Count The Blessings,
When was the last time you were thankful for the many things you’re blessed with?
A professor once surprised his class with a test. As the students waited anxiously, he passed the papers with the text faced down as always. The students turned their papers to reveal a black dot on the page. The students looked up confused; He instructed them to write about what they could see on the page. Now even more confused the students hurried to accomplish the assignment they had been given. At the end of the class the professor read each of their answers. Each student talked about the black dot and its position on the paper.
The professor looked up at the class having read every paper and said I’m not going to grade you on this; I just want to tell you something. He continued to talk about how none of the students talked about the white part of the paper instead focusing on the black dot. The same thing happens in our lives. There are so many reasons for us to celebrate life yet we choose to focus on the dark spots in life instead of having a different perspective and thinking about the positives. The dark spots can easily spoil our minds. Each black spot brings a different new opportunity. Enjoy each moment of these new opportunities that life gives you.
In tough times like today’s most of us tend to forget to be thankful. We wake up agitated at the fact that we can’t go watch a movie with our friends, or go out for dinner. We even wake up annoyed that we can’t go to school even though we complained about it every morning. It was a habit, It was a cycle we were adapted to, It definitely makes sense that we miss it. Instead of being frustrated about the things we don’t have, we have to remember to be thankful for the things we do have.
Be thankful to the people in your life who make you smile, support you and bring you joy. Be thankful that today you woke up in your bed with a roof over your head, you have food and you’re healthy. There’s a quote by Alphonse Karr, “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
In a time like this you can either grumble about the social gatherings you’re missing or you can be thankful for the time you have to learn new skills and explore new opportunities. So what if you can’t go out for a movie, you can watch that movie at home and bond with your family. And yes, you can’t see your friends, but in today’s world, we have technology which we should be thankful for. You can simply face time your friends. Instead of going out for dinner, you can