Taking It For Granted

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‘It’s funny, but have you ever noticed that the more special something is, the more people seem to take it for granted? It’s like they think it won’t ever change.’
Nicholas Sparks

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To take something for granted; to expect someone or something to be always available to serve in some way without thanks or recognition; to value someone or something too lightly.

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We can all have an innate tendency to take some things for granted. Often, we overlook the remarkable things that are ingrained in our daily lives.

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When you turn on the tap and water flows, do you know where it comes from? Does it come from a hydro-electric dam 200 km away or an underground well? What would you do if that source became contaminated? Is water being used at a sustainable rate?

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When you go to a supermarket, do you ever look around in awe of the food choices we are given? Nearly every fruit or vegetable is available in every season. You can buy pineapple whole, chopped, sliced, canned, or in jars with other fruit. You name it – it is there. But where did it come from? And most importantly, how would you eat if one day the food was not there?

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Time is an interesting concept because most people don’t realise how much they take time for granted until, that is, they get older. Age has a way of teaching us all about how precious time is and how quickly it passes us by. Where did all of those years go?

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Appreciate what you have today, taking nothing for granted.

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“This is the key to life: To expect everything to be given to you from above, yet to be genuinely surprised and forever grateful, when they are. Expecting all good things to be yours, while not knowing how to take anything for granted. If there may be a key in life, this is the key.”
C. JoyBell C.

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