When I was growing up, I was taught we must always be grateful and thank God for the good things we had. I was told, we must always find something to thank God for, even in bad times, that there is always. When my parents and I immigrated to the United States in November of 1978 I was 7 years of age. I had no clue we were going to stay in America for the rest of our lives. What did I know, I was only 7 years old anyway. I was thankful that we were able to come to such a great place where I had the opportunity to have a brighter future. Who would have known I, as a Persian Women would own her own business one day. Holly cow I know! I had drive and determination at a very young age. The qualities I had and the great role models of immigrant parents coming to a country and starting all over again. They never gave up as hard it was to start again from nothing. They sacrificed and worked 7 days a week some days 20 hours till they made it again. How can I not be so Grateful to have had parents who dedicated their lives to make mine better.
Too often we assume someone is happy because we see them dressed in fine clothing, wearing expensive jewelry, driving a fancy car, working at a high-paying job, or living in a big, beautiful home. And too often we think that if only we had those nice things in our own life, or had that much money, then we’d be happy too. But the truth is, happiness is only found when our hearts can be GRATEFUL for all the things God has blessed us with, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to us. And yes, you can always find something to be grateful for, no matter how hard life gets at times or how difficult a situation may be. We become happy when we are grateful. I guess my hard work and honesty paved the road for me to be Grateful for every little thing in life.
I hope people spend a few moments thinking about all the wonderful things in your life that you may sometimes take for granted—your friends, family members, random acts of kindness, a stranger’s smile. You have to decide to see a gift in every moment, you will be really HAPPY. Don’t waste time dwelling on the problems or chaos around you, unless you are trying to resolve the situation. Complaining drains your spirit and energy, while gratitude fills you with life and opens your heart to true happiness and joy.