As i was sitting on Cammy’s balcony talking to her on Saturday night, i suddenly felt so GRATEFUL for my life.
I felt grateful for having a friend like her. And then i thought about ALL my friends, and realise, i’m so fortunate! I have so many people that i love so much.
I have a family that i wish i would see more of.
I have a home i’m very comfortable in, and about to move into a bigger home which will be my personal super colourful land of peace, play and joy.
I’ve created a job for myself doing what i love.
The more you focus on the good, the more good will become of it.
I learnt (probably at Awesomeness Fest) that giving gratitude daily was a beneficial practice.
So i started making an effort to think about all the things i was grateful for every morning.
OK sometimes i skipped a morning if i was rushing, but gradually it grew into being happy and thankful for everything around me all day.
I’d walk to my car every morning now, and go, “Hi Stacey! Oh my god you’re so beautiful. I just can’t get over it. Ready to go!?” I’ve had her for almost two years (come Christmas) but it’s only now that i’ve started to feel really grateful that she’s mine and i’m hers.
I’m now grateful for my Chinese name. I recently changed my name on FB cos i was thinking about my grandmother, and the Chinese name she gave me, and how i don’t even use it on my FB nor namecards. I’d previously put my confirmation name “Kirsten” to differentiate me from other Joyce Wongs in KL. (There are a handful… one’s in the marketing dpt of a fashion mag, my friend’s mum’s name is Joyce Wong, and there’s a fashion designer called Joyce Wong.)
I’m so grateful for my family. They’ve each taught me so many great lessons about my life.
I’m even grateful to be HAPPY. I sometimes wake up in the morning because a happy song is playing in my head. Do you know how wonderful that feels? Once, i jumped out of bed and flung my arms to the ceiling as if to hug the Universe cos i was so happy for a new day!
I’ve started feeling grateful for each moment (i know… it sounds really corny) but by being grateful for each experience, i relish in it and try to ensure i do everything i want and say everything i mean.
There’s this line that’s stuck in my head from Kute Blackson‘s speech when i watched him on stage. He shared with us that he lives to a point where at the end of each day, he can say to himself, “It’s a good fucking day to die.” Because by acting on something that COMPELS you (it’s called your intuition) you’re being your true self. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you go around being an asshole) What i mean is that you don’t hold back on any expression of self.
I’m so happy that my friends and i don’t hold back with love. We tell each other “i love you” all the time. We say it in our whatsapp messages, on the phone, when we say bye… Girls and guys alike. And that is it – love. LOVE is the essence of gratitude. Being able to look at every thing, person, experience and inside one’s self; and think clearly, “I love you.”
I love you. Three individual words that that when said in its sequence, run on a specific vibration that can change the world.
I love you. Say it more and more.
To yourself, to others, to anything and everything.
And watch your world change.