I used to hate school.
I didn’t like my teachers. And didn’t like studying much. Homework was like a beating.
My most challenging subjects were Physics and Chemistry. Even with extra tutoring, I would barely scrape through.
Why I had to study was beyond me. I didn’t get it.
I took school for granted. Never invested in learning. Only acknowledging it as a burden.
Today, I realise how privileged I was to have gone to school. To have had the opportunity to learn. Ideate. Create. To debate. To experiment.
Did you know that more than 50% of India’s children between the age of 6 and 14 don’t go to school?
And here I was taking my education for granted. Worse, as a burden.
I know better now.
As an entitlement. As if something is owed to you.
Think about all the things that are in your life right now. Every privilege that you enjoy.
Open the tap. Clean water.
Go to the supermarket. Fresh food.
Take a breath in. Clean air.
Internet. Amazon. Money. TV. Cars. Books. Clothes. Shoes. Coffee. Eyes. Ears. Sunshine. Flowers. Grass.
All taken for granted.
Think about the last time you consciously, deliberately, and in awareness gave thanks for each one of these things.
A big part of the world today don’t have 90% of these. And we take it FOR GRANTED.
What if we took them “AS GRANTED”? They are granted TO US.
It is not an entitlement. But a privilege.
We are the guardians. Not the owners.
AS GRANTED. NOT FOR GRANTED.
Take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness that is in your life today.
Everything you enjoy today. The privileges. Write them down. Even the smallest of things.
And then give thanks for them. That they were granted to you.
Feel the gratitude of that moment.
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