“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr,
I read this novel by Alphonse Karr a very long time ago. I remember I was a shy girl in high school. After lunch, I would go to the library and read books or anything that interest me. Or should I say, anything to kill time?
My mom tended a sari-sari store. And that store helped finance my studies all throughout high school. We weren’t wealthy, so I did not have the same expensive notebooks and shoes my classmates had. I feared family day or school activities the most. That meant we would wear civilian clothes and I did not have many dresses to flaunt.
Despite that, I was still grateful especially to my mom. She wanted me to finish high school in a prestigious school as she always believes that good education is critical to building a solid learning foundation.
The Ungrateful me
Fast forward to 20 years, and I have my family. I used to question myself, “Am I still grateful of the things I have?” Often, I look for more. It seems I am never contented. What happened to the shy poor girl 20 years ago who always feel grateful?
The Gratitude Jar
Then I chanced upon an “I am Grateful” Instagram contest. That time, I was feeling thankful for my new friends. I know they will be my best buddies for life. So I composed a short “thank you” note for them. That earned the nod of The Wonderful Kind who ran the contest. I was able to get hold of my Gratitude Jar in time for the new year.
Tha package contains enough colorful paper for each day of the year to be grateful for. I just need to write the things what I am thankful for that day. Then there is a jar where I should drop my notes. At the end of the year, I am to open up my jar and read the grateful things I have written for the whole year.
Road to “I am grateful”
The Gratitude Jar I got is just a simple glass jar. But what makes it unique is the act of writing down the things I am thankful for that day until I have done it for a year. Putting on paper what I am thankful for becomes a habit to appreciate even the simple things I’ve got. It reinforces positive thoughts.
I started my Gratitude Jar only this January. It may take 11 more months to complete the task, I am thankful now for one thing it has brought in my life –
Just like Alphonse Karr, I know that roses have thorns. And I would rather look at it positively and rejoice. That despite being perceived as harmful, thorn bushes got roses to make it lovely and desirable.