Are you aware of any good things in your life? I know that I need to constantly remind myself of the good things in mine. Are you like me, in that you often take things for granted? Why does it often seem like we are programmed to take the good things in our lives for granted?
My “mind’s memory” often screens-out the bad things and only allows me a subconscious memory of the good. This has been true for all of my life. When I concentrate and/or meditate on a time period of my life, I can remember bad things, but during most of my waking time, my mind seldom “brings-up” the bad.
OK, so how does not being aware of the bad things in life affect me? Well, I think, in a way, it forces me to take-for-granted the good things. If all I subconsciously remember are the good things, then how do I really know they are good? Now, stay with me on this – I think that balance, in the sense where I balance the good with the bad, would and should allow me to not take the good things in life for granted. How can there be balance when my mind is only considering “one end of the balance scale?”
Now, it is somewhat obvious to me, that I need to consciously think about the good and bad things in my life. Of course, I don’t know about your situation, but mine is such that I have a lot of good things that I should be aware of. Really, here I am sitting at a computer and typing this post, while in relatively good health with a satisfying life-style and wonderful friends.
Please, don’t be deceived by my choice of adjectives, in the preceding paragraph, regarding my health, life-style and friends. I’m the first to admit that all three are always changing. Then again, life is a series of changes and my health, life style and friends are always changing. Right now and in the foreseeable future, the adjectives of good, satisfying and wonderful seem most appropriate.
Good, Satisfying and Wonderful! I (now) think it is very important to express these positive feelings in words. Doing so, brings them to the conscious part of our thinking and therefore, gives us a more joyous and fulfilling life. Most likely, all of us could and should express our feelings of gratitude for the good things we have in life. This will not only help us, but it will also help others to realize and feel grateful for the good things they have. The expression of gratitude can be contagious!
One last confession to make to you, the reader – I did make a list of the good things in my life that I thought I was taking for granted. I was amazed at how hard the list was to start, but how easy it was to continue. Once I got started there seemed to be no end. Wow, what a good feeling it was to focus only on the good things in life AND not take them for granted!
Are you taking the good things in your life for granted?