The Attitude of Gratitude


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I just posted in my Facebook account that I am having a severe mental block. Although I have promised myself to populate this site with one blog a day (they say this is the most effective way of keeping your readers), I just can’t seem to do it. Lack of topics, perhaps. Lack of interest? Lack of sparkle? 
After the delirious pacing of my mind on the topics that I can discuss, I asked myself, what is the most significant thing that happened to me today?

Well, I was at two places all in the same day. Had to fly to Cebu and back to Bacolod again just to attend an event. Despite the fact that it was tiresome, it made me happy because I was able to connect with people whom I haven’t touched base for quite some time.

Coming from this, I realized that today is nothing but a day of gratitude. Grateful for a safe flight to and fro. Grateful for a successful event. Grateful for a happy day with my parents, my fiance and my siblings.
Gratitude. A lot of people do not know how to be grateful. Most of the people I know are always looking at the glass half-empty instead of half-full. For me though, it has always been a cup running over. 
So, I celebrate the good things in my life and I would like to run them all down. Please do indulge me — 
1. For my God for always not forsaking me; for granting my last prayer; for all the blessings I have been receiving for more than 28 years of my life — for just being there, as my mentor and as my friend;
2. To St. Rita of Cascia, Tito Nelson, Lolo, all my mighty angels, Padre Pio for interceding on my behalf for a near impossible request which I prayed for this month;
3. For my fiance and my family, for my friends who are my pillars of sanity, love and laughter;
4. For my job, as stable and rewarding as it has been since I started working;
5. For the sunsets and the beautiful skies that I witness everywhere I travel;
6. For just waking up each day and being able to do all the things that I have mentioned above. Ahh, bliss!
They said happiness comes in many forms. But to be happy, I believe that one first needs to be grateful. Because it is when we stop appreciating the things that happen in our lives that we become bitter people with nothing but a cloud above our head. 
I hope I triggered a spark in your life. To offer gratitude for things big and small. It somehow makes a big difference in your life. Because these kinds of things — gratitude, appreciation, love, contentment — are so positive it can only attract more good things. 

So, as of the words of Padre Pio, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”  And rest assured that good things will always come.