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Do you appreciate you?

When we surrender to what we believe was preordained for us, we give up our ability to influence its outcomes.

That giving up creates a self-fulfilling prophecy by allowing things to progress in its current path without any effort to disrupt it, convincing us that we were right about it being preordained.

For this reason, we sometimes allow relationships to degrade to a point of no return because we were convinced that our input or contribution would not change what appeared to be inevitable.

Gratitude is critical in this process.

Not gratitude for what we have when we’re faced with loss, but gratitude for what we are capable of when faced with challenges.

Sometimes, when you take yourself for granted during your moments of ease, you’ll find yourself forced to dig deep and connect with who you are in moments of strife.

That period of taking yourself for granted is what contributed in some meaningful way towards the strife that followed.

While we will never know with certainty what to expect from others, we must connect with mindfulness to what the consequences of our choices are, or will be.

This mindfulness is only possible when we acknowledge the value of who we are.

That acknowledgement is the root of gratitude, or ingratitude, depending on whether we appreciate who we are, or judge ourselves harshly for supposedly not being good enough.

You cannot nurture, maintain, or grow something if you don’t connect with the value that it offers.

Thus, when you lack gratitude for who you are and what positive attributes and traits you possess, you will be incapable of contributing meaningfully towards the upliftment of your life and the lives of those around you.

That is how the victim mindset slowly sets in, leaving us to believe that our struggle is a definition of our strength and perseverance, while not realising how much of it is in fact self-imposed because of ingratitude.

It always starts with you.

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