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“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”
Pema Chödröna

“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.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah once suggested that everyday before bed, we should write down 5 blessings of that day to practice gratitude. Learning to be grateful is an important daily ritual that can change your life. When you begin to be thankful for all the blessings in your life, no matter how small, your perspective on life changes and you learn to be content with everything you already have rather than miserable with not having more.

Whenever I focus on what everybody else has, I begin to get disgruntled. I train my mind to believe that I need that car, I need that luxury handbag, I need that new phone. Every time this happens, God gives me a wake up call and humbles me. I know that there are people in this world who are far off worse than I am, and so I am thankful. I’m thankful for the roof over my head, for my bed to sleep in at night, for my clothes and shoes which are far more than I’ll ever need, for the food on the table everyday, for my intact and working limbs, for a doctor to go to when I’m sick, for the freedom to have an education, for fair wages, for clean water, for fresh, unpolluted air and for this beautifully pristine, peaceful and liberal country that I live in. Most of all, I am thankful for my loved ones – who I love and I like, and who teach me to accept their undeserved love in return.
I am breathing, I am here, and I am alive.

So look around you, close your eyes and decide – will you choose to always want more, or will you choose to be content?

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