Concise Compositions: Gratitude

Gratitude. To be thankful for the roof over ones head, the warm tea and fresh pecan plait post iftar snack, for family. What is important to us is often the most basic aspects of our lives. Not things that we can buy with extortionate amounts of money. To be grateful to live and breathe, feel the grass and dwell under the blue sky. It seems to me that we often look at what we don’t have, aspiring to the next arbitrary life milestone and in the process forget the very details of our existence in the here and now that embellish our experience. Why do we worry so about the future? To be successful and have a career at the expense of the present.

I enjoy prayer. It is a time for reflection, a time for gratitude for another day spent on earth. Prayer is a routine meditation, a form of spiritual gratitude journalling- and it brings peace. Being thankful when on the surface there seems nothing to be joyous about is liberating- almost as if providing a continual view of the light at the end of the tunnel.

In my last year of school I made myself a rule. To smile as much as possible. Despite the noise of my personal life, to smile with reason ( not just for the sake of plastering on a facade). This self reminder that popped up now and again, put things in perspective for me- that what seems bad and insurmountable at that point in time was a drop in the ocean. When I brought this change about in myself, it also manifested in my interactions with others.

People have and continue to face far worse than I do- if reading books has taught me anything it is this. By being grateful it is possible to inflate life’s bounties by cultivating a mindset of conscious contentment.

  • The Concise Compositions series comprises a series of blog articles that are each based on a certain topic. You give yourself ten minutes – timed – to write about whatever comes to mind, based on the topic. You cannot go over the time; you cannot stop typing beforehand, either. And you cannot go back to edit [save for grammatical errors, etc.]. I challenge all fellow bloggers to give this a try [or, if you do not have a blog, try it on paper – maybe in a journal]! Include ‘ConciseCompositions’ as a tag for your pieces, and include this block of writing at the end of them. Good luck! 

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