I really am rich.
Now, isn’t that a fun way to end the year?
Instead of just thinking about the resolutions I would have for the upcoming year 2011, I thought I would think of the things that I am grateful of.
I am rich because…
1. Of my family
I only have my mom left in this world and I don’t really have siblings. Now, you might wonder why would I be grateful for such a family. Well, there are bazillion of reasons to be grateful for what I have because after all, I’m too lucky to still have my mom! Others would grow up in orphanage clueless as to who their real parents are.
God is good.
For beyond the darkness, He gives us light.
Beyond our nightmares, He gives us dreams.
Beyond our tears, He gives us comfort.
So for this new day that He has provided,
Let us thank Him even if our plans failed and our
expectations not reached.
For beyond these things is God’s embrace saying:
“My child, the path I have laid for you
is just beyond the corner. Take my hand and just have faith…”
2. Of my job
As of November 2010, the unemployment rate in the United States rose to 9.80% while the number of unemployed Filipinos in January 2010 eased a bit to 2.8 million, slightly lower than the 2.9 million estimate in 2009.
While almost 45-50% are unhappy with their jobs (yes, despite the recession, you can’t just fake happiness like you could fake orgasm); I stay grateful for my job that helps me provide for my mom and save for my dream house.
3. Of my friends
Billionaires could acquire billions of tons of golds and have its authenticity checked but you could never buy true friends.
I am very grateful for all the great acquaintances and real friends that became part of my journey in this Wonderland called Earth.
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” - Tennessee Williams
I am thankful for my trader friends who have helped me all the way in my trading and investing journey. For Remigio Ocampo who has always given me and Kath Villar some pretty much spot on financial advices. For Juan Sena (not really sure if it’s his real name, but hey, it doesn’t really matter!), who would always give me and Kath technical analysis and explain to us why investing in our chosen stocks makes sense or not. For Vladimir Rillo who gave us ebooks of such as The Intelligent Investor, Stock Market Strategies that Work and Buffet Beyond Value. Kath Villar for sharing my interests about traveling, intriguing specific people and making me feel that the stock market is not only for rich people but really, it’s for people who wanna get rich. I got lucky to have found these people who were genuinely helpful to newbie investors and trader-wanna-be.
(from left to right) Richelle Ann Valencia, Karen Reontoy, Airel Vi Ilarina, Melville Teodosio and me. And oh, Renz Malapit took the photo. He’s a way good looking man that this photo would explode in awesomeness if he was included! haha
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. - Elizabeth Foley
With some friends in Damires Hills Resort
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels
4. Of my membership in the Church
I couldn’t think of any other force that has helped me go through everything in this life and survive than the strength that my Heavenly Father has provided me. He has showered my life with lots of blessings and understanding that has helped me grow strong in the gospel and become happy in this life.
5. Of my talents and opportunities
Every time I would feel distracted, I would read my patriarchal blessing and things will be fine. From that little piece of paper, I would be relieved and be back on track as to why am I really here, what I’m supposed to do and where I’m going. It would also remind me of the countless blessing God has given and are about to give me.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” - Erma Bombeck
As 2010 comes to a close and another chapter of our lives is about to open and show us magical pages of our lives, I am very grateful for those little things that God has given me and those little pieces that complete me.
Never hate the times in your life where you have failed. Though they may be hard to accept, these are the times wherein we stand back up and show the world that failures don’t define us but it is what makes us STRONGER.