Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gratitude Challenge: Day 14

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
- Albert Schweitzer

Dori says...

It's not that we find being grateful a drag, it's even the contrary, but this challenge has taken us already two months instead of two weeks so far simply because we cannot put into words precisely how overwhelming people and events become especially now that our gratitude eyes are widely open. But then again, the cynical would say I'm just making a justifiable excuse here.

Excuses. We're so full of them. They say it's the key to failure when you find leeways and extensions a constant companion and that's true enough. In transcription, we were taught if you want to be an excellent transcriptionist, you have to do it right the first time, always. This means your output quality is such that it can go straight to the client without the need to pass through an editor or a second person. Realistically and applying it as a life principle in general, this is a tough act to do on a daily basis, but people who excel do tend to rise above that challenge and win themselves the price of being extraordinary. Of course, this would definitely also entail wising up and guarding against the works of the devil, namely sloth, greed, pride and the other deadly sins.

So on with this challenge and on with leading exemplary lives by going back to basics, loving generously and giving of ourselves at all times possible, kicking away excuses. Love is, after all, the reason that we were created, right?

And here's the image depicting the outlier in Auj.. I love her for this. \m/

Belated Valentine's 'ya all ;-).. and Melai, you rock, on with girl power and being so out of the ordinary!

Auj says...

For everything that I am and I am going to be.

To live and enjoy giving.

To be indebted of a thousand influences.

To the miraculous creation of my being – the million transformations and creative energies.

For the roof over my head.

For everyone who supported when I still did not know better.

For the scars that have left me to be a better person.

For the truth that I exist.

For the loving source of the Lord behind everything.

For the beauty around me that is immaculate.

For the opportunity to feel complete.

For the poorest of times which made me feel rich.

For the small comforts of my everyday.

For forgiveness.

For the underlying belief that everything exists for good.

For carrying on to live through so much pain and embrace life all over again.

For the cornerstones of love and peace and joy.

For the communication lines with my Creator.

For Dori's reciprocation of love.

For the quality of work.

For the depth of my experiences.

For the orchestration of God’s masterplan.

For all these, I am grateful.

Being grateful refined my capacity to love and live; and develop the power within myself that no one else can posses but me. This particular gift of the Lord is the very thing that makes me laugh, write, cry, speak, live and love without any inhibition.

These make food taste better, burdens lighter, and colors brighter. And I know that for as long as I would keep my focus on these things, this seed of gratitude will expand and attract more blessings and prosperity in my life.

This is the essence of all that this gratitude challenge has to offer.

I am grateful.


  1. Was supposed to reply using a haiku pero no. epic failure ito...

    heto na lang. tingin ko bagay to sa inyo;

    Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
    -Denis Waitley

    Thanks for radiating this feeling of happiness everyday. :D

    ewww... love. hahahah! mukhang walang sense an comment ko. :-j

  2. happy valentines day to you both :)

  3. I love this...the pic is fab too.


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