Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
Acknowledging the good we have in our lives and being grateful for it is the foundation of all abundance. The word gratitude comes from the Latin root word ‘gratus’ which means ‘thankful, pleasing.’ We, humans have so much to be grateful for but we take everything for granted. We do not have the time to take a moment from our busy life to cherish the little blessings we have in life.
Nature has blessed us with abundance. Nature has always been referred to as Mother Nature as she has nurtured and protected us like a mother protects her child. Everything we need in order to thrive and prosper has been provided by her. Without these gifts of nature – food, water, raw materials, medicines, life on this earth would cease to exist. Unfortunately, instead of acknowledging and valuing what mother nature has done for us, we are exploiting the resources that nature has provided, to satisfy our greed. What we fail to realize is that the exploitation of our natural habitat and our ecosystem can have grave and serious repercussions. Today we can see how our thoughtless actions have resulted in global warming, change in climatic conditions, soil erosion, deforestation, and polluted air and water. Nature when provoked can unleash its fury. The very same gifts that nature has blessed us with can wreak havoc in our lives. Over the years we have seen countless natural calamities that have shaken the very foundation of our world. If we continue to disrespect and disregard nature, then we will have nothing to leave behind for our future generation.
We have seen what happens when we make nature our adversary. Instead, let us make nature our ally and let us appreciate the infinite gifts that nature has bestowed upon us. Let us thank nature and take a vow to preserve and conserve mother nature and our earth so that we can leave a bountiful legacy for our children. Simple actions such as planting trees, conserving power, cutting down on fuel consumption will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals.
The Covid pandemic which affected the entire world made us realize how unpredictable and fragile life can be. The pandemic and the unprecedented lockdown provided us with a unique opportunity to reflect on our lives and the way we were leading them. We have realized how most of us were rushing through life, putting immense pressure on ourselves to achieve success, accolades, and rewards. We were so busy chasing after something or the other that we didn’t have the time to stand and smell the roses. We were so caught up in trying to accomplish something big, that we failed to notice the little things that give life its magic.
The pandemic has made us value and appreciate the little things in life, things we had taken for granted. We have learned to value and appreciate our family and friends and have understood their significance in our lives.
We have also understood the importance of the adage ‘Health is wealth.’ It is time to recognize and appreciate the doctors, the nurses, lab technicians, ambulance drivers, and the other front-line healthcare workers who went over and above the call of duty, risking their lives to protect us. They played a vital role during this pandemic and words are not enough to express the gratitude we all feel for these unsung heroes. In spite of all the obstacles and challenges, they compassionately discharged their duties, keeping the welfare of others as their priority. Their dedication and their magnanimous service need to be saluted.
Another sector that was affected by the pandemic was the education sector. The increasing number of cases resulted in schools and colleges shutting down. This led to the onset of online classes which was completely different from the teaching that takes place within the four walls of a classroom. Overnight, the teachers were thrust into an unknown world of online teaching. Aware that learning is an ongoing process and that any break in the teaching-learning process will hamper the growth and development of the children, motivated the teachers to accept this challenge head on. They moved away from their comfort zones and left no stones unturned to ensure that effective learning takes place. These dedicated teachers to need to be appreciated and thanked for their selfless service. While a lot of people belonging to different sectors worked from the comfort of their homes, a lot of the teachers had to venture outside the safety of their houses to ensure that the students stay focused and did not lose their motivation.
Showing gratitude is the simplest yet most powerful thing a human being can do. A simple ‘Thank you can go a long way. Appreciation is one of life’s greatest motivators and by acknowledging the ones who have helped us and guided us, we inspire them to continue doing good.
Life is not a bed of roses. It occasionally throws a curveball. When such things happen, it is easy to focus only on all the negatives in life. Being grateful helps us get through these trying times. Even during such chaotic and distressing times, moments of gratitude remind us to hold on to the good things. Trials and tribulations help us realize that everything is transitory and we cannot take anything for granted. It helps us develop a positive attitude in life and fills us with optimism. It helps relieve stress and helps in our overall well-being.
If we are thankful for what we have, we will surely end up having more. If we concentrate on what we don’t have, we will never ever have enough.
So let’s inculcate within us the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes our way and embrace each new day with compassion, hope, and gratitude.
Ms. Supreeta George
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