Monday, April 16, 2007

[Essay] Have You Been Thankful Lately?

A few nights ago, this was the topic being shared and discussed in the evening program of Mellow 94.7, a radio station that I've been listening to for ages. Despite the seriousness of the topic, many of its listeners responded through sms, via the yahoo messenger, while others called in their responses.

The topic for me was an eye-opener, a spiritual journey because although I say my prayers of thanks every day and night, and I try to offer a thanksgiving Mass every Sunday, I feel that it didn't count at all. Why? I know that I have a lot to be thankful for but deep down inside my heart, I don't feel truly thankful. It is as if I'm still taking everything for granted. Yes, I do say my prayers of thanks but I believe you have to feel it deep in your heart, in your soul. Without it, it would be all for nothing because it felt hollow, like an empty shell.

As I ask the question to myself again: Have you been thankful lately? I find myself answering with a solid, resounding YES! From the big things like being blessed to see the light of another day when others die in their sleep, having a stable job so near home when others are still searching for theirs, having a loving & supportive family when others are already orphaned or worse - unloved, having loyal friends when others have friends only during the good times; to the small things like my slow dot-matrix printer at the office, my Jurassic office computer, my gadgets that keeps me entertained throughout the day, naps during lunch break, even for the irritating phone calls that I receive throughout the day because it teaches me to be a little more patient.

How about you, have you been thankful lately?

3 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Nice insight. Me too due to hectic and rush schedule I forget to say thank you to all blessings that I received everyday. Thank you for the reminder.

    Posted by Stan Santos on 9/17/2007 at Multiply.com

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  2. There are some priorities in my life like my job and education.. somewhat those are two important part of my life but I won't say the most because you and I has the same thinking.. same in a lot of things anyway hehehe but I do think my Friends who loves me and my family are the most important part of me now a days like you said it is nice to have someone to make you laugh after a stressful day.. To have someone to hug and be hugged back, to love and be loved back.... I think without that I will not survive in this harsh world we live in. Actually, having you as a friend is important too! Keep up the good work my friend and follow your dreams!
    Remember my project??? The Seven Wonders of the World for a little girl are
    1. To see 2. To hear 3. To touch 4. To taste 5. To feel 6. To laugh and 7. To Love...The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous... That the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man. So the gadgets are just there .... they are necessity and want but not necessarily needed! Human are more smarter than the Gadgets... Gadgets are made by human isn't it? Am I making any sense???? HEHEHE I am lost again :D

    Posted by Leah Serran on 8/7/2007 at Multiply.com

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    1. Yes well, for me you do make sense or is it maybe because I'm used to your random thoughts? Hahaha! But yes, I quite agree with the Seven Wonders of the World for the little girl that you shared with me earlier.

      Replied to on 8/8/2007 at Multiply.com

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