Authentic Gratitude

“We tend to forget that happiness does not come as a result of getting something we do not have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig …

So much of society tends to feed our focus on want and desire. There are countless endorsements being pushed by celebrities, artists, professional athletes, and those we look up to telling us how we need to buy or upgrade to the latest versions and the newest fads. TV, radio, internet, phones–everywhere we turn there seems to be commercials and advertisements that arouse unhappiness within us. And all of this noise being spewed our way simply takes away our peace within.

Wanting things, and having gratitude for the things we already have, are two polar opposites. On one end, we find ourselves incomplete and unsatisfied in life; on the other end, we find ourselves feeling whole, and enjoying a life filled with happiness. That is because we will never find value for the things in our lives unless we are truly able to appreciate them.

In addition, when we focus on our lack instead of our abundance, we essentially invite unhappiness into our minds, for lack leaves us feeling deficient, meager, drained, depressed, powerless, broken, and inadequate.

The trick to finding happiness in the things we have, and still allowing ourselves to want in a healthy manner, lies in keeping a focused equilibrium in our lives. One way to do so is to simplify our lives. There will always be new gadgets, faster cars, more exciting inventions that clutter our minds and our lives, but if we are able to remain focused on our abundance–with gratitude and appreciation–we will never find ourselves lacking in life.

Discover an authentic gratitude for the things you have.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to focus on things that we lack?

What things bring you lasting happiness?

How do you imagine your life would be if you were able to focus primarily on what you have, with an appreciation for those things and people in your life?

For further thought:

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought if you did not have them.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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