A famous writer was in his study room. He picked up his pen and started writing:

**Last year, I had a surgery and my gall bladder was removed. I had to stay stuck to the bed due to this surgery for a long time.

**The same year I reached the age of 60 years and had to give up my favourite job. I had spent 30 years of my life in this publishing company.

**The same year I experienced the sorrow of the death of my father.

**And in the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car accident. He had to stay in bed at hospital with the cast on for several days. The destruction of car was another loss.

At the end he wrote: Alas! It was such bad year!!

When the writer's wife entered the room, she found he husband looking sad lost in his thoughts. From behind his back she read what was written on the paper. She left the room silently and came back with another paper and placed it on side of her husband's writing.

When the writer saw this paper, he found this written on it:

**Last year I finally got rid of my gall bladder due to which I had spent years in pain.

**I turned 60 with sound health and got retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write something better with more focus and peace.

**The same year my father, at the age of 95, without depending on anyone or without any critical condition met his Creator.

**The same year, God blessed my son with a new life. My car was destroyed but my son stayed alive without getting any disability.

At the end she wrote:

This year was an immense blessing of God and it passed well!!

See!!

The same incidents but different viewpoints. If we ponder with this viewpoint that what could have happened more, we would truly become thankful to the Almighty.

Moral : In daily lives we must see that its not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

Stay Blessed 

From India, Bangalore
Hello S.R Balaji,
Welcome again for the second thread in your come back trail,
A very good study in contrast as we see two sides of the same coin.
The husband thought IT WAS WORSE.
The wife felt IT WAS BETTER than WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN STILL WORSE.
A tale of PESSIMISM Vs OPTIMISM !!!
V.Raghunathan

From India
Dear Sri S.R Balaji,
Very good anecdote with appealing moral.
We keep on aspiring for new things all the time without contentment.
Contentment comes with a balanced mind.
Age old example can be quoted again as to how one sees the things.
'A GLASS IS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY'.
It depends on the attitude of the individual.
V.Raghunathan

From India
A Very nice article which reiterates the truth of being Contended.
As a human we always wish for more and more,but one learn to be satisfied !!! truly an amazing post :)
Life needs to be accepted as it is and we got to strongly believe that " everything happens for our good and cause"
Swapna

From India, Mumbai
Hello Balaji Sir,
Thanks for such inspiring story. I am an assistant hr in a small IT company & every Monday I send such inspiring write ups to my employees.
In advance Happy New Year To All.
Regards,
Sarita

From India, Mumbai
Dear All,
If you want to earn more, be a successful person- look at Rich & successful persons. Study them- how they did i. Work hard, do smart work and then if you don't get it do not become unhappy or curse yourself. Then look at those people who don't have even one tenth of what you have. Thank God for all that you have blessed. Have a gratitude for that.

From India, Vadodara

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