Day 12 – Gratitude


I was really looking forward to today’s prompt. Too often we seem to be fixated on the things that go wrong or what we don’t have, that we forget to be thankful for the many blessings we do enjoy.

Islam: First thing I am grateful for is to have been born a Muslim. Islam in its truest and purest form is a beautiful way of life, in the way that it advocates balance in, and attaches meaning and importance to every aspect of life.

I am grateful to be living in post-Apartheid South Africa. Although there are many things we still need to improve, I am able to make a life and practice my faith without fear of persecution.

Family: I have a family like no other. My family is my Colosseum – my fortress against any kind of distress or danger, my support through any trial, my champions with every triumph…each set of members have unique significance to me:
-My parents have provided me with the foundation and starting bricks for my life. They gave me the tools I needed to navigate my life and this world. I will never be able to repay them, and I am inexpressibly grateful to still have them both.
-My brothers and sisters were my first teachers, first friends, and, together with my parents,  are my core protectors. I could not have asked for a better army.
-My 23 nieces and nephews are the rays of sunshine in my life. Some of them are only a few years younger than me, but more than half are young enough for me to have been their parent. Regardless of your ages, you all are my children. I celebrate your triumphs as your parents would, I will protect you as they would. I will hold your hand if you need me to, pick you up when you fall, for as long as you need me to. You all fill a very big part of my heart, and for that I am eternally grateful.

I’ve been surrounded by sickness for most of my life. And in retrospect, I think God purposely made it so, so that I may always be aware of and thankful for my health.

I am grateful for my ability to work, and for the fact that I have a job (one that allows me to be of benefit to others, in addition to being a benefit for me).

I am grateful for my ability to learn, and for the learning opportunities that I have been afforded over the last 33 years.

I am grateful for the trials I have had to face – because I without them, I would not have known my own strength.

I am grateful for the fact that I was not born into poverty, and that the Almighty has blessed me with more than enough (so that I may be able to give).

I am grateful for my small group of true friends, most especially, my best friend. She protects me, she pushes me when I need it, she accepts the parts of me that others don’t, she reminds me of my own magic when I forget.

I am grateful for the unique talents and gifts the Almighty has bestowed upon me, in particular, my ability to write.

6 thoughts on “Day 12 – Gratitude

  1. Reading this post reminded me not only of the importance of gratitude, but also, of the importance of “saying you’re welcome.” I once took a class on journaling, and one of the exercises was to go though your journal and write a thank you in the margins to everyone and everything that helped you. It was marvelously revealing and immensely emotional to realize how often you’d been helped along the way. But then near the end of the course, we were asked to go through and write “you’re welcome” in the margins for every time we assisted someone or something else. The effect was nearly overwhelming to realize all the times in your daily existence that you had knowingly or unknowingly helped.

    I think gratitude and appreciation are under-realized and under-expressed. It is important to take that moment to reflect on these acts of charity in our life. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and reminding of this experience in my journaling class from so long ago and of the things I have been gifted with.


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    1. You know, it’s heartening to discover that people from different walks of life can have similar views.
      You’re absolutely right about gratitude and appreciation being under-realized and under-expressed. If anything, my circle of friends have become smaller because I choose to spend time with people with whom ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ is second nature. Journaling is awesome – my blogs have become my journals.
      Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog (and for leaving such a meaty comment – if my writing can inspire any kind of reaction in people, then I’ve achieved my goal).

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  2. And I my friend, am grateful for you.

    I like that you made this post personal. I think it sets the example, the standard.
    Writing and talking about the importance and benefit of practicing gratitude is important, but being the example is even better!

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