TGIF! is my personal commitment to cultivate an attitude of gratitude this year.
THE WEEKLY TGIF! LIST IS WHERE I practice counting my blessings, no matter how little or big they are (LIKE THESE THINGS FROM LAST WEEK, OR THE COUNTLESS BLESSINGS NOT LISTED HERE). IN DOING SO, MY HOPE IS TO INSPIRE YOU TO DO THE SAME, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS SOMETHING BE THANKFUL FOR :)
♡ I received convenient parking spots at work all week long :) Rarely happens … but somehow managed to avoid basement parking throughout the week. Hurrah.
♡ Secured seats to watch Iron Man 3 this Sunday! Thanks to my forward-thinking boyfriend and Tiket.com‘s convenient service :)
I love that with Tiket, we can always plan ahead and save our seats for movies, concerts, even flights before they’re all fully booked.
♡ The usual freebies :)
♡ A free, priceless view I’ve enjoyed … even from a parking garage :) Something often overlooked and taken for granted.
♡ The most adorable visual greeting I’ve ever seen appearing in my mailbox last Thursday XD Really brightened up the gloomy room I was in … It was raining heavily these days.
♡ … as prepared by my other half :)
♡ The Saddleback Church Weekend Services podcast. It’s becoming my morning ritual to listen to sermons while driving 4+ hours on my way to and from work.
When your brain is drained and your body is beyond exhausted, the emptiness you feel cuts so deep, you almost feel like your existence is irrelevant, like that of the energy-sucking bottomless pit. As if you’re nothing but a garbage of endless waste whose mere existence can only add burden to other people’s already-busy lives. It’s a stupid feeling I once suffered from, which caused me to stop menstruating for more than one year.
So I’m really grateful that I get portable reminders like this (hurrah for modern technology) for me to hang on abiding by the spirit and the truth, as well as those same reminders available in other audio formats, such as iTunes U and audiobooks.
♡ A gift from my mother. Funny thing is, I never ask, but the blessings keep pouring in. Grace constantly gives me a bigger responsibility to give back.
♡ I’m grateful I’m in an environment where I’m learning to P-R-I-O-R-I-T-I-Z-E. The biggest and probably the hardest lesson I’ve learned so far, in work and in life, is … you can’t blindly say ‘Yes!’ to everyone and everything. It’s great to keep that big heart alive, that idealism holding up the highest possible level of integrity while practicing being a servant of others. But it’s wiser to restraint the self from taking any initiative, no matter how well-intentioned it is, when you don’t know what to expect.
I learned that it’s okay to say ‘No’ in certain situations, because you can’t be in all places at once – even God, the only omniscient and omnipresent Being, can not make every person in this world happy. The most important thing is that you tried, you do the best that you can, with the amount of time that you have, and deliver quality results for the most number of people relevant to what you are doing during that time.
While we’re on topic, I think I’m slowly changing, waving buh bye to the people-pleaser I sometimes still am, as well as the perfectionistic tendencies that surface now and then.
♡ Which brings us to this:
He believed in me even before I believed in myself, back during my first departure to San Francisco since we started dating. I still don’t, really, but I think I’m slowly changing …
Glad to have a TGIF! list to look forward to every week, as I don’t know how else to cope with the difficulties in life when they can only get more and more challenging, other than make it a habit to count my blessings. I hope you enjoy the slightly revamped look of the list, which, by now, I’ve grown to treasure.
I challenge you to list down all the ways you’ve been blessed. While you’re at it, enjoy the weekend to the fullest :)