Day Ten of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

Hello!

It is now Day 10 and we are officially halfway through the challenge and there is always more for us to be grateful about.

Today, I decided instead of just writing what I am grateful for in a day. I needed to focus on what I can be grateful for the past few weeks, months, of even years.

Will you be honest with me as I will be with you today? How many of you have, at least once at some point in their lives “regretted” being born into the family that you are in now? Or being born in the city you are in now? Or being born into the nation that you are in now? Have you ever hate any of what you currently have now? Never? Thank God for you! If you did, then please continue reading.

A lot of people I know, both males and females have hated some qualities about themselves, no matter how good it is in other people’s eyes. Truthfully, nobody I know have ever been completely happy with how they look and for me, that’s a shame. Of course, I am all for exercising, trying to look better and be in better shape. However, I faithfully believed that what God has given you is unique and beautiful in itself. Your attitude towards the temple that is your body will change your outlook on life drastically.

Today, be grateful for your family, your appearance and your surroundings. That is the choice I have made today. You are born when you are, where you are, the way you are for a very specific reason and very specific purpose. Instead of spending your time and energy finding out how to change them, devote yourself to the discovery of why. It will make you feel so much better about yourself.

Would you share with me what you are grateful for today?

Day Nine of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

We are approaching the halfway line of our 21 Days Gratitude Challenge and I must say that it has been a fun and enjoyable experience.

Today I must start with being grateful for the people who have been faithfully committing themselves to write, post and journal about their days where they are feeling gratitude. I am not getting anything in terms of financially or promotion out of it, but I am grateful because they gave me hope and reminder that there are people who do appreciate the value and virtue of expressing gratitude afterall.

Today I am also grateful to be able to attend the grand launching of the University of Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Medan, with Mr. Mochtar Riady as the keynote speaker. The man, although about 85 years old of age is still going strong and bringing positive impacts to the future of the next generation leaders in Indonesia.

Today, I am grateful for a friend of mine who was very kind to accompany me to the grand launching =)

I hope that gratitude has changed your life from the inside out.

Day Eight of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

Welcome!

How has the attitude of gratitude changed your life today?

We are entering the second week of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge. I hope you are not giving up yet and are still as excited as when you first began.

I continue to enjoy the benefits of being grateful for everything I have in life. I am even learning to be grateful for the things that I do not have. I believe that when you don’t have it, it’s probably because it’s not the time yet, or that it’s not good for you and you shouldn’t have it at all. [tweet_quote]When you learn to appreciate the things you have, you will stop wishing for those you don’t.[/tweet_quote]

Something similar can also be said about your life as a follower of Jesus. When you begin to realise that all the things that you have you don’t deserve, you will be grateful for every little things you have. Your attitude in life will be so much different and you will not be worried about whether or not your prayers are answered, because you have learned to trust God completely and that He knows every single one of your needs and will provide to you at just the right time.

Today I am grateful for:

1. Being able to spend time with my friends who are part of a small group. We sang together in a Family Karaoke and enjoyed each other’s company.

2. God is able to use me to be a blessing to my friends.

3. Grateful for a home that I can live in.

Day Seven of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

It has now been a week since I launched the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge.

Personally for me, it has been a greatly rewarding experience and I am able to see everything that happens around me from a new, better perspective.

It has been an enjoyable experience writing about what I have learned as I think and read about gratitude on a daily basis too. It has given me a great inspiration about how I need to structure and schedule the contents of my postings in order to help you, the readers, benefit as much as possible from them.

Yesterday, I put a very good quote on my post about how gratitude is best expressed. Here it is again in case you missed it: [tweet_quote]”Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward[/tweet_quote]

 Here is my observation on how a lot of people seem to think about the quality of gratitude. They often say that “I don’t need to say thanks as I am sure that he knows I am thankful for it.” No! You need to make it as explicit as possible and show your sincerity as much as possible. Unless you are being very specific, very clear and very intentional, it will be difficult for the people to catch even a whiff of your gratitude.

The greatest problem here is that such mindset occurs between people who are closest to each other, like family members or even between spouses. I remember reading a book a few years ago about the 5 languages of love and apology. Today, I am more convinced than ever that perhaps we also need another book or lesson on the languages of gratitude. [tweet_quote]Make an extra effort to go the extra mile in expressing gratitude[/tweet_quote]. Today, that has become my new commitment.

Today, I am grateful for:

1. I got the privilege of meeting and having a great fellowship with two of my closest clients who treated me to lunch.

2. I felt so blessed because God has seemingly supplied me with unlimited favor to help me in doing what I do everyday

3. Coinciding with the start of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge, has also marked the start of my 40 days fasting period. I have felt a lot healthier for the past 5 days.

 

Day Six of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

I’m on fire here 🙂

It is only the sixth day I am into the gratitude challenge but already I am feeling the overwhelmingly positive impact of how much making an attitude of gratitude the integral parts of my days can bring for me.

For those of you who haven’t yet got as much out of it as I had, do not despair. It will come.

My tips for you are: Do not try to do approach this challenge and make it as if it is some kind of a job where you may get punished if you did not do it well. The most important thing is to actually enjoy the sense of liberating it grants you as you remember to be thankful no matter how much weight you may seem to be feeling.

Some of you may want to believe that you are the most unfortunate person in the world. Okay, that’s exaggerating. You may think that you are the most unfortunate person in your city. Still an over-exaggeration? Do you really really believe that you are the most unfortunate person in your neighbourhood? Well, think again! Here are my thoughts:  I believe that you had never, was not, is not, and will never be the most unfortunate person ever. And you cannot even argue with that. Why do you even want to argue whether you are the unhappiest person anyway? Is it really that much fun trying to show the world how unfortunate and how miserable your life is?

In fact, I am suggesting an entirely new approach to you today. Begin to think that you are the most fortunate person in the world today. While you are at it, begin to find someone to tell how fortunate and how grateful you are about your life today. Remember that: [tweet_quote]”Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward[/tweet_quote] You may actually begin to believe that you are the most fortunate person in the world. That is how big the impact of gratitude can be in you.

Today, I am extremely grateful that:

1. I am getting God’s favor everyday helping me to achieve many things in my daily activities.

2. I am engaged to the best girlfriend in the world.

3. I can write this blogpost to you and help you to feel better about yourself and your life =)

How grateful are you about your life today? Let me know in the comments!

Day Five of the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge

Welcome to the fifth post of my attempt at the 21 Days Gratitude Challenge.

It is so exciting seeing many people making so many posts about all the things that they are grateful for. Don’t miss out on this exciting journey. Join us now on Instagram via the hashtag : #21daysgratitudechallenge

Having a heart of full of gratitude means that you understand that what you currently have is not something that you earn by your own strength, rather that it was given to you as a gift by someone who loves you.

Gratitude signals the end of deservedness. Ingratitude, on the other hand, signals a sense of deservedness. It signals a sense of pride. It signals greed. It signals independence.

[tweet_quote]Gratitude shows undeservedness, humility, temperance and dependence on God.[/tweet_quote]

I understood that today as I realised that a lot of what I get to enjoy today, and what  I have, I do not deserve at all. I only get them because I have a God who is so loving and full of grace.

Today, I am grateful for:

1. The job that I have.

2. My surroundings, my family and my experience that has shaped my personality

3. The people who I get to meet who have impacted my life in many ways.

Yesterday, I posted an invitation for my blog readers to join and donate for the Nias Mass Cataract Surgery Project. I hope you would join in and share the gift of sight to our unfortunate friends in Nias.

Please share with me what you are grateful for in the comments section.