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This quote makes you think. We all seem to take our life for granted on a day to day basis. Unless we have a major disaster, whereby realizing our mortality, it seems as though complaining is a major life activity.
We are not too pleased with the body we received, or at least some part of it. We may not be too happy with our job, our home, or the family we received either; this constitutes a large part of the life we are leading, doesn't it?
That being said, most of us do HAVE a complete functioning body, a home, a job and family around us. We all know, of course, that there are people worse off than we are, but does that make us completely happy or grateful for our blessings?
We have every advantage, especially compared to a great section of the earth, but are we programmed to expect even more? Many people in our own privileged country have survived loss in countless ways; financial, physical, and emotional. And some have survived war, illness, and death, but still, do we appreciate all that we have?
I'd like to think that most of us, at least sometimes, practice gratitude. We have been given a life and it really is quite amazing. Check your pulse, be grateful for the gift of life.
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