I have family all over the world and I’m very blessed for that. Not only does it make it easier to travel and stay with them I’m happy to host my family when they visit me in Rotterdam too. This week my cousin from Lisbon came to visit. Don’t know if you’ve heard but the economical crisis in Portugal is terrible and the stories she told me about the situation there is horrible. On top of this added stress she has to deal with a lot of health issues. Nonetheless she’s very grateful for her beautiful son and wonderful partner. I can complain about little things compared to her situation but seeing her it made me realize how I grateful I am for living in Rotterdam, working with people I love and having a good health. Do you sweat the small stuff?
You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Till It’s Gone
I’m grateful I have a house to live in, a bed to sleep in, I can pay my bills, have great colleagues who treat me with respect and I have good health. Since I have all this it can become a given but hearing my cousin speak reminded me I need to say thanks for all I have EVERY DAY. Her aunt was saying that the economical crisis is so bad that bosses talk any way they want with their employers. Some don’t even get paid and get to sleep for free in a house in exchange for work. I saw the movie ’12 Years of Slave’ last week and I wonder, has slavery made its comeback? Everything they said reminded me of the movie and it saddens that in 2013 you have people working in ‘slavery’ conditions as if they weren’t worth anything
Times are different and it might not be the golden ages for some but look around and see what you are grateful for. Everything you focus on grows so even if it’s just one thing, focus on that until it becomes so big it overpowers the other stuff. When I’m down or feel frustrated with things I start to sum up the things I’m grateful for and it’s the perfect vitamine for a happy mood. I even have a gratitude app called ‘Secret of Happiness‘ which reminds me to write 3 things I’m grateful for in the morning and 1 thing that happened in the last 24hours at night.
Complaining has become such a habit in our society that I rarely hear people say what they are thankful for. Luckily I’m surrounded by positive friends who I frequently hear say what they’re grateful for. And their life speaks for it because gratitude is a magical ingredient and that’s why I write about it so often on my blog. Not only is it a reminder for myself but also for you so you can remember that there are things that are going well in your life, so thank God, the Universe or your friends that you have good things going in your life!
What are you grateful for?
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