Much like nearly anyone could say, I’ve had some tough times; we’ve all gone through periods that gave us grief. Two years ago, I codified a philosophy for living rooted in my psychometric research for the Army; I found that the personal attributes of grit and gratitude are predictive of high performance in the military. Each attribute is good on its own, but their magnitudes mean more together. Additionally, I've added grace as a complement to gratitude. Personal conclusion: In times of #grief, #growth to #greatness is possible through #grit, #gratitude, and #grace.
As defined by Duckworth, grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals, the accomplishment of which might define greatness. I like to think of gratitude as the quality of being thankful and ready to show appreciation. It is taking inventory of how my glass is half full, and then expressing appreciation towards myself and others for their contribution to the glass. I think of grace as the manifestation of favor and forgiveness. It is taking inventory of how my glass is half empty, and then using empathy to forgive myself and others for being less than perfect.
Grit, gratitude, and grace have been really helpful things for me to think about while viewing myself and the world; hope they help you!