The art of taking things for granted

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It’s interesting how often we take things for granted in life. I’m not talking about the obvious things like quality time spent with our kids, food and shelter, technology, and the things Third World countries don’t get to experience. I’m talking about the simpler, less talked about things that often go unnoticed. The things we don’t generally compare to other people. The things that perhaps we didn’t even know existed.

Each of us are searching for the same thing; happiness. We all want better jobs, bigger houses, faster cars, better employment opportunities, better education and the like. But, in the realm of it all, there are many extreme differences that we don’t even discuss or even realize. Things like commuter time to-and-from your work. Often times, if you were to compare your commute time to friend of yours, or even another coworker, you would find the commute time is exponentially different. Perhaps, your coworkers commute time is half an hour less than yours. Or, maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe your commute time is simple compared to the rest. This is just one example of what I’m talking about.

These kind of things are often overlooked. But, in the overall spectrum, they should be incorporated into the value of our happiness.

We get so busy in our fast-paced lives that we forget to realize the things that we have compared to those who don’t. We often fail to realize that our lives run a lot smoother than many of the people we come across each day. We often overlook the ease of our lives compared to the rest.

Yes, financial stability is important. Having a roof over your head is just as important. There are many trivial responsibilities each of us share that aren’t all that different, but when you get down into the nitty-gritty of it you’ll realize that simple little pleasures that YOU harness (that others don’t) could be looked at a little more thoroughly. This in itself should inspire happiness.

When I look at my own life for example, I see many great things that I’ve worked hard for. I’m not talking about materialistic things, or the money I’ve built in my bank account. I’m talking about the simple pleasures like having a job that doesn’t require a whole lot of attention. Yes, I do focus on doing well at my job, but with the knowledge I’ve built in my mindset my job isn’t all that difficult. In addition, my job doesn’t require me to be in the office at any given time. I am allowed flexibility to do what I need when I need. They provide me an office for my leisure, which means I don’t have commute times at all actually. This is one example of something I’ve recently taken for granted.

As I look out my window I see a busy and fast paced road just behind our house. Although the traffic isn’t heavy at all times, it’s definitely flying at a rapid pace during rush hour – morning and evening. It wasn’t until recent that I noticed this heavy flow of traffic and how it generally would’ve affected me (with any other type of job). It makes me grateful that I don’t have to get it in my car every morning and drive to work.

As I get more in depth into this discussion, I imagine myself in busy rush-hour traffic like you used to be involved with. I get random images of anger, slight fits of rage. It reminds me of my earlier days when I would fly off the handle if someone cut me off in traffic.

My mind roams all the other easy aspects I’ve worked hard for. Things like respect. I’m highly respected within my role in the company. This too is something that I am unfamiliar with. Although I’ve always garnered a lot of respect within my business as a youth motivator over the years, whenever I had ‘a job’, I usually found one where I wasn’t respected very well. This too makes me grateful for the respect that I’ve earned.

Lastly, I think of the flexibility I have being able to work from home. My kids get to see me as often as they want. I barely ever miss a family function, and I don’t have to get out of my pyjamas if I don’t want to. These are all things I am very grateful for.

Each and everyone of us has simple pleasures that we’ve earned. These things allow us to live our lives to the maximum potential, yet we often take them for granted. There’s a good chance you aren’t even aware of them.

What kind of things are you grateful for; things that perhaps other people don’t have? Be sure to include these on your list of affirmations that you tell yourself in the morning.

My daily affirmation:
I’m grateful for my children, Sophia and Olivia. I’m grateful for my wife, Melanie. I’m grateful for all the materialistic items that make my life easier. I’m grateful for my mom and my dad and brothers and sisters, and all the people I’ve come across. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that surround me every day. I’m grateful for the respect I’ve earned, the flexibility of my job, and the ability to accomplish anything I wish.

Life is good.

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