The intention of gratitude is to not take pity on those in less fortunate circumstances & to not conjure jealousy for ones who carry more prosperity. In this case, we look at it selfishly for we find our gratitude in the simple moments & appreciate what led us here.
When you wake up, you make a decision to lounge wrapped in cozy bed linens or retrieve your physical form from bed to the outside. Even those simple choices create your world. Your life map has been crafted for you with many paths. Some "better" than others, but all align with the some impact on thousands of people. Think back to all of the souls you have come in contact with. People will see over 50 new humans a day, more or less. One of my favorite things while riding the subway to work, is to casually gaze over them. Imagine their life stories and how remarkable it is that in a split second you meet, not with words, but with eyes.
We reach these clear times in life where we feel complete happiness. We do not need to analyze the situations, just relish in the feeling of wholeness. I have experienced this when I am doing something that I love, a piece of what makes me who I am. The results of such happiness are tears. Tears of utter merriment. It's a strange swirl of emotions, grace, and confidence.
The more I expose myself to the powers of the universe, the more I get to count these experiences. It is magic. The rain no longer feels like a nuisance, more of a cleansing miracle potion. The sun no longer feels uncomfortably hot, more like a necessary element for my spiritual grow. Clouds feel like curtains to my life show. Snow is like confetti for a party.
The point I'm trying to get at is to become self aware in the little moments. Those are what make life what it is. Be grateful for the oxygen plants provide. Appreciate being late because at least you have a place to be. Look around you. Feel around you. Absorb it and hold it. Place yourself in blank state of mind free of judgement. You are meant to be here through the good and the bad. Enjoy it for more than just what it is.