In these extremely challenging times there has been a shift towards caring for your neighbours and friends. This pandemic has led many people to see that relationships and time are more important than money.
I have read many articles where rich people are not happy. They have the money but have lost relationships and health along the way. We need balance in our lives and as long as we are comfortable financially, we don’t need to strive to become millionaires for the sake of it.
I was never happy
This is something I was guilty of years ago and I was never happy. I was always looking for the next big thing and I was never satisfied with what I had. The grass was always greener on the other side. Life was passing me by, and I was never happy. I used to think one day I will get there, and I will be happy.
Then six years ago I realised that I had the ability to be happy every day regardless of my circumstances. Being grateful for the small things in life many times a day makes me happy to be alive and very content with life.
We need to make the most of each day
None of us know how long we have left to live. I had a near fatal car accident a few years back and another major incident more recently. We need to capture daily moments of joy, tell people close to us that we love them and make a positive difference where we can.
I came across this beautiful story about a boy and a dog which captures the simple things in life and the importance of empathy:
Damaged souls still have worth
“A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: ‘Puppies for Sale.’
Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ he asked.
The store owner replied, ‘Anywhere from $30 to $50.’
The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. ‘I have $2.37,’ he said. ‘Can I please look at them?’
The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.
One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, ‘What’s wrong with that little dog?’
The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.
The little boy became excited. ‘That is the puppy that I want to buy.’
The shop owner said, ‘No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.’
The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said.
‘I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.’
The shop owner countered, ‘You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.’
To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace.
He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, ‘Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!’”
What a wonderful example of caring
We all have worth – every colour and ability. Caring is a wonderful attribute and as we care for people around us, we in turn are blessed.
Thoughts for this week
- Are you striving to make it in life and always looking forward to the future frustrated that you haven’t made it yet?
- This is something I used to do but I found that when I started to be grateful for the small things in my life everything changed for me.
- By being grateful for the smallest of things like being able to breath, watching a bird fly or appreciating your central heating you will be content with life at whatever stage you are at.
- This week make a point of being grateful several times a day for the simple things in your world and watch how your feelings start to change.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and be Content.
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