Not that I have any solutions to the world’s problems, but I honestly feel that Gratitude is under appreciated. If people were more grateful for what they have, they’d be less worried about what other people have and not be thinking so much how “unfair” it is that they don’t have these things as well.
What’s really at the heart of most fights, bad feelings, broken relationships and wars? Think about it. A serious lack of gratitude!
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to welcome and get to know thousands of visitors to Costa Rica over the last decade. It’s hard to put into words how I see people grow from their experiences. One thing I can say for sure though is that most people seem to move into a very appreciative space for what they have in their lives after seeing how much more they have than many others around the world.
And having lived in a developing nation for a decade and not having had all the creature comforts one comes to expect in other parts of the word, I’ve learned a lot about just being content and thankful for the beauty around me and the few things I have.
There is a viral video going back around these days again by Ted.com. It’s part of a talk about gratitude given by photographer Louie Schwartzberg. If you’ve not seen it, trust me, it’s worth your ten minutes. It’s a great reminder of how precious life is.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that every day I take a few moments to close my eyes, get quiet, smile and to feel my gratitude throughout my body. I think, “Wow. I’m here today. I’m alive. I’m not suffering. My family is okay. I have food to eat. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But for now, I’m grateful for everything!”
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider what you have to be grateful for today. Life is short. Enjoy the hell out of it!