Salamat sa Lahat

Yay, it is Thanksgiving Day!

Nope, I am not from the U.S.

I live in the Philippines but has always admired Thanksgiving Day from a distance thru TV shows and Facebook posts of friends and family in the other side of the world. I love seeing family and friends get together, listening to thankful toasts, and feeling the merriment in the atmosphere. And I secretly wish we have one such joyous celebration here.

So, I thought I’d join in the celebration this time by stating what I am thankful for.

Salamat sa lahat! This is how we, Filipinos, say, “Thank you for everything!”

Yes, I am thankful for everything. Sounds inauthentic, I know. How can one be thankful for literally everything? How can one be thankful for sickness or horrible instances that send shivers down the spine? How can one be thankful when you are staring at “rock bottom” in the eyes?

But I am. I try really hard to be. It is difficult to be thankful all the time especially when you’re in a particularly tough situation. When I find myself in that kind of situation, I remind myself that everything happens for a reason. If there is one thing past experiences taught me is that something good will come from every situation. I fumble. I fall. I am human, after all. But I always try to go back to that thankful state.

So yeah, today I am saying, “Thank you for everything!”

I am thankful for life. I am thankful for love.

I am thankful for family, friends, and amazing people I meet along the way.

I am thankful for you. I am thankful for this blog.

I am thankful for the challenges. I am thankful for the strength.

I am thankful for everything!

Salamat sa lahat!




4 thoughts on “Salamat sa Lahat

  1. Splendid post. Reminds of a passage from David James Duncan’s “The Brother K” which I quote a lot: A grandfather tells his grandson, “To be a great batter, it is not about getting the pitch you want, it is wanting the pitch you get. Even the one that strikes you out. Even the one that hits you in the head.”

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