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My Biggest Reason To Be Grateful


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“I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”- Alex Elle

I knew that I wanted to talk about reasons why I am grateful, but I also knew that I didn’t want to do the ever so cliche ’30 Days of Thankfulness’ for the month of November either. Perhaps it’s just me (maybe I am the crazy one here), but it seems that those writings have become THE thing to do and many times, the lists that I read have become generic. The popularity of it has caused it to lose it’s effectiveness. Not to mention, gratitude, at least for me, is a sense of discipline, a way for me to learn, and the best journey of growth in my life.

With that being said, I did a bit of soul searching to really dig deep and find the things that I am TRULY grateful for. For me, that meant finding appreciation for the smaller and more complex things in life.

–BIGGEST–

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE STRUGGLES!

When we hear that word ‘struggle,’ it often makes us cringe and want to cower in a corner somewhere, hiding from what we perceive to be an impending doom. Lol why though?
Just like taxes and death being the only two GUARANTEES in our lives, struggles keep the score so close that they could almost be a guarantee as well. I don’t care who you are – wealthy or poor, gorgeous or insecure, able or disabled – you are human, you are not invisible nor untouchable to struggles in your life. I’m not only talking about the huge extravagant life-changing struggles, but also the smallest ones! 

~HERE’S A LITTLE GLIMPSE~

For the longest time, I had a serious problem with cooking. I would literally burn water!! Yes, you heard that right- burn water! I almost threw my hands up, called it quits, and ate the tastiest fast food for the rest of my life! (LOL!) That was until I picked up a cookbook that my Italian grandmother had and gave it a go. With a bit of persistence and a whole heck of a lot of trial and error, I’m proud to say that I am now a cooking fool AND I ACTUALLY LOVE IT! For that struggle, I am grateful!!

Even more, it’s super stressful to us when we end up with car troubles. Whether it be an issue with the engine or a simple flat tire, being stuck on the side of the road is one of the most embarrassing, anxiety filled times we can encounter. Fortunately for me, I grew up building racing cars with my father and doing so has only made me more intrigued and wanting to learn everything under the sun about doing repair work on my vehicles. For that struggle and lesson, I am grateful!!

❤ Life Is A Beautiful Struggle! ❤

Struggles are truly the backbone to who we are today. Learning to appreciate the them and use it to your advantage for growth, is absolutely essential. Struggle allows us to understand ourselves better, our limitations, and our potential.

Struggles are a good thing and for them, I am truly grateful!! Stay humble and always be grateful!!


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32 thoughts on “My Biggest Reason To Be Grateful

  1. I am facing a lot of struggles right now, and I am truly thankful that I have stumbled across your post! Thanks for reminding me that I will not get to my destination without crossing the struggles!

    1. I am glad that I could be a help Marie! 😁

  2. I agree that life is a beautiful struggle and it is important that we never give up. It is wonderful that despite wanting to throw the towel in, you were able to find that you are now able to cook and are much more positive about it. Well done!

    1. Lol thank you! 😉

  3. I definitely think we all need to focus more on the things that we are grateful for. The struggles we go through in life make us the person we are today. I think these posts are a great idea to think about the things to be thankful for.

  4. This is great. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I learnt so much from my strghlrs, small and big, that I think I actually became a better person thank to them. I’m the last 16 months I literally had a breakthrough, overcoming so many obstacles and learnt how to truly appreciate every aspect of life.

    1. Very proud of you Paola! 😉

  6. I agree, most people see struggles as a bad thing, and while some are some struggles are the most wonderful life changing struggles you’ll ever face but they have the greatest of results. It’s all a matter of perception.

    1. Absolutely agree!

  7. Struggles are indeed the stepping stones that brought us here today. Struggles keep us strong and to the ground. Struggles should always be taken with a positive attitude and it is just a matter of time and circumstances, and then you realize how important they were and whatever you are today is because of them.

  8. Sometimes we just need to rest our mind to overcome stress! I think struggles are our challenges in life, most of the time my struggles are good, it’s life changing for me.

    1. I completely agree Courtney! I think the key to it is making challenges an exciting thing and to not look at the struggles as something that hinders us 😊

  9. Life is so unexpected that it can be a struggle sometimes. But that is what makes it interesting and help us grow up and become better persons. There are so many things I am grateful for at the moment that the list would be too long!

  10. Life has so many struggles that we need to face. I’m grateful for this article, in every struggle don’t give up and keep moving on. These struggles in life make us stronger.

  11. That Alex Elle quote sums up my opinion perfectly. I always say that the unpleasant things and hardships we have to face, help us to prepare for something infinitely better that’s coming our way.

  12. I’ve been struggling with a lot. Pain, loss, poverty. But through it all, I’m thankful that my children are healthy. We are taken care of. And we are together.

  13. I agree, I believe that being grateful is a very sensitive and positive attribute a person could have. 30 Days of Thankfulness would be something that I would look forward, this can be a help to a habit forming and good thing for everyone to acquire.

  14. I’m going through lots of struggles right now ! But in the same way I’m very grateful for all these struggles it makes a bolder and stronger person
    Being grateful and thankful is the best a person can be 😊

  15. Love this!! I’m actually super grateful for all my struggles. They’ve changed and shaped me and have taught me so much, even though at moments they’ve been painful. Glad more people see struggles as something to be thankful for.

  16. The struggles which i faced have only made me what I am today..it is impossible to see strength if u havent seen struggles

  17. I really do try to be positive and grateful throughout my day, even though things don’t always go the way I want them to…Sometimes life really does not smile back to you. But just hang in there with a positive attitude and a grateful heart!

  18. I try to find somethign to be truly grateful every day. It can be small things like enjoyng the raysof sun in traffic lights.

  19. I am completely grateful for all my struggles as I honestly believe that’s what brought me to my current state of life, which is beautiful. Today I’m grateful for your article and throwing some insights on my journey. 🙂

  20. I am grateful for everything in my life and for what is coming my way. When I got rid of negative things and people in my life, it was so much easier to appreciate all the little things in life.

  21. This is a really good idea. I think it’s important to think about what you are grateful for in order to put things in perspective.

  22. I totally agree with you, It’s very important to practice to be grateful to everything that happens to you good or bad!

  23. It is so important to never give up, even though it may be difficult.

  24. A sincere sharing of yours. Life is like a struggle and we need to bravely overcome all that. I saved your post. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I think this is so important! It is so easy to focus on what’s not working in our lives but totally changes our mental health by thinking positive!

  26. such a great outlook on life! thank you for giving me a boost today!

  27. The struggles build character and makes you stronger than yesterday!

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