Sunday 29 November 2020

Total Praise

“And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Wallace Wattles.

What are you not grateful for? Why? You think there will be positives without negatives? How do you know the value of the positive if there is no negative to compare it with?

How do you know how success feels if you have never tasted defeat? Won't you take it for granted? Won't you have a sense of entitlement, but that you have tasted the opposite?

Really, what are you excluding from your thanks? A young lady feels the death of her sister is one she cannot give thanks for. Really? No one told you death and life are but one.

No one told you life and death are the yin and the yang of nature—two seemingly opposing but yet complementing principles. One cannot do without the other. One leads to the other.

Until we die, we cannot truly live. For us to truly live, we have to die. We have to die to the things warring to hold us captive. We have to die to the things limiting us.

We have to die to the things distracting us. We have to die to the things not in line with our set goals, dreams, and vision. Not to be grateful for death is to miss the handwriting on the wall.

Every death is a "moment mori" - a reminder of our mortality. None of us is meant to be here forever. Each and every one of us will die one day. Our day of reckoning might be different does not make any more or less.

We each need to be grateful for what we have and seek to make the best of the same. That is what living is all about? Are you alive?

St. Akin.

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