Struggle ends when gratitude begins

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~Epictetus


It’s a lifelong struggle, isn’t it?

Looking back at an imperfect past, stuck on “if only.”

Looking forward towards an uncertain future, with a wish upon a star.

Shunning the embraces of today, with regret lingering from yesterday and the pang of unrealized hope waiting for tomorrow.

Let us be thankful for the trials of our past, appreciate the promise of tomorrow, and above all cherish the singular moments of today.

Let us be thankful for every moment, for they are but fleeting opportunities to make a difference in our own and others lives.  Do not let these moments vanish without an attempt to make them meaningful.

Let us soak in the abundance of life – friendships and family, experiences and personal passions.

Let us not count the struggles but instead the triumphs.  Let us rejoice that we are here to tell our tale and experience another day.

Let us swipe away thoughts of imperfection and inadequacy and instead be thankful for our scarred and battered souls.  For this is what wisdom is made.

Let us find the courage to love and appreciate ourselves, scars and all.

Let us take stock of each of our personal attributes that are stunning and beautiful and needed, and let us find the courage to share them with the world.

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