#AffirmationChallenge Day 5 [Gratitude]: “I’m grateful for everything in my life.”

This is Day 5 of the 15-Day Affirmation Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gathered together to practice positive affirmations for 15 days! If you haven’t signed up, please do so here first, then proceed to the task below.

Affirmation Challenge

Dear everyone, welcome to Day 5 of our 15-Day Affirmation Challenge! :D

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Then, work on first four tasks and share your results there:

For those of you already in the challenge, remember to share your results via the comments section for each day! We are having some amazing sharing and exchanges by participants Vivian, Jun Xiang, Samuel, ASLO, Alia, Lina, Calae, Chloe, VickiB, Jaleen, and many other participants, and I look forward to more in the next two weeks. :D

Part of the beauty of doing a live challenge on PE is the opportunity to “meet” other like-minded individuals from around the world and interact with them, as opposed to doing silo-learning – where you do the tasks by yourself without sharing or engaging others, which is frankly not unlike reading a book or watching a video course.

Take advantage of this free platform I’ve created for all of you on PE, and share and interact with the other participants here. Remember, once the challenge is over, you’ll not get the chance to engage others and receive inputs on your results, even if you want to. These two weeks in July is the best opportunity to learn and grow with everyone here, TOGETHER, as one community and one family.

Now, let’s move to today’s task, which is on…

Day 5: [Gratitude]

Affirmation Challenge, Day 5 [Gratitude]: "I'm grateful for everything in my life."

 Today’s affirmation: “I’m grateful for everything in my life.”

Consider these statements that we hear when things don’t go our way:

The weather sucks. I planned to go cycling but I can’t now because of the rain.

The bus/train is taking so long to arrive… why is the public transport here so bad??

I wish my partner is more organized/sensitive/understanding/caring/responsive/capable/<insert adjective here>.

My co-workers are such a pain in the behind. I’m so sick and tired of their bad attitudes.

So much work. Sigh. I wish I can have less work.

My housemate is so inconsiderate. She’s always leaving her dishes in the sink, without cleaning them. Why can’t I have a better housemate??

Recognize them? Have you said any of the above before, perhaps in your own way?

Well, I have. I sometimes crib about the weather, especially when it gets too hot in Singapore or when there are sudden downpours that make going out a hassle. I often grumble (to myself) about the public transport being late, even though I’ve traveled widely and I know that the public transport system in Singapore is easily one of the best in the world. I have grumbled before to Ken about him not being X or Y even though he is being the perfect man for me and I’m simply reacting from my issues (well, sometimes!).

Known as “complaints”, these statements are the expressions of our frustrations when things don’t go our way. Say we have an expectation of A, but the situation/thing/person we’re dealing with falls short in real life and gives us B instead. Depending on how big the gap is, we then respond with a level of angst that matches the size of that gap. The bigger the shortfall, the more frustrated and annoyed we become, and the more frequent and intense our complaint becomes.

Complaining is the opposite of gratitude, which is a feeling of appreciation of something. When you’re grateful, you see the goodness of everything — be it good or bad– and give thanks for them. If something is good, you recognize its goodness, relish in it, and celebrate it. If something is bad, you see the silver lining behind the dark cloud, recognize its goodness (where others can’t), relish in it, and celebrate it still. You recognize that life isn’t about having everything your way or only being happy when things are 100% in line with your vision, because these aren’t what life is about. You recognize that life is a journey where you celebrate all that you have now, feel perfectly happy about what you have and don’t have, all while working hard to achieve your grandest goals and dreams.

Last year August, I conducted a 14-day gratitude challenge which was a terrific success with over 200 people participating from all around the world. (In fact, many participants in our current affirmation challenge are alumni of the gratitude challenge!) During the gratitude challenge, we performed 14 tasks of gratitude over 14 days, just like how we are practising 15 affirmation tasks over 15 days right now.

Whether you did the gratitude challenge or not, gratitude isn’t something that you just practise for one day, 14 days, two months, or even two years and call it quits. Gratitude is something that you practise EVERY DAY, in every moment of your life. Because to forget about gratitude is to take your life and everything that you have today for granted, when all these things are GIFTS that you have been bestowed upon. Yes, your life today is a gift, whether you recognize it or not. (Many people have the belief that their life is an entitlement when so many have had their lives prematurely ended before their time.) Everything (and everyone) that’s in your life today is a gift. (Yes, including your current problems, because you could have far worse problems but you aren’t — or not now at least.)

