How To Be Happy: Take Nothing For Granted

The saying “count your blessings” is actually saying more that you think it does. It’s something that’s thrown at you when people don’t want to hear you complain. If you think about it, though, those 3 little words are very powerful. This is people’s way of telling you not to take anything for granted; in other words, it’s like telling you to “be grateful.” In everything that we go through, there’s always a reason to be grateful, no matter how small.

One day, our pastor encouraged us to keep a list for 30 days, I think. We were to write 10 things for which we were grateful every day, and there couldn’t be any repeats. It was kind of hard in the beginning not to have any repeats, but the more I did it, the more I found that I started looking for reasons to be grateful. Now, you don’t have to do this for religious reason, but there is much to be said for being grateful. Your whole outlook on life changes. The way you see people and circumstances changes. Don’t wait until you have a near death experience to appreciate what’s always been around you! Everyday that comes has reasons in it for which you can be grateful and thankful to be alive.

Some days… you have to look a little harder than others. If you look, though, your searching does get rewarded. Here are a couple of the things that I was grateful for:

  • sunny or partly sunny days where I can watch the big white clouds float by.
  • chilling in Starbucks
  • a cozy bed with soft blankets
  • that my mama didn’t kill me when I was a child or a teenager. I’m sure she had plenty of reasons to.
  • my 4-year-old nephew
  • long walks
  • my mom and my sister; they’re HILARIOUS

These are just a few of the things. If I had an especially good day, it would go in the journal. I looked in, and found one particular time where I had lost the back to my earring in a store. It was really small, and I was doubtful that I’d find it, but still I looked around me… AND I FOUND IT. How often does that happen?? I was very grateful for this; now I didn’t have to worry about getting a new earring back!

Of course, I’m thankful for the places I’ve traveled, but I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like. What I’m trying to say is that the monumental and colossal good things don’t happen all the time; the key to taking nothing for granted is being happy and being grateful for the things that you experience every day.

What about the nice guy at the coffee shop that always makes your coffee just the way you like it? Or enjoying your favourite brand of chips? How about kicking back in your favourite chair and watching tv at the end of a long day? Or for rock music or rainy days? These are the things that we take for granted because they’re routine or because we expect them. There are people that don’t have access to such things; as a result, we should condition ourselves not to take these thing for granted… or for that matter, to take the people that love us (and that we love) for granted. It can all be gone in an instant; enjoy it while you have it and remember what’s important.

Take today to thoroughly enjoy those things that you’ve stopped paying attention to because you expect them to be there; be grateful today. 🙂

 

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