Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elliott Hulse first introduced me to this concept. Asking for difficulty so that you may grow stronger. And being truly grateful for the opportunity to fail forward, learn, and grow from the whole experience.

Everything up this point has led you to your current state. It may not be sunshine and rainbows. And you may be in a depressed state. That’s a place where I’ve been many, many times. It’s hell. But trust me, you CAN get through it. And when you do, you become stronger if you choose to learn from it.

Gratefulness for the depression is a sign of growth. Because without the depressions I’ve been in there wouldn’t be the appreciation of the absolute love I feel now.

Light and dark.

Yin and Yang.

So at the end of day, practice an attitude of gratitude (do this all day) through writing or thinking about what you are grateful for. Turn your negative associations with hardship, defeat, and failing into a positive.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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