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It starts and ends with gratitude

Many struggle with achieving a sense of fulfilment in their lives because they have yet to appreciate, with sincerity, the value that they hold within themselves.

We only make ourselves truly available in a relationship, romantic or otherwise, if we believe that who we are will be valued by others.

The irony is that gratitude for who we are is needed before we see fit to share anything of ourselves with others, while sharing the same is the first step towards experiencing the gratitude of fulfilment.

Such conundrums are common in our efforts to live a life of purpose.

Purpose is not found in the acquisition of valuables for ourselves, but rather in the creation of value for others.

I think in there lies the secret to experiencing any sense of peace in this lifetime.

When we protect ourselves from the possibility of rejection, we deny ourselves the very fulfilment we need to feel complete, and therefore create opportunities for bitterness or regret to take hold in our lives.

It all starts with gratitude, and fulfilment is sealed with gratitude.

Be grateful for how your journey shaped you into who you are, so that you stop holding others accountable for your happiness.

[This was a difficult thought process to articulate. Hope it makes sense.]

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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  1. Imani


    Slmz u couldn’t have said it better. Thank you so much for this insert.

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