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Why wait until something goes wrong to be grateful?

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

I remember the time I injured my ankle wake boarding one afternoon. I tried to do a wake to wake jump and the front of the wakeboard hit the water. As the wakeboard came to a halt the forward momentum forced my feet out of the boots and I sustained a pulled ligament to my right ankle. For the next week I was on crutches and two weeks before I could walk comfortably. During this time I thought how lucky I was to be able to walk again.

The more I think about this the more I wonder why? Why do we always wait until something goes wrong to appreciate the simple pleasures of life, such as walking. I am sure you have all experienced something similar but maybe in a different context eg the loss of a loved one.

It is hard to determine what the future holds but I believe we take too much for granted in life and we usually do not realise this until after a life changing incident.

With this realisation I've found that even when things are going well, practicing gratitude helps to minimise or even prevent some circumstances occurring in our day to day lives. Practicing gratitude everyday can seem challenging to some, but the more time that is spent consciously thinking about the things that are present in our lives, can have a profound impact on the way we feel and view the world.

So please do not wait until things go wrong to be grateful. Be grateful for your ability to walk effortlessly, think about how amazing it is to see, hear and talk, tell that person you love them, be grateful for the phone call you just had with a good friend, be thankful for the food you ate for breakfast and if your struggling to feel the feelings of gratitude just think about how lucky you are to be alive. The odds of you existing is 400 trillion to one, so simmer on that fact alone.

Tip: Every morning for the next two weeks, write down three things you are grateful for and ponder on them for five minutes.

Ngā mihi,


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