Remaining Grateful in a Sea of Greed

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How do you see your life? Is it a barrage of disappointment you can barely keep up with or is it stream of blessings that fills you with joy?

I think that life is a blessing. I also think that life can be compared to a rollercoaster. Just like a rollercoaster, life has it’s high and low points that every single one of us will go through. The difference between all individuals is in the way we view these highs and lows.

I firmly believe that life should be looked at as a journey towards our dreams because giving up and settling for something that you didn’t want in the first place will perpetuate a life of constant “what if’s”. During the pursuit of a goal, whether it may be a relationship, friendship, career or hobby, you learn so much about yourself. Through the struggles and small victories that you will experience in whatever you are trying to pursue it will only strengthen your character as a person and prove to yourself that you are capable of anything.

From a young age, the majority of us are told that the key to success and happiness is completely materialistic. Having a big house with a white picket fence, a lot of money, etc. is what we will be recognized for. There isn’t much emphasis for being a good person. Promoting self-belief and empowering our peers is what we should be doing and the rest will take care of itself.

Of course, this way of living is endorsed by the constant advertisements that we see and hear on T.V.’s, Public Transport, Shopping Centre’s and other platforms always tell us that there are better and newer things we can have. It has created a population of people that are caught up in this rat race that has an endless cycle of greed and dissatisfaction from life. How are we meant to trust other people when the majority live for our selfish reasons?

I think that through living in this type of environment, it is very easy to lose sight of the immense amount of blessings we have already been able to experience. I myself have had to realise that there is more to life than the one we can see with our eyes. It feels so good buying something or getting something, but it only lasts for a short while and achieving something like a grade in education is far more rewarding and lasts forever. It’s a clever system built to give misplaced expectations of life and keep people that don’t pay attention distracted from developing as a community; instead focusing on themselves. 

We are fortunate enough to be born in a developed country where you have the luxury of having an electronic device to read this article that someone in a foreign country has been slaving away to make for probably less than £2 a day. We have running water, heating and a plethora of other comforts that the western home has not even to mention the vast amount of entertainment that is readily available to us.

I think that shifting our focus from what we don’t have to what we do have makes life a lot more rewarding. It allows us to continue the pursuit of our goals without giving up. The low points of life end up always having a silver lining that provides a seed of equivalent success only if you choose to see it.

I implore everyone to count their blessings and reflect on all the good things that have been able to happen to you.

Thank you for reading.

 

My opinions are not final and I know nothing compared to the grand scheme of life. So I’m more than happy to start conversations and speak about all of these ideas and hopefully you may teach me something also.

I’ll also post every 5-7 days, so follow me to keep updated 🙂

twitter @borisdjouari13

God bless you.

 

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