Saturday, August 16, 2008

Take a step back and look around

Often times we are so busy with whatever's on our hands or going on in our lives that we take a lot of things for granted….things like hearing, seeing, breathing, technology, transportation, weather, walking, running, healthcare, friendships, education, freedom and the list goes on.

This is not to say that we deliberately take everything for granted, we tend to just forget. For many, if it is not affecting us directly then we brush it away and go on with our business (ex: current war, 2004 Tsunami, etc, etc…). Far too many people get fixated solely on what is going on in their own life and circle of friends/co-workers/family.

How many times have you heard someone who had recently been through a near death-like experience say “I’m going to live every day like it’s my last” or if someone has an serious injury say; “I’m never going to take walking for granted ever again”? I’m certain the answer will be several times over. Unfortunately, two weeks later the same people are acting no different and are back to their old ways.

Let’s prevent ourselves from doing this. I’m sure many of us at one point in time have said something similar to this. We need to stop relying on these kinds of experiences to be the reminders of what we have. We need to be more cognizant of what millions of people may not have that we do.

Be thankful for what you have and make the most of it. Do not be that person who realizes how good they had it when it is taken away.

Make the most of what you already have each day. Appreciate and acknowledge things outside your circle of life.

Stop, take a step back, look around and you will probably like what you see.

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