Appreciate the Things that You Have

By Mae Davies / September 7, 2014
Appreciate the Things that You Have

How often do you take time to appreciate the things that you have?

We often hear of people who always complain about their current situation and status in life.  We often hear of those who seem to dislike what they have because it’s different from what they want.  And we also hear about some people who are never content with what they have, and who always take for granted the things that they have because they want something else.

If you’re one of these people, pause and think for a while.

Is your situation really as bad as that homeless person in the street?  Can you say that your family situation is more difficult than those who don’t have any family at all?  You might say that your situation is bad because you want more money, more designer clothes, a bigger house, better job, more jewelry and expensive toys.  But have you ever considered that you’re lucky because you have a house to sleep in, you can eat three times a day, you have a job and you have a family – while others don’t have a roof over their heads, are living in hunger and poverty, and don’t even know what it’s like to have a family?

Just pause and think about this for a while.

The truth is, that if you always think about if only’s and if you always concentrate on what you don’t have, then you will always be miserable.  You must accept the reality that you can’t have everything in this world, and you can’t have everything that you want.  Even if you become one of the richest people on earth, you would still have unlimited wants.  That’s just the nature of man – to have perpetual wants and unlimited desires.  And when you always focus your energies on your perpetual wants and desires, and consider them as requirements for happiness, you will surely become discontented with your life. appreciate the things that you have

Rather than becoming despondent about the things that you don’t have, what you must do instead is to learn to appreciate the things that you have. Appreciate that you have health, that people love you for who you are, and that you have a family.  You must be thankful for everything that you have, even the little things that seem unimportant, because everything that you have is a gift; just being alive at this very moment is already a very precious blessing.

Being contented and being grateful for what you have will make you happier and will allowyouto live a much more meaningful life.  Don’t take the things that you have for granted, lest you might find yourself one day without them.  Don’t wait for the time that you lose something just so you can fully appreciate the importance of it; appreciate the things that you have now before it turns into something that you used to have.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

― Oprah Winfrey


About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.