On Gratitude

by Elliot Lyons

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is how being self-made doesn’t exist. We hear the term almost everywhere, and a lot of motivational material focuses on the idea of doing for self, but what I think is missing is giving gratefulness its due.

This isn’t necessarily gratitude in the sense of valuing what we have or where we are (that’s important too, of course) but the fact that no one reaches their goals without help. Someone, somewhere along the way will do something for us that we can’t do for ourselves.

We spend so much time focusing on what we can do for ourselves that sometimes we forget that there’s no “me” without a “we.”

This is the type of gratitude I’m talking about: the kind that knows receiving support isn’t a sign of weakness, and we’re going to need a lot of it if we’re to grow (or even survive, for that matter).  

And I know there are a lot of people out there like me, who have trouble asking for and receiving support. But I am grateful for all the help I get, and it’s been a process realizing that the help I’ve received has made me who I am today.

And you know what the most important thing I’ve learned about gratitude is?

Telling those who’ve helped you along the way you appreciate what they’ve done.

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