I tend to worry a lot about the future, about being good enough, about not being where I want to be.
I find it incredibly important and soothing to just remind myself how much good is in my life.
That doesn’t mean life can’t improve, and it doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues that need resolving.
But it means that you can cut yourself some slack, and just enjoy the positive for a change. Here are five reasons to be grateful right now:
1. You are capable of reading this article!
You have eyes that work. You’re literate. You probably have a smartphone or a PC to read this on. ‘Nuff said.
There are plenty of people who are blind, have had no opportunity to educate themselves, and who don’t own a single thing apart from the clothes they wear.
Not to make you feel guilty, but that’s definitely a reason to feel grateful.
2. You have time to read this article!
You have enough free time to browse the internet, searching for fulfilling articles and videos (or just to pass the time).
You’re not breaking your back in a coal mine from dawn to dusk like the peeps of 150 years ago.
You would have been lucky to get 6 hours of sleep per night, and there was no concept of minimum wage, workers’ rights or even workplace security!
So take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and head on to reason number three.
3. You’re not in danger of being attacked by a wild animal (hopefully)
There are a lot of problems in modern human society, but thankfully being mauled by a panther is not one of them. At least in the vast majority of cases.
One of the reasons for our perpetual state of stress and anxiety in life is our highly evolved biological system for evaluating danger and hopefully escaping it.
And a big part of that danger for our prehistoric ancestors were predators. Lions, tigers and bears. Maybe the odd dinosaur thrown in the mix.
So life may still be difficult, but at least we can not worry about being eaten alive.
4. You have access to the vast stores of information of the internet
You can learn about anything. There may be a lot of bad information, but with a little know-how, you can learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.
You can learn all there is to learn about engineering. Or medicine. Or psychology. You can study the history of philosophy, carpentry, plumbing, you name it.
University degrees are fine, but knowledge is power.
In all eras of human existence, up until the last twenty years or so, knowledge was incredibly limited, and as were the means of communicating it.
In the middle ages, if you wanted to learn to read, you had to either be one of the lucky 0.001% of people born into royalty, or you had to become a monk or nun.
And even then your reading would have been mostly limited to the bible and its derivatives (at least in Europe).
5. You are conscious
You have something, without which none of this would exist. You are a conscious being. You’re not a rock. You’re not empty space, or a rotting piece of wood.
You were fortunate enough to be born. You are a human being. Your potential for spiritual growth is limitless.
Whatever may be wrong in your life and in the world around you, know this: The fact that you’re here at all is the most valuable thing you will ever encounter.
There is so much to be achieved with consciousness. Infinite possibilities reside in the human incarnate.
It’s quite easy to forget this simple fact, to feign ignorance about it. But your value as a conscious being cannot be overstated.
Each of us live in our own reality. We play the main role of existence, each one of us. We have our ups and downs, and we have a purpose to fulfill.
This is a game. A long, complicated game.
We can certainly be grateful for the chance to play it at all.
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