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Say Yes to Life with a Grateful Heart

Updated on September 01, 2011
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. -Kahlil Gibran
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. -Kahlil Gibran

New years are new beginnings. What a better way to start it by saying “Yes to Life!” And I believe the best way to saying yes to life is to be grateful for everything and everyone in it.

Gulp. Does it have to be everything and everyone…all of the things and people in our lives? That seems to be pretty tough. No way! How about those times when someone you love betrayed, abused, deceived and lied to you? Or how about those times when we faced challenging moments of financial crisis, emotional turmoil, separation and loss of a loved one or the difficulty of having physical ailments, cancer and the list goes on. Do I have to be grateful for that too?

The answer remains the same. Yes!

Allow me to share with you a true story.

Several years ago, a sixty year old man with twinkling eyes arrived in the doorway of our learning center. We were so used to students with heights below our waist level that this was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. He asked if we have a one on one program where he could study and improve his English speaking skills. Curious, I asked why he wanted to do this and what it was intended for.

I smiled as he confessed sheepishly. “I am a businessman and well, I just want to learn how to speak English well. Am I too old for this?”

“Why no?!” I exclaimed. “Nobody is ever too old for anything. To tell you frankly, I admire you for doing this.”

He must have sensed my sincerity for he grew quiet and told me something more. He shared that a month ago, his doctor announced to him that he had liver cancer. He remembered how stunned he was as he walked out of the clinic in a dazed state.

When he was outside, he found himself looking up at the sky. “It was such a beautiful day. The sun was shining and I was amazed at how blue the sky was. And there were so many white clouds all around. And right then and there, I just realized how busy I was with my business that I had totally forgotten to appreciate the things around me. Do you know that was the first time, after a very long time, I recall taking the time to look at the sky and appreciating it?”

A Good Day

He was scheduled for an operation but before all of that he turned over his business to his partner and decided he was going to spend the rest of his life living. One of the things he wanted to do was learn English and thus, for some unknown reason made his way into our lives.

For a month, he came. He shared. He learned. We all grew. When it was his last day of his month long program, he brought some food for us as a thank you gift. I remember the bittersweet feelings of the pain of not knowing how long he had to live and yet the joy of having found himself and able to enjoy and live life truly.

I remember him vividly up to now because he brought into my awareness that saying yes to life is to be grateful for who I am and for all my experiences that taught me to be a better person. And how could I ever forget this sixty year old man whose enrollment form bore the name of Angel?

    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.-Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.-Meister Eckhart

Say Yes to Life by Expressing Your Gratitude

  1. Every morning when you wake up thank God that you are alive and you have a new day to live.
  2. Show your appreciation to the people who have made a difference in your life. Write a letter. Give a gift. Express it in a hug. Say “thank you.” Tell them what they did or who they are that has touched you.
  3. Allow yourself to show delight and gratitude. Stretch those facial muscles into a beautiful smile, skip and dance if you want to, shout with glee, break into a hearty laughter. Allow..allow…allow!

I can not stop being grateful for all the moments someone comes up to you as they express a word of thanks. It has made all the gloomy days bright and brings a large amount of inspiration.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”-Brian Tracy
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”-Brian Tracy

Say Yes to Life by Recognizing the Blessing in Every Situation

  1. Know and believe that in each situation and challenge that comes our way, there is a blessing. You may not see it immediately but trust in the process of life's unfolding.
  2. When tough times come, say thank you instead of grumbling and complaining. This puts you in a state of awareness that brings in the wisdom and the courage to respond in a better way.
  3. Recognizing the blessing in each situation will bring more peace and contentment in your life.

Learn how to view things differently:

Self Improvement: Get Out of the Box

Say Yes to Life with Gratitude Affirmations

I am so grateful to be alive.

I am so grateful for all the experiences that has made my life into what it is today.

I am so grateful for all the people who have taught me and brought out of me all the good qualities that I have.

I am so grateful to have a consciousness.

I am so grateful for every gift, skill, talent and ability that I could use to improve my life.

I am so grateful that I have the power to choose.

I am so grateful to think and feel.

I am so grateful to the Divine for giving me each brand new day to live a full life – a life of joy, peace, love and abundance.

I am so grateful knowing that each time I plant the seeds of gratitude, I know that they are blooming and growing constantly.

