They say that you are not aware of what you have until it is all taken away from you. But, the truth is that you were perfectly aware of what you had – it just never occurred to you that you would lose it one day.
Almost every day, we come across inspirational quotes, sayings, and articles about how we can stop taking our loved ones for granted and how we can be more grateful for what we have in life. And after reading them, we immediately think, “Yes, the person who said this was so right.”
But, the question is: Do we really behave this way? Do we really show that we’re aware of the existence of our loved ones? Do we really treat them the way they deserve – with kindness, compassion, and respect?
Just ask yourself: How many times have you told your mother those two simple, but profound, powerful words: Thank you? How many times have you expressed your gratitude to your parents for all those times they took care of you when you were sick or listened to you attentively and gave you wise pieces of advice when you were struggling with love problems?
How many times have you had the chance to show your love to those who truly love you and care about you, but you didn’t because you had “other more important things to do?” How many times have you had the chance to tell your family or friends, “I love you,” but didn’t because you were “busy doing something else?”
The sad truth is that we are all guilty of taking for granted those who are close to us. We’re all guilty of neglecting them and their feelings, needs, wishes, and problems.
And once we get caught in the never-ending wheel of taking our loved ones for granted, it becomes very difficult for us to get out of this habit. Unfortunately, only when they’re taken away from us, do we become aware of what we had. Only then do we realize how important to us they were. Only then do we understand how much they loved us.
Appreciating and showing your gratitude to those who are close to you is essential. This is something that will make you feel good about yourself and also let those around you know how much you love and care about them.
So, if you think you might also be guilty of taking your loved ones for granted, make sure you remember and start doing the following things on a daily basis:
1. Treat others with kindness without expecting anything in return.
Treat your loved ones with patience, compassion, and dignity. Be there for them when they need your help and support. Show them that their feelings, opinions, needs, wishes, and problems have a meaning for you.
And most importantly, do all of this without expecting anything in return. And when your loved ones do something for you, remember to recognize their efforts and show your gratitude to them. Everyone deserves to know that they are appreciated.
2. Always remember that nothing lasts forever.
Nothing you have in your life is permanent. Not your house. Not your job. Not your car. Not those who mean the world to you.
Therefore, make sure you spend more quality time with the people you love and make sure they know how much you appreciate that they’re a part of your life.
3. Show your love with small gestures.
You don’t have to buy someone expensive gifts every month or take them out for dinner at a stylish restaurant so that they know how much you love them. Kissing your friend or partner on the forehead, buying them their favorite box of chocolates, or just telling them, “I love you” while you’re watching a movie together will mean to them a lot more than showering them with lavish gifts.
4. Never prioritize your work and problems over your loved ones.
Oftentimes, we get so preoccupied with our work and our worries that we start neglecting the people who are close to us.
What you should remember is that if you always put the people who mean to you last on your priority list, one day, when you look back on these moments, you’ll regret not spending more time with your loved ones.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act. If you have a general question or comment please fill out the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible https://curiousmindmagazine.com/contact-us/