“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
More and more people have started acknowledging the significance of gratitude in life with an increasing number of them owing their success and happiness to being grateful. The question that emerges now is why? Gratitude is what helps you to be optimistic. It is what makes you appreciate the little things in life. No matter how much you receive but if you cannot be content and happy with what you have, you will forever feel incomplete, despondent and grudged.
Gratitude is exquisite. It does not mean you relax your efforts, it just means you don’t wait for things or circumstances to make you happy or help you to be at peace. You grow and you don’t wait to live. You live in the present and you evolve with contentment, exuberance and merriment.
One thing is, you don’t have to be religious or necessarily believe in God to be grateful. You just have to feel thankful for all you have and value & cherish everything- big or small. We are always comparing ourselves to other people and our life to theirs rendering ourselves extremely miserable but we don’t have to. Happiness isn’t elusive.
When you feel disheartened or pessimistic, just start with a positive thought. Count all you have that you feel really grateful for and it can be anything- your friends, family, water, roof, good food, money, healthy body, your job or career because there are people who pray for all this that you have unless you’re categorically impoverished.
Vibes attract circumstances. When you are truly grateful and you work for your advancement- mentally, physically or spiritually, good things are bound to happen. Gratitude somehow also helps you come out of not-so-good or really turbulent times because you learn it’s a part of life and more than what is there to cry for, there is to be happy for.
Smile more and whine less. We all want better things, better job or better lives in general but it all starts with you and it starts today. You can either keep cribbing about it or you can accept it and move forward. Clichéd as it might sound but it’s important to see the glass half full than half empty. Be appreciative.
It’s good to want more because that’s how you grow but that does not mean you have to be resentful about what you have now; you don’t have to need something to make you complete or even happy. The present moment is all we ever have and there is so much beauty in it; you are alive, if that’s not what to be grateful for, I don’t know what is.
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free