I am so grateful, ever so grateful, very grateful!

I am grateful for all that I have received and all that is yet to come!

Gratitude is a state of consciousness. A grateful heart declares to the Universe that everything is right and is in its proper place. It sees beyond the imperfections and acknowledges the perfection of things.

Say "Yes to Life" with a grateful heart and watch how beautiful life can be.

By: Michelle Simtoco

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Ripplemaker, what a touching story and what a great way to approach life. Yes to life and love! Allow me to take this time to be grateful about our friendship too. You have been the expression of God's love in my life opening the door to endless possibliites and love without boundaries. I hug you tenderly with gratitude and joy. Yes to angel Michelle! LOL. Hugs:)

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      WOW!! Yes that is so true!! When death stares us that is when the meaning of life becomes clearer. It is sad that sometimes we need a rude awakening to appreciate the value of life. I also love Kahlil Gibran and his book "The Prophet" is one of my all time favorites. Also Brian Tracey's "eating frog" was a beautiful video I saw in Dayzeebee's hub. Another nice soul uplifting hub. Keep up the good work. Have a great weekend.

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      Jennifer Bhala Hansen 8 years ago

      Gratitude is the key to leading a wonderfullife, for sure.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle: I could literally see the 60 year old man appreciating the sky with a sense of wonder and deep gratitude when he knew he was approaching death. What a message for all of us!   I was telling Phil (my partner) today that we are all going to die one day, and people fight over land,  religions,  some waste life by staying angry, etc, when we are all citizens of the universe, and we ARE all connected through our humanity and souls, yes even the terrorist far away from me.  I am grateful for life, for the air that I breathe,  and yes, even the times when things were challenging.

      I am also grateful for this hub and the series of writings we have been getting lately from inspirational hubbers.

      Hugs to you.

      Thumbs up!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      and it is so fun to see what shapes we can find in the beautiful white clouds in that blue sky...Life can be wonderful...if we allow it to be...I liked the video Good Day...was great...A touch, your smile, just your very presense can mean so much...Thanks sweetie...G-Ma :o) hugs & Peace

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi dayzeebee, I am very calm today after watching the video "A Good Day."  I spent the morning meditating and finally was able to come up with a hub about gratitude.  I could not forget him "Angel" because I remember being dumbfounded that this was his real name.  But then again, beautiful surprises are always in store for us if we take the time to appreciate it. :) I receive your tender love today with joy.  Thank you so much.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi countrywomen, it seems sad on one end but to have discovered something else may all be worth it.  Although this is not true for all, I have the wonderful opportunity of meeting people whose lives have taken a sudden turn for the better after experiencing illnesses and even facing near death.  Guess what?  Angel survived his operation.  :-)

      Jennifer, I'm glad you also view life this way.

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      theomzone 8 years ago from Paradise

      Thank you so much for your beautiful Hub! Your message found me right when I needed it, so thank you for being an answer to prayer!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi VioletSun, it is always a joy to read your thoughts. So many years ago, I had a hard time being grateful during challenging times. I used to cry a lot and just want to curl up and sleep and forget life. This topic is very close to my heart because I am truly able to say, a grateful heart does pave the way for more love and abundance to flow into one's life. I hug you dearly. Hi to Phil! :-)

      Hi G-Ma, I am glad you liked the video G-Ma. It makes you calm watching it huh? And joyful and just serene. :) And it is so true, your presence does make a difference so let us keep on appreciating the little things we do and receive --a smile, a touch, a few kind words everday. Loving hugs sent to you. :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Lisa (theomzone), I know not what you are going through right now and I am deeply grateful if these words have uplifted you somehow as it did me in writing them. May wisdom be upon you as you have the courage to do what you must do. Saying a little prayer for you now and any needs you may have. Sending sunshine your way... :-)

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Who better to remind us to say yes to life than our beloved Ripplemaker :). Your hubs always remind me of the cheery and thankful side of life, so thanks for the reminder. One thing I always like to look at is the shadows on the mountains and how deep blue the sky is against their peaks. When I used to talk about things like this with other people they thought it was boring I noticed those things, but I am glad to see many do. I think when we all slow down we notice these small, but great things in life.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi SweetiePie, I love having you around. Your words continue to inspire and uplift me in so many ways.  Thank you for being so sweet and nice and honest in sharing who you are with me. :-)  I am glad you find beauty in nature.  They are magnificent and breathtaking.  And the heart who notices these things know the deeper meaning of beauty.  Let's keep on strolling down the lane of life stopping awhile to smell the flowers and enjoy the small but great things in life ! :-)

