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#HighlySensitivePeople: Do you take things for granted?

As human beings, we have a natural tendency to take things for granted. Our brains are hardwired to focus our attention on things that aren’t going well and ignore the things that are. We forget to celebrate and honor the good things.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. This holiday pays tribute to the courageous soldiers who fought to protect the freedoms that Americans enjoy. It’s a time to honor those who lost their lives as well as all to thank all those who have or are serving. Unfortunately this time of remembrance and respect sometimes gets lost, and people don’t remember the sacrifices that these brave soldiers made.

Family vacations, Memorial Day sales in retail stores, going down the seashore, and barbecues symbolize the beginning of summer. It’s a shame that something as important as the true spirit of Memorial Day gets taken for granted. It’s fine to enjoy the day, but we should all at least offer of moment of silence or a prayer a thanks.

Thus, I’d like to acknowledge the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives so others could live better ones. I’d also like to offer my condolences to the surviving family members and friends. I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all veterans and active duty soldiers. Thank you for your service!

As highly sensitive people, we may lament how we suffer during the bad times, but just as our high sensitivity can make the bad times worse, it also enhances our good feelings. Today, I took time to really reflect upon how grateful I am to our soldiers. It was sad to think of the sacrifices the soldiers made, but it felt really good to experience my deep gratitude and to send them messages of appreciation. I know it’s something I should do more often.

Can you think of other things that you take for granted? Are there ways that you can bring more gratitude in your life? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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