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Oprah Winfrey once said, “The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.”
Gratefulness for me, based on personal experience, is the greatest attitude one can possess. It’s the most powerful outlook especially in everyday life. Just like what Oprah said, being grateful can change your life immensely.
With the rise of technology today, where media portrays what’s in and what’s out, what’s cool and what’s not, what’s important and what’s useless, greatly impacts our views in life. I, myself, am a victim of this where I always have that mentality of wanting more than I have. I get so caught up with wanting things that pleases me so much that sometimes I don’t consider what I already have leading there to be a void inside me.
But then I realized, after being grateful, there was no longer a void to fill.
I scrolled through my Facebook timeline one day and saw an image of Oprah’s quote above. I thought to myself: What am I most grateful for? I looked at what I have and that’s when I realized that I actually have more than I want. We get so caught up with the pressure of society and everyday life demands that we start to think about what we don’t have instead of what we have, what we want to be instead of what we are and of course what could be instead of what already is.
No matter what situation you are in, when you are grateful, everything becomes much happier and easier. Gratitude is the key in living a fulfilling life thus appreciating what we have never leaves us disappointed and wanting for more. I realized that being thankful for the simplest things attracts more positive energy and stops you from wanting more than you have. It’s the easiest yet most dominant practice you can do everyday- it’s as simple as:
- Going for a walk outside and identifying three what you are most thankful about today
- Counting what you have instead of what you don’t
- Appreciating the people around you from family to friends to your co-workers, helpers and etc
- Celebrating the small victories
- Being thankful you have a roof to live in, food to eat and clothes to warm you
- Realizing that your current condition could be worst and that your situation could never really be too bad
Practicing all these goes a long way and understanding that the best things in life are indeed the ones you already have. If you catch yourself dwelling on what you don’t have, replace those thoughts with what you already have.
Don’t like you where life is headed? Change that with what you know you enjoy doing and focus on that. Don’t want to do the task your boss assigned you to do? Be grateful that you get to do this because it’s an opportunity for you to grow. It’s all about your mindset and how life is great because you are thankful for what you currently have at the moment.
I quote Stephen Richards, “gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” Ultimately, it’s proven that you are the thoughts that you feed your brain-feed yours with gratitude and thankfulness.