What You Focus On, Expands!

See all the blessings you 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

In life, what you appreciate grows. This is an assured way of living a miserable life: to focus on what we don’t have. People who constantly complain about their life are victims of this mentality. They always whine about things they don’t have. As a consequence, such people always remain unhappy. No matter how much they have, they always want more. This ‘wanting more’ is a guaranteed way of being unhappy. 

This is a rule in life: whatever you focus on, expands. If we focus on the negativity, our life exudes a negative quality. Already there is enough negativity in the world, why add more? If we always cry for the things that we don’t have, we don’t appreciate the things we have. Can we see—already we have so much? 

Do you know what’s the greatest thing you can have in life? And you know what—you have that! Life! You are alive! Isn’t it already the biggest blessing? If you were dead, nothing that you are probably desperate for right now would matter. But we don’t celebrate life, we’ve taken it grantedly. Everything is important to us—every other thing—except life! Anyway. 

Just take a moment out. Sit. And reflect: how much you’re already blessed with. If you are sincere, you’ll see there is so much that life has given you. If you are getting three times of meal on your plate, a room to live in, clothes to wear, are reasonably healthy and a few people who love you—believe me, it’s more than enough. But we are always desperate for more. This race for more has robbed us of all joy and contentment. And without joy and contentment, what is a life‽

So, always keep this mind: don’t make the same mistake as others, don’t get caught in the rat race. Learn to be content with whatever you have. It’s perfectly okay to work hard to make our life more beautiful, but you should have the discrimination to judge what makes life beautiful and what doesn’t. Livelihood is one thing and life’s other. Our articles of comforts and convenience can make our lifestyle better, but not life. Life gets enhanced when we nurture life—within you and within others. 

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

—Lao Tzu

Thank You.
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