Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gratitude Journal

In life, it is important that we cultivate the spirit of thankfulness. In spite of the ugliness that we experience around us, there are a lot of things to be thankful for.

To beat the blues, I try to maintain a positive attitude (it is very difficult to do at first, but with constant practice, you will develop it). I have read that the most successful people in life are those who've endured tremendous trials but who've managed to persevere and turn their trials around and make it a blessing. I always keep in mind my mother's words of wisdom: "the Lord will not allow trials that you (and Him) cannot handle."

My good friend, Gina R., also encouraged me to keep a gratitude journal. I keep a small notebook where I write down at the end of the day the blessings I received for that day. They do not necessarily have to be big or important things, even simple things we usually take for granted will do; anything that made you happy or appreciative that day.

Here are some of the old entries in my gratitude journal: 1. Met a friendly stranger on the street who helped me find the direction to the City and County of Honolulu's Office of the Prosecuting Attorney; 2. Mark was nice to me today; 3. Marlene prayed for me over the phone.

There are days when I cannot (or I just don't want to) think about something to write on my gratitude journal. These are the days when I am too depressed and filled with negative feelings. However, the Scriptures say that we do not praise the Lord only when we are in the mood. We should praise God because He is worthy of our praise. We praise God because He deserves our praise, and not only because we feel like it.

Praising God for even the minutest blessing that we receive will help us cultivate a thankful spirit. Have you noticed that when we are thankful, the blessings keep flowing in?

Starting with this post, I am going to add three entries to my Gratitude Journal every Saturday.

This week, I am grateful for the following blessings:
1. Getting a perfect score on my Mid-term exam in Litigation.
2. My classmate, Susan, was so kind to lend me her notes in Law 101. I went to class not knowing that we were going to have a quiz that evening. Had she not lent me her notes, I would not have been able to answer the questions.
3. When my husband was driving me to the bus stop early this morning, we saw, not one, but two, beautiful rainbows. It was drizzling but the rainbow was so clear. It was really BEAUTIFUL. I did not have my camera with me so I asked him to take a quick shot of the rainbows before they disappeared.

The pictures appearing on this page were taken with his iPhone camera.


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