Practicing Gratitude

When was the last time you practiced gratitude?

I’ll wait…

Most of the time, when we speak about practicing gratitude, we think about being grateful for things other than ourselves. Yes, that is great! We should be thankful for the people and things we have in our lives. I think it is vital to tell the people you love and appreciate them. Writing cards, sending emails, and calling or texting are just a few of the ways you can reach out to someone you love and let them know you care for them and appreciate them.

Personally, I think the above is the easy part of practicing gratitude. I am so good at practicing that kind of gratitude. I write handwritten cards thanking people when they go out of their way for me, I keep in contact with my friends and family by reaching out every so often, and I try hard to make sure people know I appreciate them.

I am not here to talk about that today. Again, that is the easy part of practicing gratitude. I am here to talk about practicing self-gratitude.

When is the last time you congratulated yourself for achieving your goals? When is the last time you told yourself you were enough?

This is where I struggle. This is what I work on every day of my life. This is my biggest hurdle in life.

Westley, you are enough.

Westley, you are doing a great job.

Westley, you are fabulous.

Friends, thank yourself. Reward yourself. Be kind to yourself.

You are enough.

You are doing a great job.

You are fabulous.

Westley Hodges (they/them)
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