Gratitude is a challenging word. It should be easy but it never feels like it. As if when you’re in the now, there are so many things that might not be going the way you want them to and that clouds our ability to feel genuine when expressing it.

It is far easier in retrospect to say “That was a good time” or “that was a great person”, even when we struggled finding the words at the time when we were around either of them.

I often wonder if my gratitude is enough, towards the people in my life who are alive today and for the sake of my ability to enjoy the present moment. As busy or hard as things might be.

Perhaps the underrated key to gratitude has always been about finding the beauty in the chaos. To squint our eyes and look patiently for the hidden gems and the glimpses of humanity within the strange composition, more complex and riveting due to its flaws, rather than waiting for a picture perfect moment to occur.

After all, if we must count our blessings, even during a difficult day, we can remind ourselves that we’re breathing, that we’ve experienced joy as easy as the feeling of warmth under the sun in a cold day, laughed at animals being unknowingly silly, and we’ve been loved.

— Mariana Montes de Oca


Sign up or login to comment or give support

Together We’re Building

A better picture of mental health

Read another story or share yours

All Mental Health Stories  |  Depression Stories   |   Anxiety Stories

The One Project

Author The One Project

The One Project is a community of passionate creatives, advocates and caring friends or family members working to support each other and change the conversation around mental health issues like depression, anxiety and more with therapeutic photography.

LoginSign Up Now

Send us a Message

Hey, wait - get notified of our relaunch!You won't want to miss what's coming

The One Project is currently on hold and not accepting new members or opportunities as we rest and work on our next stages!