Thursday, 29 December 2011

What are you thankful for?

I was chatting with Ms K the other day and we shared our Christmas stories and she asked me what I got for Christmas. I said nothing. She thought that was odd and she shared her endless list of Christmas pressies which included a coat, perfume...blah, blah and more blah.... It kept me wondering. Pondering. I did not do anything for Christmas and New Year because I had to make sacrifices. Give gifts for the Christmas. To people who needed them and I look at my shelve its bare. The only cards/diaries in my office are from clients who I have done a significant amount of business with. Which is pathetic actually... Oh and a load of generic Yuletide text messages which I don't subscribe to anyway. Not even from my staff who got hefty bonuses and a week off during the holiday (considering this is my busiest season) and not even a Christmas card to say thanks. Only one of them sent a 'thank you' text and came late to work the next day. I can't say I am pleased about it. I am quite miffed actually that people just assume you owe them. I have come to the conclusion that humans are programmed that way. We take things for granted. We forget.

I woke up this morning (well its been like that for a few months) and barely said a prayer. All that concerned me was getting to the shop and getting on with business for the day. How would God feel? I have taken for granted 'life' because I get it everyday. I kinda know the importance of a grateful heart NOW as I grow older and have more responsibilities and have to deal with ungrateful people who are under my care. I guess it's the same way my creator feels when he knows he can take me anytime he pleases. I guess that's why we encounter new challenges and obstacles as a reminder that we have a creator and maker who we run to in time of need.

So as 2012 draws closer, all I care about is a heart of gratitude. I just want to give thanks to God for sparing my life everyday, for my family for my health, food and everything else in between. I am certain that a heart of gratitude is the way to bring more into my life so....He must feel really awful about my ingratitude. I don't think my life is more precious to him than my brother who died untimely in October or more precious that those who were killed in the bomb blast in church while I was snoring comfortably in my bed. I am not better than them.

So on that note I ask you: Have you said your thanks today?


Pic from google images


'Lara said...

Happy New year in advance...I can't remember getting gifts for any celebration. I am grateful for this year, for its ups and downs and for all beautiful moments. I have also sort of been ungrateful to God but I know deep down in my heart that I am forever grateful to HIm for my life and all I have.

doll said...

Food for thought. Happy new year in advance

Ginger said...

Your staff didnt give you a card? thats not nice at all. dont take it personal anyways. Its just this Naija culture of thinking giving should be from top to bottom which is just selfish.

Thanking God for 2011. It had its ups and downs but we survived. looking forward to 2012. levels must change :)

itsjustmedaringtodream said...

Thanks for this post. I am indeed thankful and this reminder is very timely. Happy New Year to you!

Amy said...

Wow how awful. They get bonuses but you don't even get a card? Sigh I guess that's Naija mentality. God will bless you abundantly for your generosity in this upcoming year. Amen!

Ema Leecious said...

Happy new year!

I am thankful for life today, for my amazing family and for beautiful friends!!!

Northern Girl said...

Just reading this post two months into the new year but it is still very valid and inspires me to live with more gratitude. Thanks for sharing :)

CFAgbata said...

Actually I am thankful for everything I have gained in my life but I am more thankful to my creator. Because all I have got is by dint of his mercy and blessings only. I am also thankful to others who have made it possible to gain all those things I wanted because it could not have been possible even without them as well.