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Gratitude starts with you

The very essence of gratitude lies in recognising the value of what we have.

That sounds obvious, yet so many take for granted the lives that they have while yearning for a life that feels out of reach.

The moment we long for something that isn’t there, we risk taking for granted that which is there.

When we focus on what we don’t have, we’ll be focused on the shortcomings and flaws of what we do have.

This applies to both people and things.

We grow distracted by what we believe we deserve when we don’t trust those around us to be concerned about what we need.

That lack of trust is due to many reasons, most of which relate to how we see ourselves.

But, most importantly, the underlying expectation that accompanies such a focus on what we believe we deserve means that we feel betrayed each time we don’t get what we need.

Expectation, by default, carries with it a sense of entitlement. That’s why we feel betrayed when our expectations are not met.

But back to gratitude. If you look at what you get from others, and you assume that it’s simply their duty or obligation to provide it, then you won’t appreciate the blessing contained in what they provide, regardless of their reasons for providing it.

That’s how we become ungrateful without meaning to.

That’s how life becomes transactional.

That’s how happiness and peace becomes elusive.

It always starts with you.

Own Your Life.

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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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