Koffee did tell we say gratitude is a must (although, to be fair, nuff people did a say it long time).
Thing with gratitude, though, is that it can be hard to feel it in the midst of your trials. So, for instance, your car breaks down on the road at night. You get out the phone and you call somebody to help you out. But they can’t get there for like 30 minutes.
Pretty much out of options, you grudgingly wait. Now, in that moment, it might feel like you’re up to your ears in cow manure.
But then you may be able to think: What would have happened if it were raining cats and dogs? What if you were in an unfamiliar area that is not well lit? What if you had nobody to call? See, as bad as it sounds, there’s always the possibility that it could be worse. As you get older in life, at least for me, you begin to realise this more.
Sometimes when I’m at work, I have the TV on. Yea, I know, it’s not necessarily the best idea, but, work with me. Work can be a (insert word that rhymes with ‘witch’) and there are times when I feel like pimp slapping the computer. But then I see various commercials about hospitals and health programmes for children living with cancer and other potentially terminal diseases. And that kinda calms you down really quickly.
You see, it’s one thing when you’ve got a bad headache because deadlines are approaching and you can make neither head nor tail of the material you’re reading. But it’s another thing to have a cancerous tumour growing in your brain or a rare disease that takes away your ability to do simple things like speak or pour a glass of water for yourself. It’s times like these that you think your life isn’t all that bad.
The cynic in me, however, might then ask the question: Your life may not be crap, but what’s the upside for the family with the sick child? You feel like you’re right back at square one. But, if you think long enough, you will realise that there is some sunshine on the horizon. At least the children are getting medical help (sure they’re asking for funding so that they can get more but at least they’re getting some). And there have been many victories in the fight against the various diseases that can ravage the human body.
Don’t get me wrong. It can be hard to find the upside in every situation. But it’s possible. Can’t afford a car? Some people can’t afford a bicycle. Hate your bicycle? Some people can’t walk. But just because you should practise gratitude doesn’t mean that you should just let certain things slide. So, your car got dented? Don’t blow a gasket, but the other person still gotta pay for it.
My point is, life is too short to be Grumpy Gus all the time. And, if a grouch mouse like me can say that, then maybe you should listen.
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