The reason that you live is due to the fact that you can think! The fact that you can think, gives you control over your mind. The difference between those who see the world with gratitude and those who see themselves as victims.
The only way we can see ourselves in any capacity, is that we have the capacity to form a thought. Before anything happens, before you decide to either do something or not do something, a thought has to cross your mind. The thoughts are your choice, but the people who have a victim mentality, don't think that they have choices. They think that the world is doing things against them and making things difficult for them.
People who a grateful attitude always seem to think of what they can contribute and create for the goodness of all. Again, they know that they have a choice as to how they choose to see their world. This empowers them to think and to believe that everything is in alignment with their power of thought.
It sounds more complicated than it really is, but someone said that the hardest job in the world to do is to "think". Those who realize this and dedicate some time to this powerful gift of creative thinking will be empowered and smiling for many days to come.
Be an empowered thinker!