Obliged Skylines:

Gratitude Above All

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” – Germany Kent

Every moment in life is inherently fleeting, as every second of your existence that passes is unique unto itself and can never be recovered or recreated. We all make choices, consciously or unconsciously, about what we’re going to focus on, prioritize, or value each and every day. Always take care to be fully awake, grateful for every instant of being experienced and all of the potential beauty and joy contained within.

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.” – Roy T. Bennett

Existence is a delicate offering, a house of cards that persists in spite of an endlessly chaotic universe. The hardships of survival will always surround you, but gratitude for that which brings peace, appreciation for every experience that imparts positivity, strength or knowledge against the trials of your reality, must be embraced and recognized. Abundant gratitude shifts the experienced joy to misery ratio of your perspective, making it possible to not only be happier, but more successful throughout the entirety of your life.

“Be grateful where you are now, to be present where you arrive.” – Alan Maiccon

Many powerful, driven people end up lacking gratitude for what they’ve already accomplished. All of the possible satisfactions that surround them in the present, all of the joyful people and experiences that inhabit their daily lives, lost to the pursuit of having more, vanished by a fixation on what’s to come rather than what is. To be proactive and future oriented is paramount to one’s success in life, but to do so in excess, often is to the detriment of the very goals one hopes to achieve.

“It makes no difference where you go, there you are. And it makes no difference what you have, there’s always more to want. Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have.” – Zig Ziglar

The pursuit of fulfilment from sources outside of yourself is an endless, losing battle. The ability to find satisfaction in life comes from within, not without, as it is in fact the interpretation of what surrounds you in life that ultimately brings lasting contentment, rather than the surroundings themselves. You must first learn to appreciate yourself, in order to be grateful for what’s right in front of you. In turn, once you’re able to appreciate the good that encircles you today, it brings clarity to what you’d like to accomplish tomorrow. This will not only help you achieve your goals, but will also aide you in cherishing the results once fulfilled.