I'm grateful this morning to have succeeded at something I have been practicing for over a month. I'm grateful to be filled with pride and confidence at my achievement! I'm grateful to recognize my own gifts and strengths and to accept when they are different than the gifts and strengths of others. So often we compare ourselves to the people around us. One person may be more analytical and one may be quicker to reach the goal. One thing I keep reminding myself is that we are all running a different race. Our goals and paths are different though they are equally valid and important. Often we choose to surround ourselves with the like minded and the ones with similar goals in mind. It helps to validate our own choices and progress. But what if we validated ourselves and stood amongst people on widely varying paths? What different lessons and insights would we gain from this different view? What would we learn if instead of judging each others' paths and views we simply listened and accepted it as their own? I'm grateful for this community that comes together in gratitude from paths that are wide and diverse. I'm grateful to hear your different stories, struggles, and successes that I may or may not be able to understand but that I respect as your own. Today I'm grateful to listen to other ways. I'm grateful to celebrate myself and my successes but also you and yours! What does your path look like? What do you believe?
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.