Are We There Yet?
It’s that time of the year when most people start coming up with their new years resolutions. We all see a plethora of lists that include everything from “losing weight”, “reading books”, “accumulating the highest GPA”, “waking up early” to “making this amount of money”, and many other attainable goals. Those can all be great resolutions that hold a great deal of positive impact on our lives, but we human beings are hardly ever satisfied and keep running and running after improvement without getting satisfied. Forgetting what it means to be thankful. Life coaches, self-help authors, and those who work hard to accomplish their goals always emphasize the importance of establishing “SMART” goals. Goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Therefore, part of the process is to keep asking yourself, “am I there yet?” have i achieved my goals? Am i satisfied? The answer will most likely be a “NO”.It’s most likely that a lot of people won’t be satisfied with their lives, whether they achieved their goals or not. Why? This is due to the “modern” world we live in, where “want” and “more” have nothing to do with “necessity” or “enough”. However, in an attempt to make this year’s resolution more successful, one must try to add the goal of being more thankful, being more grateful because better than asking yourself “have I made enough money?”, “have I lost enough weight?” is asking yourself “how can I be more thankful? How can I be more grateful?” and thinking of the unfortunate around you, which we unfortunately know aren’t really hard to find. The “new years” resolution is usually an attempt to reach happiness. People can never reach happiness without being grateful or thankful. Like the greek philosopher Aesop said “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”