Today your task is to embrace gratitude. Now, let’s get started!

Your Task Today

  1. Identify three things that you tend to take for granted. These can be anything, from planet Earth, to your parents, to your healthy body, to your home, to your life. (For ideas, read #GratitudeChallenge Day 11: List 3 Things You Tend to Take For Granted (and What You Plan to Do About Them).)
  2. Identify 10 things that you are grateful for in your life. Anything goes here — from people, to objects, to events, to life itself! If you think 10 is a lot, you’ll probably think otherwise by the time you identify your 10th item! (For ideas, read #GratitudeChallenge Day 1: Write 10 Things You are Grateful For in Your Life.)
  3. Identify ONE thing you can do today to express gratitude to any one item on your list. For example:
  4. Say today’s affirmation. Pause for a second. Think about everything you have in your life now, and don’t have yet. Appreciate them. Know that they are gifts in your life and there are people who want to have these things (yes, including your “problems,” simply because their problems are far worse), but can’t/don’t. With a heart full of gratitude, say today’s affirmation:

    “I’m grateful for everything in my life.”

    (If you think it’s silly to say this out loud, you can say it silently in your heart.)

I encourage you to write down today’s affirmation so that you can always see it and commit it to heart. Repeat them every day to yourself, for as many times and as long as needed, until they become part of your default thinking.

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Further Reading

  1. For more on gratitude, check out the gratitude challenge and all its 14 tasks of gratitude: #GratitudeChallenge Overview
  2. Complaining often comes hand in hand with impatience. Here’s my one-and-only guide on how to be patient: How To Be Patient: The Only Guide I’ll Ever Write on Becoming Patient
  3. Last but not least, for those of you with Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, be sure to review Day 28: A Complaint Free Day, where you practise a day of no complaints.

Share Your Results!

Share your results, check out other participants’ responses, and interact with each other in the comments section! Remember, this challenge is a community effort: by openly engaging in the discussion, not only will you help others, you’ll also help yourself.

If you think today’s affirmation has benefited you, do share it with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, G+, or e-mail.

Look forward to seeing you guys in Day 6 tomorrow! :D

Images: Flower, Flower field

  • Madalina S

    I really, really like this task!

    3 things I tend to take for granted: my health, my parents, and my laptop.

    I’m grateful for: having a job, a family, a roof above my head, house utilities and appliances, food in my fridge, money in my bank account, clothes, furniture, the possibility to follow superior studies; knowing how to read and to write; having access to the Internet; being healthy; living in a safe free country; having a best friend who is always there for me; for the existence of public means of transport, fruits, public libraries, music, bookshops, and tea houses; for speaking two foreign languages. Those are more than 10, but there’s even more that I’m grateful for.

    Going to tell my parents how important they are for me and how much I appreciate everything they do for me. We might not be on the same page all the time, but I know I can be a pretty difficult person as well (like they say, there are 3 sides to any stories: yours, theirs, and he truth).

    I am grateful for everything in my life!

    • Vivian

      Lina, the 3 sides stories is fantastic! I can relate this to lots of stories in my life.

  • Renu Seth

    Great to be connected !

    Three things I take for granted my house support person, my friends and the day that breaks with the same brightness and cheer

    I am grateful for my children, my home, my house person without whose support, my work would be really difficult for me, that i am able to walk around and work well, i am grateful tor the opportunities i have, that i am able to learn and understand, i am grateful to my husband and children, my brother, for the beautiful flowers in the park, the green grass and for the beautiful music that is composed.. and i can go on…

    I am going to write to my brother and share my gratitude and let him know that – how much being in contact means to me.
    .
    “I am grateful for everything in my life !!”

    Thank you Cele !

  • Vivian

    I love this topic. I am so grateful for having chance to learn together with this learning community.

    Here are few practice works for me, for your thoughts:
    A. Take grateful journal, write the 3 things feel grateful everyday. For example, I am grateful that I am still live. I am grateful that the sky in Beijing is blue today. xxxx the beauty of grateful journal is have a realization that nothing is granted. Nothing is granted, the sunshine, the air, the water.
    B. I would like to recommend the book of a complaint free world, I read the book 4 years ago and with the purple wristband. When you realized that you are in complain, change the wristband from left to right, then change again when you next complain. It’s quite interesting in the first month, especially the first week. Then getting better and better.
    C. Carrying the weather. When the weather is nice, I am so happy, when is raining, I am bad. I used to behave this way. I used to have Victim mind-set. I am so lonely, I am so hopeless. I am a victim, why me? why others treat me this way? I want to do activity, why the weather is bad? I am so unlucky. I used to think this way. When I changed my mindset that I am not a victim, I am the product of my choices, and I am responsible for my life. I got control of my life. If it is to be, it’s up to me. I am responsible for what happened in my life. If people treat me not well, may be I didn’t something they feel not good. What I can do to get this solved?
    I learned from one of our executive about the definition of complain. Complain is without intention to get the issue solved. If you want to change something, go to do that.

