2 years ago I wrote a blog post on Gratitude.
Gratitude for the good fortune I had been blessed with, gratitude for purpose in my life, gratitude for my love of travel and photography and the amazing opportunities it was affording me.
In the 2 years since I wrote that post I have learned that having gratitude for the challenging times in life is just as important as having gratitude for the happy times.
Each challenging time leaves us better than it found us.
It is through these times that we grow and learn life’s lessons that serve us well for the challenging and happy times ahead.
Do we like challenging times? Possibly not.
Could we do without them? Possibly.
Would we then grow? Possibly not.
As I type this blog post I’m grateful for all the challenging times that made me who I am today.
I’m grateful to everyone who deceived me as you gave me strength to leave unhealthy situations and made me more aware that unfortunately not everyone is sincere and genuine.
I’m grateful to anyone who stood in the way of my dreams (that should possibly be tried to stand in the way!), you taught me that there are many paths to fulfilling your dreams. I’m ok with whatever route is required. As one of my favourite Chinese proverbs says ‘The journey is the reward’!!
I’m grateful to everyone who told me ‘you can’t’, ‘you won’t’, ‘it’s not possible’ ‘you will fail’- you taught me to believe in myself and my place in this world, you taught me to find the strength to believe I can, I will, everything is possible and yes I fail but I bounce back as quick as I fail which brings me to another of my favourite Chinese proverbs ‘Down seven times, up eight times’.
I’m grateful to everyone who tried to change me, show me a different way, guide me down a different path, you helped me learn I am perfect just the way I am and I am well capable of choosing my own path thanks very much!
I’m grateful to everyone who treated me unfairly and criticised me- you instilled in me a resilience that knows no boundaries. This resilience has stood to me in my personal and professional life and helped to ensure I always stuck up for myself, my beliefs and my values even when that made me unpopular. I’d rather be disliked for being myself than be liked for being somebody I am not.
Online trolls who have nothing better to do than criticise and judge…I’m not hugely grateful for you but I’ll mention you nonetheless – you have taught me how to be patient and with some self restraint helped me see the wisdom in the Dalai Lama’s words ‘An eye for an eye and we are both blind’!
I’m grateful to everyone in my life who would never, not in a million years, treat me in any of the ways above, my soulmate, my treasured family, my incredible friends and colleagues, you are all 100% AMAZING!!!!!
I’m grateful to mentors who have helped me see the wood from the trees in difficult times and continue to fill my life with their wisdom, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Robin Sharma among many others.
What are you grateful for today?
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