What Are You Grateful For and Why Does Gratitude Matter?
I’ll bet that you can easily point to things that you’re lacking.
You might have insufficient money, debt, relationship problems, aren’t thin enough, can’t satisfy familial expectations, and so on. Your home isn’t big enough, your car isn’t new enough, tech is outdated, and so forth.
There is nobody to blame for this, per se. But it should come as no surprise given that we live in a fear-based society. Often, the fear of missing out (what has been renamed/rebranded as FOMO), fear of suffering, and fear of appearing to be lacking are beamed into your brain everywhere you turn.
Radio, social media, tv, billboards, and everywhere there’s advertising will tell you if you don’t buy this product or that service, you’ll miss out, suffer, and appear lacking. Get it/do it or you will suffer unimaginable consequences!
The truth is that, for the most part, we need a lot fewer goods and services than we think we do. Sure, it can be nice to have those things — but at what cost? People stress out, overwork, and freak out because of the suffering they most fear that will result from missing out or appearing to lack.
Unless you live in a cave, are off the grid, or utterly avoid the modern world — this is frequently bombarding you. And if you are not practicing mindfulness and conscious awareness, this is impacting your subconscious mind. That means it can seep into your habits, beliefs, and values.
But you can counter it. And it’s relatively easy. All you need is gratitude.
But first, let’s talk about the real fear that’s the elephant in the room.
Suffering is what you most fear
It doesn’t matter what the fear is — most fear is less about the thought or feeling you’re afraid of and more about suffering resulting from it. More often than not, the suffering you fear is far worse than what actually will occur.
What does that look like? Let’s say that there have been layoffs at your work. The boss has been calling everyone into the office to tell them if they have a job or are being let go.