In the spirit of the time of year where we’re all reminded to be thankful for what we have (while also being reminded by the media about all the things we need to buy because we don’t have them) – I think it’s important to stop and see that gratitude should never be seasonal.
Part of the reason it’s easier to be thankful during the holidays is that while life itself doesn’t slow down – typically work commitments do. This allows us to spend more time with loved ones, and be appreciative of what we have.
In any aspect of life, to really recognize and be appreciative, we need to focus on the right things.
If we are always chasing after what we don’t have, we often fail to appreciate what we already do have. Recognizing and appreciating everything around us is the first step towards happiness.
This, in itself, teaches us a lesson. When we are asked what we’re thankful for, the majority of the time we list the people who are close to us – not the things we’ve worked so hard to buy. Perhaps we are thankful for the comfort of a nice home, but home is where the heart is, as they say.
One should not work so hard to make a living, that they miss out on creating a life. Every accomplishment loses its luster if we don’t have the right people to share them with.
What’s the first thing that you want to do when you achieve something great? Tell someone, right? Then, what’s the use in working so hard that you ruin your relationships?
We need to remember who (not what) we’re thankful for, all the time – and make sure they know it.
I am thankful for my amazing family, my amazing girlfriend, her kicking breast cancer’s ass this year, and every single person across the world who reads this message.
I want to know what you’re thankful for – either comment below or find me on social media using the buttons on this page!