We are often told to have a sense of gratitude with what the universe has blessed us with. That we might have troubles and turmoils of our own, but to appreciate the things that still keep us going.
But what if, at times, the gratitude comes with a sense of guilt.
I am fortunate to be in a space in life I am content with. I am surrounded by loved ones, have the basic human needs met, at a good headway professionally, and get to pursue my passion for writing. Despite that, I wished sometimes I could do more and change more in the world. Especially during the recent times, I felt a sense of guilt for not being able to help those in need. There were all kinds of stories making front-line news, and the guilt piled up for a bit.
It took some time to gather my thoughts, acknowledge that it is OK to feel what I felt but to also recognize that –
- Everybody’s journey is different.
- Change need not be loud and profound.
- You cannot change what is beyond your control.
Accepting and expressing ourselves, doing what we deem best, and being supportive of those around, is all that we can do. While re-evaluating ourselves time and again. Because gratitude is not innate, neither can it be forced but a quality crucial to retain.
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