind quickly did the basic direction check and I figured what I did not like. I was sitting at a window seat overlooking the east and the Sun would be setting in the west. Up above the clouds, I realized I am going to miss the colors of the sky, the dusk, the layers, and everything beautiful that I had expected.

I have a theory. One that tells me that the Sun is what makes the sky glow and change colors. As much as the sky makes me smile, on any given day I will choose to watch a Sun set over watching the sky. Reasons over changes, if I can word it that way. I digress.

So, I was upset that I won’t be able to watch colors of the sky, see the Sun hide behind the horizon, and get some shots. And then, I saw something that I hadn’t expected. The full Moon. Orange and big, right by my window. While the sky was still changing colors on the other side, the Moon on my side was taking its place in the sky.

At that precise moment, I learnt an important lesson.

Most of the times in life, we can’t have it all. While the grass always seems greener on the other side, our side of the grass is equally green. All the time we long for what we have not got, we miss enjoying what we have got. We do not care enough for all the good things we have in life when we aspire for things that we could be happier with. That something, we don’t even need yet. Still the mind tells us otherwise.

As I watched the Moon take its place from my window seat, I realized I did not want to watch the sky anymore. I knew that what I longed for at the start of my journey would soon turn dark but the Moon on my side would continue to shine. Even when my flight would have landed.


In a new take to the Skywatch Friday, I will bring to you one learning from my week so far along with a piece of my sky. 

23 Responses

  1. Lux G. says:

    Sometimes, the most profound wisdom hits us when we’re doing something as mundane as sitting an waiting for our plane to land. Yes, this is a beautiful reflection. We can’t have it all, but it will feel so if we start enjoying what we have. If we’re happy, we wouldn’t feel the lack.

  2. Shilpa Gupte says:

    That is how we humans think, don’t we? We pine for what the others have and neglect what we do have! How much of heartache we subject ourselves to! If only we relished and savoured all that we were blessed with, life would be so much more peaceful and happy!
    But, no harm in beginning to look at our side of the grass and thank our lucky stars now, isn’t it? Better late than never!

  3. What a wonderful thought! I love watching the sky while flying as well, especially the clouds and the land as we descend. Thank you for sharing Parul and I loved the picture, looks as if you are right in front in the sky and not on an airplane.

  4. MALINY says:

    Wonderful lesson there, Parul. We are tempted always to lean towards what we haven’t got, but yearn for. We should learn to appreciate and be satisfied with what we are blessed too. There are many who would long for what we have got.

  5. Shilpa Garg says:

    A profound thought! We may not get everything that we want but we always have enough!! When we realize this, it adds to our inner peace and contentment too.

  6. Alice Gerard says:

    This is a great reflection. I’m glad that you discovered something so good and beautiful, even while lamenting what you were missing. Sometimes, we overlook beauty because we don’t really see what’s in front of us. I will definitely keep this in mind.

  7. What a wise and beautiful reflection, Parul. I will remember this when I find myself longing for something I don’t have, and attempt to put my focus on what is already in my life. Thank you for sharing these inspirational words!
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  8. Great reflection. When we learn to be content with what we have, the world is certainly a much more peaceful place.

  9. Damyanti says:

    Wonderful shot, and a very worthy message!

  10. It is like when one door closes, the other opens – right Parul…! We cannot ever have it all – I have been straining myself hard to teach this lesson to my kids – if they learn early, they will suffer less from stress later in their lives…..

  11. Divsi says:

    Fabulous fabulous lesson here. Perhaps this was meant to be read today as I was cribbing over something. As a traveler I face this so many times, wish I sat here, wish I got the window, the valley is on the other side and so on. this is a reminder of cherishing what is there at that very moment. Thanks Parul 🙂

  12. Rajendra says:

    I agree with you.

  13. What a marvelous post to remind us to love what we have ~ sometimes hard to do ~ but you did and shared a marvelous photo of the moon ~ thanks, namaste,

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

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