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Hi ripplemaker. Great hub, great subject that I live by since I am a 15 year cancer survivor. It's sad that it takes death to jumpstart us into gratitude mode, but I guess that's life. There is not a day that goes by that I do not forget that this may be my last since I am not cured. I changed very quickly after going through all of the emotions one has when faced with certain death. I finally resolved to forego dying, a silly notion on my part, and live. I became more tolerant of others and appreciative, sharing and caring. I started writing things down for my children and grandchildren so they would learn more about me.

      Needless to say, it is great to be alive and I thank you for your hub as a reminder to me of this new day in my life, Today! I will live again.

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Ripplemaker and thanks for this--I'm reading it at seven in the morning and it is just a wonderful way to start my day. You reminded me once again to put a little"gratitude in my attitude"

      Thanks for another wonderful, inspiring hub..

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      What a lovely story!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi C.C. Riter, I honor you for sharing your heart here in this hub.  I believe many will be touched by it.  Facing our fear of dying and deciding to live is simply awesome.  And as we learn to become more tolerant and appreciative, be more caring and sharing and start living life instead of just going through the motions?  You have become a great example to us all.  May we too find it within us to be grateful for all that we have in our life right now.  Blessings be upon you Sir and sending you my loving prayers and warm regards. 

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Robie, it's 8:30 pm now where I am right now. And I will end the day being grateful too. I feel so darn alive today! And your presence is part of it all. May the attitude of gratitude bring blessings to you today Robie. Take care...

      Hi Julie Ann, I thank God I met him in my younger days when I didn't know any better. I was touched by an angel and have been touched continually ever since. :-)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Michelle for this Hub. It filled my heart with happiness...and gratitude. And with golden light of healing energies, he, he. To read the articles of healers is great: healing session is guaranteed, due to the hours spend in meditation and prayers...

      A lots of Love & Light & Gratitude & Blessings....

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      This is a good story for people to know. Growth can come to us in unexpected ways. and, cancer patients sometimes go into remission when they take control of their lives in this way, so it can be a double blessing.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      What a beautiful hub. My grandmother tought me to pray when I was a child, a prayer that always ended thanking God for al the good things in my little girl's life. As I grew older I forgot about it. A few months ago when my granny came to visit me I overheard her teaching the same prayer to my daughter who was thanking God for her family, her food and all the lovely things that had happened to her that day! It reminded me how busy I had become that I couldn't take a few minutes anymore to think about those things. Now, I have started again to thank God!

      Lots of love to you.

      xxx

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      jimmurdoch 8 years ago

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

      And thank you.

      Jim

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      ripplemaker, you sweet precious thing you, now ya went an' made me blush. I don't do hat to often. Thank you dear, dam, my face is still burning. You did everyone a service by writing this.

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      Tracy J 8 years ago from Missouri

      That was beautiful

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Tatjana, it takes one to know one that's for sure. :-) Your child-like nature endears you to many and I love that vision of golden light of healing energies overflowing into our lives. Love, gratitude and peace to you my dear friend. :-)

      Hi Patty, what you say is so true. One of my aunts who had cancer also started to truly live; and amidst the doctors diagnosis that she had only 6 months to live, she went and had six more years. That was indeed a double blessing. :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Princessa, you have just given me another reason to be deeply grateful. When people share things like this I get teary eyed coupled with really happy squiggly feelings of joyful cells prancing about. Hearing your daughter's spontaneous prayer will brighten up your day I am sure. Kids have this magical way of looking at life that reminds us of the beauty of life. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. Sending you and your family lots of sunshine and love.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi jimmurdoch, I can actually hear you say your 3 "yeses" LOL you are most welcome. :-) Keep saying yes to life.

