Be grateful for what you have…

By | 25th August 2017

Be grateful for what you have…

… not longing for what you don’t.

This might sound cheesy, one of those saying that we know but don’t really pay attention to. One that we tell the kids to keep them quiet when they want something and we don’t want to get it/buy it for them.

But this is so true in everyday life. As I do move a lot, I do meet a lot of people from different background and with different conditions of life. And people reactions to what they have do vary a lot. It is interesting that there is no general rule per say according to background. It is more a personal attitude. Some people are grateful for little things, some people complain for more and/or bigger, no matter how big a thing they just got. But still, a general rule is “the more you get/have, the more you want”… this might be inherent to human nature… we can be contempt with little, yet, as soon as we get something, we expect more…

I have seen people being grateful for an empty plastic bottle or people not having enough with being given 100 Litres of water… In general, the more you give, the more people expect. Another cheesy saying: “give him a hand and he want an arm”. I have found that people are happier to receive small things, even if only kindness, than bigger things that then call for more and leave a feeling of frustration.

Even for me, while I do have everything I need, there are some days/time where I long for more. A better kitchen, running water, bread… Yet I am happy with what I have. And I am grateful for what I get along the way – even if not my favourite things… and to start with, I am grateful for being here… I am grateful for a smiling face, someone being happy about something you just did or said… I am grateful that I have a roof, that I have food… Yes, I do have my frustrations – when something does not work, when something is broken or get missing (forgotten somewhere, lost or stolen…), when someone mistreat you. But at the end of the day, I look at what I do have, at people around me, at time when things do work (eventually it will work) and I am grateful for it.

This post was prompted by a couple of events recently and then I thought about one of my first post on the blog, nearly 2 years ago, which was a different way of looking at gratitude for what we have, and how our perspective can change. Interestingly, things have not really changed: I still long for the same things, and I am still grateful for the same… how do I reconcile looking at gratitude when talking about luxury and small pleasures? Because whatever we have we can be grateful for – only if we don’t wish for what we don’t have…

But then, this does not mean that we can’t want more and still be grateful… found out more in our next newsletter… (NB – this does not apply to the minimum needed for survival…)

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