    Your Task Today
    A. Identify three things that you tend to take for granted.
    1) My father, I had friend whose father passed away after high school, I always fight with my father, and take this granted. In fact, I feel so grateful that he still with me.
    2) My job. I used to hate my job, feel my job is the worst in the world. In fact, I have chance to work in the my current company, when the day I got offer, I feel my dream come true. Just because I took this job for granted, I didn’t realize lots of good benefits company offered.
    3) My son. My boy is too mature, he did lots of things by himself, even he just 3 years and 4 months. I am so grateful to have him in my life.

    B. Identify 10 things that you are grateful for in your life.
    1) PE. I believe when the student is ready, the teacher will show up. I met PE in the moment I do need help. Grateful to have chance learn from PE and learn from this community, from Celes!
    2) My husband. He is my soul mate, he is very supportive, when I am waiting the post of today’s post and he is taking care own son, and shared lots of housework, which is not usual in Asia context. He is my best friend, mentor, brother, lover, father, and my second son.
    3) My friend. I am so lucky that I have lots of girlfriends. They all quite nice and very supportive in past few years. For some, we met in middle school, and we now knew each other over 2 decades.
    4) My company. As shared, when the day I got the offer from my current company, the feeling is my dream come true. I learned a lot in past few years, without the supportive culture of my company, I won’t be able to become who I am today.
    5) My ex-manager. She just left company recently, but the difference she has made in my life is unchangeable. She hired me in the company, and coach/support me in past few years.
    6) My job, although I complained a lot about my role as administrator when I in that position, but being an executive assistant is very important experience for me. I won’t be able to grow/interact with senior managers and learn a lot through those interaction. I have chance to experience the talent management, organization development, training program, which helped me to find my passion and made decision to pursue this as a career. As the leader for the administrators, I have chance to offer training/small group coaching to people, which made me insist that I love training/coach and continue want to pursue my passion.
    7) My mother. Although I shared that my whole family want to have a boy, but my mom insist that she only want me when I was young. And she provided unconditionally love for me in certain area. Without her support, I won’t be able to go through the journey.
    8) Landmark forum. I did landmark forum in 2008, without the landmark forum, there is no chance for me to become who I am today. That is the life changing course for me, also because that, I made decision to engage in training.
    9) People who made me cry/angry/… just because those people, I had chance to practice what I learned, and continue grow. They all come for different reason to help me in different way.
    10) One of my girlfriend. She means a lot to me. As I shared, I am not confidence. She is the one who believe me when I don’t believe myself. She is the transition person for me, I can’t imagine what will happen if I won’t meet her in my life.
    I can continue the list for couple of days. The list is the hope for me, whenever I met challenge in life, those grateful made me become courage again.

    Identify ONE thing you can do today to express gratitude to any one item on your list. For example:
    1) I went to bed room to give a warm hug to my husband, and told him I am thanks for his support to enable me continue the affirmation challenge;
    2) I will write email to my friends, thanks for their support for years.
    3) I am organizing the family gather this Sunday to celebrate the 59 years anniversary of my grandparents. I will share my gratitude to my family.
    4) I will follow the gratitude challenge
    5) I will continue my grateful journal.
    Say today’s affirmation.
    I am grateful for everything in my life, including those things I don’t have, and those problems on my way. Even myself, my self-limitation thoughts, my negative thoughts. I am grateful for everything.
    “I’m grateful for everything in my life.”
    One big realization here is I am so grateful for myself standing in my way to achieve my dream. I see I am struggle, and frustrated, and I am so happy to see myself really working on it. It sounds terrible on one hand that I am stand in my own way, but in fact, it’s hardest and easiest part I can conquered.

    My link for day 5: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_a2fd0f5f0102ux27.html

    • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

      1) PE. I believe when the student is ready, the teacher will show up. I met PE in the moment I do need help. Grateful to have chance learn from PE and learn from this community, from Celes!