      Hi C.C. Riter, you are very endearing and you made me smile. Those blush? I promise I won't tell. LOL I look forward to reading more of your experiences and life lessons here in hubpages. :-)

      Hi TracyJ, thank you for taking time to read and comment. :-)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Hey Little Sis! Great hub (again!) there's a real power in gratitude, thanks for sharing that truth!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Big Brother! It's always lovely to have you around. :-) I woke up in the middle of the wee hours of the morning (it's 4:50 now) and found myself hubbing. Can't stop sharing about gratitude. Indeed there is real power in it.

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      Madison Parker 8 years ago from California

      Ripplemaker,

      I don't really know who you are or why you've come into my life but when I read one of your hubs, it is truely uplifting. I am grateful that you are "you" and that you spread joy here, and I'm sure, wherever you go. Hugs,

      Madison

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      fishskinfreak2008 8 years ago from Fremont CA

      An excellent attitude and outlook on life Great job. Thumbs up

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Such a touching story and I am grateful that you wrote this Hub and explained, through your words and the video, that tough question that we all ask (BUT do I have to be grateful for that Too?)  And you so eloquently and honestly spoke through Winged Heart YES Sis Dottie you Do!  Thank You my Dear, Thank You! Have a Good Day! Lots of Love and Hugs coming your Way :)

       

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Madison, if I am able to create ripples of love now then I know I am truly living ...for I too have walked the valley of forgetfulness years ago and have been deeply grateful that I have found the valley of love.  It has changed my life so much and thus, I am who I am today.  Thank you for your sincere comment.  It warms my heart in a very wonderful way.  Hugs back to you... may we know each other more :-)

      Hi fishskinfreak, thanks for the thumbs up! :-)  It's truly nice to have you visiting my hubs. Which reminds me I need to go through yours too.  See ya!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Dottie, I can hear you say those words LOL It was truly a nice surprise and a great idea to have sent that card. :-) I also asked that question many times sis. We are all alike in that way. And as we are able to move beyond the pain and see beyond, it becomes a grace filled moment and joy bursts forth. This is one of the stories that has touched me so and it is a wonderful way to share this truth. Thanks so much for reading and I receive your love with open arms. Hugs back to you.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      If you promise not to stop hubbing, I would be eternally grateful because you never fail to inspire with every hub you write. Again, thanks for sharing :D

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Cris, aaawww... you know how to rub a person in just the right way. :D Yes, I promise never to stop sharing about people who have touched my life and the life lessons I have learned along the way. Is that ok? LOL

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      efeglo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      May God bless you ALWAYS. Amen!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you efeglo. May He bless you and your family too. Amen. :-)

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I like the old man story, and I agree: No one is ever to old to learn something.

      Your title has recently become my life's mantra.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Constant Walker, yipee! Let's celebrate! Let's say YES TO LIFE in the little and big ways of everyday living. I am grateful for you and for knowing you here in hubpages. :-)

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      Die'Dre' 8 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

      Reading your hub was so uplifting, I had to read it again. I do thank God for every day, and another chance to "get it right". Thank you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Die'Dre, each new day is indeed another opportunity to try again. :-) Live each day knowing that you are loved by God! Blessings be upon you...

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Thank you, M'Lady.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You are most welcome, Sire. (grins)

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful hub, Michelle. That story about Angel was so touching and inspirational. If he could be happy and grateful to be 'alive', then it should be easy for the rest of us. Thank-you for sharing his story with us.

      I like that quote by Eckhart Tolle. So simple yet so so effective!

      By the way, when I first arrived on this page, I saw that pic of you at the top and thought, "She just gets happier looking every time I see a new picture!" You are just so cute!

      Thumbs up and hugs!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Shirley, whoppeeee! Grateful feelings brings about happier cells LOL I'm getting shy now... thank you for the compliments, thumbs up and hugs! I am grateful for all of them. I know I too go through life learning to be grateful in all of the circumstances. You are right, his story is an inspiration to many. :-)

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Thank you Universe for having Michelle around :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Misha, glad to have you around too! :)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, Dayzeebe: I had to come back here and share. The minute one let's go and say "Yes!" to life, the way opens up. The example I gave in my latest hub of releasing my grief-writing book project, and a major foundation emailed on the same day I published the hub, asking for permission to link my grief healing website to theirs, that's a blessing, I will get free traffic and help many.

