Focusing on the Blessings

My journey today began with a cup of milk tea. It was a short trip home and I was on my way again. Although short, travelling back home was a much needed trip to reconnect with family and friends. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet up with most of them.

As I was writing this, on the coach towards the destination, my mind went back to the valuable lesson I had learnt from my trip home; how easily one could forget about the blessings and fell into a state surrounded by negativity.

Please allow me to explain. When I first got to Cheras, Malaysia, I felt that I have lost my pair of legs; I wasn’t able to get from one point to another without someone fetching me to and fro. You may question why? I was equally puzzled. There are practically no public transports for traveling from one place to another. Even if there is, the locals told me that one couldn’t rely on the punctuality of the buses and at time they may need to wait for up to half an hour between buses. It is almost three months now and I still have this handicap feeling.

This is totally different from Singapore; in Singapore, one can easily go from one place to another using either buses or the Mass Rapit Train (MRT for short). One would also see cabs on the road. Thus I can safely say there is no lack of public transport. I felt so bless; I love the feeling of independent and not having to trouble others for such little thing as going from one point to another. That is besides the point; I am not interested in comparing the two places.

What I am more keen to discuss is the negativity part: as I was waiting for the MRT to go home the other day, the MRT was sort of delay and the wait was slightly longer than expected. I started to ‘complain’ in my mind about how inefficient the system was. Luckily, almost instantly, I told myself, “There wasn’t even a public transport system from where I was coming from in the first place. Immediately everything fell into perspective and I was grateful for this one lesson.

How quickly one falls into a state of negativity – if one gives it the attention. We really need to guard our mind, which is a very valuable asset, from all kinds of negativity. Always choose what you want to focus on and the Universe will respond to your thoughts in the most interesting way.

I am grateful for the public system which allows me to be independent. You, too, could possibly do yourself a wonderful service if you choose to focus on the positive aspect in life and be grateful for what we already have.

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9 thoughts on “Focusing on the Blessings

  1. Hilary

    Hi BK .. how right you are .. remember our blessings each and every day .. the fact we have trains, tubes and buses .. let alone cars for lifts .. and all the good and what we consider necessary things to live.

    Just occasionally we need to be reminded .. I try and look on the positive .. and look at things from others points of view .. then realise my own luck, or my own errors of my ways in my thoughts ..

    I’m sure you had some wonderful times back home with family and friends, even if you couldn’t get to see everyone .. all the best – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..B is for Barbara- A is for Apple- B is for Blogging without a Blog =-.

  2. Jenny Ann Fraser

    I love this! What you speak of is so true!
    I know that my life changed dramatically when I began to practice Gratitude.
    As I spend my days looking for things to be grateful for, I just don’t notice the small irritations that used to take so much of my focus.
    I am calmer, happier, and much more at peace now.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Hilary, yes, occasionally we need to be reminded. What we can definitely do is to do our best to look on the positive. It is always a choice we can make even in the worst scenario. Thank you for dropping by again. Have a great weekend!

      @ Jenny, I couldn’t have done it better than you. When we focus on things to be grateful for, very surely, we will not notice the small irritations around us; most people would have amplified these irritations many folds. Thank you for dropping by too and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. jacqueline

    Dearest bk, this is such a beautiful reminder of a very simple but yet wonderful sentiment! I totally get what you mean about the fact that it’s so inconvinet and so hard to get from one place to another in Malaysia. That is one thing that i always love about singapore, it’s the wonderful public transpotation. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..a warm blanket for your baby =-.

  4. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Jacqueline, yes. What I do not really like is troubling another to fetch me to and fro since I want to be independent. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you too!