Honestly, in a materialistic jazzy world, we can never have enough of anything. We seem to have been brain-wired for ‘more’ and ‘more’ and in the pursuit of becoming someone else, have effortlessly transitioned into a mere consumer.
Today, almost everything is available on the pulse of a click like never before. But still, we do not seem to have ample of all that we possess. We blame the social media and our peers for all the paparazzi and publicity and in the next moment, we enter the race track trying to prove ourselves better-off than the others.
But does this help? Does it make us feel any better and if yes then for how long? Do we tend to take things for granted that most deserve, us being grateful for?
And can a slight shift in our attitude make the most powerful impact on our strategy to attain happiness?
Reading in a Catholic school and having to say prayers as many as 3 times a day, which sincerely did not peak my interest much in those days, I come to realize that all I was asked to pray was to be ”Thankful”. Thankful for my parents, teachers, friends, for health and for the food we ate. A practice that simple!
So yes, the answer to the quest for that lifetime of happiness is just about being thankful and having gratitude for all that we have and for all those with whom we get to share it. There would be nothing but pain and frustration yearning about the big house you want to own or the luxury car that you dream of every single night instead of living that very moment and brain-wiring yourself to absorb the minutest little things that evolve around you.
And then there will also be those times, the ones that bring the worst out of us. The most discontented us. And that is completely okay! We are born humans and will most definitely make errors. Nevertheless, we can still turn it around. 🙂
In the words of Melody Beattie, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.”
So the next time you feel thankful, for no matter what, don’t hesitate to express it. Not only will it mean a lot to whom or for what you say it, it will also be a powerful step to unlock the many other blissful things waiting to come your way.
And such is the power of gratitude ♥