Appreciate the Little Gifts
It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on the big achievements, and you should absolutely celebrate your wins, but don’t forget to also notice and appreciate the little gifts that make life so amazing.
Blessings that you’ve been given in your life that you didn’t have to work for, you didn’t have to sweat or fight for are easy to take for granted. They’re not nearly as satisfying as the achieving you’ve had to put in the effort for. Most people just toss these little gifts to the side, like, “Ah, that was easy, must not really be all that much worth having.” What’s just handed to us doesn’t hold our time and attention the same way something you really had to work for will. These aren’t seen as “accomplishments” because, well, they aren’t. But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter, or that they shouldn’t be recognized and appreciated.
We see it all the time with kids and teenagers. They take things for granted on a scale that is almost scary. But they do that because they aren’t the ones providing any of it. I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve heard talking about how their kids just take their home, or car, or phones and computers for granted. And I understand how frustrating that can be. But think about it, how many little gifts do we take for granted? If we do this, what are we teaching our children?
Part of Living Your Legacy is being present, being intentional. It’s hard to be present and intentional if we can’t even recognize where we might not be showing appreciation in our own lives. And it’s difficult to fault our children for taking pieces of their life for granted if that’s the type of behavior we’re modeling for them.
It’s important that we take the time to sit back and recognize what it is that makes our life what it is. Clean water, clean air, the sunset, a gorgeous view, a beautiful rainbow, the ability to grow and fight to live your Legacy Lifestyle. These are simple appreciations, but I promise if you stop every now and then and really look around at what you are probably taking for granted in your daily life, you might be surprised at what you’re missing. Also, you’ll be a much happier person. It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on the big achievements, and you should absolutely celebrate your wins, but don’t forget to also notice and appreciate the little parts of life that make your existence so amazing.
When you shift your mindset in this way, the big achievements become that much sweeter!
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