Have you ever considered the many blessings in your life on your worse day? Probably not. On days like that, the world seems to be against you and you cannot think beyond your current situation; let alone be grateful for the many joys in your life.
In our day to day, there are so many things we take for granted and reminding ourselves that you are more fortunate than most should help our mindset. Shake off the negative thinking and replace it with a heart of gratitude. Many people will die to be in the situation you are in.
I have decided to share the things I am grateful for in 2020 to act as a reminder when I have challenging days. This exercise is to help me become less selfish, not to be taken in by the world and to stop the constant urge to complain about my first world problems.
We compare ourselves to those who are ahead of us and we want what they have. We compare our chapter 1 in draft to their finished book on the newsstand. As a result, most of us are unhappy with our lives and unnecessarily stressed.
12 Things I am Grateful for in 2020
1. I am alive
The start of this new decade has been very challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic but I am grateful I am still here. I have breathe in my lungs and can breathe on my own.
2. I have eyes to see
Close your eyes for a second and imagine what you would do if you had no sight. How different would your life be? Open your eyes and enjoy all that you see around you.
3. I have two hands and feet with all fingers attached
Sometimes, where you are born can afford you benefits you might not appreciate. For some, growing up in war zones and conflict-torn countries means the loss of a limb or two out of no fault of their own.
4. I can read and write
If you are reading this post then, then you are lucky to be able to do so as many have missed the opportunity to read or write. It might sound basic but imagine trying to read the text in a different language. You can see the words and how they are constructed but are unable to comprehend the meaning.
5. I have a loving family and we get on well
I know this is not always a given but most of us would have a few family members who are there for you no matter what.
6. I have a job that allows me to provide for my family
If you are gainfully employed and able to put food on the table for yourself and your family, then count yourself blessed. Might not necessarily enjoy your job or the commute but an unemployed person would want to be in your position.
7. I am healthy and not lying in a hospital bed
We mostly forget about our health on challenging days but many are not so lucky. If your health is poor it seeps negatively into every aspect of your life
8. I have a safe place to lay my head each night
When was the last time you went to bed worrying that your house might be blown up? Likewise, homeless people worry about finding a safe and warm place to spend the night.
9. I know who my parents are
Was listening to Les Brown’s speeches and he talks about not knowing either parent as an adopted child. The fact that you could walk past your parents and not even know who they were must be painful. That deep need to know where you came from. Good or bad, knowing or seeing who they were, provides a sense of peace within one’s soul.
10. I have access to safe running water all year round
Unfortunately, some parents and children go through this and it’s not only isolated to developing countries. Many people in the UK living under the poverty line struggle to feed their kids and themselves resulting to food banks. Marcus Rashford’s campaign about providing food vouchers to 1.3 million kids in the UK highlights the unseen challenge many face.
11. I don’t go to bed hungry
Count yourself blessed if you never have to fetch water for the barrel or from the nearby stream to brush your teeth and take a shower.
12. Close friends
No matter how tough my day has been, I can count on a few friends who I can call at random hours to talk to. We have deep conversations filled with laughter and encouragement
I urge you to write your own list down and use it to motivate yourself when you are having one of those days. We all go through the ups and downs so you are not alone.
Always remember that “so far, you have survived 100% of your worst days”.It can be tough with the pressures of life and the things money can buy but ask yourself, would you want to drive that nice car or own that big house and lose a leg and an arm?
There is a price to pay for every achievement. Make your list today and stay positive. Constant comparisons will kill the joy.
Why not share 3 things you are grateful for in the comments below.