Don’t look down on others – instead find reasons to be grateful

“We judge others instantly by their clothes, their cars, their appearance, their race, their education, their social status. The list is endless. What gets me is that most people decide who another person is before they have even spoken to them. What’s even worse is that these same people decide who someone else is, and don’t even know who they are themselves.”

― Ashly Lorenzana

What does it say about a person who continually puts down others who lack the good fortunes that they do? Now I’m not speaking about those who abuse our system or have no idea what financial responsibility truly means.

I’m speaking about those who find themselves continually plagued by life’s struggles – those who have a heart of gold and a spirit that radiates hope, but lack the “luck” so many of us fail to realize is often a part of anyone’s success.

While yes, we can control our own destiny to a point, the reality of life is that some people, typically wonderful people, find themselves with a dark cloud hovering overhead.

For me I don’t judge these individuals, but rather admire them. They have more courage and strength than I think I could ever have – enduring more hardships and making more sacrifices for others than most of us ever will.

They know the value of a dollar and the simple necessities we take for granted every day. They know what it means to be humble – appreciating even the smallest blessings their lives have been bestowed. They have no ego or need to feel dominant over others, instead they are kind and respectful to everyone they encounter.

During this holiday season, don’t be one of those individuals who looks down upon others who are less fortunate – waiving a judgmental finger. Instead, be grateful and unpretentious for all your life has afforded you financially, physically and even emotionally.

While we’ve all had to endure our share or struggles during our lifetime, some know what it truly means to live a life in complete and utter gratitude.