Don’t forget where you came from, where you’ve been, and what you have. Our roots don’t define who we are, but even the darkest paths have the brightest endings. And we have lots to celebrate, lots to be grateful for, and lots to embrace that’s worth remembering. Where we go will be even sweeter if we remember where we’ve been and appreciate where we are. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Sometimes life can feel like a game of pluses and minuses. If something good happens and then something bad happens, they cancel each other out. But if we climb a bit higher and look out the window, we might see a completely different view: that no matter what has happened or what will happen, no matter what we have or don’t have, there is so much to be thankful for. And if we can teach ourselves to always look at our life through that lens, we’ll realise that life might be a game of pluses and minuses, but the pluses always win.
Positivity isn’t about ignoring the worse parts of life nor is it about suppressing our negative emotions. Because we cannot avoid them. It’s rather about refusing to let those moments drain the colour out of life. Let’s have faith that things will turn out alright.
Gratitude might sometimes be in short supply. It’s natural to look at what we don’t have, reminisce about how things were or wonder about how things could be. But there’s a lot to be grateful for right on our doorstep. Let’s not take those for granted.
Self-confidence is something we’re always working on. Think about how many different choices we might make if we actually believed in ourselves, our worth and our beauty. Think about what we would attempt if we knew we wouldn’t fail. Let’s live confidently and be richer for it.
The richest person is not the one who has the most. But the one who needs the least. The one who can turn less into more. The one who realises that even when we have more, we’ll still want more. We can become so fixated on our addictions to having more that we never truly appreciate what we have. But riches don’t always translate to materiality. We can be rich in love, in knowledge, in strength. And that only comes through living, not accumulating. We don’t need that much. In the end, it will only weigh us down.
Pleasure in life can quickly fade away with time. As we get older, we become accustomed to the life around us. As we get busier, we no longer take the time to look at life’s beauty. We begin to take our life for granted, always wanting something more, something better. But walking around blindly is to be numb to the happiness life’s beauty brings. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the first time we’re seeing something. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the last time we’ll see something. That’s how we capture life’s magic. Don’t be ignorant or indifferent. Stay awake and curious.
Somewhere in the world, there is someone who dreams of a life like yours.
Somewhere in the world, there is someone who skips their lectures to sleep in. Somewhere, there is someone who complains that they have to go to the store to buy groceries. Somewhere, there is someone who trades in the iPhone 5 for the iPhone 6. Yet, somewhere in the world, there is someone who is threatened if they go to school. Somewhere, there is someone who doesn’t know when they’ll get their next meal. Somewhere, there is someone who is sold off like a possession. They cannot even conceive of a life like yours.
I’m not trying to belittle or trivialise anyone’s problems or treat them as insignificant in comparison to another’s. Nobody’s life is free from trouble or heartache. But our life isn’t made up of one thing. We can be grateful for the life we have, even just parts of it. We can honour the life we have by making the most of what we have been given. Our life can bring us great joy if we learn to look in the right places.
Nothing is ever guaranteed, confirmed or promised to be ours for life. Everything is temporary, whether we cling to it tightly or leave it to hang on our sleeve. So we should never take anything for granted, no matter how permanent, stable or insignificant it seems. It might be violently ripped from us or slowly slip away unnoticed. We will be sorry when those things are gone. Be grateful, be considerate, and be appreciative. Treat everything as though it were a miracle, because everything really is. Only then can we quite grasp the reality of happiness.
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