Finally Understanding Gratitude

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” — Anonymous

Trust me, I do have a little experience with this. We all willingly act in a manner that we know is wrong, but we excuse this behavior regardless of how it makes another feel, by believing the excuse that our behavior is excusable because of what we must accomplish. Am I the only one that felt the old gut-wrenching regret after inconsiderately reacting to another’s actions? Usually, it seemed as if this feeling was ignored, but after some time it actually built up and forced me to react to others in a somewhat negative manner. I started to think that the first time I did react in this manner served as validation — which served as validation for the next and the next… was I becoming a modern-day Macbeth? (For those of you who don’t know about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, he was a character filled with nobility and potential to be something great. But his decisions and influences led him to kill, which haunted him for the first time, but after the first time, it became easier and easier for him to kill another person in his way).

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“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” — H.E. Luccock

Sometimes it seems that the only way to truly understand how much one does for you is to not have them there anymore. When that small and seemingly insignificant task is in your hands, you may start to appreciate the role that these kind people played. It’s odd how we sometimes get so caught up with our days that our mind imagines these ideal situations in every case and we expect these situations to become one of those ideal ones. Whenever we do get to finally facing these situations, it may not go as expected — I guess that is the uncertainty of this life, right? So do your best to be kind to others, because the things that we wish to do with our lives don’t always go as expected. Appreciate every person that you meet, be real with them and you may just add a new piece to their soul or they may do the same for you. Be a little crazy, smile at random strangers and ask them how their day is going. Some people may never enjoy talking, but when they are alone with their thoughts, they do tend to think (Trust me, I know). If you can take a moment and realize that your kindness does not need to be reciprocated, your life starts to change a little more because you no longer need kindness to be kind — live that unrequited kindness kind of life.



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René Chunilall

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