Personal Development Self Improvement

How to Stop Taking Life for Granted

Motivational Quotes

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Frank Outlaw.

“There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future” – John F. Kennedy.



Life is precious. God has blessed us with life so that we may achieve and enjoy the talents he has given us. So that we may play a part in helping humanity.

The fact that you woke up this morning simply means that you still have a lot to accomplish. God has given you another chance at life. Everyone who has the breath of life has a chance to make it in life.

Stop complaining and stop taking your life for granted. Do what has to be done now otherwise you may live to regret it. Do not postpone what has to be done.

Things can change in an instant. If you keep postponing your ideas to a later date you may not just be there. Who knows when your time on earth will be up?

The best time to implement your ideas and goals is now. It does not matter how old or how young you are, now is the best time. For as long as you have the breath of life you have a chance to succeed.

If you keep pushing your ideas forward you are taking your life for granted thinking that you are in control of your time. Only God almighty knows how much your time is on earth.

Look, time is the only commodity I know that cannot be quantified on a living person. Why? simply because no one knows when they are going to die.

It is also a commodity that is not renewable. Time always moves forward and does not wait for anybody.

We have no absolute control over how long we will live on this earth. Hence we are all visitors and no one is entitled to have more life than the other. No one individual is superior to the other.

Be Grateful

Gratitude is a way of acknowledging and appreciating the gift of life. Whether you like it or not, life is a gift.

Learn to be grateful and you will definitely learn how to not take life for granted.

Especially now with the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic. I believe that it is just right that we are grateful for being alive.

It is time now more than ever to be more grateful and live at peace with one another. Life has taught me to be more appreciative even with the small things.

Complaining does not solve problems, hatred does not help either. But being thankful and cheerful is probably the best medicine for your soul.

You lose nothing by being polite and accommodating to other people. The bible says “do unto others what you want them to do unto you.”

If you want peace, give people peace. If you want happiness, give people happiness. Nature gives you back what you give it.

You will agree with me that the COVID-19 era has made humanity realise that there is a very thin line between life and death. The rate at which we have lost people to the pandemic is very scary.

Worse still it continues to be even more scary as the pandemic seems to have come to stay. This is definitely a good reason to be thankful for being alive and not take life for granted.

Share Is Caring

“Money will not last. Fame will not last. But how you touch others’ lives will always stay behind!”

They say sharing is caring. Don’t we all love to see a happy face?

If you have lived long enough like me, you will definitely understand that we all need each other in one way or the other.

Our lives are intertwined. You may not realise it but we are all one big family. Red, yellow, black, and blue we are all one family.

I believe in sharing what we have. Sharing is the only sure way of creating personal security. Especially amongst family members.

In this part of the world where I come from living in an extended family is what we grew up with it is normal.

Sharing does not always have to be in monetary form. It could just be your time or anything that could add value to some else.

They say one good deed deserves another. You never know what life has to offer to the next person.

Don’t think because you are financially poor that you cannot share.

You were created to contribute positively to the growth of humanity. It is your duty to share what you have.

Help those in Need

“The greatest happiness in the world is in helping the people you don’t know and seeing them happy.” 

In addition to sharing, there will always be someone in need. Again I will say that help does not necessarily have to be in monetary terms.

We all need help in one way or the other. No one can claim to be self-sufficient.

Life demands that we help one another. We are encouraged to be our brother’s keeper according to the bible.

Being a brother’s keeper entails looking out for your brother, which means you cannot run away from rendering help.

There is also something I have learned about helping. It just gives me joy to be of help. It also ensures that I remain relevant in people’s lives.

The more help you render the more relevant you become. You see, help can be in any form and not necessarily giving out money.

Many of us have a wrong notion of giving help. We always think it is all about money. Yes l, I know that many people are in need of financial help.

Enjoy Every Moment of Your Life

Life is too short to be lived with worries. If you want to be happy, give happiness.

Happiness is a decision and it’s entirely your choice. You choose what you want. You decide either to be happy or sad and not in the middle.

Those who live a happy life are more likely to succeed at what they do. Look, nature is neutral, you get what you give it. If you give joy you reap joy.

You can not expect different results from what you are giving. How do you expect to reap what you did not sow?

Enjoy every moment of your life while it lasts. Do everything possible to ensure that you live a joyous life.

You do not want to regret the things you should have done when you had the opportunity.

I know that not all days are the same and that we do not have control over the universe.

But we have control over our own thoughts and deeds. God will hold each and every one of us accountable for our deeds.

I always ask God to help me deal with the things I can change and accept those that I have no control over.

The decisions you make early in the morning have a great influence on how your day pans out.


There is definitely a thin line between life and death as has been experienced in the previous months when the COVID 19 was at its highest. We still have no idea what the future holds and no one has control over our lives except God.