are you greatful with what you have?

Philippines
June 17, 2008 4:56am CST
hi everyone... last sunday its my first time to join as volunteer for tzu chi foundation here in the philippines we go to rosario cavite to visit the children and give schoolbags and uniforms to them we bathed them, dressed them and spend time with them...its a wonderful experience to be able to help those kids ^_^ i must say it definitely an eye opener, for those who are not contented with what they have, we are more bless that we know because we live in a city. the life there is hard, no electricity, no portable water supply and the environment is a wasteland. so i like to ask what things are you grateful for?
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@kaezy_kulet (2465)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
though we don't usually have all we want still God gave us all we need and that is what we are very thankful off..And though we are not rich we are still happy and contented on what we have..we have been able to help others and i have been very blessed with a great family and friends that are always there cheering me up boosting my ego when I'm down. I can never ask for anything else in this world.. I am just so happy that i am blessed with all the love that i need.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi kaezy_kulet... "Contentment brings lasting happiness."- Still Thoughts thanks for the response... SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hey you have been away for a long time! where is the fur you have promised me?
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
who missed me? do you miss me? hehe ^_^ yah its been a while... haha the fur is intact with this cute little monkee's body... it would go as complete package :P haha *maybe option 2
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
17 Jun 08
hello metal_monkee, great to know that you did such wonderful job. i used to do that growing up and i am poor myself, it's just that i feel that despite my lower level i am still a whole person and not suffering from anything. back then i used to volunteer for orphanage houses, home for the aged, habitat for humanity, and some other non-profit organization. right now i am doing the same thing helping this old lady to have a normal life each day, it is not much but at least there is one life that is not suffering. i am also planning to support uneducated kids to be educated but it will take time as it is still in the process. anyway, like i said, growing up i know we are poor and i only have a mom (as my father left us when i was a kid) and there are so many hardships i have encountered but i never gives up coz i am thankful that i am alive and that i am complete will all the senses there is. the people and kids i am helping reminds me of that beauty of life coz i see them laughing and smiling despite the sadness of the situation they are in, they are much much better compared to me and with that thought who am i to complain when i have a place to sleep in a mom to call my own. we may not have a real home of our own still we are blessed to have a place to sleep and grow. anyway, those are the beginning of my gratefulness in life. right now i am very bless and grateful to have a very loving and wonderful husband who have the same belief and kind heart that i do. he do the same thing that i did back then and until now and he is helping me to help the old lady i mention as well as my plan to educate the kids. we are both hoping to make a simple difference in one's life, it may not be a lot but one is a good start to build a better life or must i say a world. wish you all the best. takecare
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi jairgirl... wow thanks for sharing...indeed you and your husband are both kind heart, I salute you both...KEEPUP KEEPUP ^_^ anyways...how do you get to know your husband? how do you meet? ^_^ its so personal question its okey if you dont wish to answer hehe ^_^
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
18 Jun 08
hello there again, thanks for the kind words, yes i am always grateful that he have a great heart. anyway i dont mind sharing my life so here is a short story for you LOL, i met my hubby in china in my work place on my birthday (that is why i considered him as my greatest gift). i was having problems with this guy i thought i love and he is having problems with his. we becomes friends and he comes visit a lot of times even if he is busy with his business, get to know each other for a long time and we just both realized that we love each other. ok, we both know that we have this strong connection at the very beginning so that helps us to have a good friendship and relationship as well. hope that answers your questions. how about you? are you married? dating? LOL takecare
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
18 Jun 08
ps, mind sharing why you asked personal question, not that it bothers me coz it is ok really just that if my memory serves me write you have asked me a personal question before if not maybe someone else and my apology for that then. ttyl.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I am very grateful for the good health and life blessed by God to my parents, sister, husband and I and to all my relatives and friends. I know how it feels to extend our hands to the needy ones. I admire your generosity for that. We have the same program when I use to work there and it's every month, we have a feeding program for the streetchildren or out of school youth. VEry satisfying indeed to see them happy and smiling with the food that we have them yet a lot of young of today's generation are just wasting their food and money!
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi checapricorn... nice to hear from a kind heart person like you ^_^ its very satisfying indeed ^_^ SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thanks metal, Have a great time!
