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100 Things I Am Grateful For

I am currently on Day 231 of Jason Harvey’s book Achieve Everything in Just One Year. It is a book separated by days and on each day, the reader is supposed to do a task that Jason lays out. I wouldn’t say it is the best book I have ever read but being able to read a motivational book daily and to do what is assigned, really teaches me to stick to something for a long time. Since I am on Day 231, I am more than halfway there and so there is no point in stopping now.

Day 231 asks the readers to write a list of 100 things they are grateful for. As you may very well expect, I’m in a section where gratitude is a topic that Jason feels that everyone should learn to embrace. I whole heartedly agree with him and feel this day deserves a section on my blog! And plus, I didn’t want to use up 4-5 pages in my notebook with the list. That said, I encourage everyone to list everything they are grateful for, and even though it may not be easy thinking of 100 items, it’s just really nice to challenge yourself and think about all that you have.

So here it goes. 100 Things I am Grateful For:

1. Being alive
2. Having a family
3. My parents and sisters all care for me through thick and thin.
4. I have amazing friends all around the world.
5. I have a job
6. I can read
7. I can write
8. I live in an apartment
9. I have the means to buy food.
10. I can taste food
11. I can see
12. I can smell
13. I still maintain my sense of touch.
14. I have not lost all my hearing.
15. I am physically active
16. I can smile
17. I love the drive that life has given me
18. I live in a peaceful environment
19. I feel safe
20. I can call my parents and talk to them on my phone.
21. I have a cell phone
22. I can watch TV in the comforts of my home.
23. I’m able to access the internet from home
24. People are kind to me.
25. I don’t feel discriminated against on a daily basis.
26. I’m able to pursue my dreams.
27. I ‘m able to learn from my failures.
28. I have freedom
29. Independence
30. I can think
31. I am healthy
32. I don’t have a life threatening illness
33. People respect me.
34. I know I can change the world
35. I can buy clothes
36. I’m wearing clothes
37. I’m able to accomplish my dreams
38. I can talk
39. People understand what I’m saying.
40. I can make people smile
41. I know how to use humor appropriately
42. I know how to be confident
43. I can ride a bicycle
44. I have a car
45. I know how to drive a car
46. I have traveled overseas
47. I have the means to be able to travel the world
48. I can cook in my kitchen
49. I can get groceries from a supermarket down the street
50. I can buy takeout when I’m too lazy to cook.
51. All my immediate family members are alive
52. I’ve been fortunate to not lose anyone extremely close to me
53. I’m able to use a computer
54. I know how to access information when I need it
55. I have the opportunity to have kids if I so desire
56. I’m able to love
57. I am able to overcome my obstacles
58. I can make my dad laugh
59. I can make my mom laugh
60. I have all of my fingers
61. I have all of my toes
62. I am not physically handicapped
63. I do not have any mental disorders
64. I am able to blink
65. I can come up with creative ideas
66. I have health insurance
67. I’m able to have access to some of the best medical technology.
68. I’m able to heal when I’m injured
69. I graduated college
70. I graduated high school
71. I graduated elementary school
72. I can go to more schooling if I so desired
73. I am intelligent
74. I was the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree
75. I have the opportunity to start a business if I want
76. I am ambitious
77. I have not gotten in trouble with the law
78. I have been able to rebound from my mistakes
79. I own a blog
80. I can enjoy most food and can drink pretty much anything
81. I have access to dodgeball
82. I am involved in the dodgeball community
83. I have won championships playing a game I love
84. I ran a marathon
85. I achieved goals in my life
86. I’m able to practice meditation
87. I know the importance of gratitude
88. I can play video games in the comfort of my home
89. I have been able to get influenced by many stories in my childhood
90. Filmmaking is part of my life
91. I have friends who I can call best friends and are there to support me when I need.
92. I’ve been to multiple states in the US
93. I know how to have fun
94. I’m able to challenge myself
95. I am not overwhelmed by extreme issues in my life.
96. People love me for who I am
97. I am able to breathe
98. I know how to swim
99. Life teaches me something new everyday
100. I am grounded in my life and know the importance of being grateful for everything I have and will continue to carry this mindset.

Writing this list was very challenging and at times, I do feel like I repeated myself or phrased things differently, over and over. In the end, I feel like what matters is that as readers, and as someone living on this planet, is to be constantly self-aware of all that you have during your hard times and struggles. It makes things much better if you are able to put things in a more positive perspective.

Getting Out of A Funk

For the past two months, I’ve been inching my way out of a funk. In this context, funk depicts a situation where I feel things are not going well for me and it has been taking a physical, mental and emotional toll. On the outside I may seem like I am happy and well adjusted to this life of mine, but on the inside I am a bit struggling. Fortunately, my emotion state of mind has not gotten to the point where I need professional mental health since I feel like I have a strong will and am driven but I have noticed I have been struggling and need to get it off my chest. We’ve all been in similar situations and so it is important to make sure you don’t bottle up your thoughts and true feelings as it can be damaging not only to yourself but to others as well.

