It is okay to, not just drive under the influence, but to live life under the influence. Really. I say this in agreement to Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet who advised:
Gratitude is the wine of the soul. Go on. Get drunk.
You see why I say it is okay to live under the influence.
With this wine it is okay to stay drunk. Don’t just treat yourself to occasional draughts or forced sips. But regular, continued drinks. I bet you will find it very rewarding.
No hangovers, with headaches, vomits or blackouts. No regrets. Nothing to lose.
You can be grateful. Even if you think you are ‘wired’ to see the glass as half empty.
Gratitude is from the Latin word gratus, which means thankful. However, my mind also recognises it as a coinage from ‘great attitude‘.
Check out the two infographics below to see the benefits of this great attitude.
I believe you can see that you have reasons to be grateful.
I have many reasons to be grateful to God. My health, wife, three children, vocation, parents and siblings (in-laws inclusive), my country Nigeria (things could have been worse), needs (yes the things I lack), on and on and on.
For this Wednesday, I planned to share a Soren Kierkegaard quote (I wrote about it in another post). However, during a Platform University webinar, I heard Michael Hyatt share this Ziglar quote. It stuck with me.
A couple of days later I came across it in a Ziglar ebook his son, Tom shared.
I decided to share it. My last twoposts were on kindness. So the quote is fitting. Besides, it is Zig Ziglar’s birthday today!
I hope it inspires you to be selfless.
Focus on meeting the needs of others. You will be the better for it.