A young woman was sitting at her dining table, worried about taxes to be paid, housework to be done and to top it all, her extended family was coming over for a festival lunch the next day. She was feeling miserable, overburdened and not knowing what to do. At this moment she was not feeling very thankful as she was very nervous and full of anxiety. As she turned her gaze sideways, she noticed her young daughter scribbling furiously into her notebook.
She asked her, “What are doing in your notebook.” The daughter said, “My teacher asked us to write a paragraph on “Negative Thanksgiving” for homework today. She asked us to write down things that we are thankful for, things that make us feel not so good in the beginning, but turn out to be good after all.” With curiosity, the mother peeked into the book. This is what her daughter wrote:
“-I’m thankful for the bad-tasting medicine that I have to take compulsorily, because it helps me feel better.
–I’m thankful for waking up to the beautiful rays of the sun, because it means I’m still alive and fresh.
–I’m thankful for doing my homework after school everyday, because it will help me to pass my class.
-I’m thankful for everything that has been given to me by my Creator, because I can then understand the values of life.”
It then dawned on the mother, that she had a lot of things to be thankful and grateful for. She thought again to herself that she had to pay taxes but that meant she was fortunate to be employed.
She had housework to do but that meant she had a shelter to live in. She had to cook for her many family members for lunch but that meant she had a family with whom she could celebrate and be joyous and happy.
She was thankful for her daughter who opened her eyes and taught her how to appreciate everything in life. Negatives are always there but with determination and courage we can move towards positiveness and be inspired with faith and trust.
The moral here is we generally complain about the negative things in life but we fail to look at the positive side of it. What is the positive in your negatives? Look at the better part of life today and make your everyday a great one with Love and Kindness. Life is about being happy and taking everything as it comes with a challenge and persistence. Let Go of things that are not wanted in your life and embrace a beautiful life with great fortitude. Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.
Be Happy and Blessed Always.