"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”(James 1:2-4 New International Version)
The diametric opposite of a thankful person is an ungrateful one. When you are truly thankful, you show gratitude but when you are not thankful, you are driven into a vicious cycle of never being satisfied. The resultant scenario emerges of a person who remains unhappy more often than not–a person who constantly complains about what you did not receive because you were expecting more. When your expectations don’t match up to others’ reality, disappointment and ungratefulness creep in. You always want more because you harbor a sense of entitlement and feel as if things are owed to you or you deserve them. This is an erroneous and potentially dangerous perspective to assume.
If you are thankful, you appreciate anything and everything that you receive because you are grateful to simply be able to receive these things and because you realize that these items were not ever promised to you. Hence, you don’t take them for granted.
Ingratitude and a Lack of Appreciation
When you are ungrateful, you set a standard that other people have to meet. When they don’t, you end up feeling defeated and upset.
Sometimes you don’t appreciate the beautiful things in life because you are constantly thinking about what else you want. You have this insatiable hunger for material things that you think that you cannot do without although, in reality, you can. You have it so good in America. For example, you have access to running water and you don’t have to go hunt for your meals.
Also, you expect to get a minimum of three meals a day. It’s not a question of whether you’re going to get another meal; rather, it’s a question of where do I choose to eat my next meal? There are many people across the world–and even in the United States--who are not fortunate enough to enjoy some of these amenities but the majority of us do.
The following was an excerpt from my #1 Amazon Best-selling book entitled "Process 14 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors to Skyrocket Millennials to Success"
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