Monday, August 14, 2017

Perspective : small victories

An article in one of the Glamour S.A. magazines titled "11 accomplishments that are bigger than they may seem" had me thinking. Why is it that we emphasise our minor failures so much but,hardly celebrate the small victories? Are we hardwired to focus on what we lack so much so that we neglect to recognize accomplishments if they are not colossal?

Celebrating small victories is good for the soul. At least that is what I think. With everyone on social media living their best lives (and making sure we know), its almost impossible not to feel like you constantly have to prove yourself. Like you have to keep up with everyone and everything. This is exactly why giving yourself a pat on the back is essential.

Celebrating the many things you achieve every day (no matter how small) makes you feel less depressed overall. This is something I know very well. To cope with my depression I started making lists of the things I was doing right. While this is no instant cure for depression, it helped me to take a step back and look at my problems from a different perspective. When I did fail at something, it didn't feel so major anymore. Instead it became learning opportunities.

While life may not be easy all the time,  there's no reason to make it more difficult by dismissing the small things that make life more bearable. Celebrate your small victories...even if no one else does...celebrate them for you.

*I do not take credit for the images in this post.

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