Project Gratitude: Welcome Video

Be Grateful for What You Have... Now!

Gratitude... is a gift of the heart, rarely found by those who are busy wallowing in negative emotions, and for those who did - it is truly a blessing to behold. Being grateful for what you have is something you can even forget at the end of a very stressful day. Just for the strength of having survived one is a good reason enough to start being grateful.

You are given 86,400 seconds in a day and even a second spent on gratitude will help make a change. Would you rather regret not sharing a second of such a wonderful, positive feeling even for a second? Sadly, many people regret the very things they ignore when they lose it. It doesn't have to be this way. You can be grateful for the simplest joys and pleasures you have in your life, now. This means ... NOT Later, NOT tomorrow... but.. NOW!

Life's tough ordeals take a toll on everything that we do with our lives. You can only focus on something wrong, and it seems like everything always goes wrong in an endless loop of self-destruction. It's like bad karma that you create for yourself and you are trapped in the center of the very limbo you have spun. You are your own prey as you wait for the black widow of hopelessness to devour you.

Things doesn't have to be this way if you just simply take the time to say "Thank You " today. What are you grateful for? Try to find your gratitude in your heart. It can even be a special friend who inspires you to be your very best. No matter who or what you are thankful for, better do it now. If someone does you a favor, never be shy to smile and say thanks. It may brighten up a person's day.

Gratitude... should never be something you force on yourself just for you to live in an illusion of positivity. It must be something felt honestly, something given wholeheartedly, and something that is pure of simplicity. If you are not grateful now, then.. when?

" I am thankful for the company of a good friend who makes me smile after a tough day.. "

What are you grateful for?

Of Gratitude and Love

The season of love brings many questions to those who are taken for granted, those who are waiting to be loved, and those who wonder what love is all about. Then, there are those who are simply hating the Valentines Day because of a bitter experience with a person who can no longer return that love. If love is the strongest force in the universe and you feel it is far from reach, is it possible to feel grateful about... Life?

One of the most painful wounds that a person can carry is the rejection of a beloved. Some scars take years to heal, and some simply don't. Life is beautiful but when the heart is aching, there is simply no room for joy and everything seems to be full of cynicism. The world suddenly feels like a small box, with four equal corners, and you are trapped inside a cage. You can barely breathe. Your box traps you from seeing the beautiful experiences outside it. You can choose to leap anytime from your personal cage, but like many, you choose to wallow in it. It is like a mother's womb, keeping you safe, making you feel better than risking the hurt of the world outside.

After all these... Can you still be grateful?

Life is tough. You cannot have everything and if you're feeling no one loves you, think twice. Maybe, you are just loving this self-destructive habit of feeling unwanted. Yes, it is hard to find something real in a sea of strangers, and you may even scoff at the saying that " there's plenty of fish in the ocean. " If there is, why aren't you catching one?

LOVE... comes to those who radiate the very feeling of love. You have to start loving yourself first and be easy on yourself. Don't be harsh on you. When you appreciate the way you are, when you are grateful for those 86,400 seconds you live each day, you will see a whole lot of change... positive changes. You may not believe it, unless you try it yourself. What's so bad in you that you can't be loved?

Go out there and enjoy the beauty of what life has to offer. When you feel this love within yourself, it is like a beacon of light that cannot be contained within you. There will come a time when that light will catch the eye of someone who sees the love in you and will want to share that love with you. There is no point trying to find the perfect person to complete you. You are complete. You just need someone to love you better than how you love yourself right now... which is better than perfect. When you do find this someone, be grateful. Such blessing is a rare gift to behold.

An Inspiring Passage from St. Augustine:

" Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two. "