Learning To Be Grateful For The Little Things In Life has been edited by Priyanshi Gathani.
Today, I am grateful. I am grateful that I have clothes to wear, food to eat, a roof over my head, a loving and supportive family, and a bunch of amazing friends. I am grateful for this life and everything that forms a part of it.
It seems strange, right? In fact, penning this down gives me a strange feeling too, a slight tingling in my stomach. This is perhaps because we have all grown accustomed to the bad things that surround us. Horrifying news of rapes, murders, GDP going down, unemployed youth and natural disasters have created a negative environment around us. Sure, these are the realities of today’s times. We cannot ignore them. But they have also obstructed us from seeing the small things that make our lives worth living.
We live in a fast-paced world. The rat race that we are all trying to win takes a toll on us sometimes. It robs us of our ability to pause for a moment and appreciate things that are worth being grateful for. People often say that we only realise the true value of something in two situations: when we do not have it, and when we lose it.
Our desire to excel in our careers and earn the life we have always dreamed of sometimes makes us self-centered. We often forget about our parents. They might be thousands of miles away but are always thinking about us. Is life really meaningful if we can’t even find time to talk to them? How would you feel if one morning you receive a phone call and are informed that your mom or dad is no more? That day, you will regret all the times when you could have been with them and made them happy with just your presence. Is the rat race really worth that regret? We often take our families for granted, not thinking about the void we would feel when they would be gone.
Over the last three years, I have often cribbed about the food that is served in our mess. Not only that, I have made faces when my mom cooked something that I disliked. But when I see a child on the street selling balloons just so they can eat one meal in a day, I cannot help but be grateful, for at least I do not go to bed on an empty stomach. While we generously spend thousands of rupees at McDonald’s and Pizza Hut and Dominos every month, throwing away our leftovers, I have seen small children looking for food in dustbins, making me wonder: is this what humanity has come to be?
We all are on a complaining spree. Whining about our busy lives, our stubborn boss, the team that we hate to work with, the nosy aunties in the neighborhood, the expectations of our parents, the high package our rival is earning without even working as much as we are, our professors, classmates, the education system, the political system, about everything irrespective of its impact on our well being. We are so full of complaints that our actions, expressions and even our work portrays our frustration. I remember the little prayer that we recited before lunch in school whenever I find myself going on a similar bandwagon.
Thank you God for the world so sweet
Thank you God for the food we eat
Thank you God for the birds that sing
Thank you God for everything
As kids, we were grateful for the things we had. Somewhere in the midst of growing up, we lost the ability to appreciate the little things that make life worth living. We got so busy in achieving more than others, that we forgot the essence of that prayer.
Let us not complain all the time. Of course, we should raise our voices and take action against the wrong that we experience and observe. But let us also be grateful for all the things that we have. Today, I am grateful for getting to spend time with my family. What are you grateful for? Think about it every night before you go to bed, and maybe life will be a little less miserable then.
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