Above, I have taken you through two distinct walks of “calamities” that serve simply as a reminder. Those are not even a percent of the primary and secondary events I or even you may have come across over the past year. The two abstracts illustrate a fine line between the disasters some face, while the convenient life that others are blessed with. It is absurd how those who have undergone the former are usually the one’s who are much more thankful than those who live the convenient life presented in the latter.
Naturally, we as humans have a propensity to be ungrateful. We have a deficiency in the attribute of gratitude. Essentially when we experience a situation that we are not content with and desire for more such as materialistic possessions, we tend to compare ourselves to those who are blessed with it all. However, what we must do instead is compare ourselves to those who are unfortunate and lack it all. It is crucial to remind ourselves that there are others in this world that are experiencing a far worse phenomena than we are undergoing. I utilize this perception to help me foster the attribute of gratitude. For example, when I had encountered failure in a test during university despite my diligence invested into the preparation of it, I would remind myself that life goes on and there are some individuals who unfortunately don’t have education embellished in their fate (the comparison may seem like a paradox but in reality, it certainly helps me overcome any pessimism I hold). It is essential to comprehend that one must be thankful towards what we have as we may not even be experiencing half the pain that others in this world are going through. Thus, I bid thee adieu with some of my favorite words that remind us of the power of
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie
This blog post was written by Isra Ikram (CPPA Connect, Mentee)