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Simple Gifts

There are so many opportunities, experiences, people, and places to be thankful for. At the same time, these are all things that many of us forget to be grateful for, and forget to show appreciation for. Too often do we get tangled up in the extravagance of life and the desire for endless amounts of opulent wealth, do we tend to overlook the simple gifts in life that so many people would give their lives for.

It is easy to want new things. I bet you can name at least five new things you want right now. The problem is that we are all constantly thinking about what we want next. We are all so focussed on buying new items that we miss what is right in front of us, and we miss all of the things that we already have. I bet that the shirt you saw in a store yesterday that you had to have, or the dress you claim you need in your life right now; if you just wait a week or so you probably will not feel you need them anymore.

We all want what we do not have, and once we have it we simply check it off our list and move onto the next item. If we are constantly looking forward and asking for more, how are we ever going to be able find a feeling of content?

Hopefully, we will begin to learn the significance of appreciation not only for the better of ourselves, but for the better of our society. Although our world seems to be advancing at such a rapid pace, it is ok to take a step back and recognize the importance of not forgetting about the beauty of simplicity in life. The older I become, the less simple everything seems to be, and I realize how much I took the carefree life of a little kid for granted. I give my best effort to recognize the simple pieces of life that many people tend to oversee. I try my best to take in every burnt orange sunrise and sunset, every cotton candy colored sky, and every full bloom flower and thriving tree. These are the things in life that give me a feeling of content. We must appreciate these simple things for what they are now, because we never know how long we will have them; and if we continue to only focus on wanting more and more, one day we will wake up and everything we forgot we loved will simply be gone.

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