A few years ago, I remember feeling lucky and blessed for all that was going right in my life, and I expressed my feelings of gratitude to God more often than not. I wasn't even in school yet, hadn't travelled much, and was unsure of which direction my life would take in the next few months - let alone years; and yet it seems that the more I have experienced and accumulated over the years, the more ungrateful I have become, focusing instead on how much more I wish I currently had.
I couldn't possibly count how many messages I have heard or read that encourage people to be more grateful for their blessings; however, every time I hear or read such messages, I never really think they apply to me. I hadn't even realized that I had stopped being grateful! So it really was a surprise when it occurred to me that, despite having more now, I had been more content and grateful when I had less!
Being content isn't as easy as it sounds; on the one hand, I can't deny that I'm sometimes unsatisfied with what I have & where I am in life. The truth is, I do want more. And I don't believe that the desire to have more is wrong - neither do I doubt that God is more than willing to give me (or any of us, for that matter) more. However, even after picturing myself with what I currently want, I realized that I wouldn't be satisfied with it. It was then that it occurred to me that if I can't learn to be happy with what I have now, I probably won't be happy even when I have more.
I also realized that the problem had started with the thoughts I'd allowed myself to think, which in turn affected how I felt. Since then, I have been constantly trying to keep my thoughts in check, and to focus more on how much I have to be grateful for rather than on how much I wish I had. I have also realized that it's necessary and important to be intentional about being grateful; because when we don't do so, we automatically leave room in our minds for ungratefulness to creep in.
With that said, I figured it was time for my next gratitude post! 😃
So here's a list of the things I'm grateful for so far this year:
1. God's guidance and constant reminder to stay focused on the goal whenever I get distracted.🙏
2. I've spent so much more time with my family this year than I did last year. 👨👩👧👦 ❤
3. My health is good - something I must admit I have really been taking for granted. It's taken meeting people battling so many different illnesses for me to realize just how big a deal it is to be in good health.
4. I have grown - not only as a person, but also as an artist (writer, photographer & videographer 😜) - and I'm truly grateful to be becoming more of who I want to be with each passing day.
5. I moved to a different city in the Netherlands (The Hague) which I feel fits better with who I currently am. 😊
6.I have recently met quite a number of people & formed friendships that have positively contributed to my journey.
7. My attitude towards school is changing for the better. I used to freak out like crazy about exams, assignments, deadlines - you name it! But I'm finally getting the hang of it. Yey! 😃
8. My trips to Gran Canaria, Belgium & Greece this year went splendidly well (all of which at some point I didn't think would actually happen). Hurrah!✈💃🎉🎊
How many of you actually take the time to make lists of the things you're grateful for? If you haven't done it before, now is a good time to start. It really makes a huge difference on how you live each and every day. 😉😊
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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