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Are you grateful for you?

Whenever asked about gratitude, the inevitable response is one that is focused on everything we have around us.

Sometimes, we consider our health and our skills.

At other times we recognise the value of things not being as bad as they could have been.

And we convince ourselves that this is being grateful.

But how often do we stop to contemplate gratitude for the traits and attributes that we have which makes our appreciation of all of that possible?

How often do we stop to appreciate the essence of who we are, and the tough and selfless choices that we made under difficult circumstances, when we could easily have taken the selfish or easy way out?

This is not about judging the choices that we’ve made, but about recognising how we still showed up, with conviction, to do our best to make something good out of a bad situation.

You cannot nurture that which you don’t acknowledge to be true. So how are you going to nurture the value of who you are, if your gratitude is only focused on what you have?

Striking a balance between selfishness and gratitude for the self is what makes the difference between being defined by your struggles in life, versus defining the outcomes of the struggles of your life.

You won’t be able to determine the difference if you lack gratitude for who you are, and what your contribution is towards improving the state of your life, and the lives of those around you.

The next time you contemplate what you’re grateful for, be sure to include yourself in that moment of reflection.

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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. Dreamer9177

    Something that we obviously overlook, thanks for reminding me.

    1. Zaid Ismail

      Happy to hear that it resonates with you.

      1. Dreamer9177

        It truly does. Thank you

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