We have entered that time of year where expressing our gratitude is not only acceptable but almost expected. It’s nice that we’ve set aside a season for tuning in to and expressing the heart’s appreciation for people, places and events. No doubt many of you have already started the process of letting people know what and for whom you are grateful. I wonder though, how many of you have taken the time to be grateful for yourself and the contributions that you have made to the lives of others.
We are taught that a sign of humility is to slough off our own accomplishments and good deeds, contributing quietly to the betterment of our society. I believe that there is a significant difference between boasting and acknowledging. If we don’t acknowledge the blessings we bring then we lose sight of who we are and of what is important to us. We then get bogged down in the “shoulds,” “could haves” and “need tos” that are so draining. We wonder why no one notices the contributions we do make and we begin to feel like what we do is never enough.
I would suggest that if we all take time to be grateful for ourselves and for our contributions then we won’t need so much validation from others. I believe we will be more solid in our cores and we will be stronger in our convictions. And if we can adequately appreciate ourselves then appreciating others takes no effort at all.
Your smile may have made the difference in the lives of many people but if you take it for granted then you are overlooking one of your best assets. If you have the ability to easily say kind words and make someone feel better that is a gift that needs self-appreciation. Perhaps you have the ability to see the big picture when others around you cannot — be grateful for that too. Your hard work for your favorite charity might feel uplifting while you do it, but also take the time to love yourself for giving in this way.
I hope that you will take a few moments and write down why you are grateful for you! If you feel comfortable, please give that gratitude a voice and share it here.