Appreciating My Good Life

This has not been a good year for a lot of people.

To be honest, there have been times this past year where I was unhappy (more like unthankful) with certain situations or aspects of life, but recently I have been considering how fortunate I really am.

There are so many good things that have happened to me or that are a part of my life, and I don’t often take the time to appreciate those things.

One reason, this whole idea is in my head is because today was Christmas Bonus day at work.

I worked decently hard this year, but I was compensated for my work. Then today, the company president came up and handed me a bonus check with a “Merry Christmas”. Bonus checks, aka, free money. Money I did not earn. Money he did not have to pay me, but he did.

The “why” intrigued me. I don’t intend to analyze the reasons behind his gift-giving, but I am extremely grateful.

With this bonus, I am also reminded of the less fortunate.

The people who lost their jobs, who are struggling to pay bills, and who simply are doing without many of the amenities that I take for granted. There is the neighbor who rides his bike to work every morning, while I drive off in my heated car. There are people who I know that can’t find work or have a terrible boss, while I love my job and my boss is great.

Although I may not see my family often, they are still alive, healthy, and happy. Then I have some amazing friends. Friends that look out for me, prank me, support my decisions, push me out of my comfort zone, and just make life even more awesome.

During my life’s quest to the top, I want to learn to appreciate my current location in Time.

It’s too easy for me to look ahead, plan, and scheme, but forget to love and live in the moment. However, as a maturing adult, I want to view my life from the “glass half full” perspective, and fully enjoy and value each moment and person in my life.

The fact of the matter is, I’m quite fortunate.

Not rich, not important, not famous, and not special, but simply happy with a good life.

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