What are you grateful for, everyday?
We are coming very near to the end of the Gratitude Challenge and it has been an exciting and fabulous journey together. For those of you who participated and followed me, I have enjoyed every moment of sharing the blessings that I received with you.
What I have grown to like and enjoy from this experience is how much it has helped me to actually think and ponder about how I went through my days. Did I live fully like it was the most important days of my life? Did I look at everything from the perspective that I have been blessed beyond what I deserve? Did I make use of every opportunity I have to be a blessing to every single person I met?
I have learned that only when I truly appreciate everything I have and enjoy every moment I could that I will be able to feel grateful all the time. [tweet_quote]The unparalleled consequence of being grateful is the constant desire to add value to others and bring the best out of others.[/tweet_quote] Why so? Having an attitude of gratitude allows you to feel content with what you have been given. [tweet_quote hashtags=”gratitude” ]A greedy person live in the ‘never enough’ zone, but a grateful person live in the ‘more than enough enough’ zone[/tweet_quote]. When you live as if everything you have is more than enough, you will inevitably want to give it away.
The key takeaway here is that it matters not whether you actually have ‘more than enough’ of what you have. It will happen eventually if you follow the right formula. A wonderful coach I deeply respect coined it first when he said [tweet_quote hashtags=”influence” ]”If you help others get what they want , they will help you get what you want – Zig Ziglar”[/tweet_quote]
A conversation I had with a friend inspired me that one of the keys to being secure financially and attaining financial freedom is the ability to manage your money, and being able to carefully monitor your cashflow. I am grateful that I owe it to both my parents who have hammered the habits and the skills to me early in my life. I never fully grasped the significance the first time I had to do it, but now that I do, I am glad it has become wired in me.
On the weekend, I went hiking with a few friends to visit a place called “Air Terjun Dua Warna” (translated Dual Color Waterfalls) It was one of the most tiring exercise I have ever had yet it was also the most rewarding experience. I have posted a few photos to let you see for yourselves how indescribable the views are as you go up-close and personal with the waterfall. I am grateful that I get to spend a truly rewarding and memorable moments with friends who are both fun-loving yet supportive at the same time.
For the past few days I haven’t been able to get decent access to internet as there have been problems with my connection. Two thoughts that came to mind was that I am grateful to be able to spend the precious time that I used to spent online to actually go offline and enjoy my quiet time to collect my thoughts and review my day. The other thought that struck me, reminded me of the significance of being able to connect with people around us. The world is a huge place and we all meet people everyday. Yet there are those people who felt lonely even though there are people all around them. Gadgets and smartphones have, in many positive ways, transformed our lives. Unfortunately, they have also impacted our lives in equally as many negative ways too. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that I needed to disconnect, to actually connect, as emulated in the video below by this Thai advertisement. Let us learn to be grateful for the people we met and appreciate their presence instead of valuing our “relationship” with our smartphones more.
Please share your journey of Gratitude Challenge in the comments. Looking forward to the many exciting experience. For the final day of the Gratitude Challenge. I will do a special post highlighting those people who have been involved in the challenge. If you would like to be included, please do let me know in the comments!