I write this without days and months of contemplation though I have thought upon it many a time.
Appreciate being a human being. Understand how lucky you are to look up at the night sky and understand those points of light are spheres of gas with their cores dense enough to initiate nuclear fusion. You can travel faster than the speed of sound….for now, communicate across great distances and fathom the mechanics of reality. To be human is to be blessed that you are a sentient being, to have the capacity to see the world as we do and accomplish great things.
So many of us are immersed in self induced turmoil, depression and needless desires that once fulfilled do not bring us peace of mind. It can be very difficult to divest yourself of the emotional shackles you have placed on your mind and be grateful that you are able to experience the universe as you do. Look at the things in your everyday life that upset you, that irritate you and wonder why. Don’t let them. Emotions come about from your views on whatever. You’re pissed off in traffic, why does your spouse behave in certain ways that upset you, the kids are irritating you, things aren’t going well at work causing you distress. When this happens question the value of the viewpoints that create these emotions. Are these viewpoints helpful to the situation. Usually no. The world around you is what it is.
Do I walk around all day thinking wow its great to be human, of course not but I try and keep it in and near my sphere of consciousness in order to realize that regardless of my position in society or the problems I’m having, it is a special thing to be a human being. I am capable of so much more than I realize but that’s something easy to forget when I’m caught up in my day to day routine.