I strongly believe in growing my spirituality, not my ego. Trying to cultivate a habit of constantly remembering to be grateful. It takes time and a lot of reminders to myself when I am low, however, I hope, with time this will become a lens through which I view my life rather than being in a moment or a day in my life. This helps me stay down to earth and understand situations.
Being grateful can actually improve your mood, your attitude and even your life.
Here’s a story to learn more about gratitude:
One day, there’s a crow that was flying through the forest. He had an amazing life. He was completely satisfied with it until he flew by a lake and saw the most beautiful bird that he had ever seen a swan. This Swan is so white he thought, and I’m so black this is the most beautiful bird that I’ve ever seen. He must be the happiest bird in the world so the crow flew down and expressed his thoughts to the Swan. The Swan thanked him but said actually I used to be the happiest bird in the world until I saw the parrot. Have you ever seen a parrot? It’s beautiful it has two colours. It’s enchanting to look at and now I think that the parrot must be the happiest bird in the world.
So the crow took off and found the parrot and explained this to him. I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. The parrot said I only have two colours, but the peacock has so many colours so the crow decided to try to find this peacock. He took off and decided to visit him at the zoo and he had never seen anything like a peacock before.
It was beautiful in all of the colours. It was green, blue, black, purple and when it moved the colours changed in the sunlight and the hundreds of people gathered around just to see the peacock and take pictures of this amazing bird and after the people had left the crow approached the peacock and said Mr. peacock you’re so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. It must be amazing when people see me they just immediately show me away. You must be the happiest bird on the planet.
The peacock responded and said I’ve always thought that I was the most beautiful bird on the planet and I always thought that I was probably the happiest too but because of my beauty. I’m trapped inside of this zoo and I’ve examined the zoo very carefully and I’ve realized that you Mr. crow you’re the only bird that’s not kept in a cage so far. The past few months I’ve been wishing that I were a crow because if I were a crow I’d be the happiest bird in the world. I could happily roam anywhere than my heart desired and at this moment the Crow realized how great his life actually was and all of the things that he was taking for granted.
Although this was just a story about birds. I think it’s exactly the way that we think because what do we do we scroll through social media and see other people’s lives and they always look so happy and they look so beautiful and we wish that we could have the things that they have and we make these unnecessary comparisons and don’t appreciate in value what we have and this vicious circle leads to so much unhappiness.
Look there’s always someone who’s going to look happier than you. There’s always someone that’s going to have more than you but the happiest people in the world are not the ones who have everything.
The happiest people in the world are the ones who are satisfied with everything that they already have.