Whilst working the other day, the same two homeless men who come into the shop everyday popped in. They seemed like they were in good spirits, it was fairly warm outside and the previous weeks of bitterly cold winds had disappeared.
I had been feeling a bit down in the few days previous for one reason or another and seeing these two just really made me think to myself, why am I actually feeling so down? I have a roof over my head, I’m studying a degree in the area I’ve always dreamt of working in, I have a job which I enjoy, a group of mates who I know would be by my side, why don’t I appreciate what I have? Too many people concentrate on the things they don’t have in life and this is why so many people are unhappy.
These two homeless men are genuinely just happy for a free cuppa or a free spin on the games machine, if they can be positive throughout their tough times then why shouldn’t we through our less tough times? They’ve taught me a lot about character and how you shouldn’t think too much about what isn’t yours.
A great song that reminds me of this situation is Kenny Rogers – The Gambler, it’s always a classic in pubs as many people can relate to the song. It brings out the best in people and teaches them that even if life hasn’t dealt them the best hand, they’re going to go out smiling and making the most of it.
It really made me think about the things that matter in life, the things we have, not the things we don’t. I’m not saying to not aim for things you don’t have but whilst you’re trying to reach your goals, appreciate the things you do have.