A house. A Car. A nice bank account. A few houses. A few cars. A few bank accounts. Many houses. Many cars. Many bank accounts. This race never ends. Never. And the reason most people do not even get to the first house or car is because they are focused on what they do not have instead of focusing on what they do have. We quantify thankfulness by money and possessions. Stock market goes up we are thankful. We take a vacation we are thankful. We buy a new watch we are thankful. We go to a nice restaurant we are thankful.
But how often are you thankful for the hand that you put your watch on because there are so many in this world without a hand. How many times have you been in gratitude for the able body that you posses for going to a vacation. There are millions of people admitted in the hospitals around the world who can not even sit up in their beds. How many times have you woken up in the morning and thanked the creator simply for the fact that you woke up. The problem with us human beings is that we attach happiness with acquisitions. Acquisition of things is just a feeling in your mind not the reality itself. If you have $50 million dollars in your bank account, its just a feeling of security you have. you may not even use 10% of it before you die. But you might keep relating your happiness to that bank account.
Happiness begins with thankfulness about things that you already have not what you will have. Happy people are thankful people and thankful people are happy people. Its that simple.
You have 86,400 seconds in a day, how many out of those enormous number of seconds have you thanked Allah today. Simply thank him for having 86,400 seconds first. If nothing else. That is where it begins. People who tell themselves that they will be thankful when they get something, but they never get it because if you already do not enjoy what little you might have and are always complaining then you will complain about not having more than that when you have a lot. Thankfulness is a habit. Either you develop it or you do not. And it is first developed for things that money can not acquire and once you get into the habit of this, Allah gives you a chance to be thankful by giving you money as well. But first learn to be thankful for non-monetary things you already have.
Never forget to be thankful for the things you already have in the want of the things that you want. You have 86,400 chances a day….Lets get going. Clock is ticking…..