Count your blessings said the wise man. Always be grateful.
I am always grateful for a lot of the things I have in my life ( or try to be ). But is it realistic?
It wasn’t for me.
Every day I wake up I had to tell myself.
I am grateful for this house
I am grateful for this laptop
I am grateful for the box of bananas that keep me sugared up as nature intended
I am grateful for….
It kind of helped. But I wasn’t really feeling it.
I then found a way to appreciate even more the things and relationships I have in my life.
I made a Things you take for granted list.
I noted down:
- My job. I seem to think that I’m invisible at times and feel like I can take it for granted and thats not good. As I write this I feel even worse. It’s working
- My health: I recently have been taking my health for granted thinking that food and a little bit of exercise would do the trick. I have been under sleeping and over working my body and that’s not good. I have had a hoarse voice for a week now. It’s still hoarse. Hear me talk or not.
- My wife. I sometimes forget how good I have it that I stop putting in effort. And a simple example of me taking her for granted is leaving the house a mess. We don’t have a house keeper so it’s just us that have to keep the house neat and tidy. She has a full time a job, a baby to take care of and me to deal with.
- God. Others call him the universe, Allah, life, Zeus? ( or was that just Hercules), Karma, Buddha …. But God to me is the one God. The All-Compassionate, The All-Merciful, The Pure One, The Source of Peace, the Guardian, The Victorious, The Greatest and The forgiver. I take my life for granted sometimes and think It’s all about me. It’s not. Yes, its about me but what about me? What am I doing to be a better me.
I’ll stop here on my ungratefulness. It’s petty and sad and you get the point.Now that I have brought myself to shame. I will look at the list and do one or two things better. And that will change my whole day. I’ll be a better person for it. When ever I feel like I’m on cloud 9 I think of the things I’m ungrateful for and that brings me back down.
So my question to you is: What are you ungrateful for? Who do you take for granted? What’s your shameful list? Minimise that list today. Tomorrow make a new list.