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Oh what a crazy year! This is one I year I stretched myself; one where I really pushed myself.
With the year steadily drawing to its close, I thought it’d be most fitting to pause, reflect and express my gratitude. Gratitude for all that I have, irrespective of how insignificant these may appear to be.
Earlier this year, I attended a dinner with women in Finance; and one speaker shared some tips on how one can be more attentive and in tune with their thoughts and emotions. She introduced a new habit to us, ‘Yesterday’s Best Thing’.
Yesterday’s Best Thing is an exercise that must be practiced daily; where one reflects on the previous day and acknowledges at least one good thing that happened. This exercise is an encouragement to not only acknowledge the streaks of positivity that each day carries; but also to remind us to remain grateful – despite the hurdles we encounter daily.
We cannot deny the power of regular reflections, or the virtue of gratitude.
We spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what we don’t have. We get caught up in the frustrations of not achieving certain goals, that we forget to be thankful and appreciative of what we have actually achieved. A good friend of mine always says to me, “Celebrate the small milestones and achievements”. I must admit, I haven’t quite mastered this one, I’m still finding my feet in this regard. I am grateful, however, to have people in my life who tap me on the shoulder from time to time and remind me that I am doing just fine.
It is often said that, “a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.” This is a daily reminder to myself that, even though things may not be how I’d like them to be, I have a great deal to be thankful for.
There are various benefits to expressing gratitude, namely:
Gratitude reduces materialism
There is nothing wrong with wanting more, with being ambitious or even being inspired by others and their achievements. The problem creeps in when we start feeling incompetent or inadequate because of what others seem to be achieving. Consequently, our ability to appreciate and enjoy our lives becomes reduced; which could lead to depression. Remain grateful.
Gratitude makes us less self-centered
Lack of gratitude makes us self-centered. Without gratitude, we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about ourselves, and not much about others. Gratitude helps us show compassion and thus allows us to help others.
In closing, I’d like to leave you with this powerful quote by Brian Tracy:
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Love and light.