Learn to forgive and appreciate little gifts in life

Do something for people you know, and something for people you don’t know too.  FILE PHOTO | NMG
Do something for people you know, and something for people you don’t know too. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

One day, a construction supervisor on the sixth floor of a building called a worker on the ground floor.

But because of the noise, the worker did not hear his supervisor calling. Then, to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor threw a Sh100 note which fell right around in front of the worker.

The worker picked up the cash, put it in his pocket and continued with his work. Again to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor now threw Sh500 note and the worker did the same, picked the Sh500 note, put it in his pocket and went on with his job.

Now to draw attention of the worker, the supervisor picked a small stone and threw it on the worker. The stone hit the worker’s head. This time he looked up and the supervisor communicated with him.

This story is same as of our life. Sometimes, life wants to communicate with us, but we are busy doing our worldly jobs. Then life gives us small gifts and we just keep them without seeing from where we got them.

Then life gives us more gifts and we are the same. Just keep the gifts without seeing from where it comes — without thanking life. We just say we are lucky.

Then when we are hit with a small stone, which we call problems, then we look up and we communicate with life. So, when you receive a gift, thank life without waiting until hit by a small stone and then we communicate with life.

Touching base with life

1. Maintain a Daily Journal:“Maintaining a Journal is like whispering to one’s own self and listening at the same time.” Make it a habit to record three to five things you’re thankful for every single day. These can be simple things that you have witnessed the day – good, bad or ugly.

2. Be mindful: “In a world full of doing, doing, doing, it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.” It is important to be aware in the present moment and make ourselves conscious of the actions and activities we are involved in, else life has a very unique way of getting your attention.

3. Appreciate people: “If you don’t show appreciation to those that deserve it, they’ll learn to stop doing things that you appreciate.” Take a moment from your schedule, appreciate, be thankful to people who have come into your life — for good or bad reasons; because everyone is in your life for a purpose and a reason.

4. Be grateful: “The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” Do something for people you know, and something for people you don’t know too. You can pay kindness forward.

5. forgive: “Forgive others as quickly as you expect others to forgive you.” When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right. Further, there is no better revenge than forgiveness. So go ahead and forgive the best of your enemy.