So much to be grateful for
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - December 27, 2018 - 12:00am

I just love to see photos of families, friends and their loved ones on the social media sharing their wonderful moments as they celebrate Christmas. It is truly in this season that loved ones spend their precious time, away from work-related pressures. This sight hopefully would leave us a lasting memory of the year as we face another indeterminate year.


Gratitude isn't just in our head: It takes root in our heart and in our senses, for one beautiful moment, and then the next.

But what does it mean to be grateful? Fortunately, it doesn't mean persuading ourselves regarding some false thoughts that everything's okay. Carrying on with our existence with appreciation implies concentrating our time and consideration on what we appreciate. The objective isn't to shut out challenges, yet to approach those troubles from a different point of view. Thankfulness relaxes us. It mitigates our tempestuous personalities by associating us with the brilliantly normal things, incredible and little, that we may some way or another underestimate.

Appreciation enables us to see that not all things are horrendous—not constantly, in any case. Rehearsing appreciation can keep our hearts open to the tenderness in our every day encounters. There are many things to be thankful for. Take trees, for instance. Trees unreservedly bear fruits give                leafy foods and even offer themselves as climbing exercise centers for the youthful, and the old. The wild kingdoms of plants and creatures are overflowing, vivid, and unrestrained. We are encompassed by plenitude but thoughtlessly spin into programmed pilot, dismissing life's sustaining ponders.

As we develop more noteworthy thankfulness for what is around us, we can incorporate being grateful for what's within us. We can thoroughly enjoy and feel thankful for our own one of a kind abilities and qualities. Maybe you have a talent for making individuals giggle, or for being a sharp audience. Or on the other hand perhaps you can express gratitude toward yourself for simply getting up and enduring the day. We can be thankful that we have a heart, a mind, and wisdom to realize how to live with benevolence and compassion.

There are so much to be grateful for the year that is about to end. The year created so many good memories for us with others. The friendships are getting stronger, and even creating new ones. There may be some dissents with what others believed in or espoused for but at the end of the day, we come to terms to our unique inclinations and differences.

Our family has always been there for us. In sickness and in good health, in trying times and in our triumphs, our families would always be there. They are present as we celebrate our triumphs and stayed with us in our downs. The cliché, family is always our family, cannot be denied as they accept and understand our failings and limitations.

The greatest of them that we all must be grateful for is the gift of life. We still have the same borrowed life that will be facing seemingly insurmountable challenges in the near future, and would end up victorious. The source of life is the One we are most grateful for, for He has given us life that is worth living and sharing.

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