Dare To Live Without Limits Week Of 11/29/2021

Bryan Golden

Being grateful costs nothing; don’t take things for granted

Taking the good things in your life for granted is all too common. You tend to grow accustomed to expecting the things which are ever present to always be there. You don’t really appreciate the amazing convenience of electricity until the power goes out. An abundant supply of water isn’t given a second thought until your plumbing breaks. Being comfortable in your home during a bitter winter isn’t anything special until the furnace stops. Sunny days are taken for granted until the rain seems to never stop.
It is human nature to focus on that which we don’t have. It’s common to want more money, less stress, a nicer home, a better job, additional free time, longer vacations, and more fun. The common aspects of your life are taken for granted.
It costs nothing to be grateful for all of the good in your life, but it can cost you everything if you don’t take care of what’s important to you. You must appreciate and be grateful for all of your blessings, no matter how small.
We all take some things for granted, especially those things which we have always had that seem everlasting. It all starts when we are children and the world seems infinite and permanent. We grow up expecting that certain aspects of life will always be there for us.
You have so many things which you should appreciate. Freedom, yourself, time, health, friends, loved ones, safety, security, food, and water are just some of them. Additionally, look at all the amazing miracles of nature for inspiration. Every aspect of our natural world is filled with amazement.
Live in the present. Appreciate the wonder of today. Welcome waking up each day. Each day is a fresh opportunity to follow your path. Don’t waste time lamenting the past. The past is over, it can’t be changed but you can learn from it. Repeat what worked, while avoiding what didn’t.
Cherish all of your freedom. You are free to make whatever decisions you want. You are free to follow your own path. If you are not happy with your current circumstances, you are free to make changes. Without freedom, life becomes miserable. Freedom is an invaluable gift which must be treasured.
Appreciate yourself, your potential, and your capabilities. You are a miracle. Focus on all that you can do. Never sell yourself short. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t do something. Instead, find just one reason you can.
Your health should never be taken for granted. Even if it’s not perfect, be thankful for what is healthy. Take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Eat well and get some exercise. Avoid burning yourself out mentally through stress and worry.
Value your friends, relatives, and loved ones. People who really care about you are precious. Show your appreciation by caring about them. Stay in touch, offer assistance without being asked, and be there in times of need. Maintaining a connection with these people is a reciprocal endeavor.
Appreciate the basics; your safety, security, shelter, food, and water. Give thanks each and every day for the comforts in your life, which you may have been taking for granted. There is no blessing in your life too small to be overlooked.
Life is more satisfying when you appreciate all of your blessings. You’ll experience the joy of abundance. Your mindset will be more upbeat. You’ll be much less stressed. It’ll be easier to solve problems. So many benefits accrue when you are thankful for all of the good in your life.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2021 Bryan Golden


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