Monday, September 22, 2014

Grateful for Today

If you have been following me in Instagram and Twitter, you may have noticed that for a couple of months or so, I have been using the #grateful #gratefulfortoday hashtags. I woke up one day realizing how blessed I am to be receiving blessings, from the most incredible to the simple ones, that I believe being thankful is the only way to receive such goodness coming my way.



Some might argue (?) that to be grateful when all the good things in life are going your way is just natural. But that's not what I'm saying. What I am saying is: start living a life of gratitude and see what it does to your life.

It makes you see the beauty in the mundane. 
The world may not be perfect, but when you have an attitude of gratitude you begin to see the exquisiteness of things around you.

Patterns. While we were staying in a bed and breakfast hotel in Cebu
My daughter's find from Book Sale


You appreciate each day given to you.

You don't have to be terminally ill just to comprehend how beautiful life is. Things may not be always going your way but a thankful heart will invariably see the purpose in every circumstance.



The more you are grateful, the more you give. Therefore, the more you receive.
I have experienced this countless times. You don't wait for the blessings and then give and  then be thankful. It's the other way around, I believe. Be grateful. Be a blessing. Be blessed.

How about you? Are you grateful for today? What makes you grateful? Would love to hear from you. :)

Note: Please feel free to use #gratefulfortoday in your social media posts. Let's spread the spirit of gratitude! Thank you. :)


37 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. I've read before that "We are not just called to bless those around us. We are to bless even future generations."

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    1. Yes! :) Thank you for dropping by, Michi! :)

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  2. Being grateful for every blessing gives us more reasons to smile and appreciate our everyday lives. Today I'm grateful for the nice morning weather and for being able to work from home and spend time with my son!

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    1. That is so true! Glad you're able to work and at the same time look after your son. :)

      Thank you for the visit, Nicole!

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  3. Very inspiring. When you are grateful, you realize what you have and it's easier to pay it forward

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  4. being grateful makes the Giver smile and thus blesses us more! aileen (http://mamangco.wordpress.com/)

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    1. Isn't that true? I also believe that! :)

      Thank you, Aileen! Blessings on you!

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  5. I agree Mommy! :) We should always be grateful for everything. :) - Audric's Mom

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  6. I agree sis! Let's all try to be a blessing to one another even in the simplest form. It is never too late to save this world from all the negativity around us!

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    1. Yes, it can't be done. So, let's do it! :)

      Thank you for dropping by.

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  7. Today I am grateful for my husband and kids, my job, the little income I get from my blog. The wonderful weather and that my boss is not around so I can turn the AC off in the office. :D

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    1. Haha! We can be thankful even for simple joys (turning the AC off), right Jhanis? Thank you for dropping by. :)

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  8. My husband and I believe that blessings start pouring in when you are grateful. It's true that gratitude opens your eyes to even the smallest of blessings; hence you become happier and feel more blessed. :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Thank you, Kim. May "utang" pa ako sa'yo, heehee! Hope to send "it" to you before I leave the country. :) Blessings!

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  9. I'm grateful for my children who tell me they love me, without me telling them first. In the last picture, I think I see Aladdin's lamp, with a straw on top. :-D

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    1. Yes, isn't that so precious? My daughter would always tell me, "Mom, I love you more." :) Really? That's awesome! I see a flying dog, however. Heehee! :)

      Thank you for dropping by, Cym!

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  10. hmmmm.. you inspire me to do this also! Even for a weekly posting of being "grateful"..

    :)

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    1. Aww! Thanks Grace! Sige, please do. :)

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  11. One of the things taught me that I will never forget is to have a thankful stance in whatever season I am in life. It's the best way to fight off discouragement. :)

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    1. I agree! :) Thank you May for dropping by. :)

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  12. i agree. though i think we forget to be grateful most of the time because we tend to concentrate on the downside of things rather than finding something to be grateful for. this is a good reminder for me :) thanks for sharing.

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    1. Aw! Thanks Liz. It takes some effort to be grateful but it can be done. :)

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  13. I love this. There's so much negativity in the world already that we don't need more negative posts na. I may copy your hashtag in the coming days hehe!

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    1. Aw! Thank you Maan! Yes, please do! Let's spread the spirit of gratitude! :)

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  14. Life is a hodgepodge of unique personalities that are either fascinating, passionate about what they do, receptive to their environment and free-spirited.I love to work with people who are full of positivity and the willingness "to do!"

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    1. Me too, Leira! :) Thank you for dropping by!

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  15. I am grateful to have YOU, my sissy, in my life. You're such a blessing. No wonder other people will find this blog truly an inspiration. Keep it up and I'm proud of you. Lav u

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    1. Aw! Thanks, ate Ganda! Love you more! :)

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  16. I am grateful that I am still alive and my family is still complete, and I am grateful that we just celebrated our five years wedding anniversary :-)

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    1. Blessed and blissful anniversary to you and your husband, Anna! Thank you for dropping by. :)

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  17. Last night I laid in bed, I thought about how grateful I am that 8 years ago God led us to the church we now call home. It's amazing in so many ways but I was thinking about how it's completely wheelchair accessible in every way. I never dreamed that would be something we would need, until our third child came along in 2011. God was providing for us way back then in ways that we didn't even know we would need!

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    1. Isn't it amazing, Jen? How God would think about us and our needs even before we need them? We have a good Heavenly Father!

      Thank you for dropping by! :)

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  18. I love this post. All to often people go through life without stopping to realize all the beautiful things that make up our lives. Even in the midst of tragedy we are able to find beauty. I think you out it best when you said "you don't have to be terminal ill just to comprehend how beautiful life is". As I turned 20 this past week, I look back and see some pretty rough downfalls and setbacks. But the things that I am greatful for, outweigh those things a million times over. To answer your questions: I am greatful for the opportunity to get a catholic education at a university that shares my passion to spread the importance of being thankful for the things we are given and experience. also for an incredible family and friends who are the greatest support system. thanks for sharing this post, so many people need to read more things like this. so thanks for sharing to us all around the world!

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  19. I love this post. All to often people go through life without stopping to realize all the beautiful things that make up our lives. Even in the midst of tragedy we are able to find beauty. I think you out it best when you said "you don't have to be terminal ill just to comprehend how beautiful life is". As I turned 20 this past week, I look back and see some pretty rough downfalls and setbacks. But the things that I am greatful for, outweigh those things a million times over. To answer your questions: I am greatful for the opportunity to get a catholic education at a university that shares my passion to spread the importance of being thankful for the things we are given and experience. also for an incredible family and friends who are the greatest support system. thanks for sharing this post, so many people need to read more things like this. so thanks for sharing to us all around the world!
    -Abby

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    1. Aw Abby! You're the sweetest. Thank you for dropping by. A belated but blessed and blissful birthday to you. Glad I was able to inspire you to be grateful. You are so welcome to visit again. Blessings on you, your family and education! :)

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