A Sense of Gratitude

It’s my birthday today and it reminded me of a few things. 

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I didn’t plan on writing anything related to my birthday, because usually nothing interesting happens on my birthday anyway. This year is my fourteenth birthday, however, and I had quite a few more kind words and gifts than I’d expected (because usually I don’t expect anything anyway :P). This isn’t going to be a long post, I just wanted to get a few thoughts out. (Originally I was going to write a post today about how homework is killing personal time, but since it’s my birthday and I’m still in gratitude mode, I decided not to. Perhaps it’ll come out another day.)

Anyway, I’m not exactly sure how this is related, but it’s kinda reminded me to be thankful. Have a sense of gratitude– that’s the word. Be thankful that you have really really really really good friends around you. Be thankful that you’re living this easy life. Be thankful that you’re actually getting an education. Be thankful that you’re getting an education and having time to blog and write. Be thankful that you know how to blog. Be thankful that you know how to write. (A lot of people in the world are still illiterate, anyway).

Just be thankful.

There’s so much to be thankful for that we overlook all of it and keep thinking that life is

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hard/depressing/boring…but if you walk out of the house and take a look at the guy who spends his whole life selling street food, you’ll understand what I mean. Most of us do have a lot to be thankful for.

Hell, the fact that I have a house to walk out of is enough to be thankful about.

And it’s not like being thankful doesn’t have its benefits. If you’re thankful optimism, enthusiasm and cheerfulness is naturally going to be something you gain. There’s a line from a song I remember. “Replace greed with gratitude.” If your main attitude is one of greed, you’re never going to get enough. If you’re constantly in a sense of gratitude, however, you’re gonna know that enough is enough. You’re lucky enough to have what you already have. There isn’t actually a need for more. Thank you. It’s a good word. Say it often.

And of course- thanks for reading.

-Ken

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