To be Grateful is to Live

Time is gold, extremely expensive that we can’t afford to waste because lost time is a loss forever.

We get to hear the common excuse “I don’t have time” because every one thinks that indeed, they are too preoccupied to slow down and sit back, to eat proper food, to have enough sleep, to spend quality time with family or friends. They have too much on their plates that everything must be done in a hurry. Such individuals just can’t stop running because they feel that 24 hours is not enough for them.

But is that really the case? Why do we work so much, thinking that we are running out of time? Why do we plummet ourselves to exhaustion? Why are we too preoccupied to even utter graces when we wake up in the morning or between meals? What is keeping us from slowing down a bit, sit down and reflect?

Discontent.

It is a plague of the heart, and most people have it. I too have it because the god of the system of things, who refer to himself as the Angel of Light, is very successful in keeping us all busy working to death, so much so that we actually forget what life is all about and why we are here in the first place. The next thing we knew, we have been poisoned by every sort of fleshly corruptions and have then lost our grip from the real life — real relationships, our families and friends. And as we reach the latter part of our lives, do you think it is still worthwhile to ask ourselves if everything we’ve done, is all worth it? What benefit would you get when all is gone including yourself in the process– your vigor, your time?

Those who wants to store for themselves the real treasures that do not perish and the incorruptible riches that will never be stolen, this is the time for us to be grateful.

Why be grateful?

Gratitude is an innate human quality to be thankful and appreciative. Being grateful also allows one to be kind and respectful– traits that describe us being human. As such, gratitude allows us to experience the real life as how we were designed by our Creator. All we have to do is take a look, contemplate and ponder the wonders of life because gratefulness will help us to be more loving and more feeling.

  • A grateful individual sees the beauty of living, that life is indeed a wonderful gift from God. Such individual would never feel toiled down with the never ending challenges of this world, that despite hardships, he will know that there is so much to look forward to every single day.
  • A grateful person understands his life’s purpose, that he is designed to praise his Creator who gifted him with life, and that he is responsible to keep God’s commandments in his heart. This is his life’s purpose because His commandments will keep him live the real life.

Understand that gratitude will liberate us from the prison of self-preoccupation. We can be assured that gratefulness will replace the plague of discontentment with a sense of appreciation.

Good news is it’s not yet too late to develop a thankful heart. All we need to do is pause and give ourselves a break from this digital world and start appreciating gradually. As a starter, let “thank you” be a natural expression for you. We can even express and utter words of kindness, stop saying insensible and bad words as exercise. If you keep doing it, it will become a habit that is hard to break.

Activity-wise, let’s try this exercise: For those who have never witnessed a sunset for quite a while, who may have been contained in their offices everyday, why not try walk a bit after work and enjoy the sunset? Or arrange a small visit to the beach or a park and wait for the sunset? Remember, no two sunrise and sunsets are identical because today’s sunset is like like a finger print of the day, and tomorrow’s sunrise is another unique one. It is a perfect time to be grateful for the life you have had for the day, regardless of the hardships, for tomorrow offers another day, a new life.

When was the last time you expressed your gratitude to God, to your parents or just anyone who have shown you kindness? Did you learn something from this article? Tell me, what makes you grateful today!

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