One thing that Humans have in common is that they want to be happy. And, happiness is born of gratitude. In the lines that follow, you will discover an inspiration about how to be grateful for what you have.
There is something we know about every person we meet anywhere in the world. It’s the mainspring of everything they do and everything they accept. This thing is that all of us want to be happy. In this, we are all alike. How we conceptualize happiness, it differs from one person to the other, but it’s already a lot to have in common, we all want to be happy.
I will talk here about gratitude and the link between happiness and gratitude. Many people would say: well, it’s very easy. When you are satisfied, you are grateful. But think again. Is it really happy people who are grateful? We all know people who have everything they need to be happy but, they are not happy because they want something else or they want more of what they already have. And we all know people who have suffered many disasters or hardships and, who are deeply happy. Why? Because they are grateful for what they have. It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is the fact of being grateful that makes us happy.
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One may wonder, what does it mean to be grateful for what you have? And how does it work? We all know from experience how it goes. We live an experience that brings us something precious and, something which is really given. There must be something precious and, at once a real gift. You didn’t buy it, win it or even trade it. You didn’t work for that. It’s only given to you. And when these two things go together, a thing that is really precious to you and that you realize it really gives you and then, spontaneously, gratitude rises in your heart, the joy rises spontaneously in your heart. This is how gratitude comes.
By living, you become aware that each moment is a given moment. It’s a gift. You didn’t win it. You didn’t provoke it in any way. You have no assurance that another time will be given to you, and yet it is the most precious thing that can ever be given to you, this moment, with all the opportunities it contains. If we did not have this moment, we would have no opportunity to do anything or live anything, and this moment is a gift. It’s a given moment.
What makes you so grateful is the opportunity, not what is given to you, because if it was elsewhere and you did not have the opportunity to enjoy it, to do something about it, you would not be grateful. The chance to grab is the gift of every gift, and it is often said, luck doesn’t knock twice at the same door. Well, think again. Every moment is a new gift, again and again, and if you miss the opportunity of that moment, another moment is given to you, and yet another. We can take this chance, or we can miss it, and if we take this chance, it’s the key to happiness. The key to our happiness is in our hands. Moment after moment, you can be grateful for what you have.
I’m looking forward to the future and feeling grateful for the past. mike_rowe
Does that mean that you can be grateful for everything? Certainly not! We can’t be grateful for violence, for war, for oppression, for exploitation. On a personal level, we can’t be grateful for the loss of a friend, for lack of loyalty, for mourning.
I didn’t say that you can be grateful for everything; I said that you can be grateful at any given moment for the occasion, and even when faced with something terribly difficult, you can rise to the occasion and, take the chance given to you. It’s not as bad as it sounds.
In fact, when you look twice, you will find that most of the time, what is given to you is an opportunity to appreciate and, you miss it only because you run too fast afterlife and you don’t stop to see this opportunity.
But from time to time, something very difficult is given to you, and when this difficult thing presents itself to you, it is a challenge to be taken on this occasion, and you can be relieved by learning something which is sometimes painful.
Learn patience, for example. We have been told that the path to peace is not a sprint, but that it is more like a marathon. It’s difficult. It may be to defend your opinions, to defend your beliefs. This is a chance given to you to learn, to suffer, to stand up, all these possibilities are given to you, but these are opportunities, and those who seize these opportunities are the ones we admire. They do something of their life. And those who fail to get another opportunity. We always have another opportunity. It is the wonderful wealth of life.
So how do you find a way to make it happen? How each of us can find a way to live with gratitude, not just to be grateful for what you have from time to time, but to be grateful every moment.
How can we do? It’s a simple method. It’s so simple that we were told when, as children, we were taught to cross the street: Stop, Watch, and then, Cross. That’s all. But, when do we stop? We rush through life. We don’t stop. We miss the opportunity because we don’t stop. We must stop. We must be calm in ourselves and, we must create Stop signs in our lives.