Sometimes, in my tea sipping moments mainly, I’m overwhelmed by all the beautiful blessings that I’ve been bestowed with. So many of which I had not asked for or had played any part in acquiring.
Ironically though, there are also times where I’m so consumed with life’s frustrations that I fail to see the big picture. It’s hard to practice gratitude when we are so caught up in the detail. It’s so hard to appreciate our blessings when our lives are woven into the very fabric that keeps us warm and safe.
Practising gratitude is not about striving forward, but about taking a few steps back and admiring how far we’ve come. It’s the seeing of things in a new light. It’s the acceptance of the reality, that our eyes will never truly encapsulate the whole picture, regardless of how hard we try. But nevertheless, we should never give up on trying.
Gratitude is in celebrating the small things in a big way.
It’s that triumphant feeling after making it on time to a meeting despite the delay in our commute to work or the completing of a piece of work, way before the given deadline! Other times it’s being thankful and appreciative for the people in our lives, the opportunities that come our way, the perfect curvature of our nose or our illustrious family background and heritage.
But how many of these gifts do we actually thank God for. I mean really thank, the kind of thanking that comes from the depths of our hearts. Yet, we are so happy wantonly displaying all these beautiful gifts without ever thinking about the giver!
Which makes me think, why are humans so entitled and full of pride when we started off with nothing and will return with nothing? And pride can come with its own set of problems, a superiority complex and looking down on those who happen to lack the gifts that we’ve been given.
THAT WE’VE BEEN GIFTED.
Surely gratitude should then be our natural state of being. But the sad truth is, we are blinded by our own sense of self importance and so mesmerised by the gifts, that we forget about the giver all together!
Before long though, the gifts become something we no longer value. I mean how can we, when the mere act of attributing the gifts to ourselves only results in the gifts losing their value? Value is derived from the greatness of the giver. And when the giver is the lord of the worlds, how can we be anything but grateful.
Allah says in the qur’an: …”If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor];” (14:7)
The gifts are only precious because they are from God and not because we are the chosen recipients. And when we direct our gratitude to the only right source, our gifts are increased.
So how great is the Giver?
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.