“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

This quote struck me like lightning. Not that I had not read it before, but just that now I understood it better. I happened to meet a school friend of mine, a few days back and I realized my life was better than so many others. I had things that others yearned for and here I was cribbing for things I don’t have. It is human nature, isn’t it? We need more and more and are never satisfied.

Reminds me of dad’s gyaan – ” One should be satisfied with what he has but not contented.” I probably took this more seriously. I am not sure, but I am a person who gets happy quickly and sadness comes my way the same way. While I appreciated life and the small things that life had bestowed I chose to ignore so many things that I had to be grateful about.

Gratitude is not my natural disposition and expressing has been a difficult thing. It isn’t easy to remain positive and thankful for life when obstacles are plenty, failed attempts ample and fear looming. Times when everything goes wrong and you wait for days to pass away quickly appreciation is the last thing I would do. I have come to understand that life will remain so forever like this just that few days would be better than others. One has to experience pain and sadness to appreciate happiness.

There are disappointment and sadness in this world but yet I see so many people happy and I realized it was their choice. They chose to be happy and grateful and that made all the difference.

I have been generous in appreciating others. I know how happy my colleague would be if I complimented her or appreciated her efforts. Be it appreciating a blogger’s post, a piece of art or efforts made by others to make a thing happen,I appreciate. And small gestures like these makes a person’s day. But when it came to me and what I had I was hardly thankful.

For my own happiness and well-being, I CHOOSE to be grateful for what I have and complain less.
I start it today,right now by thanking you for reading this, coming back and appreciating what I write. I am so grateful to have such beautiful and encouraging people around me.

Thank you! 🙂

P.S. I have been learning to doodle and create illustrations and will be sending a handwritten thank you note to people I know online and offline who have made my life beautiful soon.  🙂

Also, I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter .

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