Although this common scenario happens in almost every single store with every child, it triggered my mind to a broader concept—many people do not appreciate what they already have. As I thought more about this notion, it all started to make sense. Everyone wants “the new” when “the old” gets dull; then when they possess this so-called “new” thing, they want something else.
Why do most of us fall into this infamous loophole?
We live in a world that is always “wanting” and living in the future instead of the present. We never truly realize what we had in the first place that provoked us to want something else. Many do not discern this idea, the real trouble behind it, and the disaster it can lead our society to.
Appreciation isn’t just paired with materialistic objects; it also portrays an important component in any relationship. The deep sense of meaning a person gets when someone tells them they mean something fulfills their purpose of life and makes them feel wanted. This little act makes everyone’s heart warm and puts a smile on their face.
But the downside presented is that plenty do not show their appreciation to each other, which leads to them feeling unappreciated. Being taken for granted is one of the worst feelings, and it happens all around us. People get caught up in the fast-paced society and forget the little things to focus more on the big things in life. But without the little things, the big things would not be able to exist.
Take some time to appreciate what you have. Focus on the present moment instead of the future. Go out and thank someone who means a lot to you or just the local grocery clerk. You never know: you could change somebody’s life by just telling them how much you appreciate them and what they do; it’s that easy.
Thank you to everyone in my life: friends, family, educators. I would not be where I am today without all of you.