I have come to learn that we should be grateful for everything that happens to us in our lives. It is through living a life of gratitude that we learn that for everything that happens, there is always a reason behind that event. I did not always think like this. But now that I have gotten older, I realize the full power of gratitude and how it can help us to become better people.
The first reason that I believe that we should be grateful for what happens to us is because at the most basic level this is part of life. In life, there are always going to be gains and losses as well as ups and downs. It is through these occurrences that we experience life on both levels. If there were only good things happening to us in our lives, our lives would be perfect. But perfection as we know it does not exist on this Earth. One of the main things that life has taught me is that in life, there is never fairness. Fairness is only an ideal situation. It is often said that experience is the greatest teacher. So when we live on this Earth, we have different experiences. And these experiences determine who we areas individuals in terms of our skills, abilities and talents.
The next reason that I believe that we should be grateful for what happens to us is that there is a lesson behind each event. This is true regardless of whether that event happening is a good or a bad event. Realize that there can be no good or bad in your life anymore if you are truly present and going with the flow of life. For example, let us suppose that you have just lost your job that you were working at for five, ten or maybe fifteen years. You may have lost your job because the office or company shut down. Or you might have lost your job through company restructuring. Whatever the case may be for your job loss, there is always a lesson behind it. The lesson may be that it was the time for that thing to occur. The loss of your job may mean that you now have an opportunity to find an even better job than the one you had previously. Although I must admit that finding another job is really tough with the way the economy in the United States is now.
Another reason to be grateful for what happens to us is that whatever happens to us, our situation is still going to be better than millions of other people around the world. There are always going to be people who are poorer than us or less fortunate than us in some way. If you had a warm meal tonight at the dinner table with your family or loved one, consider yourself very fortunate and grateful. I just had some very delicious Chinese food last night at home that my mother bought for me. There are so many people in the world who no longer have their parents because their parents passed away when they were young. There are millions of people around the world with not enough food to eat. They are starving and living under very harsh conditions.
And one more reason that I believe that humans should be grateful for what happens to them is that each event teaches us something about life. These events may be a signal for us to try to improve a certain aspect of our lives. Or an event which happens to us may be a signal to us that we are on the right track and that we should keep on going in that direction.
I realize that there are many people right now in the United States that are struggling financially or losing their homes and it is tough. These are considered to be the hardest economic times since the Great Depression. But nothing lasts forever. There are cycles even in the economy. It is often said that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. If you are struggling right now, remember that these times are temporary and with a positive attitude you will emerge as a stronger person. This is the way that I believe also. In life, things are always constantly changing. And with these changing times we have to realize that life is not always a bed of roses. But I can tell you that gratitude applied on a daily or consistent basis will produce great results in your life. This is true even in the short-term. I can say that because that has happened in my life.