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Blessed

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How many of us truly realize how amazingly blessed we are? Think about it. How many things do we take for granted or assume will be there tomorrow? For example, if you awoke this morning, you are blessed. If you can hear, taste, walk, speak, laugh, live, learn and so on, you are blessed.

There are so many things that we are blessed to be able to do. The sad thing is we stay so busy we sometimes fail to realize how blessed we are. It's extremely easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives and forget how blessed we are to have our life, our family, our job, a home, our pets and our health.

As human beings, it's easy to get stuck in a rut and find ourselves complaining about even the smallest of things. When we do this we eventually forget how to have fun and enjoy all the many things and wonderful blessings life has to offer, because the complaining makes us difficult to be around or we place ourselves in depression and bad moods because of all the complaining. Over time this vicious cycle will begin to take its toll on not only our zest for life, but it will also take a toll on your family and friends. Life is not easy, and it never will be. However, when you maintain a positive attitude about life and live life to the very fullest as if it's your last day on earth, you will see just how blessed you are.

For example, you may have caught yourself complaining about something trivial this morning. If you did, that's absolutely normal, and most of us complain daily about things that don't amount to a hill of beans. The problem with complaining about things we can't change is that complaining will make you miserable. Positive things, including positive thoughts and behavior, make us feel better about ourselves and life in general.

With that being said, things can always be worse. Another example, if you find yourself complaining about having to be at work or some function you don't want to attend, it could always be worse. You could be in the hospital or have a friend or relative in the hospital. If you go to a movie and there is a long line, don't complain about the line or having to wait - at least you're getting to go to the movies. Trust me, someone being admitted to the hospital would gladly trade their hospital bed for a seat at the movies instead.

The moral of this story is to be happy and count your blessings. Life is truly great if we take time to enjoy it. One last example, please count out loud to 10 for me. When you finish counting to 10, ask yourself this very important question: why did I count to 10? Then answer yourself, "Because the 10 seconds I just counted I can never get back." In other words, life is too short to waste even one second of it. So count your blessings and please live life to the very fullest.

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