What We Take for Granted

Think about what needs to be in place just for you to read this article.

You have to have access to a computer which has access to the internet.

You have to have either the vision to read the text or access to a tool that can read the text to you.

You have to have the mental clarity to be able to understand the article or else you’ve already given up by this point.

You’re extremely likely to have a strong desire to push your life in a positive fashion or else you wouldn’t be reading something from The Simple Dollar.

You have the free time to be able to sit down and read such an article and think about improving yourself.

It’s likely that you took all of these things for granted – and many more things – when you sat down and opened The Simple Dollar or checked your email.

Our lives are loaded with things that we simply take for granted.

Most of us take our health for granted. We take our ability to communicate for granted. We take our ability to think for granted. We take the hundreds of free things in our community for granted. We take the many relationships we have in our lives for granted. I could fill up paragraph after paragraph with the things we take for granted.

Instead of exploring all of those things, we just skip over them. We look instead at the things we don’t have.

It’s easy to do. I do it all the time. That doesn’t change the fact that I often overlook wonderful things by simply taking too much for granted.

For the rest of this year, I’m setting a simple goal for myself. I’m striving, each day, to really explore some of the things I take for granted.

I live in a beautiful area. Why don’t I just take a walk today?

I have a lot of friends, many of whom I don’t talk to as often as I should. Why don’t I send one of them a letter or chat with one of them today?

I feel really good after doing some exercise. Why don’t I just go out there and get those natural endorphins moving today?

I can hold my wife in my arms for a while. I can play tag in the yard with my children. I can meditate and pray and reach a better understanding of the world around me.

All of these paths are open to me all of the time. They don’t cost anything. Yet, in being constant and free, I overlook them.

It’s my mistake, and it’s one I intend to fix.

What do you overlook in your life? Friends? Family? The beauty of the outdoors? Your skills that you’ve allowed to grow rusty? Your health? Learning? Perhaps today is the day to dust off those overlooked things.

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