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Redefining Success: Grace and Gratitude

"There is nothing more wonderful in a human's life than his/her relationships with others" Kazakh saying. (Адам өміріндегі ең керемет нәрсе оның басқа адамдармен қарым-қатынасы)

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Globally, success equals to having money, power and influence. But what if those three did not exist? What is left?

In the race of life, so many people across the world forget to take care of themselves and of others chasing what society entails as something expected by a certain age. The pressure seems enormous, not even discussing the pressure to get rid of that pressure.

Having a recognition is a cool thing but what will matter in the end is the quality of all the relationships we are involved in, first of all with ourselves. Do we adore our inner self and respond to her/his needs on time? Second is the relationship with our family, parents, siblings, partner, friends. Do we treat them well and spend enough time even when our schedule is busy? Third is the relationship with coworkers, supervisors, managers. Are we able to maintain a healthy ethical atmosphere regardless of the challenges working life has? 

Last but not least, are we generous to strangers in the street? Do we wish them a good day even if ours is bad?

Being able to practice kindness, professionalism and courtesy after a moment of grief is success. Smiling when we do not feel like is success. Prioritizing time for our self-care, loved ones, career development and expanding horizons is success. Creating unshattered confidence that our version of happiness does not depend on others’ is success.

All of this I explain with two words: grace and gratitude. To have the courage to be nice to those who are not nice to us, walk away with dignity if we should and always be grateful for what we have. As a young person with an old soul, I have challenges facing and to be yet faced while navigating through the world, but my strength is empowered with every attempt to intimidate me. I do not consider myself successful, but I define success as an inner muscle of practicing grace and gratitude which have been mastered and firmly embodied in my character.

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