Think back to where you were ten years ago. #10YearChallenge
For me, I was in finishing my sophomore year of high school and starting my junior year. I got my braces off and I had just gotten my driver’s license. What a great year!
I’m willing to bet that if you really look back, you’ll realize that you’ve come a very long way. Physically, we all change over time and glow up, but in what other ways have you grown? Perhaps you’ve grown mentally and are more in control of your emotions and mind. Or maybe you have grown closer to God and your faith is increasing. Or it could be that you have achieved many professional goals and are on your way to having the career of your dreams. There are so many ways to grow but what’s important in the midst of all this success is to stop and celebrate how far you’ve come.
People sometimes spend more time looking forward to what will happen next than they do appreciating the momentary achievements and little victories in life. It’s important to celebrate these achievements because they are all milestones along the journey. And if you never see the beauty in what is happening currently, it can facilitate an attitude of discontent. Discontentment is a disease that plagues many, and it can rob you of your joy. I think that a big part of being thankful is celebrating the ways God has been good and helped you succeed year after year.
And by celebrate, I don’t mean throwing a party every time something good happens. I mean, allowing yourself to be joyful and thankful for the little victories. It’s a matter of intentionally reflecting on what has happened and being proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished. For me, one thing I love to celebrate, especially in this last semester of dental school, is the fact that I’m finally so close to achieving my dream of becoming a dentist. In 2009 as a junior in high school, I decided that I wanted to become a dentist. At that time, it seemed so unachievable and far away. Now in 2019, a full ten years later, I am just three months away from that dream. God has been so faithful to me. Through the ups and down of my last semester, I’m celebrating how far I’ve come.
So celebrate how far you’ve come. Celebrate the small and big successes in life. Celebrate that you know more today than you did yesterday and that you’re still growing as a person. Celebrate each time you overcome a challenge or difficulty. Celebrate that you’re another step closer to achieving your dreams. Celebrate how far you’ve come.
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.