We say we work hard.
But do we really?
We claim to be grateful for this life we have.
But are we really?
We tell ourselves that we like to help others.
But when was the last time that we actually did?
There is the life we think we have.
And the life we really have.
The person we see ourselves as.
And the person that we really are.
Our job, of course, is to unify the person we want to be with the person that we actually are.
To be grateful, truly grateful, for the simple gift of being alive.
Of still drawing a breath.
Of still being mobile.
Of still contributing to the world around us.
And to use that gratitude to push ourselves to be the best person that we can be.
To (re)start down that path today.
Unity of the projected self and the actual self.
No one else can do it for us.
No book can instruct us how to do it.
We have to find it in ourselves to stretch, strive and struggle past our obstacles.
To our greatest selves.