      There is more, :)  I thought in passing a week ago or so that it would be cool to sell my menopause health website as I could use the money, and I am not selling anything, its filled with information I wrote, and I add Google adsense. I have no experience with selling domains or websites, so I forgot about it. Someone emailed two days ago, (email which I hadn't seen), liked the quality of my site, and wants to purchase my site, and give me a generous offer! I didn't even advertise or told anyone, except for Phil.  I have to wait for my sister to come home later today from South America, so she  can give me guidance on how to go about it.  I am so GRATEFUL! 

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ooohhhh wow! I am so excited for you! This is wonderful news! Imagine that! Yes, yes, yes! Once you open your heart and say yes to life, life opens doors and gates and windows and abundance flows mightily. Yipeeeee! I feel like dancing and skipping and twirling. Hahahhaha Being grateful along with you VioletSun! :-) Thank you. Thank you for coming back to share this with us. I am grateful.

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi VioletSun, Wow what great news! I love it when things come together and bless all those who are ready to accept all the blessings life and love offers! Like Ripplemaker I too am so excited for you. Go girl Go! Embrace the abundance that comes from saying YES! Hugs:)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Dayzeebee and Ripplemaker: :)  I am going to keep my heart open and say "yes to life!". I fully understand this Truth, and its so cool to see the flow in action.   I knew you ladies would celebrate with me! hehe.   Thank you for this hub and both of you for  being you.  

      I am grateful!

      Hugs and more hugs!!! :)

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      imraj07 8 years ago

      hi

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Dayzee and I are happy to celebrate with you! :-) It feels pretty good being able to share it with a friend. Thank you VioletSun for allowing us to be a part of it all! :-)

      Hi imraj, nice to have you here :-)

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      Antoinette 8 years ago

      Thanks for cheering me up and inspiring me once again... The "bittersweet" feeling indeed...... of meeting a strange and struggling human being in this lifetime and yet full of gratitude, cares, hopes and love........

      loads of love for you and Ms Daisy......... GOD bless you.........

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Antoinette, I also get inspired by people a lot. All of us go through different challenges and we all need each other's encouragement and support. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here and I pray all is well with you out there. Do say yes to life with a grateful heart. Thanks for all the love. God bless you too. :-)

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi Ripplemaker. I am thankful to God Almighty for all that has manifested in my life. The good things as well as the bad things. These have taught me something or the other and the experience itself has enriched me in some way or the other. I appreciate your hub. Great article. I am grateful.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Kulsum, the more we are able to appreciate all things in our lives, the more life becomes enriching right? I thank you for sharing your heart. :-) Keep saying yes to life!

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      OptimistsOnly 7 years ago from Christchruch, New Zealand

      Excellent points you have made. It is OK to be happy & blissful in this life but we should also take time to share with others and express gratitude. I always like to say: Stop and smell those roses, notice their beauty, appreciate the happiness they bring and be sure to share that happiness with another living creature. Doing so will set the tone for others to follow!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Very well put OptimistsOnly! :-)

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      DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      I'm a new hubber, having just joined two days ago, and have just published my very first hub. When I checked it out on the site, I saw your hub in the section with other similar topic hubs. I was very inspired by your hub!

      Being thankful even in life's not so good experiences is very difficult. Thanks for the reminder. I find that if I am thankful when things are not the way I like them, that somehow helps me accept things better. I figure that God knows what is best for me, and will certainly show me the way through my troubles. Thank you for sharing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi DoodleLyn, when the challenges are overwhelming it can be difficult to be grateful. I know that very well too. Like you, I also needed some reminders every now and then and a good cry helps. LOL The more we learn to say thanks, the more it becomes easier. I find this to be a better attitude and has helped me tremendously as I see that you also have. Blessings :-)

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      Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

      This is so awesome, Ripplemaker. What a heartfelt reflection to share as contributing to a lovley journey!

       I SO BELIEVE THIS: Gratitude is a state of consciousness. A grateful heart declares to the Universe that everything is right and is in its proper place. It sees beyond the imperfections and acknowledges the perfection of things.

      It is life changing and I see the awareness growing everyday! I am very grateful for arriving here! Thank you!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Jodi, and I am glad you arrived here too. :-) It's amazing how life takes us huh? Glad to be in the company of someone who believes in saying yes to life with gratitude. Have a lovely day Jodi. :-)

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      Sciantel 7 years ago

      Hi ripplemaker. Boy do I have a ripple needing done. I received a shocking hub from one of my hubfans. This is from Linda's hub. We need your support too:

      IF YOUR A CHRISTIAN THEN JESUS IS CALLING "YOU" RIGHT NOW!

      EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN MUST STAND UP NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE! EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN MUST TAKE A STAND AND FIGHT WITH EVERYTHING WITHIN YOU AGAINST THIS HEALTHCARE PLAN! WE MUST STAND TOGETHER AND TELL OUR GOVT OFFICIALS WE WILL NOT IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM PAY FOR ABORTIONS WITH OUR $$$ UNDER THIS HEALTHCARE PLAN THEY ARE PROPOSING! YES! WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OR AGAINST ABORTIONS, THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN STATES WE WILLLLLLLLL HAVE TO BE FUNDING ABORTIONS!!!! NOOOO MATTER WHAT OUR FAITH IS!!!!! THIS HEALTHCARE PLAN ALSO "RATIONS" HEALTHCARE!!!! YES!!!!!! YOUR HEALTHCARE WOULD BE LITERALLY........... "RATIONED" ......... DON;T LEAVE THIS TO "OTHER" CHRISTIANS...............FRIENDS, JESUS NEEDS EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY CHRISTIAN TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT!!!!!! THATS WHY I AM PLEADING WITH "YOU" TO MAKE EVEN "YOUR" VOICE HEARD!!!! CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENITIVES WHILE THEY ARE NOW CURRENTLY HOME ON THEIR SUMMER VACATIONS!!!!! CALL THEM NOW AND MAKE YOUR VOICE KNOWN TO THEM...........TELL THEM NOOOOOOOOOOO!..!!!! AND DO IT NOW, "BEFORE" THEY GO BACK TO WASHINGTON TO VOTE ON THIS AFTER THEIR SUMMER BREAKS.

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      LASTLY, PLEASE BE SURE TO PASS THIS ON TO REACH AS MANY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU ALL:)IF YOUR A CHRISTIAN THEN JESUS IS CALLING "YOU" RIGHT NOW! Body: Thanks!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sciantel, the killing of innocent babies is so hurtful and painful. I do pray that many will come to honor and respect the life of the unborn child, to be able to say "Yes to Life" and be grateful.

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      divinemercylover1 7 years ago

      HELLO RIPPLEMAKER, YOU HAVE A VERY BEAUTIFUL HUB AND YOUR WRITING IS...HOW MAY I DESCRIBE IT...BLESSED, AND FULL OF VIRTUE, GRACE, ABUNDANCE, LOVE, PEACE, BALANCE, LIFE...YOU EMBRACE A DEPTH OF WEALTH NOT SEEN BY MANY PEOPLE...HARMONIUS, GRATEFUL, AND HAPPY...MOST OF ALL, FOR MYSELF, LIFE IS SACRED...ESPECIALLY THOSE OF WHOM CRY OUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE WOMB...WHO WILL SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF??? PLEASE, CONTINUE YOUR BENEVOLENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE WRITING COMMUNITY. KINDEST REGARDS.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Divinemercylover: I like what you wrote, "Life is sacred." Indeed it is. Thank you for your kind words and I continue to pray that we continue to say yes to life with a grateful heart. Be blessed. :)

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      Lenny Rinen 5 years ago

      Fell so blessed with your hub as always, thanks Michelle, cheers

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      myrtle McKinley 5 years ago

      Thanks for a great hub. Recognizing the blessings in every situation is so important, even when you are dealing with a difficult in-law.

      I would welcome your comments on my piece "In-Law Musings" I have been a hubber for only a couple of days.

      Thanks for your inspiration.

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      rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Beautiful! I am also a new hubber, see what you think! It's definitely not as deep as you but should bring a smile to your face.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Michelle. This is a wonderful story, I'd say YES to life! I was so touched an angel came to you. You're right, "how could you forget him?", thank you for sharing this to us. I can say, you're my angel. I'm voting up beautiful and awesome. May you be blessed with more and more! THANK YOU!

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Tonipet: Thank you for saying yes to life. Angels continue to come into my life. I just have to continually open my mind and heart to see them. I pray it may be for you as well. :) Love and light.

      rutley: Okay I will :)

      myrtle McKinley: Difficulty trains us to be better indeed. Love and light.

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