Singlestalk: Greatful, still-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Michelle: The recent earthquake and series of aftershocks have left many of us shaken. And it made many of us grateful—for another day, for the gift of life, for so many things that we may have taken for granted, an uninterrupted good night’s sleep for example.
Our church buildings may be broken—damaged. But if our faith is strong and we know that God is with us and will never forsake us, we can stand firm. We have so many things to be grateful for and even the earthquake, though very traumatic, was a blessing in disguise. Thank God it happened on a holiday and our kids were not in school. Thank God it happened in the morning and not at night time. Let us keep the faith and continue to thank and praise God who is faithful, kind and merciful.
DJ: An attitude of gratitude is good thing to have not only in the best but also in the worst of times. A quote from Winston Churchill is apt.
He said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Attitude is everything. The way we think, day in day out, affects all aspects of our life.
Attitude is not merely about being a positive thinker. Attitude is beyond positive thinking. Attitude is the perpetual, consistent outlook that we choose to have.
Yes, attitude is everything. Changing or not changing it, for better or worse, largely affects the quality of our life.
M: I pray that I would always have the attitude of gratitude. Life is not always happy, life can give us a raw deal but it is good to be alive, great in fact! We should be thankful for blessings, big and small.
There are just so many things to be grateful for, including the trials that we experience in life. Trials can strengthen our faith and our resolve to succeed. Many are the gains when we overcome difficulties in life and have the right attitude when facing them.
DJ: Once there was a story about a father walking in the mountains with his son. The son fell, hurt himself and screamed, “Aaah!” To his surprise, he heard a voice somewhere in the mountains, “Aaah!” Curious, he yelled, “Who are you?” He received the answer, “Who are you?”
Angered at the response, he screamed, “Coward!” He received the answer, “Coward!” He looked at his father and asked what was going on. The father smiled and said, “My son, pay attention.” Then the man screamed, “You are a champion!” The voice answered, “You are a champion!”
Then the father explained that while people call this echo, this is really life. It gives us back everything we say or do. We experience more love in the world if we create more love in our heart. Life is not about what others do but what we do with what we have. Our circumstances are but reflections of our attitude.
M: I read somewhere that “your attitude and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow, build it wisely.” While we cannot control what happens to us we can control our attitude towards what happens to us.
We may have an easy or a hard life but what we think about what is happening or what has happened to us and how we deal with it can spell the difference on how we perceive life.
DJ: Oh well, no one really has it all. We cannot have all we want but let’s not forget to be thankful for not having what we do not want.
Each day may not always be good. But the nice thing is there’s always something that’s good about each day.
So let’s count our blessings and choose to make even the ordinary extraordinary.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2013.