Life Is Good
If You Only Look for It
Who in this world is without complaints? Not many. It is human nature to complain. Why? I don’t know. But what I do know is that many of us have far more things to be grateful for than we have to complain about. The key is that we need to raise our awareness in order to realize our many gifts. How do we do this?
I suggest a day of active gratitude. What will you get from this exercise? Oh, just a little thing called happiness.
Day of Active Gratitude
Starting today, right now, begin to notice, moment to moment, each element in your life that brings goodness to your world. Even things that sometimes drive you crazy like bosses, jobs, spouses, VCR’s that don’t work, even these things, bring goodness into your life. Ask the right questions and you’ll get the right answers.
Everything and everyone you encounter today ask yourself:
- What is the goodness that comes from this thing or this person?
- How would my life be more difficult without this thing or person?
- Now feel the gratitude.
Some Examples of Things to Be Grateful For
toilet – imagine life without this
clean running water
ovens & stoves -conventional, microwave. instant and exact temperature. no soot, no waiting. how lucky to have this!
grocery store – just imagine how amazing the concept is, that you can go one place to get so many kinds of things!
clean air – we need to keep it this way!
clothes – in the old days and still in much of the world people own just one or two outfits
free time -not everyone in the world has this. do you appreciate yours?
plates & silverware
tables & chairs
ubundant paper to write and draw on
deck of cards – forget video games. how many games can you play with cards?
free public libraries
nature – trees, flowers, mountains, the ocean
opportunity – where there’s a will there’s a way.
cell phones – many poo poo these, but come on, don’t they make life so convenient?
telephones – try explaining to a child that there weren’t always phones. Imagine what that was like.
love – who do you love? who loves you? open your eyes to see it and appreciate it.
food – when was the last time you thought about what it would be like to live on bread, rice, and only the occasional egg or piece of meat?
Now what was it you were feeling bad about this morning? What is it that you need that you don’t already have? As my grandmother in Ireland used to say kindly to her 9 children when they complained (and they were poor), “Aren’t ye alright?” In other words, “Come on now. Don’t you have everything you need?” Don’t you?
What would you like to add to the list? All comments big and small are very welcomed!
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