Last Friday I was on my way home from work and as I sat comfortably in my car, my mind started to wander to about 9 years ago where I was waiting to catch the first of five taxis to get from university to home. In my country, catching a taxi is often quite a hassle (at least it was at the time). Taxis came at infrequent intervals and you had to share one with three other passengers (who are often strangers). Sometimes you had to rush others to get yourself into one. After enduring that three hour commute back and forth for many years, I grew quite accustomed to it; but there’s one particular moment I vividly remember…
I was standing at the roadside in the scorching hot midday sun with my blue Jan Sport bag pack crammed with clothes. Quite irritated, I badly wanted to fast forward the long journey and get home. I stood there — my eyes squinted from the heat, glare and dusty wind, while my head moved from left to right following the cars as they passed by, one after the other. Most of the drivers had their windows up while enjoying the cool air condition and comfort of their own vehicle. I wondered what it felt like to have the pleasure of being in my own car the way they were. While I finally squeezed into a taxi, I thought to myself: it sure must feel nice.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart
The thought reminded me to be grateful for the small blessings in my life. We often take these everyday things for granted. We wake up every morning and go to bed every night, most of us I’m sure not even saying a simple “thank you”. We’re too busy thinking of the next day that we don’t express gratitude for the current day. Sometimes we get upset at the world for little things that didn’t go our way. We seem to never have enough to be thankful for. We focus on what we don’t have instead of what we do. We compare ourselves and our lives to others and look at what’s lacking instead of what’s fulfilling. Why?
We all know we’re not supposed to take things for granted –- our loved ones, our small mercies like running water, a meal, clean clothes, a place to sleep, our health, our job — yet still, we do. Imagine waking up one morning and not having any of those things. The person you love is gone, you lost your job, your parents died, your house is burnt to the floor and you have nothing to eat. That’s the reality of some people’s life, yet we find it difficult to take some time to be grateful for our blessings.
Don’t ever be too busy to stop for a second and say thank you — it’s only two words and it is enough.
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Keep Smiling — Love, Candace