What does gratitude or bring thankful really mean? Well, Wikipedia describes it as “a feeling, emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive”. So that’s good for the theory, it makes sense, but what about the practical part of gratitude? How does that weigh up?
Albert Einstein famously said that “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Thankfulness is a state of mind. It’s how we perceive our lives. We can choose to constantly be angry, jealous, negative, sad, and worried, OR we can CHOOSE to do the alternative, look for and find the positive aspects in our lives. We can choose to see the beauty in the small things. A simple greeting to or from a stranger, for example. Be mindful of how good it feels when you smile at someone you don’t know. It’s so simple, yet so effective. Be thankful for all smiles and just like Albert Einstein try and see everything as a miracle.
Do you have a job is not fulfilling you? Or colleagues that you don’t get along with? Maybe you take those negative forces back home with you and the world seems too overwhelming….
If that’s how you’re feeling, always try to remember this; no matter how bad life seems to get, there is always light at the end of the tunnel and Mr Sayed Mia is a believer that everything in life happens for a purpose. It’s just up to us to acknowledge it and make the best out of it. A proverb says: “When eating fruit, think of the person who planted the tree”.
Try something new: every evening, just before going to sleep, count the things you were grateful for during the day. You’d be surprised how good it feels and how well you’ll sleep! At first you might only find one or two reasons to be grateful for, but eventually you will become better and better in perceiving so many things that happen in your life on a daily basis. Waking up in the morning, being one of them.
Always try and concentrate on the things you have in your life and not on those you don’t have. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus
Be grateful to have learned the lessons, to live in the NOW and not dwell in the past or worry about the future . Have faith in the power of now, and know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now!
Tell us below, what are you grateful for right NOW?