We had some friends over for a party this weekend. Prepping the night before, we realized part of the food we planned to serve hadn’t been delivered. Six pounds of our fish order ended up in Nebraska instead of here in Washington. A few minutes of panic passed as a realization hit us: we have enough, plenty in fact.
Putting our unneccessary worry aside, we put extra time into the food we did have. We served fresh fish, salads, cookies, cakes, dips and a good bit of booze. I assure you no one looked at the spread and worried about getting their share.
It is so easy to focus on what isn’t in our grasp on any given day. We lament things aren’t perfect or enough. That longing leaves us wanting, even in the midst of plenty. The evening was a success.
I only regret forgetting a few invites. Our guests left feeling happy and full. We’ve had several notes of thanks for the evening. Even better, I’m left feeling grateful.
Grateful I have plenty, grateful for lovely friends…and the time to share them both.
To help you be grateful…
100 Ways to be Grateful | Wanderlust
4 Ways to Practice Gratitude and Have a Happier Holiday Season | The Kaplan Center