How thankful are you? Have you counted your blessings? We should be grateful that we are alive, we should be grateful that we have family. We should be grateful that we have a place to live. We should be grateful for free medical care. We should be grateful for food. We should be grateful for clean water. We should be grateful for clothes. We should be grateful for friends. We should be grateful for cars. We should be grateful for pets. We should be grateful for religion and we can practice it freely. We should be grateful for electricity. We should be grateful for transport. We should be grateful for free-speech. We should be grateful for our limbs. We should be grateful for being free. We should be grateful that we have public transport. We should be grateful that we are never far from shops. We should be grateful that we are able to travel. We should be grateful for our health. There is so much to be grateful for that we seem to forget and instead moan about the things that we are unable to have.
So many people say that we have so many rules and regulations from the government that we are not really free and cannot do the things that we are able to do. Have you looked at other countries and how they live? Do you realise that we have rules and regulations for our own good. Because we have these rules and regulations we are able to have free health care, smooth roads, free schools, cars to drive and not many crashes, public transport that can get us from one side of the country to another and so much more! We take so many things for granted and we don’t even realise it. How many times in a day are you grateful for the things and people around you? How many times do you think about the things that would be different if you didn’t have them in your life? I bet you don’t even take a few seconds to think about all these things!
We need to be grateful for everything that we should have around us, it should transfer in every part of our everyday life. Even if it is the small things in life we should be grateful and blessed to have things around us. From the sofa we sit on everyday, to the food in your fridge, to the flat we have, to the TV we watch every night. However, we always seem to pine for something better and something more exciting but for here and now we should be grateful for the things around us. It seems to be the more people that I talk to the more people I see that are grateful for the material things around us rather than the people and the feelings that we have. Material things stay there and can be picked up at anytime of the day or night but people don’t last forever and we need to be around them more and be grateful for the people around us.
When was the last time that you told a person around you that you are grateful for them, for their love, for their emotions, for their effort, for their everything. We need to be grateful for those people around us and not just the ‘things’ that we have. I have realised as I have got older that it is not important not to pine for the fancy car, for the new phone, for the best house, for the good clothes, the biggest wedding ring. It is more important to pine for time with the family, time with friends, time to be healthy, have a ‘safe’ space to lie my head and I need to appreciate those more than anything in the world. We need to be grateful for all the things around us.
I thank God everyday for the times we are able to have together, places to be safe, the free things in life, the health that I have, the family I have around, my relationship and good marriage. I am grateful and blessed for all the things I have in life, for all the good things and all the bad things as I am able to learn through them and God will help me. As you read this blog maybe it is time for you to think about the things that we are grateful for and not to take things for granted. Will you think about these things and write down as many as you can think off?