Why should you be grateful in the first place?
Gratitude is the Key to Freedom, Love, and Happiness. Practice Gratitude every day.
But who and what should you be grateful for? After all, you are the one doing all the work, right?
This is a short view of the world.
Everything you have, get, know or use and enjoy has been provided to you by someone else.
For the rest (health, wealth, friends, etc. ), you may thank the Universe, the Tao, the Gods, the Buddha for it.
Let me show you how far back you can be Grateful. It can quickly grow into a huge tree
Say you take the bus to work.
The bus driver
The first person you can thank is the bus driver.
That guy got up a lot earlier than you did to be here now.
He went to the bus depot pick up his vehicle, that was gassed, cleaned, serviced by a night crew. How many people worked on that bus before it was even put in motion? An easy 3 to 10 people.
I am not even dwelling on the entire company staff that is making the whole thing possible.
Do you think your monthly pass is enough to pay his salary and the cost of the bus and its maintenance? No way.
The other passengers pitched in as well, but not only those who are on the bus today for that ride. Many others took that bus before and after you. Without them, you could not afford that ride.
The road builders
And why that bus can go from point A (your home) to point B (your workplace)? Because some people thoughtfully planned, cleared and build a road for that purpose.
These people might be dead by the time you are using it but we have now crews to maintain this road .
To ensure your security, engineers and city planners installed traffic signals and traffic police are here to make things running smoothly.
Remove any of the above elements and you would be hitchhiking your way to work in no time.
We are more dependent on others than we may think
Is that a far-fetched example? Sort of.
But you must realize that you are not alone. Take the time every day to acknowledge how others impact your life. And not only in bad ways.
Did you worry about any of the above?
- The gas tank?
- The road condition?
Because someone else took care of it for you!
Is that coffee? Smells good! Where did that come from? From that immigrant looking guy in the food truck down the street? What time do you think he got up?
Who grew, harvested, bagged, negotiated, purchased, loaded, shipped, unloaded, bought, resold, packed, trucked, stored, distributed and ground that coffee before that food truck guy brewed it for you?
Where did the paper cup come from?
Take a few minutes and thank them all.