And it will feed every corner of your life – Rumi.
Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today is Sunday and as ever, for most it is a time to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, to be a little more thoughtful and to consider the life you already have as being one that is maybe not so bad after all when we compare it to the terrible things we bare witness to on a daily basis as CNN, Sky News and the BBC like to share with us in a bid to keep up the ratings. Whether is be , war, refugee’s or inclement weather we see it plastered across our screens and it shows us that things are hard, times are tough and because of this we frown, we worry and we turn in toward ourselves hiding away from what we already have in our own lives that can make us happy.
–The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Oprah Winfrey was noted to say “Be thankful for what you have, you will end up having more, if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
Between the two I think I would prefer to listen to the words of Rumi and not a multi billionaire telling the poor folks how to feel better about themselves.
What I mean to say, we should all be grateful for what we DO have and not what we DON’T have. I don’t mean it in a “You will get more” way, I mean it in a frame of mind way. A way that makes us feel more positive about ourselves and our own lives. More positive about the word and and where we are in it. Let’s face it, many of us have the privilege to only really experience “First World Problems”. Simple stuff like this chair is too upright, this pair of shoes are too tight, this particular coat is not as warm as my other one and so on.
We must try to look beyond these kinds of issues because let’s face it, they really don’t compare to some of the problems we see broadcast across our screens everyday.
What we must do is look at our lives on a daily basis and be grateful for what they offer us. We must be happy with ourselves because only when we are happy with ourselves can we truly be happy.
Personally, I try to wake each morning and alongside “waking” my body with some small exercises I try to think about my life and realise that I am grateful for so many things. I am warm, I am healthy, I have a roof over my head, I have a car to get me about,I have friends and family who love me and most of all I am happy I am on a wonderful personal journey of my own that is changing my life beyond all recognition.
Yes we must be grateful for the material things in life, the big TV, the nice computer, the designer clothes but these things do not enrich our lives any more than their less expensive counterparts. I personally am lucky enough to have some of the above things but they are in no way the most expensive available. Like many I work to a budget and buy what I can afford. Yes they make me happy but they do not define me, yes they make my life more comfortable but they no longer fill any hole or plaster over any cracks in my emotions.
We must start to be more happy with ourselves and not worry about what others have, what advertising agencies tell us we should buy and certainly not how peer pressure might make us believe we must behave in a certain way because until we are truly happy with ourselves, we are never going to be relaxed enough to realise that there is more to life than the next big thing.
I know it is going to be difficult to take the “I” or the “ME” out of everyday but “I” for one am going start to try.
Stay out of the fridge.