Benefits Of Having A Grateful Heart
I wish it was just that simple. I have to admit, it really takes a lot of effort to be grateful or thankful to someone or for something, especially with the problems that overwhelms us, the daily needs that we must meet, the pressures from work, stress from our surroundings, etc.
Look around us. People are always in a hurry for their time-in at work, whether to clock-in for the start of their shift, end of their breaks, time for a meeting, deadline, project and others.
I always remember a scene in the movies where the protagonist are at a loss and tries to cross the street against a crowd of people walking past him to go to other side. It's so easy to judge people for apathy or being selfish, and being clueless to what's happening to the main character of the movie. But are we doing the to other people? People who are also main characters their own life documentary?
So why do we really need to be in a grateful and thankful heart ? And what does being grateful have to do with Marketing?
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Let me quote from Wikipedia's article with the same title:
"Is the glass half empty or half full?" is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.
This idiom is used to explain how people perceive events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality..."
That means, we experience multitude of difficulties, with varying levels of pressure, during different stages of our lives, depending on the pursuits we have chosen for ourselves. However, that does not mean we are the only ones who have faced or are facing the same problem.
It is possible that four people are having the exact concern, but they have different reactions?
- First person face the problem with a thankful or grateful heart making him conquer the problem with the help of a positive attitude.
- Second person is stressing himself out, complaining at all the misery he is experiencing, and eventually adding more negativity in his life.
- Third person doesn't exert any effort at all to overcome his problem, and tries to escape it thru sleep, alcohol or drugs, worsening his problem even more.
- Fourth person are like people who actually improve not only themselves but the whole situation or the people involved in the problem? If you click on the names of the following, you can watch their stories: Sylvester Stallone, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, etc. They overcome their struggles, and inspire other people in the process.
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour."
Having a Grateful State of Mind will definitely work wonders in your life. We all know how hard it is to be motivated when we focus on our problems or negative circumstances. Even in our careers, it is so hard to give your best work performance if you start your shift in a state of misery.
We know people who are very irresponsible and work allergic, they automatically say NO to additional tasks or responsibilities, and stay absorbed in their own worlds. I have been there myself. The negativity is so dark, it absorbs your office mates energy whenever they are around you. You can even get sucked in the downward spiral, you may wake up one day begging for help financially and emotionally. I guess that is how beggars and criminals started to become who they are today.
The only way to counter this problem is to start and practice being thankful. You don't have to thank each and every person who do you a favor. Just thanking God for every waking moment of the day will be a start.
How about our present struggles and tribulations? What do we need to do to overcome them?
Simple! Be thankful. Count your Blessings! As mentioned in the Bible:
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."