      Thank you so much Vivian. You’re too kind, really; I’ve done nothing and you are the one who’s creating all these positive changes in your life. I’d like to thank you again for your wonderful sharing and participation so far; you’re being a great support in this challenge, and I’m sure other participants (whom you’ve been posting encouragement and advice to) really appreciate your comments too!

      2) My husband. He is my soul mate, he is very supportive, when I am waiting the post of today’s post and he is taking care own son, and shared lots of housework, which is not usual in Asia context. He is my best friend, mentor, brother, lover, father, and my second son.

      Oh he sounds like such a wonderful man! I’m so happy for you that you’ve found the one for you. I didn’t realize that you have a son — that must be triply busy for you, being a mom, working in your job, and participating in the challenge. How old is your son, if I may ask?

  • VickiB

    This was particularly challenging because all of the things that I thought of that people take for granted, like health and good weather and family and being able to sleep are things that I have reason to be particularly aware of and grateful for. For instance, my husband’s poor health constantly reminds me of how lucky I am that I can walk, that I can eat pretty much what I want, that I can write by hand (he has severe tremors), and that I can carry things. Because last winter was so severe and created problems for us in getting him out of the house, I am very appreciative of the freedom that we have when there isn’t snow or ice on the ground! Because my husband and I couldn’t have children and adopted a seven-year-old boy (31 years ago), I don’t take for granted having children, and because we were foster parents too, I am aware of how much children need families and how many don’t have good loving families like I do. My lifelong struggle with insomnia, which I wrote about earlier, means that I don’t take sleep for granted.

    When I made the list of things that I am grateful for, I didn’t stop with ten. I could easily make a really long list.

    So I asked myself: What if I think of the things that I complain about and then find a way to be grateful for them?

    Instead of complaining about having to park far away from the store, I can be grateful that I have a car and that I am able to walk that distance.

    Instead of complaining about the noise from the television (which my husband watches and I don’t), I can be grateful that I can hear and also that he is home to watch it!

    Instead of resenting that I have to go shopping, I can be grateful that there is an abundance of food available and that I can afford to buy some.

    I can find a reason to be grateful for all the things I complain about. (Except maybe mosquitos and poison ivy.) (That was a joke.) I am grateful for everything in my life.

    • Vivian

      Vicki, it’s not a easy journey, you said painlessand very peaceful. I am grateful to know you in PE, your attitude to life is amazing. In chinese we have a term, the salt you took is much more than the rice I eat. Your sipiritual in lifelongLearning and love to the world is amazing. I never met one in my real life. Thanks for being there.

  • Christer

    It is so easy to forget to be gratitude of life and as long one is healthy, one
    can master amost any difficulties.

    I feel that emotions run through your blood and heart and change your thinking, and one has
    difficulties to see the problem/difficulties as what is is without colour it.

    I feel blessed of my life when I see other who must live with circumstances that they can
    not control over. I saw a child born without arms and legs. Suddenly
    I feel ashamed that I complain to myself of my situation. I must be to weak not se the reality of life. Am I still a child or just human.

    To master gratitude of life gives strength and purpose in order to wake up every morning
    to face the days opportunity and to make the change that will gradually come .

    I feel that it is important for me to change the dialog speech within me, as there are not
    so many I can model upon. If I can not find someone to be my model of life it is my responsibility to create that model I admire, because no one will do it for you.

    Visdom and gratitude help me to come back to right “track”

  • http://www.starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/ Moonsparkle

    1. Identify three things that you tend to take for granted.

    1. Having a home
    2. My mum
    3. Having access to lots of food with supermarkets and shops (even though I don’t have a lot of money and can’t always buy what I want, there’s a wide choice of food available)

    2. Identify 10 things that you are grateful for in your life.

    1. My family
    2. My cats
    3. My house
    4. My dancing group
    5. Summer
    6. Music
    7. Books
    8. Chocolate
    9. The internet
    10. Living near the countryside

    3. Identify ONE thing you can do today to express gratitude to any one item on your list.

    Let my mum know that I’m grateful for all she does for me. :)

    P.S. Since doing the Gratitude Challenge I try to write down 5 things I’m grateful for every day and I find that it does help me to feel better. :)

  • ASLO

    I was one of the graduates of the Gratitude challenge last year and I still hold it’s teachings and learning close to my heart….

