So many times, we forget to be thankful about things in our lives. We get caught up with trying to solve problems, overcoming challenges, or focusing on the negative. Or think that, in being thankful, we think our lives are awesome and therefore become boastful.
I like to be reminded that thanksgiving breeds humility, not hubris. In being gracious, we recognize that we don’t deserve anything good. Because, really, what have we contributed to the world or the universe that we should enjoy blessings?? Blessings: they’re all bestowed to us by grace from God. Even if you’re not religious, it is by grace, luck, fortuity, some universal force,…maybe karma.
It also breeds humility because we recognize some other person’s involvement in bettering our lives: our parents, husbands, boyfriends, friends, etc., not because they HAVE to but because they WANT to.
Having said all that, gosh, I have SO much to be thankful for this past year and I’d like to share them here:
- Food on our table everyday
- My extremely loving family: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws…
- Bryan 😉
- Wonderful friends…just awesome, amazing, thoughtful, loving people scattered across various continents and are able to remain connected through the internet
- (The internet!!!)
- Good health
- Graduation from grad school
- Perfect weather on our wedding day, and a fun and memorable wedding
- Safe travels (in SoCal/Arizona/Nevada itself, and then from LA to SG to BKK to SG and then to MELB)
- My parents’ and godmother’s visit to SoCal
- A pretty smooth settling in into Melbourne for Bryan and I
- Bryan’s job
- Religious freedom
- Security (from war, riots…) and minimal discrimination
- Our little Melbourne city pad
- Free time to experiment with new recipes, take Spanish, paint, and try various art and craft projects
- A part-time telemarketing job to earn just a little bit of shopping money while waiting for my SLP license.
- And, of course, GOD. FOR HE IS GOOD.
There’s actually so much more to be grateful for but I will stop…hehe. Of course, my life is far from perfect. But I am working at overcoming these imperfections so, there is no need to wallow in them.
Whether or not you celebrate thanksgiving, here’s a question for you: What are YOU thankful for?
(I would also like to remind ourselves to think of the victims in Mumbai…to remember them in our Thanksgiving prayers as this traumatic event is still unfolding.)