Gratitude Journal Day 7

Day 7
Date : April 30, 2019

“The essence of all beutiful art is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzche

#1: What is one thing I am grateful for today and why.

I am grateful for an interesting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, in which he says,

“Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In my own interpretation, to feel peace is to feel enough; that whatever we have right now, at this very moment, is enough. Our life is good. In this mental state, there should be no space for avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride.

To put another quote on display, Maya Angelou once said,

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

Maya Angelou

#2: What I’m looking forward to today.

Today I would love to read more good things and (maybe) try to write something on the blog. I am also looking forward to train my mind that this gratitude-journal-thing should be something sincere, that the main audience here is me. I am writing to myself, basically.

#3: My favorite memory of my father.

My father was a janitor for years at a private junior school. That’s how he supported our family. I always remember how tired he was doing his job every single day, and it is clearly reflected on his face. I also remember that every time he received his salary, he would come home bringing some extra food for us, usually grilled pork and soup. We were so happy for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being a father now supporting my own family, I can reflect on him. Every time problem arises at work, I can now recall just how hard it was for him to support our family, and compared to his struggles and difficulties, any problem that I have at work might be nothing, and it soon gives me a push to go on, to proceed and deal with the problems. And that is something I am so grateful for. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for day 7. Have you been grateful today? ๐Ÿ™‚

Gratitude Journal Day 6

Day 6
Date : April 29, 2019

“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.”

Emmanuel Dalgher

#1: What is one thing I am grateful for today and why.

I am grateful that today we have additional 2 manpowers at the biogas plant I am working in: an electrician and a chemical engineer. I am happy that we now have more heads and hands to solve things up.

#2: What I’m looking forward to today.

I am going to grab one or two YouTube videos about street foods or travel destinations this evening, since Raphael and his mom like those kind of videos very much. It is joyful just to watch Raphael, particularly, watches the video seriously on the phone. ๐Ÿ™‚

#3: My biggest accomplishment in professional life.

Being involved in a small team that contributes value to an entire community is something to be proud of. A team of three that I am having is a great team, each having strong will to progress and master what they’re doing. I am happy for the great results we have accomplished as a team so far, and the chance to work with these 3 guys is really a chance I would miss later in life.

That is my 3 things for gratitude journal for the sixth day.

Have you been grateful today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gratitude Journal Day 5

Day 5
Date : April 28, 2019

“Stop now. Enjoy the moment. It’s now or never.”

Maxime Lagacรฉ

#1: What is one thing I am grateful for today and why.

I am grateful for the fact that the biogas plant I am working in is running smoothly today. Biogas production, biogas quality, and power output are all good, and since power is needed by everybody, I am happy to take part in this process. It feels good to help create a product – which is electricity – that would be useful for a lot of people.


#2: What I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

I am looking forward to share as much positivity as I can to the people around me: at workplace, at home, even on social media groups. People aren’t looking to be unhappy, so if there is something small I can do to put smile on someone’s face tomorrow, I would love to do that.

#3: My biggest accomplishment in personal life.

I am a strong believer that the highest level one could progress in life is in the level of mindset. Nothing great could ever be accomplished in life unless it is based on a proper mindset, and it takes effort to ‘shift’ your mind from whatever mindset you’re having right now to a mindset more supportive to growth.

So I am thankful for such an awareness and the abundance of resources I could access to help me earning this shift in my own mindset. I’ve changed myself by changing my mindset. I have become a person better than yesterday.

So that’s my journal for day 5, and I wish you blessings in your life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dunning-Kruger Effect

We are biased in many different areas, and cognitive is one area that gets many interests in psychology.

Try to think of yourself… ups, don’t!

Stop now! You’ll be biased. Definitely.

The better idea is to look at someone else, who thinks that he or she is better at particular skills that he or she actually is.

The point is : none of us can tell precisely how good ourselves in any particular area. None. We are all biased. We all have a common delusion called the Dunning-Kruger effect, named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger, two psychologists who found the phenomenon (source).

What is more interesting is the fact that the most incompetent person, in any particular area, is the one who is most biased; who thinks that his or her skill is expert-like.

For a more interesting presentation of this effect, please watch the following video from TED-Ed:

Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing

So, the next time you’re standing in front of mirror, realize that you are not the best evaluator of your skills. It is others. ๐Ÿ™‚

Regards, Paul