{Insightful Sunday} Gratitude

If my journey over the past year has taught me anything, it's to be grateful for what you have, rather than wasting energy worrying about the things you feel you lack.  I think, to a degree, we are all quick to criticise, both ourselves, our lives & of course, others.  Filling our time obsessing over the things we don't have, perhaps things that others possess & feeling as though we are incomplete in some way.

I felt as though, in the past, I spent a lot of my time wasting energy worrying or obsessing over all of my faults, all the things I felt myself & my life lacked.  However, speaking with people during my travels, people from varying backgrounds & countries, has really helped to give me perspective.  It's made me realise that perhaps happiness is not obtainable through striving for a particular thing, such as a house, a car, a career, etc. but perhaps happiness is obtainable more so from the appreciation of what you already possess.

I've come to realise that when I look back at my life, I have been exceptionally privileged, even perhaps when I thought I was deprived.  I hate to think of all the times I've complained, or felt incomplete in some way, because I didn't have this, or I hadn't had that.  When I look at the world, I see it with new eyes.  They are open & they do not shy away.  They see the suffering & they see the joy that can come from the smallest of things.  They have a new perspective.

Currently, I have no fixed income, no car, no home, very few possessions, but, I have people around me who support & love me unconditionally & with open hearts, I've been able to travel the globe & experience new cultures, take in new views, I have my health, my freedom, a roof over my head, food in my belly & clothes on my back.  Regardless of all the things I do not possess, all the things I seemingly lack, I am happy & I am content & most importantly, I am grateful.

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