Self Development

iGiveThanks – What Are You Grateful For?


Everywhere I walk it seems I’m hit by the harsh reality that there are people in situations; hard situations and I wonder how they make it through. Like the old man I see rummaging through the dust bin for something to eat only to find rotten bananas which he eats and walks on to the next dust bin or the blind man who stands outside the electronic shop on the side walk singing and hoping someone will enjoy his music and drop a coin or two in his cup.

A couple of months ago, I went to visit a friend in the hospital. As we sat beside her bed, I looked around and saw people writhing in pain, some sharing tiny beds and others alone with no one to visit them or give them hope of tomorrow. All these scenarios got me thinking about life, blessings and gratitude. I’ve realized how easy it is to wake up in the morning and go on with life like the next minutes or days are promised to us and easier for us to find things to complain about instead of being thankful.

Recently a friend on Facebook did a month of gratitude using her status update by updating on what she was grateful for everyday.  Her list contained of things such as breathe of life, comfort, family, courage, music; in short the simple things.  Her list made me realize that there is so much to be grateful for; the very breathe of life, protection, smiles, friends, a good night sleep, love , jazzy music, beauty in nature, comfort, warms hugs, for faith, God, peace, kind strangers, food, prayer and parents.

Giving thanks is an attitude that goes beyond circumstances. There are days when I have been in lack and it’s been hard to be thankful even for the little. But gratitude has been teaching me how to be content whether in lack or plently; it has changed my life and how I look at things.

How many times do you count your blessings and name them one by one? What are you grateful for?

About The Writer – Patricia Miswa is a 25 year old freelance writer and editor. She also owns a handmade card business ‘House of MisStyles. Inspired by little things, from captivating morning conversations in the bus with strangers,random café happenings and her great love for life, Patricia started a personal blog called Pages of MyJournal ( where she blogs about everyday life, everyday issues that affect everyday people with a sole purpose to inspire and motivate her readers. She is also the editor of The Ladies Room (; an online lifestyle blog.

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    December 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Very inspiring 🙂


    olufunmbi olu-sanmabo

    December 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    well said.
    i m grateful to God 4 my husband,baby,mum,siblings,relatives,friends.
    The gift of life,air dat i breathe,my body being whole-in short grateful 4 everything.
    i m counting my blessings…..


    omo'ba adeteju atanda-ajimotokan

    December 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    nice one..
    am grateful for everything!!!


    omo'ba adeteju atanda-ajimotokan

    December 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    nice one..
    am grateful for everything!!!



    December 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    In these days of ipods, ipads and iphones, my choice is iGiveThanks!

    I’m grateful for the gift of life – eternal life and physical life…for friendship…for love…for family…the list is endless.

    Thanks for sharing, girl!

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