“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining—it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.”—ZigZiglar
How often do we express gratitude for the things we have? The answer is—hardly ever. It might be harsh, but it’s true. All through our lives, since our childhood to the day we die, there is always something that we are yearning for and complaining if we don’t have it. The obsession with materialistic things is so great that not even once do we reflect on the bigger riches that God has gifted us, such as a healthy body, family, and the gift of love. It is always a bigger car, a bigger house, money, an expensive dress… the list is endless.
Those who have more want more. Complaining and cribbing have become a way of life for most of us. It is a vicious cycle. And this video sums it up very nicely. It shows in brief how we go through life only wanting things and never ever stop to count our blessings. By means of a simple storyline, it conveys a message that is very powerful. It jolts you and forces you to think about the way we are living our life—in a materialistic manner. It shows different people, each one yearning for a vehicle bigger than the one he owns. But the ending of the video very effectively shows how all that is worthless if you are ill and confined to a wheelchair. In our race to acquire as many riches as we can, we neglect the biggest gift that we have—a healthy body. All the luxuries will be wasted if you don’t have good health to enjoy it. It also teaches us to be satisfied with what we have, count our blessings, and focus on the things that we DO have in life. The things we take for granted like good health, family, and friends are the best riches we have. And the moment we start counting our blessings and start appreciating our treasures is the day our lives will turn around for the better.
For as Oprah says, “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.”
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