On Gratitude and Making Self-Help Work

I'd like to share this great post I saw the other day, from a Facebook page called Buddhist Boot Camp

Strangers built the home you're in, designed and manufactured the chair you're sitting on, installed your internet connection, mass-produced the computer you're using, and sold it to you at a reasonable price within your budget because someone hired you to perform a task that somebody else taught you to perform. So many people are to thank for where you are right now: from the thousands of hard-working individuals who made the clothes that you're wearing, installed the plumbing and electricity in your home, and paved the road outside your door, which was built, painted, sold, purchased and installed by strangers who make your life today a reality. We have so much to be grateful-for and absolutely no reason to complain about anything whatsoever. We are fortunate, blessed, touched by strangers who have dedicated their entire lives to make yours more convenient. Live in gratitude and you'll never approach life from a place of "lack". Thank you for making life a reality for so many others. Namaste.

Yes! I found that reading this gave me a feeling of being super connected to those that have come before me, and those that are living their lives to provide services to others that we can so easily overlook because they are hard-wired into our daily lives, we forget where they came from. When was the last time you considered the thousands of people who created the clothes you wear and the phone you carry? 

Now, I for one know that feeling and expressing gratitude when I'm feeling less than great is very difficult to do.

A rule of thumb I like to tell folks is that in order for self-help practices like gratitude and mindfulness to work, one must practice them when you're feeling pretty alright. By practicing in this way, when you're even-keeled and not overwhelmed or overly upset, the benefits of gratitude and other self-help exercises will start to carry over to the especially difficult times, when you need these tools the most.

So if you're feeling pretty alright, give it a try.

Give thanks to the multitude of people that have helped lay the groundwork and create the technology that allows me send this message to you. It really is a world wide web and we're all a part of it.