Count Your Blessings
‘Count your blessings’ isn’t just 3 simple words, it’s also 3 powerful words that can be filled with prayer, feelings, strength and courage. Understanding the meaning of these words and then using them correctly helps to multiply the blessings around us.
These days when we read a newspaper, watch the news or even just talk to someone, we seem to be instantly hit with a list of everything going wrong.
In short, we hear about complaints, complaints and only complaints. Complaints about the system, about the government or about a husband, a wife, in-laws, a boss and many more; It seems we hardly find a smiling face.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain…..and most fools do. ~ Dale Carnegie (Tweet this)
Your average 8-yr-old kid will start complaining, when he/she sees everyone around them complaining. Can we please just stop doing it for few minutes and start counting the thousands of blessings showered on us every second? Can we smile and thank God for whatever we have been blessed with?
Count your Blessings
Remember, when Amitabh Bachchan, probably the most famous actor in all of India, had a terrible, life-threatening accident during his shoot? The whole country started praying for him and to this day he still gives thanks for the immense blessings poured out by the people of an entire nation.
He totally believed that it was because of those blessings that he was able to fight that battle and come out safely. This is the miracle of blessings. And it isn’t just limited to celebrities. A simple man is also (and always) blessed in many ways. The issue is to identify (as well as count) those things we have. Love, money, health, our house… so many blessings showered upon us.
We become envious of the things or the qualities that others have and we immediately forget our own treasures. Often the only thing we remember is to start nagging or grumbling. The majority of the time we put all our energy into feeling jealous and criticizing either ourselves or others which hardly leaves any space for positive emotions.
Make a list – It’s endless
The best way to bring yourself peace is to count whatever you are blessed with. It could be as simple as having eyes for seeing or maybe even a car for travelling. As any of the followers of Deepak Chopra or Rhonda Byrne will tell you: the more you count your blessings, the more they increase.
Every day make a list of at least 10 things that you are thankful for. It takes just 5 minutes to make the list, even if some of the blessing gets repeated don’t stop. Keep doing it regularly and you will be surprised at how smoothly all your problems and complaints start disappearing from your world.
So instead of wasting time and energy on complaining, count your blessings and spend a few minutes simply writing and counting the positive things you are blessed with. You may even decide to write one separate thank-you note each, for health, relationship, money, job, knowledge, and future goals.
This provides immense mental strength and peace. In fact making a list of blessings may even surprise you that you had so many things to be thankful for yet (maybe for some of you) all this time you’ve been complaining.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder ~ G.K. Chesterton (Tweet this)
Conclusion – Count your Blessings
Count your blessings every day. Such feelings of gratitude will help you value the ones who are around you today but might not be there tomorrow. Give them a hug and be grateful for anything and everything that you have.
It implies that one should think positively and look on the bright side of things. Last but not least, concentrate on the good and positive things instead of the negative ones.