I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

DAY 14: Give Thanks for Your Mistakes

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So I have come to the end of my 14 Day Gratitude Challenge, and on such a fitting day. Today is my last day at work after being here for 2 and a half years. I am taking a leap of faith and moving home to my family, friends and hopefully, an abundance of new opportunities.

Therefore today I will give thanks for the many and varying mistakes that I have made in my past.

I give thanks for the decisions that I have made as I would not be the person I am today, or where I am at this particular moment had I not have committed them. I have stumbled and fallen on many occasions and I have been too harsh on myself as times have gone on. I’ve learnt so many lessons not only about life, but about myself also and I have come to realise that life isn’t about waiting for opportunities and change to fall into your lap; it’s about being brave enough to take action in order for them to come into fruition.

I have been guilty in the past of blaming my mistakes on others and questioning the Universe as to why it was being so hard on me. I held this forthright claim to happiness which was placed outside of myself and expected success without actually doing anything to make it happen. Because of my mistakes and past failures I now realise that the most important thing in this world is to work on myself, to each and every day attempt to be the best version of myself that I can be and to commit to bettering myself always.

I have learnt so much and for this I am supremely grateful for my mistakes. I know that life is indeed up to me and instead of focusing on the negatives and consistently looking back, I should instead be grateful for the things I do have and cherish and love all the wonderful people who surround me.

For all of this, I sincerely give thanks.

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Author: es.el.gee

Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and intersectional feminist. She currently works for CBM Australia and manages its India portfolio of Community Based Inclusive Development programs. Sabene’s expertise specialises in the intersection of gender and disability with a specific focus on South Asia and the Pacific. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the Co-Director of Catalyst Co-Lab, an advocacy and rights based group which aims to raise awareness and empower active citizens and agents of change.

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