It is already January 2020; we are starting a new year and there is so much to talk and reflect on. The title that I chose for this post is a common and popular saying or idiom in the English language. We usually say: “do not take something or someone for granted”. And what does it mean? I believe, it is really easy to understand its true meaning. It is just about to avoid ignoring the worth of a thing or a person in our lives. So, if you are not appreciating someone or something in your life as you should, you might be taking he or she for granted.
There are many moments in our lives where we show or express our gratitude and appreciation to others such as: specific person, thing or maybe to God, the universe or whatever you call it. And it is about the people you have met or the goals you have achieved or the problems you have overcame. This might happen during Thanksgiving, Christmas’ Eve, New Year’s Eve, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, etc. It seems that every country, culture, and religion, have their own special day to express gratitude and appreciation toward one to another. But I wonder how we could change this to a more daily habit. Why do we have to wait for a specific day in the year to be able to express our gratitude and appreciation toward someone or something?
On the other hand, I believe we must promote this gratitude culture in our children, youth and future generations. In a world where consumerism and materialism seem to rule our hearts, it is really imperative to change that mindset and make people reflect on the real meaning of life. Each of you might have a different family context, but I am pretty sure that since you were a little child, you had that special person who became your emotional support, who was always there for you to comfort you in the bad days or to celebrate you in your great days.
Now, I would like you to give a couple of minutes of your precious time and think about how much that person did or have done for you, think about all the sacrifices he or she made in order to help you be the person you are right now. Please, “don not take those sacrifices for granted”. It does not matter if it was just a cup of hot tea for you or maybe she or he offered you his or her shoulder when you needed someone to cry on because you were sad or overwhelmed. There are so many indescribable actions. And Yes, indeed, those sacrifices were great actions rooted only and just in pure love. And this love only can come from a sacred place in our inner being because it was not looking for any recognition or compliments. Those actions were not looking for anything in exchange. They were actions of pure and free love.
Keeping the same track of thoughts, I would like to emphasize that we must try to reconsider (at least one more time) all the blessings and privileges, all the good fortune and also the wonderful simple things of life, all those things which happen and exist out of our own will and make our lives better every day. We must consider that there is something or someone out there who knows you more than you can do by yourself and who loves you no matter what, even though, sometimes you are not feeling the same amount of love for yourself. That great being, which I called God, it is the unique being who will always be there for you even in your darkest moments or during the storm. Please, do not take this unique and wonderful being for granted and be thankful for all that you have in this journey called life.
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all those people who have made my life easier and a wonderful experience, for those people who have taught me great lessons in life and for those who love me purely and selflessly. I wish I could have had more time to spend next to you, to hug you and to share these humble words face to face. I just want you to remind you that you are still (and always be) in my heart and in mind, in my prayer and in every moment, I express my gratitude to God for all you have done for me. I will never be able to take all what you have done for me for granted.
With Love, Ricky… And see you in the next post.