Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #7

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Today I am thankful for the ability to recognize and appreciate progress, whether it be in my life, in the lives of others, or in society as a whole. As human beings we tend to focus so much of our attention on the things that we deem to be failures rather than successes. We focus on the fact that we have yet to obtain that promotion that we have desired for the past two years, purchase the house of our dreams, marry the love of our life and have two point five children (and that cute little puppy we saw at the shelter last weekend), write our first best selling novel, and make enough money to be able to retire by the age of 40. Though these are all nice goals, they are not the end all and be all when it comes to success. Whether or not you are “successful” is not solely based on whether or not you have accomplished a certain set of goals, though completion of those goals may factor into your assessment of your progress in life.

Oftentimes, while we are focusing on our “failures” and how much progress that we think we should have made by this point in life, we neglect to consider the many positive things that we have accomplished in life, such as starting a newspaper route as a child, graduating from college, painting a house, helping our parents balance their checkbook, developing a new budget for our church, refereeing a football game for the neighborhood children, and the list could go on and on. I am sure that you understand where I am going with this. It is important that we do not allow ourselves to become so focused on the big goals that we forget to appreciate all of our day-to-day successes. After all, imagine how much more wonderful it will be to reach a destination knowing that you have taken the time to enjoy each step of the journey along the way. It is a principle that is just radical enough to change your life for the better.

There are many people who have already grasped this idea and are experiencing the benefits of committing to its pursuit wholeheartedly. For those of you to whom this concept is new, or it merely has yet to be applied in your life, I encourage you to give it a try and then let me know what the results are. #lovebythedrop

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