What better way to welcome the New Year than with gratitude for all that we’ve got and gratitude for all that we’re about to receive, because receive we will!
Gratitude = Happiness
2014 has been a good year, just like every other year before it. I’ve found that it is easy to be happy when I reflect back and appreciate the good times and take what I can learn from the not so good.
Truly, gratitude transforms life as we have a better sense of perspective. To me, it brings serenity.
While I am grateful for all the wonderful things that happened in 2014, I am specifically grateful for the wake-up calls, the disappointments, the tears and the losses. They’ve made me realize that I can be strong and continue to smile as I accept the things I cannot change and be grateful for what I have with even more intensity.
An example is being diagnosed with diabetes. I remember my initial reaction – anger. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, I quickly got over that feeling and decided to focus on my health. I am guilty of not always having done that. Not only am I conscious about my own health, I am also keen on helping others reach a good place. With that in mind, in 2015, I plan to post regularly at my health blog, Be Healthy, Be Happy. I am also launching another blog titled Life Hacks for Diabetics where I’ll be posting a tip a day.
And because I cannot do just one thing at a time, I have also started another blog along the same lines – titled “Life Hacks for Happiness” – where I’ll post one happiness tip a day!
What good is knowledge if it is not shared?
I am also grateful today that my visit to the eye hospital yesterday did not bring major bad news. So my eyesight is worse. If there’s one thing I dread, it is the loss of eyesight. Turns out I have to change glasses which means I heaved one big sigh of relief. Of course, the cost of the lens is freaking me out, but that’s a small price to pay when we look at the big picture. It reminds me of another visit 20 years ago – when, after an entire day of tests and specialists, I was advised surgery. Bad enough it would cost a bomb and probably keep me in debt for the next 20 years, but the prognosis was a 50-50 chance of success, which meant that I would either achieve 20/20 vision gradually, or lose what I had. I am not telling you what I chose.
I consider it a win-win today. I never regretted that choice. As my best friend would say – girls with glasses… oh you know what I mean!
I feel deep gratitude for the people I connect with via this blog, and via social media. I send up a special prayer for the Internet for linking me with so many lovely bloggers. Human connections make everything worthwhile!
I am thankful for all the books I read this year and the ones sitting in my digital library – I playfully like to say that I have enough to read for as long as I live. One of my friends keeps asking me who I will bequeath my collection to..and you know what? Funnily, it can be more than one person. Makes me smile!
I am very grateful for all the people who touched my life in a very special way.
I am grateful for the collaborations that materialized this year, and the writing work I do, which made it possible for me to increase my annual contributions to the welfare homes I support.
While I grieve for the family I’ve lost this year, I feel blessed to have known them for as long as I did.
As I continue to count my blessings, I invite you to do the same and join Corinne and me every month, as we celebrate our gratitude. I promise you that life is so much more brighter when we see with the eyes of appreciation.
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May the year 2015 bring you all that you wish for. I am looking forward to a wonderful one!