What is your level of gratitude? Here are a few questions to check your level of gratitude.
Some weeks back, while trying to expand my spontaneous writing skills, I decided to write a story for 90% of my contact list on WhatsApp. The plan was to put up a particular post and write a story or a major event I had shared with anyone who views that post until it expires 24 hours after.
It was a daunting task to do because the viewership on that post summed up to almost 100 people within the next 24 hours. Although I didn’t complete the exact number of viewership on that status but was able to achieve 95%.
While writing the experiences I’ve had with these people, for my sense of humour, I decided to pick humorous stories people can relate with and laugh about. This decision changed my perspective on so many things.
Firstly I realised, although there were people that had offended me in the past, the fact that I thought deep to good times we had shared, I almost forgot about the hurtful things they had done.
Secondly, more than ever before I realised you don’t meet anyone by accident. Every single person you come across has a purpose in your life, vice versa you having a purpose in their lives. It’s in your hands to make their purpose a lesson or a blessing to you.
Lastly, I figured, as often as you can, celebrate the people you have in your lives, not only on birthdays or special occasion but as often as the thought crosses your mind. Send an appreciative message to them, this, in turn, will build your appreciative nature.
Being grateful is not only when you say “thank you” or when you repay good with good. Being grateful, is being appreciative especially amid unpleasantness.
Here are a few questions to check your level of gratitude:
- How often do you get jealous or envious about another person’s progress?
- How often do you get depressed or feel a great pang of sadness?
- How often do you say pleasant words to people around you?
- How often do you let go of past hurts and mistakes of others to you?
- How often do you think of yourself better than others?
- How often do you speak positive sayings to yourself?
The thing is we don’t realise our level of ungratefulness till we begin to check ourselves inwardly and outwardly. When I see a person that complains about almost everything, I see an ungrateful heart.
When I see a person that picks on the negativity first before the positive, I see an ungrateful heart. When I see someone that insists on his/her wants or desires than what is given to him/her, I see an ungrateful heart.
I almost titled this piece the ungrateful generation, because the number of people who fall into depression and end up committing suicide these days, is at an alarming rate. I am an advocate for mental health awareness, and I perfectly understand depression is more of an illness than just being sad.
According to the World Health Organisation, “Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition.
It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.”
With that being stated, I hope the frivolous use of the statement “I’m depressed or I feel depressed” will reduce. In most cases, we are just deeply sad and I am not saying it is a crime to feel sad, I am simply of the opinion that these feelings come, but it is in our power to change how we feel.
Sadness is the cousin to depression which eventually can lead to suicide,
To avoid this, we can help ourselves by being grateful for the littlest of things.
By focusing on the positive than the negative. By appreciating people around us, no matter the circumstances or situation going on. By being content with what we own, our pace, and aim in life.
It is so funny how the power of gratitude can erase envy, jealousy, sadness and attract the good things of life to you. It’s amazing how the power of gratitude can multiply your blessings, inspire others, and most of all push you to achieve your aims and goals faster.
It is amazing how the power of gratitude can make the world a better place for humans. Where I come from, they say “eni ba mo dupe, a ri ‘mi gba” direct translation says “anyone thankful will always receive another blessing”.
If the least thing you can be grateful for is your breath, every single day of your life, give thanks to who has given you that breath, gradually you’ll realise more and more things to be grateful for. Let the power of gratitude rule your world.
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS PIECE. I LOVE YOU.