Sunday, August 16, 2015

Be Grateful! Someone is happy with less than you have

When we were on our trip in Asia, we met a lot of people who come from humble means. I remember one man in Cambodia in particular. We were driving down the road with him and chatting, and he pointed at a house that would be considered very small in America. He pointed at it with the biggest smile on his face and exclaimed: "Of all the homes in the world, that is my dream house!". He was so happy looking at it and told us how gorgeous it was. He explained that it was so expensive, there was no way that he could ever afford such a house. We asked him how much it was, and he told us a number that was so little, you couldn't even find a house in America for that cheap. It really put things in to perspective for us.

It really made me realize that it's easy to live in our own little "bubble" if you will. We get so caught up in our own lives, that we forget there are billions of people out there. And when we feel sad, or down about something, we should try to put things into perspective. There are people out there who are more grateful and happier with their lives that have less.

And that's the thought I kept having come to my mind. That someone with less is more grateful than me. And someone with less is happier than me. It made me realize that I need to be more grateful for all of the little things in my life that I often take for granted.

The sweet thing about this Cambodian man was that he saved all of his money working so that he could go back to his home village where he grew up and build a well for the community so they could have clean water. Here was a man that didn't have much, and yet he gave all that he had to help others have clean water. And he was happy. It was so inspiring to hear. 

"Do you have clean running water? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Do you have access to books, or information online? If so, consider yourself lucky. Because more than a billion people on this planet do not have those things. Being genuinely grateful opens your heart and mind to new possibilities. Look at what you can do with what you have now." -Marie Forleo

The best thing to have in life is a grateful heart. Life is a gift! And everything around you and all that you have is a beautiful gift from God. Remember to be grateful and appreciate what you have. The more grateful you are, the happier you will be.

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