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Gratefulness

Recently I have been coming across a lot of messages about being grateful, appreciating the life we have instead of what we don’t have and learning to trust in the Universe. This has grounded me somewhat and made me realise how much I need to remain in the present and appreciate Life as it is now.

If we really start counting, the vast majority of us do have a lot to be grateful for and things we just take for granted. The very fact that I am typing this on a smartphone speaks volumes about the luxuries of my life that some will never get to experience. It can be truly humbling when I get right down to the details.

That said, a fellow blogger once said we do not have to feel obligated to justify our pain. We all have challenges to deal with. Issues that are beyond our control or simply goals we want to attain but haven’t done so yet. These things may keep us awake at night asking: why me or why does it have to be so hard? Our own life and its challenges are valid and no one gets to diminish the effect it has on us. “Someone else has it worse” doesn’t always work. I know.

But what does work, I find, is to think more in terms of what we do have and how far we have come. Comparing with others even comparing down doesn’t often work because by nature we are very much tuned to our own selves. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, we can tune in positively. We can look at the advantages we have and how we can best thrive on those. We can trust in ourselves and more importantly the Universe, that we will attain all that we want or need when the time is right.

Another blogger recently mentioned: What seems unfair sometimes conspires in our favor and saves us from ourselves.

This had a profound effect on me. What we wish for may not be always the best thing for us (at least not in the timeframe we have in mind). We are simply too unwise to know this. Nothing to do with intelligence, simply our lack of understanding of how life works. Long ago, I had vowed to not try and understand life but to live life. This message reinforced that in me today.

Appreciate.
Be grateful.
Live not understand.
Have Faith.

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Inspire Me Wednesday – Look for the deeper meaning

I found a series of short heart-warming stories at Marc and Angel Hack Life. More such stories can be found at Makes Me Think. These are a collection of real life, inspiring, sad or otherwise thought provoking stories sent in by people.

One of the stories that really made me think was this one:

Today, when I opened my store at 5AM there was an envelope sitting on the floor by the door. In the envelope was $600 and a note that said, “Five years ago, I broke into your store at night and stole $300 worth of food. I’m sorry. I was desperate. Here’s the money with 100% interest.” Interestingly, I never reported the incident to the cops because I assumed that whoever stole the food really needed it.

This story made me think that events that happen are sometimes not what they seem on the surface (in this story’s case; it wasn’t a simple robbery driven by greed or malice; rather the person really needed the food). There are deeper meanings to unfortunate or unhappy events that we may discover years later, or may not ever truly know the reasons for. As we go through life, perhaps it’s good to stop and think about why something may be happening in this particular way, or why bad times plague us rather than simply reacting to it with upset and frustration.

There are reasons for everything in life… we just may not know it yet.

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