For Granted To Gratitude

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Oftentimes, we fail to recognize the things we need to be grateful for. It’s human nature and we’re all guilty of this at some point – to some extent. Typically, we focus on our misfortunes rather than counting our blessings. We take life for granted and forget how to live as we should – with peace, love and contentment. We shouldn’t have to face a critical, life-threatening dilemma to discern and appreciate what’s been in front of our faces all along. They say the past is full of tears and the future is full of fears. I spent several years in that mindset, but today I choose to live in the present and make the most of each day with the things most meaningful to me. I would recommend putting this strategy into practice, because it has worked wonders in my life.

Gratitude grows when we stop dwelling on the past because, your mind, body and soul becomes a peaceful place. The same goes for our days ahead, because we have a tendency to be consumed by what should or should not happen, failing to realize the future is out of our control. The happiest souls make it a point to live in the present and by doing just that, we begin notice what we have with appreciation. Thanks to social media and the fabulous world of technology, people nowadays are tuned into what’s displayed on their screens and less of their surroundings. Consequently, losing sight of what’s important – the people we love – the work that we do – the blessings we have. Even a simple chirp of a bird is a blessing, only because we are unable to hear something so simple. Make it a habit to be conscious of the little things like the running water from your faucet – the food you eat – the clothes on your back. Once that happens you’ll start to notice the bigger things in life – your family, your job, house, car, ect. Then immerse yourself in every moment of your life and at the end of the day you’ll have far more than most can only dream of having. You wouldn’t enjoy any of these blessings if they were instantaneously taken away from you! Remember, every single person, relationship or material object takes the investment of time, effort and hard work to be attainable. Offering a helping hand to others will make you understand that there’s so much to be grateful for. Get in touch with your altruistic side and give back to society and when I say it that way, I don’t mean offering to help charities, but it’s nice when you can. Help your family and friends, or even a stranger, because you’ll realize how fortunate you are to be able to serve those in need. But even more rewarding than that, you’ll be left with a feeling that will make you see beyond yourself and your own materialistic desires. That’s the greatest gift and blessing one will ever receive.

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