Day 2 Gratitude Practice: Family

FamilyThis is Day 2 of my daily Gratitude Practice. I’m doing this every single day, in rounds of 21 days, to create in me three habits as writer and blogger:

  • Habit of gratitude
  • Habit of blogging
  • Habit of positive thinking.

Family: God’s Best Gift

Today, I am grateful for my family. It is the best gift that God has ever given me.

I recall having to move to a different place and leaving behind most of my prized relationships and possessions – my relatives, friends, livelihood, books, house, and everything else that held precious memories.

I couldn’t contain my tears of sadness, almost like grief. I knew, I died that day when we left. I often wondered, “Was that how the dying feels upon their departure?” Perhaps. Who knows?

I had to pick up the pieces after that and start life anew. However, what made the transition easier was having my family around – the three kids and hubby.

It led me to see clearly how things can easily come and go. At the end of the day, when you face your Creator and are asked, “What have you got? What good have you done?”

Nothing Like Family

Me, I can’t claim much nor can I say “I had a great job and fat bank account that paid for all my needs and luxuries.” Even if I did.

What I can proudly say though is “I have the most loving, thoughtful and closely-knit family who I’ve meaningfully help become.”

To me, my family is my most precious asset. Nothing can compare to it.

Today, I’d like to thank and honor my family – for keeping up with me and being there for me, through thick and thin, with or without, in sickness and health, in good times and bad, whatever time of day.

I may have hurt them due to my insensitivity, impatience, outbursts of emotions, non-responsiveness, strict demeanor, lack of quality time, and other shortcomings. Yet, they accept me. Despite of.

Family Is No Accident

In a book I read in the past, the author claims that you choose who you want to be with upon your reentry to Earth. You choose whose womb you want to be in, whose love and care you want to experience, whose lives you want to be enmeshed with, who you want to grow old with or to die for.

Thank you for choosing me to be your mom and partner and to be in our family.

Life would certainly be different, strange and lonely without you.

Thank you!

Please read here my Day 1 Gratitude Practice post.

Day 1 Gratitude Practice: Inspiration

InspirationThis is Day 1 of my daily Gratitude Practice. I’m doing this every single day, in rounds of 21 days, to create in me three habits as writer and blogger:

  • Habit of gratitude
  • Habit of blogging
  • Habit of positive thinking.

Today, I am grateful for the daily sparks of inspiration that brighten up my otherwise boring days.

Certain bodies… become luminous when heated. Their luminosity disappears after some time, but the capacity of becoming luminous afresh through heat is restored to them by the action of a spark, and also by the action of radium.”
― Marie Curie

How do I get these sparks or bursts of inspiration?

I don’t know. They just come. When I’m alone or when with others. When doing something or nothing at all. When I’m happy or sad. When my world is colorful or lifeless.

Where from?

From my brain. My subconscious. My inner child. My muse. My children. My husband. People I come in contact with. Memories of the past. The wind. The sun. The stars.

From everywhere.

When they come, I must capture the moment and make them special and sacred. Otherwise, they’re gone or if they’re ever back, it’ll take some time.

Today, my muse paid me a visit. And I have to pay my due respect by putting into writing all my musings.

I thank inspiration for allowing me to dive into the depths of my yet unexplored abyss and float back on top to fully express and graciously share my find.

Thanks again inspiration. You make my life worthwhile.


MARIA SILVO, Entrepreneur l Children’s Book Author l Blogger