Gratitude Before Blessings

Michael Atkins
4 min readMay 17, 2021

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

The path to success is not always a somber one. It’s not all suffering, fighting, striving, and giving it your all. You will encounter moments of rest and serenity too.

There’s enough fun and laughter to go around to help your heart expand and for your spirit to be happy. There is also an excellent response for blessings received already and for those you have yet to get.

Gratitude is a worthy answer to the gift of creation.

When you can write or even just see the world in vivid colors, you are blessed.

You should be thankful for it.

We all want something. We’ve all lost something. We all love something. Some let themselves be guided by their passions, while others take the rational route. Some choose to hug an illusion, others a dream, and on their loneliest nights, they feel empty, weak, and scared, while others decide to take action. They create, build, enhance and evolve.

But the secret is to figure out what is enough, to realize when you have enough. The task at hand is to appreciate what you have, not after you’ve lost it, but at the moment that it’s already yours.

It’s in our nature to take things for granted. We grow complacent with things or people. We never seem to realize the extraordinary when it happens to us.

We only see the value of what we have after we’re close to losing it.

It’s been several years since I started my own business. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work on numerous projects. Some were good, some were not so good.

I’ve inspired people to take action when they didn’t feel like it and when they couldn’t see the point in doing so. I have changed things for them, in one way or another. For that, I am thankful.

I am always grateful for the opportunity to touch people’s lives. I have helped many people and in return, without realizing it, they have helped me.

These opportunities have changed me. I used to be the guy who got confused by even the slightest setback. I got angry when things…

Michael Atkins

Technologist and life-long language learner. Speaks fluent Japanese and Indonesian among other languages. Inspiring the world through love of language learning