Monday, November 3, 2008

I'm Thankful

I had too many complains and grouses. I flared up too fast and forgave too slowly. I got cynical too easily. Despite reading books about being grateful for the abundance in one's life, I became too unhappy too fast and too soon.

During my last holiday in China, we went up the Kanas mountains and the beautiful scenary was majestic. However, it was at this place in Xinjiang that I breathed in the fresh air and suddenly felt thankful for everything I have and resolved to be a better person. It was at this place where out of the blue I experienced an epiphany after climbing up the steps to reach the top of the hill:

Today, I remembered a couple of charms that my parents bought for me a few years ago. The charm was in the shape of a vaseful of flowers with the words "Thank You" engraved on it. Instead of being appreciative of the charms, I told my parents that I did not know what to do with them. Who would want to wear charms with the words "Thank You" on them?

Just inspired today, I made a necklace this evening with the floral "Thank You" charm to remind myself to be thankful for all I have. I am grateful for my family and boyfriend, friends, colleagues, and even basic things like shelter and food. I'm also thankful for everything that I can do.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity....It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melodie Beattie

" I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life." - Og Mandino


yumiko said...

you made the charm?
its very pretty!
i also feel that way at certain places sometimes-all the stress just leaves me and it feels very refreshing

Winnie said...

Lovely necklace. I love that there are places that can make you feel just how lucky you are and that for just a moment, you forget all the worries you have. I've been to many places like that and when I'm feeling a bit low I think back to those places(much like that view from that hill) and remember that it's not that bad after all!

Sheryl Wong said...

Yumiko, Thanks, I made the necklace but not the charm. :)

Winnie, yes, we'll remember the good stuff and be thankful for life! :)


what a cute little backpack!

The beautiful and glammed said...

Cool charm, looks really unique! Like your blog! <3 xx