Life in the Fast Lane


A Thankful Heart

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Sometimes, I catch myself feeling negative and wanting to complain, even about the most trivial of things: something I don't agree with, the traffic, long lines, rude people, what have you. 

Sadly, I realized that these circumstances, trivial or mundane as they are, can be powerful enough to ruin your day. You can go about the next 24 hours thinking that the world is an evil place to live in; then you look at the root of all that angst (i.e. a crazy bus driver that swerved into your lane) and wonder how you could've been so affected by something as insignificant as that.

I've also come to realize that when we focus more on the "positives" in our lives, there won't be enough room for negativity to enter. So taking off from [Tita] Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon's "Thank You List", I've decided to write down some of the many things I'm thankful for, in no particular order of importance.

Sometimes, I find that it helps to be thankful for the mundane, oft-unnoticed things, in the same way we're thankful for the bigger things in life.

  • Doggie slobber and wagging tails
  • A jacket to keep me warm when it's too cold at work
  • My new running shoes
  • The fact that cellphones now have cameras
  • My mom's cooking
  • The beauty of words
  • Having a job — in particular, enjoying what I do for a living
  • The fact that my family members and friends are just a text away
  • Weekends
  • Times when I get more than 8 hours of sleep
  • Laughter
  • Taxi drivers that wish you well before you exit the cab
  • Being able to smile when I see pictures of my godchildren
  • Opportunities to travel
  • A ride to work every morning c/o my dad
  • Co-workers who make our every day stressful life a little less insane
  • My evening runs
  • The surge of adrenalin after an intense swim workout
  • The whooshing sound of the chain while pedaling
  • Comfort food
  • My wacky family and extended family
  • Cheap but colorful nail polish
  • The wonders of concealer
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • Hearing the Lord speaking to me loud and clear, i.e. through a Bible verse
  • Ticking off all the items on my [mental or written] to-do list
  • Motivation/encouragement from the people who truly matter
  • Days when I can go home early
  • Knowing that I was able to do something good/productive/worthwhile on an almost daily basis
  • The agape love of Christ
  • The fun exchanges/inside jokes my cousin and I have
  • Get-togethers with my dearest friends
  • Really good films (lately, The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Really good books
  • Really good TV shows (lately, The Newsroom)
  • Fitting into size S pants again
  • The fact that there's always Plan B
  • Having a fitness goal and getting there
  • That, with God, I can always have second, third, fourth, or endless chances
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Spontaneous moments that turn out to be ingredients for the best kind of days
  • Sunday afternoon naps
  • Antihistamine medication

At the end of it all, a thankful heart is a cheerful heart.

Here, have a Golden Retriever looking at you adoringly.

What are you thankful for today? 

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