Today is the traditional day of the year when we give thanks for our lot in life. For our family and friends, home, job,health...etc.
In my own life I've found that regular sessions of thanks or gratitude have really opened up the beauty that life can be.
I find that not only having gratitude for all the things we deem 'nice' but also for all the people/things that we feel have given us challenges is important for us to move along in our growth as fully functioning humans.
It's those tough situations/people that have taught me valuable lessons in patience and forgiveness among other attributes. I've found it easier to put my experiences in perspective of how they shaped my life...to thank those that forced me to learn the tougher lessons.
In the end we all do the best we know how, the best we were taught by our siblings/parents/and other family members while we were in our formative years. In addition to this familial learning we also add in our extra-familial experiences and learnings that form how we are as mature (more or less) adults.
Hopefully today you'll take the moment to give thanks to all those (whether you judge the experience as positive or negative) that have impacted your life. And tomorrow....and the next day....and so forth.
Gratitude or giving thanks is one of the most powerful tools we have for our own growth.
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