when he said that we should be grateful for being a human and that should that motivate us because the probability of being human is so small, 1 in 400 trillion.
Well, I was curious, so I went to do some research and it turns out that there is such a statistic. There’s an article from the Huffington Post which puts the probability lower to an improbable 1 in 102,685,000
I mean, regardless of the correctness of the maths behind it, it got me thinking about how a miracle we are. I began to think about how we came to be, based on a myriad of factors, from the chances our parents meet to the insemination until our development. I mean, there’s just so many things that could have gone wrong but didn’t. Any small changes in the past might have a drastic impact on whether we are here today.
And it got me thinking of how lucky we are and how grateful we should be, to not only born a human but to be who we are.
So I guess, Gary’s idea of motivation made sense. We should be thankful that we are not born as an animal or anything else and thus, we should grab this almost miraculous opportunity as a human to do good, to make a lasting impact on the world.
Just want to say that I’m thankful for everything that has happened in my life thus far.
University life hasn’t been easy and I doubt that it ever will be but the experiences and friendships that I’ve made are worth it.
I am blessed to be able to meet wonderful people who are just filled with life and happiness, forge friendships with them and also able to fill the painful days of hustling with some sunshine.
In the last three months, a lot has changed, and a lot hasn’t but throughout those 3 months, I have to say that I enjoyed every moment of it, from the long hours of studying in school to the sweaty silat training sessions.
I just feel grateful today and I want to let everyone know how grateful I am that you’ve impacted my life positively in one way or another.
Who do you care about?
Recall the happy memories that you had with them, the smiles, the laughter, that fuzzy feeling that you feel inside.
What are you grateful for?
Think about the shelter above your head, the bed that you sleep on every night, the food that you eat, the job that you have, the people around you.
What keeps you going? Think about the things that motivate you to persevere in life. They can be a goal that you want to achieve, a person that you care about or even a self-responsibility that you have for yourself.
Smile because there are worse things that could’ve happened to you.
I am sure that you have heard of successful people practising being grateful every morning. You will hear that most will have it as part of their morning ritual to remind themselves of the privileges and luxuries they are blessed with and for good reason.
I believe that having the practice of being grateful acts as a daily reminder that we should be thankful for what we already have. It reminds us that whatever failures that we might face in the world today, there will always be people and for others, things, that you can fall back on. It might also serve as a reminder of what we are truly working towards. An example would be, to raise your children in a home where you can provide for them whatever they require. Being grateful is a powerful tool and I strongly believe that everyone should implement that practice in their lives.
So, what are you grateful for?
There are so many things that I am grateful for but most importantly is the gift of life. I am grateful to Allah SWT for allowing me to exist and live on this beautiful Earth.I am also grateful for the blue blue sky and the wisps of clouds in it. I am grateful for the Earth to place my feet on and the sunlight that warms my face in the morning. I am grateful to be able to be born healthy. I am grateful to be able to experience the wonderful nature of emotions, to be able to feel the sudden rise of happiness, that tingling sensation of love inside, the deep and chaotic nature of sadness and the intense heat and clarity of anger. I am grateful laughter in my lungs and the cheerfulness in my eyes. I am grateful for the life I was born into, by having two loving parents that care for me till the ends of the world, to be born not knowing unrests and violence, to have a life where food and water are not a worry and knowing that there is a bed to lie at night. I am grateful for the tap that runs, the clothes in my wardrobe and the fan that blows. I am grateful for the experiences that I had gone through and will go through in the future and I am grateful for the path Allah SWT had given me. I am grateful for the friends that I have made thus far, people that I could trust, people that understand and care for me. I am grateful for technology, grateful for the gift of connectivity which allows billions to share information and knowledge. I am also grateful for the void deck cat that I pet whenever I see her.
I am sure there are countless other things that I am grateful for, things that I thank Allah SWT for allowing me to have and enjoy.
Sometimes the things that we are grateful for are simple but know that there are people out there that do not enjoy the same luxury, thus, appreciate them nonetheless.
If you have never thought about what you are grateful for, I suggest you take the time to. Trust me, it will really put you into perspective. 🙂