I went for a buffet lunch last week. The sign on the window read, “From €8.99”.
My reaction, 1: “That’s the lowest price, printed in large font as a marketing hook.”
My reaction, 2: “Okay, so what’s the price for me?”
The €8.99 was for under-16s and over-65s. A €9.99 price was for students and unemployed. Everyone else, €10.99.
My reaction, 3: “Typical. I pay the most.”
Something somewhere in my brain piped up at that instant.
It told me, “You’re thinking about this all wrong.”
So I tried to think about this differently.
I am not under-16, so by that criteria I am a mature adult.
I am not over-65, so by that criteria I am in the prime years of my life.
I am neither a student nor unemployed, so by that criteria I am educated and working.
And I realised I could be grateful for all these things.
That I am a mature adult, educated and working, in the prime years of my life.
And not just that, but I could be grateful too that there is good food available.
Grateful that there are good people willing to cook it for me.
Grateful that I had enough money in my pocket to pay for it.
And grateful that there was peace in the streets for me to walk there and back.
Gratitude is a gift that comes from within.