“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
There are several benefits of gratitude. Heck, even some of these benefits are scientifically proven. I have never once heard of a drawback associated with gratitude. It just goes to show the tremendous impact gratitude has on your life.
As we come to the end of another year, it is but natural for us to do some reflection in our lives. We have experienced some losses. And some wins. Phew, there were even trials that tested our character and strength in the past year. Some of these trials brought us so much pain, I am sure we sometimes wondered if we will pull through.
I have been through it myself. But I am here now grateful for all the pain and everything in between. But sometimes pain, as hard as it is, is necessary to bring us growth. Pain, when harnessed properly becomes a tool we can use to overcome and excel. But first we have to do the emotional and mental work. And when you do that, you find that you have become a person full of gratitude, humility and strength.
No, I am not saying that you should be grateful for just about anything.
I am saying we should all strive to have that type of intelligent gratitude. Gratitude that put things in perspective and helps us be better versions of ourselves.
So yes, I am deeply grateful for the challenges I have faced in the last year. For they showed me the areas I need to work on to grow and be better. Learning from these challenges have made me better. I am intensely appreciative of my faith and the people who stood by me in the hard times.
Partly due to these trials, I am who I am today. I would not change anything. And you should not either.
May we all endeavor to enter the new year with the right perspective and mindset!
Remember, be sincerely you!