Note: Just in case you've been wondering why I have two posts within the same day, it's because I originally started the post for Day 1 late at night last night (oh boy this doesn't seem to make sense), but the clock struck midnight the moment I was done. Oops!
|While this photograph of a flower isn't really relevant to the post, I'm sharing this just to appreciate|
life in all its forms.
Aimee included this in her challenge list for Day 2--writing down things that you are thankful for. In this age where negativity seems to bloom like algae, we all need to remember that we need to take note of the beautiful and wonderful things around us, and also to keep beautiful thoughts.
There are times that I admit to griping about things that are pretty much insignificant in the grand scheme of things: stress at work, a co-worker saying something that annoyed me. When I was still in uni--I complained about the massive workload, plus the never ending list of readings that sometimes can drain one emotionally, say a rape case. Or that of a battered woman who killed her husband because she had enough, but still ended up being jailed. That jolts me hard enough to realise that I should be grateful that I am not in their shoes--as much as my heart breaks for them. Frankly I am not sure how I would be able to cope through that if that happened to me!
So what are the things I am grateful for? It's hard to list them one by one, like a bullet list, but here goes.
I am thankful for my family--the first group being my flesh and blood. They have been incredibly supportive of me in everything I do, even when I behave like a typical "youngest child" --that spurt of temper that comes out every now and then. Especially to my parents, who were my rock. I don't know where I would be without them. The second group of family are my friends. They are like brothers and sisters to me. I constantly look forward to eating lunch with them--their combined strength has made me strong. I appreciate the way they make me laugh, or lift me up when I feel chucking everything into the paper shredder!
The next thing that I am grateful for is love. Not romantic love, but familial love. It is what makes me consider my friends like family. I love my family--to bits. It is the same love that makes me happy whenever my friends at work get promoted, or when my friends in law school get into the honours list. Or when my parents tell me and my older siblings that they love us--and they show it in so many ways.
And lastly, I am thankful for the gift of life--which can be painfully short sometimes. A friend from work died unexpectedly--a young mother whose children are still very young, with the exception of one daughter who is already in university. It was a shock, as the last time I saw her, we were chatting about weekend plans. It was a reminder for me to appreciate life as it comes and goes. Life is a beautiful, endless cycle. I am also reminded of the time that my dad was hospitalised because of his seizures. He's much better now, but at that moment, I was almost made to face the fact that I might have to say goodbye to him. Thankfully, I didn't have to. And I hope, not for a long time.I treasure the moments that I spend with him.
I am glad to be alive--no matter how trying it can be. I am grateful for the fact that I can still get up in the morning, and get ready for work. I am grateful that I can spend time with my family and friends. I am grateful that I am still able to learn new things.
What are the things you are thankful for? :) Comments are really, really much appreciated. It would be great to chat with you. :)