I love the part about putting letters into words into sentences. You are reading right now. What an incredible gift. What an incredibly overlooked reason for thankfulness. How many more things will we encounter today for which we should be thankful? Our immediate advice should be to be more observant and therefore more grateful. This is true, but what is behind our ungratefulness. We should embrace gratitude as a lifestyle, not just a once a year occasion. Here are a few tendencies that lead to a lack of thankfulness.
We compare ourselves to others
If we are constantly looking at others for validation or status, we are destined for misery. A great line from “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young“ written by Mary Schmich states, “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” Forget about the comparison’s. You are you. You are wonderfully created. You are incredibly valuable. Rejoice in this fact, and be grateful.
Our sights are too small
We tend too focus on what we do not have. Too small. We tend to focus on what must happen now. Too small. We tend to think of the things that have not been finished. Too small. Today, I encourage you to take a step back and look at the big picture. You will probably find a sigh of relief. We have much more to celebrate, than despise.
We haven’t worked hard enough
This one may hit pretty hard. I have lived a pretty cushy life. You probably have also. While some of my readers have no doubt experienced tragedy or real life difficulty, most of us have not. Furthermore, even those who have had hard times, have had easy times most of the time. I think this lack of struggle creates an extremely entitled outlook. Like the guy in this video, we go through our day with good things, really good things, and overlook them. I hope I do not live this way.
So, can you read? Me too.