I wish there were a(n easy) way, beyond the momentary/fleeting thoughts for most of us, to live in appreciation and understanding (deeply, beyond the intellectual acknowledgment) of what matters, what's serious and also how lucky we are. I say I get it/appreciate, but it's hard to really feel it continuously & I get caught up in the petty annoyances.
Some beginning of life examples: a baby is born premature and in the NICU, having blood transfusions and tubes everywhere. A slow but hopeful road, yet overwhelming to the parents, who never imagined they would be home for weeks without their baby. Yet...even if they had gone home all together, full term, they would still be overwhelmed, as every new parent inevitably is, at least at some point. Same with having a second baby - only then do you realize how easy you had it, comparatively, when you only had the one. And I imagine many of us don't think much of our health/mortality unless we feel like something could be wrong.
Why is it that we are rarely able to count our lucky stars unless something really unlucky gets our attention? I guess because we are just responding to whatever challenges face us, no matter how big or petty. . It's like you can't know, really know it in a life-changing way, until you see it from a new vantage point? But how to jump to & stay in that place of knowing and appreciating...that's the challenge.
So how do you not sweat the small stuff? How do you maintain gratitude and awareness of your blessings?