Today’s Gem of Gratitude #11

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Today I am thankful for second chances. It’s often hard for most people to accept the fact that they made a mistake in some way, shape or form. And I think that what makes it so hard to accept is not having the opportunity to rectify the situation. In many instances the opportunity to rectify a situation-gone-wrong is simply not available, either because the people involved will not permit it, or a viable recourse for rectification just does not exist beyond the extension of apologies and the exhibition of feelings of remorse.

However, on certain occasions, second chances do present themselves, and they should not be wasted. When a person receives a second chance, a chance to truly rectify a situation and make a 180-degree turn, it should not be wasted or made light of in any regard. When someone or a situation presents you with a second chance it is a reminder to you that someone cares for you, whether that person be the one involved in the situation, someone on the outskirts of the situation, or God; someone cares enough for you to provide you with the opportunity to correct your mistake.

And taking advantage of a second chance does not mean that you are weak, that anyone is better than you, nor that you are necessarily admitting that you are the only one to blame. It means that you not only care about yourself, but that you care about the other people involved, and that you are committed to doing the right thing, no matter the circumstances.

Now, I am fairly certain that most people have not thought about the idea of having a second chance in this manner, but that demonstrates one of the benefits of people being different: they have different perspectives. And whatever your perspective on this is, I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities for second chances that come your way. For those of you who already make a habit of doing this, thank you for showing your love in this way; it really does make the world a better place. To those of you who are not quite there yet regarding this, perseverance is key; being faithful in this regard will certainly yield a greater reward than you could ever imagine. #lovebythedrop

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