August 01, 2012

The Gratitude Challenge: Day 4

It’s Day 4 on The Gratitude Challenge! Since I started The Gratitude Challenge, I have received lots of great things. I got the job I wanted, Antonio is accepted to a college where he wants to continue his study, I managed to speak to my brother and his family through webcam (I’ve been living here for 1.5 years and it was the first webcam conversation we did), and I just feel great about myself. I love doing The Gratitude Challenge.

What I have to do on Day 4 is a bit difficult, I think. I have to:

Write a short message of thanks for some of the “negative” things in your life.

It’s difficult to find any negative things when I see my life beautifully, hahaha. However, I managed to think some of them and here goes my message:

Dear life,

I used to ask myself why I was different from my friends. I used to ask myself why I didn’t have a normal family. I was adopted and I only saw my biological mother three times in my life. Well, I saw my biological father at least once a month, but I always felt that he didn’t really care about me either. I used to question God why it all happened to me.

Yet, when I see my life now and where I am at the moment, I am truly grateful. I was adopted by the most amazing parents. They love me so dearly even though I am not their own daughter. They sent me to schools so I could get the best education I could ever get. They bought me clothes, shoes, toys… everything I needed and wanted. And the most precious things they give me is love; it’s priceless.

I believe things happen for a reason. I believe that my biological parents’ ignorance brought a blessing in my life because then I could find a lot better parents. I am truly grateful for what I have been through. I am grateful for being dumped, because then I can be grateful for being adopted. I am grateful for what life has taught me, that I am not any different from others. In fact, I am so fortunate to find such parents who really care for me.

So dear life, thank you for giving me the best parents I could ever get while I lost my own.

With love, 

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