    1. Identify three things that you tend to take for granted:
    - My uncle and aunt: They brought me up right from when I was a baby to my marriage. Though they are both no more now, I sometimes feel I under appreciated them though that in a way is human conscience and after you lose something dear to you you feel like you could have done more for it…

    - My son and daughter: These two pillars of my strength give me reason to persevere, I may sometimes falter due to the situations and I may take them for granted, but that is only for the moment. I’d say it here, “I love you my darlings”

    -Myself: I have lived till now trying to please others, seldom seeking anything for myself, my goals, my wishes, my ambitions have always taken the back seat. So I’d thirdly list myself

    2. Identify 10 things that you are grateful for in your life.
    -My son: He has been my supportive and understanding support system over all this years, I thank god for the wonderful man he has turned out to be. Sometimes I may not be willing to directly see as they are but he always says things to me as they are, it may be bitter at that time but it is always wanting the best for me.

    -My daughter: A reflection of me, she has her kindness and love uninhibitedly abundant for me and I am grateful for her.

    -My upbringing: Having being brought up with the values and virtues that were instilled into me by the various mentors and teachers in my life including my uncles and aunts and my teachers. I can say I am grateful for my upbringing and the principles I have in my life.

    -My closest friend: Sometimes having a person who’d listen to you and you can say anything in your heart to and she’d understand is a gift and I appreciate that I have such a friend. She came into my life unasked for and I am forever grateful

    -My library: The little library of books I have resourcefully gathered, I wouldn’t shy of saying my books are my life and I am grateful for them.

    -PE: This wonderful wonderful website, i cant remember the time when I joined this movement by Celes but with every challenge and article i have participated/read its brought out the best in me and I shall forever be grateful

    -My circumstances: If I didn’t have the falterings and setbacks which I do have in my life, I would never have found reason or motivation to seek betterment.

    -Nature: Seeing birds pick on grains of rice strewn in the garden for them or the flowers in the garden, nature always brings me to peace and at one with myself.

    -Meditation: From the meditation challenge we had in PE all the way back in 2011 to date, a constant partner to every morning of mine is meditation. I thank this practice for the peace and decluttering of mind, body and soul. I am grateful to Celes for invigorating the practice into me.

    -Celes: Over the years for giving us so many opportunities to grow. Selflessly you have run this website growing with us, motivating us and leading us on! I am grateful to you too.

    3. Identify ONE thing you can do today to express gratitude to any one item on your list: I do not prize any one item on my list more than the other. I am equally grateful to all my 10 choices. I may not be able to individually reach out to each of my choices but with time I shall do so and today I shall end my day with a prayer for the good life, health and prosperity of all I have mentioned in #2 and express my gratitude in prayer to each of my choices…In a way it would be a sort of gratitude meditation.

    “I’m grateful for everything in my life”

    • Vivian

      ASLO, it’s so great to know that you engaged from 2011. It’s a great inspiration.
      Your grateful list is very thoughtful. I appreciate that you feel grateful to nature and circumstances. I now fall in love with the Tao, nature is Everything.

  • Educate Yourself

    1. Identify three things that you tend to take for granted (and What You Plan to Do About Them)

    -My health, I feel like an old lady if I don’t exercise because my back hurts. A lot.

    -My parents’ relationship, they are divorced now from lack of communication. I don’t communicate either.

    -My accomplishments. They are different from other people somehow I assume they don’t count because my parents didn’t support me and my crazy dreams. I forgot about them. Thanks for reminding me!

    2. Identify 10 things that you are grateful for in your life.

    1. My life

    2. My family

    3. My friends

    4. My dreams

    5. My experiences

    6. My accomplishments

    7. My resources, I have everything I need right now.

    8. My goals

    9. The internet

    10. PE

    3. Identify ONE thing you can do today to express gratitude to any one item on your list.

    I already did, I thanked the one person I call my best friend. I have been waiting for one person that understands me and finally had one. I was chickening to say “thank you” I wanted to do it but thought it was silly. I am glad I did. Thanks Celestine for the challenges!

    4. Say today’s affirmation. Pause for a second. Think about everything you have in your life now, and don’t have yet. Appreciate them. Know that they are gifts in your life and there are people who want to have these things (yes, including your “problems,” simply because their problems are far worse), but can’t/don’t. With a heart full of gratitude, say today’s affirmation:

    - I have to communicate with people to strengthen our relationships.

    - I have t0 to exercise to be healthy.

    - I need to give myself credit for my accomplishments. I don’t need others to approve of me before loving myself.

    “I’m grateful for everything in my life.”

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