Self-Acceptance and Gratitude

The “Dynamic Duo” that delivers abundance

Susan McCorkindale
4 min readAug 5, 2020


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Self-acceptance, dear God who doesn’t struggle with that? And gratitude, especially now when so many are out of work or suffering with this damn virus, what’s there to be thankful for? Both feel impossible to achieve and yet, if we put our mind to it, gratitude and self-acceptance form a dynamic duo that deliver an abundance of strength, success, opportunity, and joy.

The scoop on gratitude

There’s something I like to call Survival of the Grateful-est. It’s kind of like survival of the fittest, but better. It’s good to be fit, but it’s crucial to be grateful. It’s particularly crucial to be grateful at those times when it seems there is absolutely nothing to be grateful for. Your house burns down, your spouse is diagnosed with cancer, you lose the job you’ve given your life to. Dear God, what could you possibly find in any of those situations to be thankful for?

A lot.

Your family was out of the house at the time.

Your spouse has a good oncologist.

You’re free to make a fresh start.

I know from personal experience how hard it is to see the silver lining in such black clouds. I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer in 2011, and my…