WHAT IF you woke up tomorrow, and had everything you’ve ever wanted… You’d probably be pretty happy, at least for a while. But very soon you’d start to realize that you want even more.
I’m sure there’s something you could think of right now, a person, experience or thing, that you could say “If I had that in my life, I would be happy and my life would be complete!” Well here’s the reality, once you get that thing you’ve been longing for, all that will do is make you want more. Once you have what you want, you’ll want something else. It’s a vicious cycle. There’s no such thing as having everything you want, it’s a bottomless pit. So, if you’re waiting to save up for that one special thing, waiting for that special someone to waltz into your life or waiting to get that special job, because you think THAT’s what’s going to make you happy… you can stop waiting.
Real happiness, long-lasting, non-temporary happiness, does NOT come from GETTING the things you WANT. Rather, it comes from being THANKFUL for the things you HAVE.
So here’s the good news… If you’ve always wanted to be happy but were never able to, try this: Take a second to think of 5 people who you are thankful for having in your life. Think of 5 experiences that you are thankful for having had. Take a second to really try this. When you’re feeling down, think of those people and experiences and feel grateful that they are/have been in your life. If you do this right, you will never be helplessly unhappy again…
Also, if you’re reading this, chances are it’s from a computer or smartphone; if you have access to a computer you’re in the top 22% of the population. About 50% of the WORLD, lives on less than $2.50 a day! That’s what we pay for a cup of coffee. We all have problems, sometimes big and sometimes small; but for some reason, when we put them in perspective, they can all seem relatively insignificant given what the world as a whole is going through. We are extremely lucky to have what we have. We Are.
So, I say, I’m GRATEFUL for my family, I’m GRATEFUL for my friends, I’m GRATEFUL that I have food to eat every day and a warm bed to sleep in. I am GRATEFUL for all of the opportunities that I’m given every single day to live out my life without worrying about when my next meal will be or where I will sleep tonight.
The next time your little brother it sister is bothering you, something goes wrong at work, or you want a new pair of shoes you can’t afford, remember… You have been BLESSED to be who you are and have what you have. BE GRATEFUL. You have a GIFT!
Share this on your wall if you’re GRATEFUL for having your FAMILY, your FRIENDS, and your LIFE!