| Angie Counios

Challenges Enhance Gratitude

I had lunch with a friend who is permanently moving to Ottawa with her husband for a career opportunity, a move closer to family and simply a change because it’s time.

As she reflected on her 13 years in Regina, she admitted there were challenges but even the challenges made the experiences better.

Challenges enhance gratitude.

I believe that if we work super hard at something and get the desired result, we are so very happy with the result. It just tastes damn better.

In University I took a theory and criticism class in which I was initially counselled not to take it. The admissions counsellor said there was a lot of writing (this is funny to me now) and that it was too difficult for me academically. However, I'm a stubborn mule sometimes so I took it against his suggestions.

He was right. It was very hard. The professor was intense and so was the course. I was getting 80s and 90s in the visual courses with little effort but I finished this course with a grade just under 70%.

However, my final mark felt like the gold medal in the Olympics or a Medal of Valor even though it didn't meet the required average for the faculty I was in. I had worked hard and was pleased that I not only passed but earned a mark that was acceptable to me.

"Work to become, not to acquire."

The above quote by Elbert Hubbard reminds me of biggest and clearest lesson in hard work and expectations meeting head on to create gratitude. I challenged myself to do something I found very difficult, to improve myself and with struggle the victory was that much sweeter albeit others may not have seen it as a success I did.

If we want something and it falls into our lap with little effort we are happy at first but I believe that eventually we take the success for granted or are disappointed when the next project isn’t received as well or if there are more hurdles and effort required.

This is all to say I don’t mind working hard during day at the high school and then coming home and working some more on writing or waking up Saturday morning to write or taking my laptop on a trip to do some work.

It's worth it.

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