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Sunday, January 17, 2016


Week 2 Prompt:
"Spouse / Significant Other"


It's only Week 2 of the "52 Weeks of Gratitude" Challenge and I've already been thrown for a loop. It didn't occur to me that I should be grateful for something (or someone) that I don't have. The lack of a spouse of significant other shouldn't stop me from being grateful at all. In fact, I should be even more grateful that I am given the opportunity to learn from the lessons of singlehood.

I am grateful for being single.

The greatest thing that I have learned from being single is that I am not a half of an incomplete whole, and that I don't need someone else to complete me. I am, myself, a whole entire person who is complete. I am far from perfect and there are many areas of my life in which I can most definitely improve in, but I am learning that who I am must be enough for me. It's hard work, to accept yourself for who you are, but it must be done.

The lack of a spouse or significant other shouldn't feel like a void in my chest cavity. It shouldn't mean that a person is incapable of living a full life when alone. It should be a wonderful and beautiful life experience that a person should be grateful for because it makes you rely on yourself, all the while knowing that you have it in you to make it through.

peace & love,
Hadijah

The Attitude of Gratitude

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Week 1 Prompt:
"Why start this challenge?"

I have a great life. My childhood has been blessed with blissful memories. My initiation into adulthood as a twenty-something has been blessed with achievements and challenges that have further moulded me into the person I am now. Even though I may grumble and complain, my day-to-day life is blessed with the love of family, friends and yes, even work.

In 2015, I underestimated the importance of maintaining an attitude of gratitude. I consistently felt that something was missing in my life and I always looked outward for the solution. I had a colossal wake-up call when I realized that the nagging indescribable feeling I felt wasn't because of what I didn't have but rather because of what I chose to believe I didn't have.

In 2016, I want to create a space to focus on what I have and what I have to be thankful for instead of focusing on what I'm missing and what I have to complain about.

I believe that to be truly grateful for my life and all that it encompasses, I must first have a grateful attitude towards God, my family, my friends and my work. I know that life will not pass without its challenges, but I should always seek to be grateful in all circumstances, good or bad.

My intention for this challenge is to mindfully and consciously be thankful for my life everyday in order to live and love with a full and generous heart.

peace & love,
Hadijah

P.S. If you're interested in the challenge, here's the link to LocalAdventurer.com who originated the challenge online!

P.P.S. Link your post in the comments section below so I can read it!
 
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