Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stop Taking Me For Granted

Stop Taking Me For Granted
By Jeff Scott

Have you ever had those words said to you? Ouch! It is possibly true, but hurtful none the less.

It's usually during an argument. Of course it's a subjective point of view, but usually not without some validity. It sounds like you don't care. But it is sometimes quite difficult to tell when it's happening. Often the only time you know you have taken someone or something for granted, is when something dramatic happens in your life.

The reason why we do this is because it has become part of our daily routine and we are virtually operating on autopilot. And if this includes how you treat your partner, then you could be swimming in dangerous waters.

But really, routines are not always bad things. We have so many things in our daily life that if we were to think of all of them, we wouldn't get anything done. If we had to think every time we cleaned our teeth or got showered or got dressed, life would become a nightmare.

Imagine having to think how to drive our car when we go to work. Going through what has to be done before we start the engine, checking where the indicators are, how to turn on the lights.
It would be just like the first time we ever got in the car and were shown how to do all these things by the instructor.

So routines cannot be avoided if we wish to run our daily life efficiently. But again, taking things for granted can rob your life of so much pleasure and excitement.

We all get used to the sun coming up in the morning. It's not a big deal, or so we think. It happens every day and we never give it a thought. We get used to the trees and flowers, to the fresh air we breathe, the change of the seasons, the sound of birds singing. But just imagine for a moment if were deprived of any of these routine happenings. Imagine if you couldn't hear the birds sing, because you were deaf or locked away in some stinking jail in the middle of a wilderness where there are no birds even if you were set free.

And what about the change of seasons? Do you complain when the summer ends and the autumn days bring cooler weather. Just think, if you lived in the middle of the Sahara desert you wouldn't be aware of the time of year because every day would bring unremitting sunshine and there would be no plants or trees coming into blossom or losing their leaves.

There are thousands of aspects to your life that you probably have never given a second thought to for many years.

So stop now and think about your life. Do a mental exercise and go through all the different aspects like, your health, your family, your employment, your friends, your home, your possessions, your country. Think what it would be like if you didn't have them. Realise how lucky you are.

The author is a retired business man who is passing on the experiences of life he has gained over many years. See his new site at Leather Car Seats and also Chicco Car Seats.

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