The stranger on the other end of the telephone asked me a question that no doubt made me stop in my tracks and think for a few seconds. It’s not something that I think about every day, but apparently it is important to the Gallup Research company that publishes results of 1000 random Americans on a daily basis.
I was the 900th something person for the day that was answering questions relating to the Gallup Health and Wellness poll. The poll takes a random sampling of 1000 Americans each day and asks them questions about everything from job and career questions to questions about religion and politics. Somehow all these answers get rolled into a daily report that shows up on their website each day and becomes the thermometer for American Health and Wellness.
“On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you with your life right now?” the gentleman repeated.
I have to admit when I think about it, things are golden. I have been beyond blessed. Just that I live in San Diego and share every day with my best friend that I have been married to for ten years is enough for me to count my blessings.
So Mr. Gallup puts me on the hot seat for another twenty minutes. “How healthy are you?” “Are you appreciated at work?” “How much money do you make?” “Are you fairly compensated” “Do you live in a safe neighborhood?” “Do you have medical insurance?” “Are you able to pay for food each month?”
On and on the questions went, until I finally hung up the phone exhausted from thinking so much after working all day.
I thought about this survey over the next week. I wondered why I focus so much time and energy on the 15% of my life that I wish were different instead of focusing on the 85% that is great. Why do we all spin our wheels wishing that things that are wrong with our lives would go away, and not focus on the fact that we are one of the wealthiest, healthiest, and safest countries on planet earth.
This poll made me realize that I have a personal flaw in seeing the shortcomings in things where I should spend more time appreciating the things that are right. After the phone survey, I realized that my focus should be spent thanking God for His blessings. Good health, my secure financial situation, my amazing wife, and all the blessings that I have on this planet. Sure there are things that I am working to change, but when we only focus on what’s wrong, we run the risk of becoming negative people and unappreciative of the gifts God has bestowed on us.
“On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you with your life right now?”
I’m alive, I know the Creator of the Universe, and I am blessed beyond what I deserve.
Philippians 4:4 (NASB95)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!