#1: Be Thankful For What You Have
I once read somewhere that you don’t need a different prayer if you just said “Thank you” while praying. Most of us face problems in our lives, but I realized that I constantly complained about things whenever I was upset.
I was becoming a whiner, but the sad part was that I hadn’t bothered to change my attitude. Once I embraced the attitude of gratitude, I could clearly see and understand where I was going wrong.
For instance, I usually used to bicker about the food my wife used to prepare. Either there was no salt, or spice, but whatever it was, I just had to complain.
I also used to complain about my boss who would make my life miserable. Basically, you get the picture – it wasn’t easy to be with me.
However, once I understood the true meaning of gratitude, I sensed the feeling of bitterness slowly ebbing away from my heart and soul.
Yes, I didn’t like the food my wife prepared, but what about those people who didn’t even have food to eat?
Yes, my boss was hell bent on making me miserable, but at least I had a job, instead of being jobless, right?
It’s a different matter that I quit later, because I couldn’t handle the negativity, but the fact was that I missed the point. I couldn’t succeed anywhere if I wasn’t thankful for what I had.
I wasn’t being thankful to my wife who used to feed me, even when she knew that I would hate it. She would take care of the house, work every day, come back home and cook some food for me.
The least I could do was to thank her, isn’t it? Once I realized that I was an idiot, I truly tried to change my ways and it has been so worth it. No matter what problems we face in life, we must remember that there’s always a way out.
No amount of complaining and whining will help us, but it actually pulls our morale down, sucking us into this deep, dark hole of depression. Instead of worrying about what we don’t have, we need to focus on what we have and cherish it because the attitude of gratitude is the ultimate gift you could ever have.