Ask these questions right now: Am I happy with myself? Am I satisfied with my life, my job, my family situation, my social condition, my friends? Do I sincerely believe that all there is around me contributes to make my life happier, or do I think that most people in my environment lie in wait, ready
to fool or hurt me? Do I appreciate what I have, believing that it is enough, or do I perceive myself in a state of lack?
Do you feel that you are always looking for something, that the circumstances in your life are never favourable enough, that your needs are not met as much as you would like to?
You are often anxious, suspicious, it seems that you never learned how to relax, and you keep complaining that things are not going your way – at least not all the time!
Why don’t you try to look at situations from a different perspective? Abandon once and for all the hill of dissatisfaction, and move up to the mountain of contentment. The view is wonderful from up there, the horizon is larger, your eye can see in all directions and is able to perceive things in a different way.
The problems that seemed like insurmountable boulders have become like pebbles that your foot can easily throw aside. They do not bother you any more, because more interesting things attract now your attention.
Dimensions have been altered: you are now capable of seeing a kind word that was spoken to you – and that you had ignored or forgotten – as a star shining in your new sky. The smile of a child, a perfectly baked cake, a tidy room, a task in your office that was carried out efficiently, a word of thanks from your husband or son, a funny joke, a fragrant cup of coffee, an unexpected green light, a friend who is punctual for an appointment: there are so many tiny things you never paid attention to!
Now you can learn to understand that they are important, that they can really help make your life more cheerful and serene. Challenges are there all right, and they must be faced. Nevertheless, instead of complaining and making a big deal out of them, start “doing” something. You will soon realize that it is not the end of the world, and that your attitude is the element able to change any situation for the better.
Attempt to minimize the negative and maximize the positive, enjoy the little pleasures your life is full of. Do not ignore them, but savour them like chocolates. The path of appreciation will take you straight to more fulfilling experiences
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