“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
Since moving to Korea I have began to collect memories of blessings and how I felt when I realized I had received one. I am sure I had many blessings in the States. In fact thinking back I can recall at least 20 if not hundreds (big leap there I know) of blessings. I did not, however, realize they were blessings while I had them.
So moving to Korea I began to attempt to see and find the blessings. It was easier than it was in the States to see, feel and remember the blessings. In the States we have so many pleasures and a common way to communicate. You don’t have to worry about getting lost, getting hurt or simply just getting the basic necessities in the states. It makes it easy to take every things for granted.
In Korea it was easier to catch the blesses because even the littlest things likes passing the security check at the airport (though they all spoke English and were super nice to me), buying food, locking my apartment, getting hot water for showers, or turning on the gas for the stove. All these things, though rather simple, stuck out as things I should never take for granted.
I listed a few small blessings. The truth is that being in Korea for the first time; learning all that I need to know about the culture, has taught me that there are no small blessings. Having someone great to pick me up at the airport (I learned the tiring, creepy, expensive way for that one), having a phone and internet right away. Having amazing co-workers, somehow having money even though I didn’t get paid in full for a month and had to take a trip to Japan, pay for a medical check and an ARC (an immigration card). All of these things are amazing blessings.
So to make this short, because I feel as though I have said some of these things more than once, as I quoted Dickens above, reflect on your blessings. Everyone has lots. It is easy to see the misfortunes. The struggles. The discouraging moments. Except I am sure that you will be a much happier person if you look at all that you have been given. See, experience/feel, remember your blessings while you are living them. They will mean more to you not only in your daily life but also in your future days.
Nintendo 64, A projector and Mario-cart with friends. (Blessing)
Burger, Fries, and a Milk Shake (blessing)