So why do I feel like I’m in a slump? It is a time when my physical health, career, fear of the unknown, and financial issues all collide into each other and and causes me to lose my train of though and/or focus. The biggest thing for me are my health concerns. Primarily, I hurt myself near the middle of March in the lower back/hip and leg region. It caused some nerve damage and now I’ve been trying to recover from such a blow by going to physical therapy, acupuncturist and other health professionals who could help. In addition, I’ve been seeing an audiologist for a hearing aid, for hearing loss at the same time as the back and hip injury. Going to these visits with a high co-payment has suddenly hit me hard financially. I’m resorting to credit cards to cover my medical costs and to make ends meet.

Along the lines of finances, I am scheduled to leave my job at the end of May since Queen Latifah will go on hiatus at that point. I have nothing lined up in those months off and hope to freelance in different gigs in order to make ends meet. The fear of not being able to earn enough money to cover rent scares me. And with all these medical bills coming right after the other, it does put me in a bind.

Career wise, I’ve been trying to start my own production company. This is a very exciting endeavor I am moving forward with but I don’t know how it will turn out. I have an idea of what I want this company to become but my poor communication skills often translates into things I should not say out loud or doesn’t get my message across. I’m also spending some of my personal money to start this up and I wonder if I’m getting way too ahead of myself.

With these things hitting me at once, it has becoming damaging to my life. I’ve been stressed out at work because I have to make all these appointments and end up straining career relationships. I can’t physically walk that well, often limping my left leg around, and having to give up a very big part of my life, dodgeball. But you know what, for those of you who are struggling today or at this very moment; think about this and I guarantee that gratefulness will come to you. YOU ARE ALIVE. Yes, if you are reading this, it means you are literate, in an environment where you can access my blog, and can still use your senses, such as your vision. There are those of us who have dealt with struggles such as poverty, consistent health scares and issues, violence and more from the time they first opened their eyes. It puts a lot of things into perspective knowing that my problems are minuscule compared to what others have to face on a daily basis around the world. I have at least medicine to manage my pain; others do not.

I realize that the biggest thing I can do to help manage my stress and struggles is to constantly be grateful for my life. I acknowledge the world as it is and that this is just a phase in my timeline but eventually, it soon will pass. Life is not supposed to be straightforward; going all over the place, really inspires me. Thank you all for dealing with me and reading my blog and please know that I have been improving gradually and expect to be better by mid June.

I Prayed Today

I would consider myself more of a spiritual individual than a man of religion. Growing up, my parents, stemming from a Vietnamese household, seemed to be more focused on Confucian teachings rather than Buddhist ones. Granted, there were times that we would go to temples annually and we prayed to various deities and had shrines in our home, I, however, never felt the pressure to conform to the religion. I had the freedom to believe in anything that I chose and that has made me into a very diverse individual and I believe, accepting one.

I’ve been interested in the Christian faith for a while now. Is it ironic that I know more about the Christian religion than I do about the Buddhist one. I think the media exposed me so much to the various epics such as Noah’s Ark, Adam & Eve, Moses, etc. Unfortunately, my conception of Christianity as one that ostracizes certain groups of individuals has made me a bit more hesitant to join, but at the beginning of this year, someone left a Bible on my work desk (someone who knew I’ve been wanting to get a Bible for quite some time) and I’m hoping to read it sometime over the course of the year.

But back to my initial posting. Today, I prayed. I prayed to both God and Buddha, because to me, they are one. I do believe there is a higher being and I wanted them to know my thoughts this morning. I wanted to thank them for the tremendous gift that they have given me; the gift of Life. I have learned throughout 2013 about something called gratitude and I have never realized how much I took my life for granted. There are so many things in this life of mine that I am grateful and it is because of them as well as my own personal actions that I have been able to live the life I choose. They have provided me with so many opportunities to excel and I am eternally grateful for it.

I find it cliche but in my prayers, I couldn’t help but compare my life to those who are less fortunate. I told God and Buddha the reasons why I am grateful; that I have a home. The fact I am able to type this post on my computer. My friends and family. And at the same time, I kept at the back of my mind, my respect for those on this planet who do not have those things and I couldn’t help but feel a little bit sad. It allowed me to really focus on myself as a human being and made me reorganize my priorities.

If you are feeling sad and disappointed (which ironically I did late last night), take a moment to pray and re-evaluate your life. Really think about what you have been given, and it’s just amazing to see what you can come up with. I prayed like 15 minutes ago and throughout this post, I have been smiling, sent a text to a friend saying I love them, and just feeling very happy overall. Have an amazing day friends.

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