Thankful Sunday: First Week

One major lesson I learned in 2013 is the value of gratitude. To be more precise, the power of #thankyoumoreplease. My friend MindyTV was the one who introduced this concept to me. There is a Biblical reference to that but I don’t remember it right now so I’m sharing a different verse:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.Psalm 136:1-26

The Happythankyoumoreplease came from a movie written and directed by Josh Radnor, the Ted in How I Met Your Mother. And here’s a great line from the movie. Thanks, MindyTV, for this!

It is important that we express our gratitude every single day. I’m not going to blog about that everyday because I still want to keep a lot of things in my life away from this blog so I’m dedicating every Sunday as Thankful Sunday.

It’s just a list of things I am grateful for for the week that just passed. So in honor of my first week that I’m back to blogging, here’s my Thankful Sunday:

1. Small celebrations
It’s always a happy time in the office when we go out and have free lunch. This week, our boss treated us for lunch for a small victory we achieved.

I love food. More important than that, I love the company and conversation that come with good food. There’s nothing better than having great conversations (need not be profound, just fun) for lunch or dinner.

We went out to this ramen place called Ikkoryu in Shangri-La. I like a good bowl of ramen but unfortunately, this ain’t one of them. The broth smelled like rotten mussels and it was so overpowering. But we’re celebrating so that’s all that matters.

2. Learning something new.
Twice a week, I go to my happy place. I’m forever a student. I study because it keeps me grounded and it teaches me humility. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of knowing everything as you grow old.

You know what I mean. It’s that little voice in your head that tells you that the person you’re talking to doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Sometimes, it’s true but most of the time, it’s not.
School teaches me that there will always be people who know more than I do, regardless of age, gender and life experience. As Aristotle once said, “The more you know, the more you know that you do not know.”

3. The gift of sight.

I spend most of my time in front of the computer, whether, I’m doing my work or papers for school. And when I’m not in front of the computer, I’m checking my iPhone 5. Yeah, that’s how connected I am online.

Naturally, my eyes are taking a beating with all these backlights. But I’m grateful that my eye grade remains at 375.

I’m due for an annual check-up. I hope the Office sets up another eye-check up soon. Oh, one of the Office’s benefits is an annual subsidized pair of eyeglasses. My next pair would be eyeglasses that can also be used as shades.

4. Safety and security.

I’m thankful that God keeps me safe and secured always. I am thankful that I do not encounter reckless bus and cab drivers. I am thankful for my GrabTaxi app, which I use to book cabs every time I go to my happy place. 

Safety and security are also synonymous with my home. This is one place I know that I can take off my shoes, put up my feet, relax and just forget my troubles away.

That place is my sanctuary and there are very few people who have had the chance to see it. It’s also very close to the Office so that’s an added bonus.

Oh, that photo is not that of my place. I’m very private when it comes to where I live so I just grabbed some random pic online. 🙂

5. Spending time with friends.
Whether it’s dinner, breakfast or just a short time to see them, seeing friends always makes me happy. It is God’s reminder that whatever happens, there will always be people who love you for who you are. And that love comes with a “no bullshit” policy. These people will call you out if you are hurting yourself or doing something really foolish with your life.

I and a couple of friends saw “Starting Over Again” some two weeks ago and this sums up what it is like to have true friends. “Kaibigan kita and I refuse to watch you kill yourself.” Pak!