Singlestalk: Present

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Michelle: As I turn [another year] as my brother-in-law John says [it] is “the perfect age to run a 42k.” I am humbled and very grateful for being blessed with the greatest gifts in my life: my three children.

In January last year, I remember writing about being grateful for my two children. And now I have three! Every day that we are alive is a present to be enjoyed in the here and now. For sure, we all have regrets about the past and anxieties about our future. But if we see all things as something that will help us become better, stronger, wiser and yes, older, we will appreciate life’s lessons.

DJ: Life is not a walk in the park. We can either grumble or we can be grateful. I made a resolve last year to be more conscious about people and things I have instead of focusing on what and who I do not have.


While there are still dreams that I need to conquer and items on my bucket list that still need to be crossed out, I believe I already have everything that I need. I do not have everything. But who has everything?

M: True, nobody has everything. But unfortunately there are some people who have so much and yet still can’t be grateful because they are waiting for something big to happen for them to be grateful.

A few days ago while going through my files, I saw a project of my son when he was still in preschool in which he wrote: “Thank you, mom and dad.” It made me misty-eyed and very thankful for the blessing and opportunity to be a parent. It is said that grateful people get more of what they’re grateful for. If they’re grateful for happiness and love and friendships, they’ll have more happiness and love and friendships.

DJ: We have to remember that we have enough. We are enough. It’s surprising though that many things we desire are expensive because when we really pause and see what’s inside our mind and heart, the things that really satisfy us are free: our relationships, laughter, love and being able to work on our passion.

We have our own share of days where we wish they’d never end. There are also days when we wish we could simply sleep through. Whatever it is, everything shall come to pass. What stays are good memories and the lessons learned. Having this mindset will allow us to be grateful and to be thankful always.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2014.


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