With Heartfelt Gratitude

I just celebrated my birthday recently and I couldn’t be more grateful to family and friends for making it extra special most especially to my better half. This year has been really great to me in so many ways. Many prayers have been answered and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the blessings. The last few years have been tough for me especially after my grandmother’s passing. I tried to act as if everything was alright and that I was strong but deep inside my heart was aching so much. In front of everyone I was all smiles although my heart was broken into pieces. There were many nights where I cried myself to sleep and at times my husband woke up and asked if I was crying. I told him that I was just stuffy. Giving him any worries was the last thing I want. Convincing myself that I was perfectly fine didn’t seem to help much either. But I guess sometimes you can’t just force your heart to be happy again when it isn’t ready. I realized that it’s okay not to be okay, so allowing myself to grieve was the only option. Letting time do its magic of healing was the best decision I’ve made and I can honestly say that I have never felt better in my life. Time has given me the chance to not only heal but also to learn more about myself. It has taught me to appreciate its value even more and gave me a deeper appreciation of others who has given me their time, something that they could never take back. That is why now more than ever, I am grateful for all the blessings in my life most especially for the guidance from up above and the love of family and friends as they keep me grounded and inspire me to be a better version of myself.

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breathe we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton

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