One philosophy tells us that our lives are predetermined. Another says that we have free will. Another still,  tells us that life is meaningless, and we are an accident of atoms smashing together in the great cosmos of a lucky toss of the dice. 

So why do we continue, after many millenia, to figure out who we are or why we are here? 

I prefer John Lennon’s take. Let it be. It is what it is. Therein we find joy, contentment, peace, love, happiness. Life fulfilled is a life we didn’t sit around thinking about but instead, we went out and lived it. 

Philosopher’s stone

Grace is the key to the master case that carries our grit on the path toward gratitude. Or, is it that grit is the key that opens the master case of grace upon which we are truly grateful?

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Classic philosophy could keep us here all day. Thanks to the positive psychology of character strengths and virtues, philosophy is part of our empirical research. But it’s not all of it. 

Philosophy and psychology often dance to the beat of a different drummer though, so why do we care or continue to study if nobody is paying attention?  One says don’t listen to your intuition, while the other says, you have a voice of reason built in that sends you signals on moral dilemmas. “What do we owe to each other?”, Tim Scanlon asked in theory. 

Let It Be 

We owe each other the recognition that we are all one. We have equality in theory, but never in real life. We place labels and parameters on each other the moment we’re born. Why? Because we never fully agree with the teachings of philosophies handed down since the dawn of time.  We have to choose and in that choosing, we become lost in our need for clarity. 

Grit, grace and gratitude in search of meaning brings us to the same philosophical question. We discuss grit in order to toughen up in our overly complicated, and sometimes disconnected world. We talk about grace as a form of our gentler, kinder nature. And gratitude? We become grateful for what we have when we realize we are one with what we experience. 

Eckhart Tolle is a master philosopher today. He’s not part of the positive psychology movement. We are a part of him. We are in fact, all parts of the whole that is the experience of being human. 

No one singular person, place or thing is the most significant of our time. The collective voices of all create the impact of what we hope to achieve. We have the grace to recognize this.The gratitude for waking up to the oneness and the grit to know that there is so much more to do. 


My philosophical understanding of the world? 

Let it be is the hardest lock to pick with our grace face, so we need to develop grit, and for that, we are truly thankful. 


In Gratitude,

Karen Henry 


About the Author: Karen Henry is a former university professor and now author of Indelible Women: The OM [Original Me]. She owns Henry Healing and Ink, Honey Press, a boutique Indie publishing house. Karen’s been a positive psychology practitioner since 2007.



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