Welcome to the 6th Day of the Gratitude Challenge 2019. Today, I’ve decided to rewind clocks once again and marvel at the beauty of time and how it can make everything better.
Another trip down memory lane
During the Easter holidays, I found myself with a bit of time on my hands and wondered how best I could utilise it. I wanted to do something different, something worthwhile. Being at rest allowed me to dig deeper into website design and performance issues. As some of you already know, I didn't know anything about websites when I went on my writing journey, learnt everything from scratch.
Some of the issues I discovered during my break made me cringe; some made me laugh. I'm so thankful that I'm now in a position to recognise and describe problems and deal with some of them accordingly. I've gone on a steep learning curve, and when I glance back, I'm grateful that time has been kind to me.
I may not be where I want to be, but I know what it's taken to stand up and be counted! The newbie in me has been celebrating that some articles have been getting a few nodes from Google for competitive keywords. I almost threw a party when I discovered that one of my favourite articles shows up in the top 10, out of nearly 36 million results! I'm grateful that time has allowed me to grow, learn, make mistakes, recover, and appreciate the progress made so far.
Be grateful for every little progress
So many times, we are critical of ourselves when we are not at par with the ‘winners’. We forget about the numerous journeys we’ve made to be present. We get to a marathon race, ready to compete with others who’ve had support, years of experience under their belts, expert training and top of the range equipment. We see the glitz and feel sorry for ourselves, and maybe start focusing on what we lack. We immediately become disheartened and forget that YOU being called to compete is a testimony of hard work and perseverance.
Give thanks for the progress you’ve made so far! Don’t forget about who you used to be. Maybe you don’t have the best car in the parking lot, but remember a time when you couldn’t afford to buy a bus ticket. Can you afford to buy decent clothes? Remember how you used to wear hand-me-downs. Maybe you’re single, and everyone around you seems to be blissfully married. Don’t forget how you used to cry yourself to sleep when you were in a relationship that destroyed your joy and happiness.
Perhaps you have nothing to show for your progress, but remember how many times you fell, got back up, took another blow, and scrambled to get up again. You even spent some time lying on the ground, in a daze. Still, you found the strength to get up again while others were already making significant strides in their careers or other areas. Be thankful that you stand firm, ready to make your first steps. You might look like a joke compared to those who’ve been in the game for a long time, but be thankful for your new beginnings.
I certainly am.
On this day, why not take a moment to reflect on your past and the challenges you've met along the way? You'll be amazed by the progress you've made so far. I hope you'll celebrate every fall, every bruise, every delay, and every detour. You're stronger and wiser, be thankful!
As we talk progression, remember that sometimes, it's not about where you should be, but what you've been through and how far you've had to travel to get to where you are.
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