What are you taking for granted?

As I write this, I am sat in bed on New Years Day, watching Despicable Me 2 and utterly full of cold. It is amazing how much you appreciate breathing through your nose when you cannot.

It’s actually a very good reminder for the new year – to appreciate what we all take for granted. Breathing for example!

But also, everything else you have in your life.

For example, do you have a car? Did it start the last time you wanted to go somewhere? (Mine did not. I had to walk.)

But it reminds me to appreciate the fact that I CAN walk, and on that occasion, the place I was going to was close enough to walk to.

And to appreciate my car when it does work. Appreciate the fact that the car has started easily for months and has taken me everywhere I needed to go this year.

Why is it that we don’t appreciate what we’ve got until it’s gone (even if only temporarily).

Last year I got tendonitis in my shoulder and for 10 days I couldn’t use my right arm. Boy, had I been taking that right arm for granted!!

What are you taking for granted in your life? Hot water? A roof over your head? Transport? The use of all your limbs? Working nostrils? Eyes to see? Ears to hear? The health you enjoy?

Most of us take for granted our health, our home and the day to day minutiae of our lives. It’s understandable. And yet…much of our dissatisfaction in life stems from not realising how lucky we are and how good we have it.

So just for today, look around at everything you take for granted – hot and cold running water, heating, a roof over your head, a bed, wifi, coffee, food – and just spend a few minutes appreciating it.

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