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Ingratitude breeds ingratitude

When we’re ungrateful for who we are,
When we deny any good in ourselves that others may see,
When we ignore our beauty because there may exist some ugly,
We protect ourselves from attachment to anything wholesome or beautiful in life.

Our need for such protection is a deeply ingrained fear about never being good enough.

Not good enough for the standards that we hope to live up to, nor good enough for what we think we need to be to those around us.

The self loathing ensures that this conversation remains in our heads, and is only expressed as rage or bitterness, or many times, as deliberate ingratitude.

But ingratitude does more than just take our lives for granted.

Ingratitude convinces loved ones that they’re not good enough either.

Ingratitude distorts good intentions into bad motives.

Ingratitude breeds within others what we loathe about ourselves, while convincing us that it harms no one.

Ingratitude is the real root of evil.

It is ingratitude that destroys hope.

It is ingratitude that destroys love.

And it is ingratitude that destroys gentleness.

You cannot give what you don’t have.

When ingratitude for your self takes hold, the sincerity of any gratitude that you hope to express towards others lacks authenticity and leaves them questioning your sincerity.

Ingratitude is a vicious cycle that destroys every good that it touches, and breaks every soul that may once have been whole.

And that’s how peace becomes elusive.

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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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