December 27, 2015

A Grateful Heart

I used to grumble and complain a lot… well, I still do sometimes. But this year I have slowly, from glory to glory, have had a change of heart and mind. I’ve experienced so many things this year and at first I thought this year was a bad one for me. But, as it turned out, there were more beautiful things that happened to me this year more than the unfortunate ones. I was just looking at things differently and magnifying the not so good ones rather than the other way around.

It was a matter of what my thought process was and a heart that was focused on the darkness. When I started to be enlightened and have a deeper relationship with my Creator, steadily but surely, my mind and my heart changed its course. I began to view things differently. Bit by bit, the stance of my heart changed, and is continuously changing.

I noticed some people, who, despite their inauspicious situations can manage to be joyful and  look as if they are carefree. I began asking questions and searching for answers. I said to myself, I want what they have and I will do everything to have it. Spending time reading the Scriptures, I stumbled upon the answer. The answer? It’s having a grateful heart.

Having a thankful attitude has greatly altered my view of all the things I am experiencing; whether it’s good or bad. A thankful mindset does not entail a denial of reality, instead it rejoices with God in the midst of trials and tribulations. It takes the sting out of adversity. We give thanks regardless of our feelings or circumstances. It may seem irrational and even impossible, but trust me, it makes your view of the world with a big difference. When your heart and mind is occupied with gratefulness, you have no time to worry or complain; negative thoughts even grow weaker and weaker. Whatever your belief or spirituality is, having a grateful heart will surely  cause a change in your character and mindset.

When I visit my sister’s place, I usually take a jeep or cab ride going home. But one day, I decided to walk from her place going home. It was a good 30 minute walk. Then I decided to think about all, I mean ALL, the things that I am thankful for. You wouldn’t believe it but by the time I stepped into my apartment, I still have a lot of things in mind I am thankful for. I realized I have sooo much to be grateful for. And to be honest, when I am supposed to feel tired, instead I felt glad and refreshed. I have never felt that good for a long time.

I will try to write all of the things I am thankful for in my newly bought journal, and I am very very sure I will use up all the pages and run out of space; yet I will still have more things to be thankful for. It has been my goal, since I did that walk home, to have a grateful heart. That in everything, with all my best, with all my mind and all my heart, to always give thanks.

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  1. I think you have successfully resolve your last year resolution.. #wink Have a fantastic time welcoming new year!

  2. Hello lovely!

    I just discovered your blog & I love it so I started following you! I followed you #349 on GFc and I hope that you show your support to my blog by following me back! Let's keep in touch!

    xo from Italy, happy holidays!

    Sonia Verardo

    1. thank you Sonia! will definitely follow you back! Happy New Year!


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