Today’s Gem of Gratitude #261


Today I am thankful for advancement. I think that it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of us want to be successful in life, and that part of what we envision as being a success is the idea of advancement. Some of us want to advance in our work careers, others in our school careers, and yet others in our relationships. And it is fine that our desires as they regard advancement vary as much as they do, because that is part of what makes us all different and unique.

And as I sit here thinking about this topic and how it relates to me, to the people whom I know, and to the world at large, I cannot seem to recall a moment when I have not wanted advancement in some area of my life. More than likely that is the case because I am a person who is innately very driven. I mean, you can ask my mother and she will tell you that I am always working toward something. That’s just how I am wired. I always want to push myself to be a better person, to accomplish more, to experience more. Now, does that mean that I am not satisfied and content with the accomplishments that I have attained? No. But it does mean that I am not okay with thinking that I have accomplished all that I am meant to accomplish, that I have seen all that I am meant to see, and that I have experienced all that I am meant to experience. Because of that, I press on and continue to move forward.

There is something to be said, though, for keeping one’s quest for advancement in check. As many of us have heard, and some of us have come to know through personal experiences, living life at extremes is neither effective nor good for one’s wellbeing. This theory also applies to the idea of advancement. If all that you are living for is advancement, then you are setting yourself up for a life full of disappointment and empty of true fulfillment. And if you are living a life that is completely devoid of a desire to advance then you too are setting yourself up for a life that is full of disappointment and empty of true fulfillment. The sweet spot appears to be somewhere in between the two extremes, where you refrain from allowing yourself to teeter too far in either direction. And there, my dears, rests the challenge. The question is, are you up for it? #lovebythedrop

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