Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm grateful for...

Gratitude will bring more into our lives immediately
- The Secret

In high school, my friend Anne gave me a "Gratitude Journal" for my birthday after Oprah raved about having one on her show. The point was to write a list of things you were grateful for every single day. It could be anything big or trivial - even being grateful that someone smiled at you.

Although I'm not American and have never celebrated Thanksgiving, in the spirit of this holiday - I would like to acknowledge everything I'm grateful for. If I sit and list everything (even just this year) you'd spend over an hour reading my blog. But for now, I will list 10 things - and focus on the past week in particular.

I'm grateful for...

  1. ... my health as well as that of my parents & brother

  2. ... having a job and earning a stable salary

  3. ... Yong-un helping me on Friday night

  4. ... No-su (my Korean brother) who bought breakfast for me - and remembered to exclude ham, since I'm a vegetarian

  5. ... Hyeon-jeong, a teacher at school who noticed I wasn't looking good this week and asked me quietly, "Are you OK?"

  6. ... having the ability to express myself in writing. And for the internet to share it with others.

  7. ... my friends all over the world (nearly every continent!) for being online keeping me company and making me laugh when I need it most. In particular, one of my best friends who is like a brother to me... Sean (luv ya!) Also, Nicki in the US who I hope to meet one day! Chetan in East London, South Africa who always takes the time to read my writing and leaving heartfelt comments. I wish I could mention each person by name, but please know that if we chat/email - I appreciate you.

  8. ... calls from South Africa and in particular, from my Godmother - Aunty Bonz who never hesitates to call me to say hello and check up on me. No one fulfills the role of a Godmother more than she does.

  9. ... the motivating and encouraging e-mails from my blog readers. For me, writing is very personal and intimate. I share a lot about my daily life & personal feelings on my blog. I know that many others can relate (judging by the emails I receive). I am always grateful to know that people take the time to read what I've written.

  10. ... the central heating in my apartment making it toasty warm. Freezing nights are still to come, and I'm reminded of those who don't have the luxuries of warm clothing and central heating.
What are you grateful for?

8 comments:

Nicki said...

What a great post. Thanks for mentioning me. I would love to meet you one day too. Like always, I love your posts. You have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving

Sean said...

Hello hello, You are high on my list of things that i am gratfeul for and you know that i consider you to be family as well. luv ya as well. mwah

Sheetal said...

Thanks Nicki :-) Much appreciated! xo

Sheetal said...

SEAN:

Wish I could hug you right now!! xx

Sean said...

heres a virtual hug and kiss

chetan said...

Thank you very much for mentioning my name dear...I am lucky having a friend like you. I like/love reading. From the age i was able to read i received many books (thanks dad) and it turns as my hobby. And i enjoy your reading, every time. So i m grateful for my family, my better half, my dad and lovely friend like you. Take care....

Sheetal said...

SEAN:

Hug & Kiss right back at ya xoxo

Sheetal said...

CHETAN:

That was beautifully written. The kind words are always appreciated! Best...

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