The Sweetness of Gratitude

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” MARCEL PROUST

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The hot and humid afternoon coupled with a lot of deadlines made me lazy for the rest of the day. A text message arrived. It was from my husband.

I have something for you…_______________ because I love you. See you later dear.

*kilig* His text message thrilled me to pieces. No, it wasn’t the gift. It was the reason…”because I love you”. I am pretty used to my husband’s flowery words via text message or email but that afternoon, I was full of gratitude that his text message spoke of love. Random moments like that just lifted my spirits.

I replied back “love me? kilig naman” as if we are still steadies. I couldn’t help smiling the rest of the afternoon and shared it with my best friend.

My husband is not perfect. There are days when I just clam up and huddle up in my sanctuary while he retreats to his cave. (Yes friends of hubby, I know you are reading this so please don’t embarrass my husband and cite my entries. He doesn’t read my blog. )

But that afternoon, I affirmed an important concept to get me through this stressful time and that is gratitude. When my husband arrived that night, I gave him a hug “Thank you my dear husband” and it was not meant for the gift. I thanked him for being sweet and romantic at random moments.

If I had the time, I will write a book for men on “How to Flatter a Woman”. Through the years, I scrawled down snippets of sweet nothings in a diary, when my husband would pour his endearments to me. I like looking back at them to remind me that his strengths outweighs his weaknesses. I choose to focus on that strength. Gratitude makes things right. Gratitude turns negative energy to positive energy.

I am so thankful that my husband is loving and devoted to me. My heart is filled with gratitude.

Yes, the sweetness of gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. I have learned the magical lesson that making the most of what I have turns it into more. It is not material gifts that make me happy. It is love. I can affirm my gratitude any day I want to but I want to dedicate this gratitude entry especially to my husband.

Thank you my dear, husband.

 

my husband and I

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

 

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1352 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • Hmmm..just like the Toblerone Thank You Day contest a couple of years back. I want to jpin this again but unfortunately I’m out of the country…Good luck to all who will join the contest and may the best entries win. =)
    .-= rolly07´s last blog ..YouTube – Extraordinary Pantene Commercial =-.

    • oh too bad! But it was good you joined the last time

  • Say, have you ever heard that beautiful song from the musical Camelot, titled “How To Handle A Woman”?

    How to handle a woman
    “There’s a way,” said a wise old man
    “A way known by every woman since
    The whole rigmarole began.”

    “Do I flatter her,” I begged him, “Answer,”
    “Do I threaten, or cajole, or plead?
    “Do I brood, or play the gay romancer?”
    Said he smiling, “No, indeed.”

    “How to handle a woman?
    Mark me well, I will tell you sir,
    The way to handle a woman, is…
    To love her, simply love her,
    Merely love her…love her…love her.”

    Best song in the musical, IMHO – and so true!
    .-= Cynthia Genato´s last blog ..From Twitter 09-05-2009 =-.

    • haha yes. Love her dearly.

      Thanks for sharing.

  • ang sweet.. haha minsan kinikilabutan ako kapag nakikita ko na sweet ang parents ko.. hahaha pero nasanay narin :d…

    • my kids always say “ewwww. mom.dad”

  • “Gratitude makes things right. Gratitude turns negative energy to positive energy.”

    So true! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
    .-= Meikah Delid´s last blog ..Weekend Snapshot: Jabbawockeez in Concert! =-.

    • I also remind myself.

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  • Ray

    Thank you for blogging about toblerone! help us spread the sweetness again by allowing me to invite you and your readers to Toblerone Pilipinas website: http://www.toblerone.com.ph Spread the Sweetness! 🙂