This week I would like to talk about COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS. Too often do we dwell on our problems, such as upcoming midterms and deadlines for assignments, among an orchestra of other time-pressing matters. But instead of thinking of these things as problems, we should be thinking of them as opportunities. Opportunities to demonstrate our skills and to achieve our best. Opportunities to make mistakes, but also to learn from them.
What is the last time you did something nice for a friend? How about for a stranger? What is the last time you thanked someone for helping you?
The sad irony about our blessings is that we only appreciate them once they are gone. Then, we realize how it is to be without them. The only way to avoid regret in the future is to appreciate our blessings now. The next time you meet a friend, take the time to ask them how they are doing. Let them know that you are here for them.
Remember to thank the people that support you. Let them know that they are valued. I also recommend performing at least one random act of kindness each day.
I started doing these things a long time ago, and I immediately noticed the positive effect it was having not only on my life, but also on the lives of others. I enjoy seeing the look of appreciation when I offer my seat to someone on the bus, or when I hold the door open to someone that is very far behind me. Or the look of surprise when I ask a stranger how their day is going. Most importantly, I like to thank my friends and relatives for offering me support when I need it, and to let them know that I am here for them.
When we were young, we were taught that saying “please” and “thank you” is the golden rule. But among the many things going through our minds at any one time, it is easy to forget how much good these three simple words can do.