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


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



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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.”

  • “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: Spread the Sweetness! 🙂