With this being my first summer in years that I don’t have to work or go to school, I’ve been reading a lot of Aesop’s Fables. To me, it’s a nice reminder of the small things that is commonly forgotten. Here’s another example.
A Farmer was ploughing one day on his farm when he turned up a pot of golden coins with his plough. He was overjoyed at his discovery, and from that time forth made an offering daily at the shrine of the Goddess of the Earth. Fortune was displeased at this, and came to him and said, “My man, why do you give Earth the credit for the gift which I bestowed upon you? You never thought of thanking me for your good luck; but should you be unlucky enough to lose what you have gained I know very well that I, Fortune, should then come in for all the blame.”
Moral of the Story:
Show gratitude where gratitude is due.
Often times, we forget how “Thank you” can go a long way. I was taught to always show appreciation for the small and big things. Remember, we don’t have to show gratitude for the major things that happen in our lives; so many small things happen on a daily basis that we should be thankful for. There are people out there who are looking at you and wishing for what you have. Rather than looking at what other people have and envying them, appreciate what YOU have. Practice some gratitude rather than being bitter…you will be better off that way!