Communication,  Friendship and relationship advice,  Health & wellbeing

Take nothing for granted

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?” ~ from “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell

The opposite of feeling grateful is taking someone or something for granted. Anything worth keeping needs care and attention — because nothing on earth is truly guaranteed. Look at everything you count on in your life right now. What are you taking for granted?

At home, do you maintain and appreciate the things you own?

On the job, do you keep enhancing your value to the company?

Do you assume that your family relationships or close friendships are automatically secure and therefore don’t need any extra effort or attention?

If we neglect what we value, or continue to live on old assumptions, we’ll eventually suffer the consequences of taking too much for granted. ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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