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Gratitude Notes for Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Hi and welcome back!

I have not been doing gratitude notes for some weeks now, so it’s true that being in gratitude consistently is not easy. It takes more than just a willpower; it needs a mindset.

But even if you fail to write your gratitude list, you could always start again. The world is full of beautiful things, and freedom to start again is one of them.

Having said that, here are 10 things I am grateful for today:

  1. A good sleep. I am grateful for having a good rest during the night in a comfortable room under a warm blanket. For at least 6 hours I was given a chance to rest, safely and comfortably. Isn’t that a gift?
  2. Family. I am so grateful for my family. I am so blessed to have my wife, my three sons, my two sisters, my parents. They are my true treasures.
  3. My job. I am thankful for this job; that through this I could support my family and my parents. Being able to do that is a special calling, I think.
  4. Friends. I don’t have that many friends at workplace, but even with that little number I could benefit a lot from them. They support me doing my work and their presence makes life a lot easier.
  5. Communication technology. I am grateful for the advances in communication technology that connect me with friends and family. Not just that, it enables us to solve problems, even remotely.
  6. Health. I am grateful for my physical fitness; I could move freely, see and listen things, I could sense, I could taste foods, I could smell. Having your senses work well to support you is another gift, and it’s huge!
  7. What I have right now. In terms of material possession, this is something I am also grateful for. Of course I still want things I don’t have yet, but realizing that what I have NOW is enough for me is liberating.
  8. My Catholic faith. I am grateful to be born in a Catholic family. This is not something I could ask prior to birth; it’s truly given. I am now 40 years old now and looking at life in general and the world, I firmly believe that Catholicism is the true way to go. This faith picked me, and that is in itself a treasure.
  9. The weather today. I like the bright sky I could enjoy just now. It’s beautiful like a painting with nice, natural colors. Do you think that a chance to enjoy a bright sky for free is an honor? It’s like God saying to you, “Have a comfortable seat and enjoy this painting.”
  10. The food. I am grateful for the food and drinks available to me today. If you’re a refugee, access to food is not that easy. Framing your mind in that situation will help you to be grateful for the food available to you right now, no matter how simple it is.

I hope that making list like this would train my mind to be attentive to good things in my day-to-day life, however mundane that seems. The objective is to have a mindset I mention earlier, a mindset of gratitude.

May we all be successful in that. Enjoy your blessed day! 🤗

Best wishes,

Paulinus Pandiangan

Author: Paulinus Pandiangan

Saya seorang Katolik, anak ketiga dari 3 bersaudara, ayah dari tiga anak, orang Batak, saat ini bekerja di sebuah pabrik kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Tengah. Saya dilahirkan pada 8 Januari 1983. Capricorn.

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