If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
Last few months have been quite draining for me due to the negativity all around and challenges at workplace. Most of the time was wasted in complaining about how worse things were getting and sulking remembering the good, old days.
Last month I reconnected with a dear friend of mine who sadly is also going through a rough patch. We started talking on a daily basis , discussing all the things under the earth but mainly the difficulties and obstacles in our path. After all, now we both had each other to listen to our grievances and both of us are pretty good at listening and lending a shoulder to cry on later.
I had been so pre-occupied and focussed on my problems that I was withdrawing in my shell. And of course, my work was suffering, I stopped posting on this blog and my family was getting affected as well.
It was while surfing old posts on this blog, I came across my post ‘Count your blessings’. Reading the post jolted me back to my normal self. I realised I was focussing too much on my problems and thus ignoring all the little joys and blessings that life was offering me all along.
So last week, when my friend and I got together online for our late night chats, I asked him ‘What are you grateful for today?’ He listed a few things and said that his day wasn’t that bad after all.
Now this has become our daily ritual. Every night, we ask each other the same question ‘What are you grateful for today?’ The answers vary everyday- from food to health to money to family to friends to God and so on. But one thing is common. This daily practice of gratitude leaves us happy and content.
Life is still the same- full of challenges but we have found a way to find happiness against all odds. Instead of playing victims, we have taken responsibility for our happiness and are grateful for all the blessings in our lives. Finally we have stopped complaining and started living!