Being thankful

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”Oprah Winfrey

We all want something. We all lost something. We all love something. Some let themselves be guided by their passions, while others take to the rational way of acting… some choose to hug an illusion, others a dream, and on their loneliest nights they feel empty and weak and scared, while others choose to act… they want to create, to build, to enhance, to evolve, to wage war against the entire world if need be.

But the trick is to figure out what is enough, the trick is to realize when you have enough; the really impossible task is to appreciate what you have, not after you’ve lost it, but in the moments it’s yours. Yes, probably it’s in our nature to take things for granted… we grow complacent with things or people, we never seem to realize the extraordinary when it happens to us… we only realize how much we need it after we’re close to losing it.

It’s been three and a half years since I started this blog. I wrote close to 800 posts. Some were good, some were not that good. Maybe I’ve inspired a few folks to write… more, better, when they didn’t feel like it, when they couldn’t see the point in doing so. Maybe I’ve changed things… here and there.

For that, I am thankful. And it changed me… I used to be the guy who got confused by even the slightest setback. I got angry when things didn’t go my way. I wast addicted to instant gratification. Now I fight for it.

But sometimes it’s well to take a look back, at what you accomplished, at what you achieved so far. Makes the road ahead seem less scary…

That’s what I do from time to time, when something bad happens, when I feel down, when I don’t want to get out of bed because… what’s the point? When I feel bitter and frustrated; that’s when I think about what I used to do before this blog, which was pretty much nothing.

Yes, we rarely notice the most obvious of things, which are also the ones we need the most. We rarely appreciate them or acknowledge their true value. We spend so much time living in the future, trying to decide how it’s going to look like, how great it’s going to be, that we sometimes feel stuck. We feel like standing still, and we want motion, we want life, we want our flames to burn strong against the never-ending and cruel darkness of the night.

Yet, if we stop for just one moment and look around, that’s when we see what’s real… we see what really matters. Yes, we’re all haunted by regret, in all shapes and sizes: for the things we didn’t do, for the things we did and could have done differently, for the things we almost did. We regret bad decisions, poor choices, good deeds turned wrong. We regret intentions, thoughts, actions.

But if we sift all that, if we tell ourselves that what we have is profound and magnificent, that’s when we see real magic. That’s when stuff begins to happen. You can only see what you want to see and nothing more. Never forget that, because the moment you do, that’s when you’ll lose track of things, that’s when you won’t know what is enough.

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3 comments on “Being thankful

  1. Tori J. says:

    What a beautiful message. I often forget to take a step back from it all and look at the bigger picture. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. New Journey says:

    Great post…..I wasn’t able to see what I had, or had, had or really wanted until I hit 40…things started to change for me, wiser decision making, smarter choices in life, a divorce that was way over due…I believe that I wasn’t mature enough to make the right decision, living what I thought I should of been doing, not feeling what I should of been doing, I was shutting down the critical thinking part of my brain and acting on impulse…boy was I way off…I look back and always wish I would of had better guidance during my youth…I know that my parents did the best they could with how they were brought up, and I know I wasn’t the easiest child to raise, stubborn, head strong…my father always said I had to learn from the school of hard knocks…LOL I have to take responsibility for a lot of my wrong choices in life…..I am able to look back and be thankful for what I did have, and am thankful to have gone through what I have to become who I am today….thankful everyday I get up and am able to walk across the floor and take a breath….I am thankful………………….and can act on it and give thanks to those around me….

  3. Always so important to have a grateful heart..something that is sadly lacking in many Christians. Complaining seems to be the order of the day; it is never enough. Thanks for the reminder

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