This is another one of those often overlooked success principles. As success- and goal-oriented people we have a tendency to always be looking ahead to the next thing. That’s great! You will never get where you want to be in life if you aren’t willing to look into the future and make it so. At the same time, however, we must not become so fixated on future goals that we forget to look behind us and express gratitude for the blessings we already have.
I’m feeling particularly emotional about this today. Lately, when I take too much time to think about it, I become overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life — I feel that I have to pick and choose which things to be excited about each day, or otherwise I may burst from being too full of thankfulness.
I say this not coming from a sense of pride or entitlement, but rather from a place of humility. I often think, “Who am I to be blessed so abundantly??” But then I think, “Who am I not to be?”
Life will always be a mix of struggles and blessings. Often, our greatest struggles eventually lead to our greatest blessings. Other times, we are left feeling as though all of our blessings were stolen from us.
Blessing and struggle are both a part of life; however happiness depends on us being able to focus on the blessings more than the struggles.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it difficult to remember all the blessings I have in my life. I become caught up in the stress of the day, the tasks of the week, the often small and insignificant things that I choose to worry about as opposed to the immensely larger list of things I have to be thankful for!
I wonder why we do that.
Regardless of how things are going in our lives, we always have something to be thankful for. Our health, our family, our friends, a roof over our heads, food on the table, the sun in the sky, a rainy day or a starry night. Life itself is a blessing if you allow it to be!
So amid all of your goal setting and achieving, take some time each day to focus on what you already have. Learn to be thankful for what you have and you will always have more. Be ungrateful and you will never have enough.
Just a few thoughts as we go into the weekend!
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