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If we look back to the history books, we can read about people who have faced the most horrific things in their lives. Yet many of them get through these difficult times and still find something to be grateful for.
Let’s look to the words of some powerful icons and try to understand how human beings who have seen so much suffering can still find something to be grateful for.
Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust said “I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”
Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary said “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
Mahatma Ghandi, a symbol of peace and non-violence whilst fighting for Indian independence said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist against segregation in the United States said, “only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
A thread runs through these historical stories of struggle and that is the fight for freedom. Some of us no longer have to think about freedom, as we are fortunate enough to live in a society in which freedom of expression is firmly anchored in everyday life. In many ways we take this freedom for granted. History shows that there have been strong and courageous people who have fought and struggled for freedom yet some of us wake up everyday and fail to see what we have all around us. The truth is gratitude comes from struggle. Gratitude comes from knowing that things could be so much worse therefore appreciating what we have.
As many of us live and breathe freedom we sometimes forget that there are still people in the world today who are fighting for freedom; freedom from war, freedom from poverty, freedom from abuse, freedom from oppression, freedom from persecution. It may come as a surprise to some but the stories in the history books are still scattered across the world untold and unspoken about.
History has also shown that things can change over night. Freedom is not secure. It has to be continuously fought for and the values that represent liberty must be upheld. We are at a time where future generations need to acknowledge this and should develop on the achievements of these historical icons mentioned above. With the gift of hindsight, take some time to remember that tomorrow is not a given. The gifts of today might not be tomorrow. With this in mind, appreciate the little things; tell the people you care about you love them, enjoy the taste of that meal, absorb your environments as they are, spend quality time with your friends.
Gifts are all around us. We just need to shift our perspective a little.
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Imani is studying a Character Education Masters. She is passionate about giving individuals a space to reflect on their journey through life. On this blog we will explore different character virtues, share life experience and much more.