Many of us are habitual complainers, whiners or grouchy, complaining about
almost everything. We often look to the future and to something we do not have,
to find happiness; we always dream up the changes we wish to see in our life
even sometimes they are unrealistic, impractical or unreasonable.
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift
whatever the day brings forth-Horace
When we constantly think about the things we want and what we need, believing as
if they are the only influence on our happiness, we will never be satisfied. If
we are sensible, we will come to realize that the secret of happiness is to
accept and be grateful for whatever and whomever we have at the moment.
I have learned that appreciation and gratitude help us see the positive traits
that lead us to our happiness and fulfillment. If we trade our expectations for
appreciation, our whole world will change for the better.
If we think we have
nothing to be grateful for, let us check our pulse, our heart beat, how our body
works, etc. Being grateful is an excellent way of making life enjoyable. When
life is sweet, let us give thanks and celebrate; when life is bitter, give thanks as
well and grow.
Start each day with a grateful heart.
I have also learned that when we look around us and appreciate what are
available to us, our
anxiety and dissatisfaction could be overshadowed by faith, hope and confidence.
I have learned to expect nothing and appreciate everything; that before
someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, I try to cherish and appreciate more
those I love. Let us learn to value what we have before it is too late, before
time makes us appreciate what we had.
We are strong and resilient when we know our weaknesses; we are beautiful when
we know our flaws; we are wise when we learn from our mistakes. The earlier we
learn that we should focus on what we have, and not obsess about what we do not
have, the happier we will be.
I do believe that gratitude is one of the best tools to remind us of what are
really important in life; that it is essential to connect us to other people
through expressing our appreciation. I have seen better days, but I also have
seen worse. I have more aches and pains as I grow older, but I wake up every day
for a new day! My life may not be perfect, but I thank God for the opportunities
to improve it from extreme poverty and hardship to a happy and comfortable life and I am
By Tim Pedrosa
Happiness comes when we stop wailing about the
troubles we have, and offer thanks for all the troubles we don't
have. He who is not grateful for the good things he has would
not be happy with what he wishes he had.