The Grateful List

June 17, 2016


“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

With all of the things happening in the world today, I figured it’s best to stop for a little bit and jot down the things that I’m truly grateful for.  Things that make me happy to be alive.

  • My family. I’m grateful for how we equally understand and support each other. I’m aware that not a lot of people are familiar to the kind of bond my family and I have and how lucky we all are to have each other.
  • Wolfgang. Everyday, I think about how much this little creature loves us with his all. Everyday, I also think about how amazing and real unconditional love is. Aside from my mother, there is another living being capable of loving without keeping a record of wrongs, and capable of loyalty… it’s my dog.
  • My workplace. It’s easier to believe that I’m bluffing when I say that I truly love the place I work at, I know… it’s almost unheard of. It’s small, it’s colorful and the people I work side by side with aren’t too shabby either. I’m thankful that I’m in a place where I get to learn and experience growth professionally and personally. I’m inspired every single day with the group of women I work with.
  • Summertime in Michigan. I miss the Philippines every single time and the Michigan heatwave makes it hurt a little less. I do appreciate the absence of humidity, though. That, I do not miss!
  • I’m a decent-functioning human being. Thankful that I’m able to do things my way, that I have two legs and two hands to help me get through the day, thankful that I have the resources and the tools for me to become my best self, thankful for the energy and faith of my family and friends. Without them, I’m nothing but an empty vessel.
  • Humor. I’m especially grateful to God for making it extra easy for me to see the humor and wit in every single thing. I honestly don’t know what my life would be like without a little bit of laughter and silliness. I’d go crazy.
  • Life. I’m just happy to be here.
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