When I was in school, every morning during the assembly we were made to sing a hymn by Jim Reeves called “We thank thee”. Back then as kids, the lyrics had no meaning to us. We sang it because we had to. But after school, there have been a lot of times that I’ve recollected the lyrics and then realized its true essence. Gratitude is indeed something that we all need to practice. Life has its own set of ups and downs, good and bad times. And when things don’t go right, we resort to venting out our anger. It is easy to complain about things aren’t right, but it is difficult to be grateful for the things that we are actually blessed to have. Yes it is difficult to look at the brighter side of life when everything is going wrong. But counting your blessings will make you realize how lucky you are. Here are 10 things that I am grateful for.
1.The gift of life
Life is precious. Each day when I wake up, I am glad that I’m alive. I know the value of life and I’ll always appreciate the gift of life.
2.The gift of people who love me
What makes life worth living is that there are people who love you the way you are. I am lucky that my mom and dad brought me up with so much love, for my little brother who may fight with me at times, but I know who loves me. For the person who loves me for being me, who cares for me, I’m grateful!
3.The gift of good health
We always realize the worth of something when we don’t have it. Yes, I’ve my own set of health problems. But right now I am a lot better than I used to be and I am healthy when compared to the many people in the world who are suffering from so many incurable diseases. I am thankful for my good health.
4.The gift of friends
Friends are the people who add colour to life. Through good times and bad times, we need the company of friends. I’m lucky to have a few close friends who I know will be there for me. Thank you dear friends!
5.The gift of education
I’ll always be grateful for having the opportunity to get a good education. From the time of learning ABCs to now, education has made me who I am.
6.The gift of having a job
I’ve a job that helps me earn my living. There are so many people in the world who struggle to get a proper job. I’m grateful that my efforts during college paid off and I’ve a job.
7.The gift of talents
I write, I sing, I play music, I play sports! These are the gifts that have truly made my life better. And I’m grateful for all the talents that I have.
8.The gift of having a comfortable life
There have been difficult times in life. But I’ve always had three meals a day, a comfortable roof over my head and clothes to wear. I have the luxury of pursuing a few hobbies. I have things that I need and I’m glad about it.
9.The gift of nature
You may be wondering why I put this. But thinking about it, we owe our existence to nature. If the balance in nature is lost, it would be difficult for us to survive. I’m grateful for the nature that shelters us and sustains us.
10.The gift of being free
I write this post and I’ve written many more. I can do things that I wish to do. I go where I want to go. I walk around freely. Yes, I am free. Freedom is a gift for which we must be ever grateful!
When things don’t go right, I remind myself of these gifts that I’m indeed lucky to have. These things may seem little or irrelevant. But if you think about it the impact that they have on my life is huge. And yes, thank you for reading this! Thank you for each one of you who have encouraged me to write!
Today is World Gratitude Day. So what are you grateful for?
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