Gratitude is something we should think about more often. The most simple way to start practicing gratitude is to journal before going to sleep and writing down 3-5 things we are grateful for in our day. The challenge is to write down something new each time. The jewelry company Alex and Ani uses a symbol called “path of life” on many of their pieces of jewelry. This symbol represents strength, motivation, and knowledge and they explain,
“Life is a journey. We each choose our own path and these choices create our future. Every twist, turn, and miraculous detour has its purpose. The PATH OF LIFE captures the essence of life’s odyssey and, with its knotted design, reminds us that we are all connected”– Alex and Ani
This symbolism could not be more fitting for the last couple of weeks because graduating with my Master’s degree was a major milestone. Strength, motivation, and knowledge are three qualities that are needed to succeed in any part of life. We need strength to make the decision to pursue a dream, motivation to get through challenging times, and we gain knowledge through every part of the journey. The path of life shows us that each of our journeys are unique and while our directions may not be straightforward as the knotted design indicates, we eventually discover the fruits of our hard work. Every twist and turn as Alex and Ani share allows us to meet new people and experience new experiences that help guide us in our journey, want to see us succeed, and make us into the incredible and unique individuals we are today. Today, I am grateful for all of the experiences that led me to this day and for all of the people from far in my past and from now in my present who made this happen. A few days ago, I sent flowers and a card to a high school teacher who was my mentor, my cheerleader, and someone who I still think of frequently to this day 11 years later. You may not realize in 10 years that someone you meet today or something you experience today will change your life. Be grateful for every moment of every day and for the people who shape our lives.