Do You Count Your Blessings?
Seems like such a silly question, doesn’t it? I can hear the sarcasm dripping from your lips as you answer, “Well, DUH, Carrie! Of course I do!”
Well, if you are sincere – I applaud you. Because, while most people claim to count their blessings on a regular basis, their actions and attitudes rarely prove it to be true.
Normally, only people who have experienced loss and have learned what it means to go without certain things will be able to really, sincerely appreciate what they have. For example, if you have ever experienced homelessness, your gratitude for a roof over your head would typically be at a much higher level than someone who has never had to worry about finding shelter.
Sometimes gratefulness is a learned behavior. Even I, at one point in time, was very unaware of how blessed I really was. Today, after having experienced much hardship and loss, I am at a completely different stage in my life and in my thought processes.
I am grateful today for every single breath I take.
And yet, I still lack in the amount of gratefulness that I should be showing. And were I to sit down to list all of my many blessings, I am sure that I would fall short in remembering them all.
We, as humans, can sometimes find the concept of being grateful difficult to understand. We tend to focus on the things we do not have instead of what is already in our lives. When going through difficulties, especially, I find myself distracted by problems instead of focusing on the many ways my life is really quite awesome.
However, over the years I have come to develop a certain habit for those times I am struggling to find a blessing to hold on to. It helps put my life back into perspective very quickly and though my memories of extreme hardship may have dulled over time, there is one certain way to bring it back in a flash.
Spend time with people who are not as fortunate as you are.
Struggling to pay bills, but still own or rent a home? Go spend time with the homeless.
Struggling to make a meal out of what you’ve still got in the pantry? Go spend time with someone who hasn’t eaten in a week unless someone else has offered them something.
Trust me – you can always find someone who has it worse than you. And by the time you finish spending some quality time with that person, you will have realized just how good you have it.
Do you feel as if you don’t have enough money to be happy? That it will solve all your problems? Or would having a million dollars pale in comparison to having a happy, healthy family who adore you no matter what the price tag of your clothing or car?
We spend our time pining away, repeating our ‘if only’ sayings… You know the ones – “If only I had this.”; “If only I could do that.”; “If only I had this.”; “If only they didn’t do that.”.
Instead, our focus should be on what is currently good and wonderful and right in our lives at this moment! Do you have ONE person in this world who loves you? Yes. Be grateful. Do you have a place to live? Yes. Be grateful. Do you have access to the internet in order to read this blog? Yes. Be grateful. Did you wake up today? Yes. Be grateful.
Money is great. Things are nice. But, what it all comes down to is the fact that the most important things are those which money cannot buy. Love, peace of mind, contentment, friendship, etc.
There is so much more to be grateful for than what you own.
And here is a little secret – once you learn to love and appreciate where you are and what blessings you have right now? THAT is when the rest will come. Those other things that you would like to have in your life? They aren’t bad. You just need to be ready for them.
Make sure you spend time appreciating what and who you have in your life now. Tell people how thankful you are for them. Take care of the possessions that you own already. Prove yourself to be a great steward of your many blessings and content with what you have. That is the key to happiness.
And also to success.
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