A Christian Science perspective.
After graduation from university, I was struggling to navigate through young adulthood. I had a profession, but not a permanent job. I had a home, but it was a temporary one. I had friends, but a long-standing relationship had ended, and I couldn't seem to get past a feeling of hurt and loneliness. The darkness seemed so ominous.
One morning, driving along the highway, I was praying to lift the gloom. As I reached out to God for direction, the thought came that I should start to build on the good that was already evident in my life, to recognize the light that was already shining, even if it seemed dim.
In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy had much to say about gratitude. The chapter titled "Prayer" asks, "Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more" (p. 3).
What could I thank God for right at that moment? I was in heavy rush-hour traffic, yet all the cars were moving in an orderly fashion. Wasn't this proof of a law of harmony in operation – God's law of Principle being expressed in a tangible form? The spring weather was glorious, and my dependable car was providing transportation to my temporary job. These were more evidences of harmony.
My thought became calm and quiet, receptive to the goodness around me. Quite unexpectedly, another message emerged, almost as if someone had spoken to me: "Get over to the slow lane." The road ahead was clear and there seemed no reason to move across three lanes of traffic to the curb lane, but I was obedient.