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
Hi metal_monkee! That is such a wonderful thing to do my friend! That is such a beautiful experience I am sure. I do am thankful for a lot of things but what I am really grateful for is that I have my husband with me through all the good times and the bad times. Life is so difficult nowadays, but together I know somehow life is somehow easier. Take care and God bless!
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi ate faith... thanks for the compliment...^_^ yup its a beautiful experience for me...i learn a lot from it... ^_^ SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
@weng_08 (282)
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
Hello metal monkee. I guess that's one good way for us to realize how fortunate we truly are. It's saddening to know that certain places still don't have life's necessities. I am grateful with what I have, I am thankful that I've got a good job, a loving family and adorable nephews and nieces. Have a great day!
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi weng_08... yes its sad that most people dont realized how blessed they actually are for just having the basic life's necessities. if they cannot see other people suffering in depressed areas... "Contentment Brings lasting Happiness" -Still Thoughts Smile ALWAYS...^_^
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
Hi metal_monkee, How good it is to be grateful! It has been rightly said that the way to happiness is to be grateful for what we already have. I am thankful for my home, it may not be a mansion, but it is fine for me, and I know that many are homeless. I am thankful for my family because I know that many are alone in the world. I have an income, I might like for it to be more, but I know that many have much less. I live in a country where there is plenty of clean drinking water, and while I may complain about the weather, I have never known a tornado or an earthquake. Yes, I am very grateful. Blessings.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi Pose123... yup i agree. "Happiness comes not from material wealth but from less desire." - STILL THOUGHTS SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
• India
17 Jun 08
Heyy !! First of all u have done a gr8 job of helping the poor......that to children.......hats of to ya buddy [:)]........ well,regarding the issue,i am very much grateful to god for everything i have received in my life ...... i have no problem from electicity , water supply , food , clothes,shelter , etc.......... i am veru much satisfied with my leisure needs ..... i thank god for it and pray for the same for others ........... thats wat i want ...... tc !!! !!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi kaustubh123_sawant... thanks for the compliment...^_^ yup we should be grateful to god for everything we have in life... keep up! SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
17 Jun 08
first of all you must be a wonderful person to reach out and help those who are less fortunate. thank goodness for people like you. you make a great point and i am humbled by it. i truly am grateful for all that i have and we live modestly but comfortably. i tell my 7 year old son all of the time how lucky he is and how less fortunate many of the world's children are and that he should consider himself to be very lucky indeed. bless you.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi mikeysmom... thank you for the compliment...^_^ the main objective of the tzu chi foundation activity i just partake in is to spread the love and compassion to all humanity...im just touched by the compassion those people were doing. it really is helpful to mold a good character for todays youth. i was just amazed that 50 percent of the volunteer are teenagers...and the other 50 percent are the normal older people ... it really meant that todays youth can really have a kind heart...maybe your son has a kind heart for humanity...^_^ SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
@paid2write (5202)
17 Jun 08
I think it is a wonderful thing you are doing, helping those poor children. You are right. However little we have, there are always people worse off. Life without electricity or fresh water is something most of us will never experience for ourselves, yet we fail to be grateful that we have access to them. I do try to be grateful and every day I think of things I am grateful for. I don't think about what I don't have but about things I do have in my life, and not things I own, but things which happen to me.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
hi paid2write... yup its a wonderful feeling, bringing happiness to those poor children that day certainly in turn makes me happy ^_^ be grateful and spread the love... SMILE ALWAYS...^_^
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
18 Jun 08
What a wonderful post to remind us how wonderful life really is for those of us lucky enough to sit at our computers and repond to you. I am grateful for EVERYTHING I have now, the experiences I have had in the past and for everything that will happen in the future. Kudos to you for volunteering your heart You have done more for those kids than you will EVER know. Bless you
• Malaysia
18 Jun 08
i am grateful for life itself. I am grateful evry day i have a chance to maye my life better. I am grateful for the people who loves me for what i am.
• India
17 Jun 08
Yes , i m very much greatful to the almighty lord for the blessings he have shown upon me ........... i thank u very much lord ....... and i m satisfied with every need i got from you ........ thats from me........ tc ......... chao !!!