Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
With everything that is going on in the world today, it seems like a good time to think about the everyday things we take for granted.
Many of us do take the good things in our lives for granted, our mate, our children, our home, the list goes on. Most of us don't stop to think "what would happen if I lost this or that." We only think of what we have or had, when it is gone or diminished.
So what should you do, spend your life feeling grateful? The answer is a resounding yes. You can show that you are grateful for what you have by being kind and generous and teaching your children to be the same. Though that sounds simple, people often cannot master this way of thinking. This may arise from the idea that life owes us at least what we are now receiving. Sometimes we feel life owes us more or something better than we are receiving. If that's where you are now, or feel that you are reaching that point take a day off and enjoy some "never take anything for granted" time. Take time out to acknowledge the smaller good things in life; do it alone or grab your kids, your spouse or a good friend and go to the zoo, take a bike ride or a walk to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Do something for someone else, call a friend just to say "I'm thinking of you", visit a shut-in neighbor or simply make it a point to say "please", "thank you" and "have a good day" to someone. Talk about the good things in life or say something positive every day. When you have had a bad day, force yourself to think "tomorrow will be a better day."
Play the "What are you grateful for" game with your children, while sitting at the dinner table, watching television or while everyone is in the car. Start by sharing what you are grateful for. Don't worry if your child says I am grateful for my Barbie doll or latest video game, keep playing the game and you may find yourself overwhelmed and surprised by what comes from the mouths of babes and your mate. Just for fun ask your friends what they are grateful for.
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