On Being Grateful

Count your blessings, they said.

Looking back, I have been blessed with a lot of happiness. Surrounded by people who care, having access to free education, opportunity to start my career as soon as I graduate. And I don’t think I have been grateful enough.

It is the basic nature of human, to always seek out for more, wanting to have more, sometimes beyond our own capability. Finding contentment is never easy.

Mr. Arwin Rasyid, CEO of CIMB Niaga, once told me that to have an ambition is one thing, and to be an ambitious man is another thing. There is a fine line between having an ambition and being ambitious. Being ambitious, he further explained, is dangerous as one might never be satisfied with what one has. An insatiable hunger for success, for victory, will only lead us to unfulfilled and colorless life.

The ability to be grateful is underrated. It is arguably one of the most important traits one should possess in order to live a peaceful life.

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