“I count my blessings every day, quite honestly, because I take nothing for granted.” – Mario Andretti
What do you see when you take look around?
You can see people going through their day without thinking about how fortunate they are to be alive. People going at each other’s throats over trivial matters without thinking about how short life really is. People holding grudges without considering how beautiful our world becomes when you let the anger go.
You can see anger, disappointment, envy, despair, resentment, and endless suffering.
This is how we live our lives.
We take so much of our lives for granted, that we don’t think how lucky we are to be in the here and now.
We wake every morning forgetting to show gratitude for the fact that we have woken up at all. We get up on our feet without thinking about how fortunate we are to have working legs. We enjoy our morning coffee, eat and sleep without appreciating all these things enough.
We are so used to having all these things in our lives that we no longer see them as something special. Everything we have we take for granted.
The only instance we remember how grateful we should be for all this is when we lose some or most of it.
And then we wonder why our existence is still depressing and miserable.
You need to stop taking life for granted and truly appreciate all that you have.
Only then will you be able to see the world in its full beauty.
1. Remind yourself that everything is finite
Nothing lasts forever. And that includes your job, your house, and relationships with people. Sooner or later, everything will be taken from you. Life is way too short and you don’t have as much time as you think with those closest to you. Take good care of them and remind them how much they really mean to you.
2. Appreciate all things, big and small
Nobody owes you a thing. Nobody has a duty to show you respect and affection just because you choose to do that. The people who love you do so because they feel this way. The people who sacrifice everything for you do so because they truly care. Appreciate them and all the things they do for you.
3. Express your emotions
Don’t let anybody convince you that being emotional and vulnerable is a sign of weakness. Don’t let people discourage you from being true to yourself. Your feelings are not supposed to stay hidden inside. So go ahead and show people how much you love them and care about them. It does not have to be anything big necessarily. Often, it’s the little things that make us happy.
4. Enjoy every moment
Look around and you can see the sun shining, the birds are singing, people are smiling, and the autumn leaves are falling. This is the only time you will experience this exact moment. Tomorrow will bring new challenges and new experiences. Don’t take this day and this moment for granted. Live it, feel it and be grateful for it.
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