Appreciation and gratitude

Personal development

First article I wanted to write on my site is about appreciation. The reason why is because I’m pretty certain that without firstly appreciating all the things, circumstances and people in your life, you can’t develop a positive attitude which is necessary for growth.
No matter how dim or sad or discouraging your circumstances may look to you now, you should always try finding their positive aspect and express your gratefulness for them.

We all had our ups and downs in our life, but it’s that life energy that is in every living being that push us every time and make us pick ourselves up every time we fail.

Always find, even the smallest positive thing, and focus on it. If only thing positive that you can find is the fact that you’re still breathing, be grateful for that.
Do not stop at expressing gratefulness for positive things. Go further and look at some hard experiences and try to find a bigger reason behind them. Be grateful for negative experiences, they made you stronger and lead to your growth.

One of my favorite T-shirts is a US Marines T-shirt with a print on the back that says:
“Pain is weakness leaving the body”

Be also grateful for obstacles in front of you, they are opportunities for development. They are opportunities for going to the next level.

Express gratefulness every day when you wake up. Think of all the positive things in your life and be grateful for them.

Turn this into a habit and make a daily ritual out of it. Every morning when you wake up and every night before going to bed is a good time for expressing your appreciation.

Also, every time you notice that a negative feeling is starting to grow in your mind, you can stop it by consciously focusing on positive things and appreciating them.

I’ve read a great quote once, unfortunately I haven’t wrote it down so I can only paraphrase it:
One who is not content with what he has now, shall feel miserable even when he conquers the world.

I think that Marcus Aurelius stands behind this thought, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Let me finish with another quote, for which I’m certain that is from Marcus Aurelius:

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”

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