Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”. I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.
My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.
The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.
Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?
Sure it was. That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.
However, for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.
Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!
Be grateful. Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks. Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.
Go. For. GRATITUDE.