Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

I wanted to write a personal blog today about what I find meaningful and true.

Like most of my blogs, my life is a lot about work. I love working as a photographer. I like to work hard and make sure I am always one step ahead of everybody else. I never stop wanting to improve my skills and overcome anything that stands in my way.

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In this journey of being one among the best, being grateful is sometimes forgotten.

 Gratitude is one of the important characteristics a person can possess. It means being thankful and showing appreciation. It is acknowledging and appreciating all that we have been given. It is also one of the values I sometimes struggle with.

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In my endeavour to be successful I often forget to accept everything good that I already have. I wake up every morning feeling unsatisfied with my progress, desiring more, when I should just wake up happy. My mornings comprise of making a check-list of the tasks I want to complete that day when I should be living in the moment, being thankful for the gift of one more day.

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I wonder, do I really want to be this competitive? At what cost do I want to reach my goals? I don’t always like the answers to these questions and that’s when I know I have to be calm and learn to be grateful for what I have. I need to find happiness in every thing- big or small- that I have and in what I am. It may seem easy to some, but for me it’s one of the most difficult things to do. It takes time to train your mind to accept and practice gratitude; it is more than just values, it is a habit. These days I am trying to do that by complimenting or encouraging each person that I meet, and even myself. I am learning to be less critical and more appreciative.

 This is the path I’m on- from being pedantic to being grateful.

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