It’s important every now and then to stop, think, reflect and take stock. In these moments of reflection it’s equally important to count your blessings.
A quote I came across recently inspired such a reaction in myself. You may or may not be familiar with the Netflix series Marco Polo. But one of my favourite characters 100 Eyes, a blind monk, stated (and I’m paraphrasing)
“An unhappy man will always find reason to continue his cause”
This wildly profound sentence, in one fell stroke, encapsulated a very specific period in my life as well as its aftershocks, the rippling effects that, at times, I still find myself grappling with.
What is often missed is that your blessings are often more abundant that perhaps you care to see or admit, as most reside in the realms of expectations and comfort. They’ve always been there, they will likely always reside there and thus we are often blind to them.
The problem is that they may not seem to be enough, seem to be important enough. Not at least until they are challenged or removed from our lives entirely, often unto the gates of eternity, never to return to us again. In this solemn abyss lies regret and sadness, spectres of self-reflected guilt and loss.
Taking stock can help remind you and shed light on how truly fortunate you are, how small your problems really are, remind you that the light will always follow the dark and that your blessings can be as universal to the world as they are personal to you.
So, what are my blessings?
- Family – Past and Present, there will likely never be anyone or anything more important than your family.
- Friends – Coming a close second to your family, so much so that at times the lines become blurred, these are people you cannot live without.
- Health – Rich or poor, your health is paramount to your quality of life and is fundamental to your very existence.
- My Mind – I’d be lost without it. The double-edged sword that is both one of my greatest assest whilst simultanesously being my greatest challenge and adversary.
- A Roof – I’ve been fortunate enough, and continue to be so, to have a roof over my head. Protection from the elements and somewhere safe to rest my head.
- Food & Water – Access in abundance if I so required, a privallege not afforded to everyone.
- My Senses – My gateway to the world, all as of yet intact, allowing me to experience everything this beautiful planet has to offer.
- My Imagination – A source of great comfort and adventure, as much as it is, at times, a scary place to wonder alone,
- The Ability to Think & Question Freely – One of my greatest joys is thinking, something so remarkably simple, yet almost unrivalled in its intrigue.
- Emotion & Expression – Imagine your life without emotion and the ability to express or read them, how empty the experience would be.
- My Memories & Experiences – A library of lessons, an ever growing training manual and a show reel of every utterly great moment.
- The Promise, that Good or Bad, There is Yet More to Come – It’s not over yet. There is still so much to see, learn, experience and do, and it’s all out there, waiting for you.
Take heart …….
I challenge you to stop and pause, to think and reflect, to see what you’ll discover.
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