The first lesson in elementary Math that we learn is to count. And yet, as we grow older, that’s something that we fail to do.
That’s why we grow older, age biologically, but don’t quite grow wiser or evolve. There lies the problem: Because we just don’t count what we have. We are so deeply entrenched in survival mode that we don’t see the beauty and magic of Life.
Here’s what you can do to get out of this mode. To break free from it, take a day off from work and just reboot!. Just get out on the streets. Stop at a busy traffic intersection to see how much the much-maligned cop has to labor to maintain even a semblance of sanity. Watch the flower-seller stitch the garland together as beads of sweat trickle down her neck. Notice the garbage clearance squad, at work, struggle with the insane and reckless manner in which we consumers dispose our waste. Go to a train station. Sit calmly and observe Life as people rush to go to work and get back home. Or go to the emergency ward of a hospital. Watch people, study their emotions, understand their challenges, recognize valiant acts and daily contributions from people ‘apparently’ removed from you that make your Life possible each day! Get back home. And make a list of things that you have in the backdrop of all that you just observed all day. Count the number of items on that list. Write that number down with a thick, red marker pen and put it up on your desk. And each time your mind drags you into the darkness of the ‘I don’t have’ alley, pull out that list. Let that number in thick red ink remind you that your Life is blessed.
This is what they mean when they often say “Count Your Blessings”!!!