I believe that thankfulness or gratitude is crucial for growth. Worldwide people celebrate thanksgiving with their families, with people they care about. Though the practice was started for different reasons in different countries, it is usually done as gratitude for a good harvest, post the autumn yield.
As the year comes to an end, we must not forget to have gratitude for all the people, incidents, learning, and both successes as well as failures that have led us to be the person we are today. Thankfulness creates humility, the knowledge that we are all inter-dependent. It defines the feeling of humanity and brotherhood/sisterhood.
Gratitude is scarce nowadays, with people wanting to stamp their individualism and independency. “I have made it on my own steam, I had no Godfather and no support system.” Easy to say, very unlikely that that was true. There will always be someone, something that has helped you cross the river. Maybe you didn’t have a bridge, but chances are that the water wasn’t too deep or the current wasn’t too strong. Even if it were, it would do you good to remember the person who taught you to swim in the first place. Had that not been there you would have drowned.
It is so easy to forget all the people who have helped, supported you in your growth, in making who you are. So I am going to ask you all to do a simple exercise. Write down the names of 50 people that have been a part of your life, in way of value addition. It could be a teacher in school who encouraged you to work harder. Or a household help who took care of you when your parents weren’t there. It could be a critic, whose words were probably harsh but made you re-define yourself.
We forget that sometimes it takes a fall to be able to re-align yourself to walk better and faster. So create that little list of thankfulness and send out blessings to all those souls who have helped you in your journey.