Here are 3 things I am grateful for and why I am grateful for them is given below. No big deal, just 3 things:
The first thing is miracles.
I am grateful for miracles. Miracles that give us hope, a sense of wonder, and a sense of gratitude itself.
A story I would share with you about miracles is finding amazing friends.
I had the opportunity to make friends who are like me.
When I was in the mental health hospital for my psychosis treatment, when I was in high school when I was in my happiest and unhappy moments.
I think friends are miracles. What a concept the thing is- FRIENDS! Some person whom you can be yourself with, outside your family!
So when I was in the mental health hospital, I met a person M, who helped me get through all those days. I was playing badminton one evening, and she asked if she could play too. I said “Ok”.
The next day we chatted and became friends very quickly.
But I was having problems with my mental health. She was there to talk. I was also there to support her.
I mean to say that before this I used to believe that I couldn’t make friends because I was an introvert. But I realized that friends exist like a handful of people made in heaven for us.
I used to think that I was forever doomed to be depressed and that I was indeed in deep depression. But friends made me realize that miracles exist.
The second thing is my privilege.
I am very privileged. My parents have money, and I am loved and I am intelligent enough to read dense philosophical books, I also have ambitious genes, I can introspect, I am a sensitive person, I am a Libra, and my parents own their flat, etc. I am born in India where great leaders like B. R. Ambedkar, Sidhu and Kanu, Birsa Munda, Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, etc were born.
I am very privileged.
The story I want to share for the privilege is of my sister. She always put the right thoughts in my head. I am a naive person. And she always inspired me. She is a true leader and she taught me to be grateful for my privileged.
One day when I was young about 15 years old many years ago(I’m 22 now), I didn’t know much about the #metoo movement. I made a very rash statement to her about #metoo. And she scolded me and told me the facts.
I learnt to respect women and have a realistic perspective from my sister. I told you I was privileged. I am truly lucky!
The third thing is God.
I am listening to a song called “I Bet You Don’t Curse God” by Christina Grimmie right now. It’s a beautiful song!
Through thick and thin, through my psychosis, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. God is the reminder and fact that kept me going.
This story is about my philosophy tuition teacher madam R.
On the first day of my philosophy tuition year when I was in a Philosophy course in college, she asked me if I believed in God? I at first said a diplomatic answer, neither yes nor no.
Then she asked me this. “What is God to you?”
I still remember what I answered.
I said,” I think God is what remains when everything is stripped from existence and nothing remains. Then what remains is God.“
What I meant when saying this, I don’t know to date. Because it’s a feeling to me.
Madam R said,” You alone deserve to study Philosophy.”
What I meant to tell you through this story is not to brag about me. But to tell you that God is the reminder and the fact.
It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to. What matters is faith.
I am naturally more of a doubt guy than a faith guy. But life has reminded me to have faith over and over again.
I still get frustrated when something bad happens to me. But I also always look for the feeling when I say “I think God is what remains when everything is stripped from existence and nothing remains. Then what remains is God.”
By the way, I stole the idea from a song from the music “Kun Faya” from the Bollywood movie “Rockstar”. I don’t want to take credit. But I say it only because I strongly believe and feel its truth and that’s what happened when I said it to madam R.
So to summarize, the 3 things I am grateful to God for are:
2. My privilege
So thank you for reading this blog post. A question for you: What are you grateful for today? You don’t have to tell me why. Just mention three points.