The Unique Gift of Life

Early morning at Davis Islands in Tampa, Florida by NoShoes

It has been more than two months into the new year. Have you already made your new year resolutions and following them faithfully? I believe many would have resolved to be a better person this year or to have a better health. Or do you resolve to improve your relationships with loved ones and people around you? Or could it be to be more successful and wealthy this year? More spiritual and to help more people this year? Or could it be what I want to share with you in the following?

I remember reading a quotation in one of the blogs, while dropping entrecards at the start of the new year, that goes something like this, “new year is a time for us to redeem ourselves; to set things right and to right any wrongdoings and to relive our lives.”

Did you put up a quotation like this in your blog at the start of the new year? If you did, I would love to give you the credit by linking back to your blog. Do let me know in the comment.

The quotation got me in deep reflection. I thought initially that new year is indeed a good time when we can start everything on a fresh note. Then again, it is only true to certain extent. Is new year the only time when we should collectively reflect upon our lives in the past year? 365 days is a long stretch of period; do you still remember exactly what you had done last year at this time?

The thing is why do we have to wait for another 365 days to pass before we start reflecting on our lives again. Who says that resolution can only be made yearly and before the start or at the start of a new year?

I am grateful for the fact that I am still alive and writing this at this very moment. I am grateful to be still breathing in the air that you are breathing. I have learnt that if I wanted to do any good, I have to be alive in the first place. What? You knew that simple truth a long time ago? Alright, I admit I am slow in some areas; better late than never.

I have reminded myself almost every night to be grateful that I am still alive. What is the meaning of being alive? To me, everyday I get to wake up in the morning, I’m bless with a gift – the unique gift of life. This gift of life continues to allow me to make a difference in the lives of others and to correct whatever wrongs done in yesterday. The unlimited potential of doing good.

Quoting a paragraph from the book, ‘Make The Impossible Possible,’ by Bill Strickland, “Sometimes, the hardest thing about living an exceptional life is realizing what it means, in simplest and most essential terms, to be alive. Just waking up to the fact that you are alive – that each day and each moment you’re on the planet gives you once-in-a-lifetime chance to build the future you dream of …

If I can make life easier for at least one person a day, that will be 365 people a year and around 13,000 people in my lifetime; assuming the average lifespan of a man is 70 years old. Not very impressive but not bad also. Of course, these numbers can be reduced drastically if someone up there decides that my time is up today. One must really make full use of his or her time given and live it to the fullest!

As I took in another breath, I am filled with gratitude. Time is bad now especially with the financial crisis happening everywhere and it may have taken its toiled on you, but to be alive, you are open to greater possibilities and potentials. It will get better! Quoting something John Gokongwei, Jr. said, “The important thing to know is that life will always deal us a few bad cards. But we have to play those cards the best we can. And we can play to win!

Last but not least, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Yes, it is that time of the year again where lovers will re-pledge their loves for their loved ones. Take this day to renew your vow towards your loved one but always remind yourself that everyday is a Valentine’s Day.

Passionate Blogger AwardThank you iWalk from iWalk, U2? for giving me the passionate blogger award and to Michele from Digital Artisan for giving me the Lemonade Award.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Aldon from Orient Lodge for informing me of the Trojan alert coming from my website a few days ago and for helping me to test it after I cleared the site of the alert. Thank you for taking the time to do that. And I hope that none of you were affected by it yesterday. My sincere apology for any inconvenience caused to all of you.

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28 thoughts on “The Unique Gift of Life

  1. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Vicky, Happy Valentine’s Day too. Thank you for tagging me. Pardon me that I would not join in fun with the tag. It is truly my honour. Hope that you would forgive me for this. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

  2. Chelle

    In my new years post I wrote: “Of course, everyday is a good day to think about what you can do to make your life a happier one…” πŸ™‚ So I definitely agree there really is no reason to wait until next year when there is so much we can do today!

    One of the reasons I love blogging so much is because it really does give you a chance to make a difference in people’s lives, when ordinarily you may not have otherwise been able to.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  3. Qupid

    So many good points here. I can’t imagine ever being bored with life, whether I’m in a good or bad situation. There’s always been so much to learn, no matter how far I’ve come. We’ve got it good with modern technology–so many thoughts and so many people to share them with.

  4. betchai

    i usually do not make new year’s resolutions since i make a resolution whenever i learn from the moment, so yes, i live each day one step at a time, and learn from it and make resolutions. And yes, like what you said, life can never be boring, we have to be thankful for all the daily surprises coming our way. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Betchai, life is happening in the moment and not in the past or in the future. Indeed we can make plan for the future but living life in the moment to the fullest is the most important. πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your birthday greeting. πŸ™‚

  5. iWalk

    I really want do something new this year, even in this crisis days.

    So I always feel time is so short, I can’t do as many things as I hope everyday!

    I also feel glad that I still have such passion. Maybe be that’s the gift of life!

  6. Romy/mom811

    Oh I’m already late here to greet you Happy Valentine’s, and Happy Birthday! Just the same, please accept my warm wishes for more happy and blessed years of Valentine’s and birthday celebrations πŸ™‚

    You have a great down-to-earth post on life. And I agree with you, living is NOW, and we should be grateful to Him Above, from Whom we owe this wonderful gift of life by doing good to our fellowmen.

    Keep on inspiring, BK! Thanks for this, and for advertising in my site πŸ™‚

    Romy/mom811s last blog post..Jesus Heals the Blind Bartimaeus – Part 2

  7. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Romy, thank you for the greetings and wishes and your kind comment about my blog. We have to get back to the basic of living especially when times are bad and to remind ourselves how fortunate we are.

  8. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Silvers, pardon me for deleting your comment. Your comment was deleted for two reasons. First of all, the comment was not related to the topic itself and secondly, which is the main reason, was the link to your site that is selling products which are replicas to renown brand names. I warmly welcome you to comment genuinely about the post, just leave the link out. Thank you and have a great day.

  9. Jeff

    Back in 2000 I had heart surgery. This is one of those wake up calls that brings you back into the moment.
    It’s unfortunate that it usually takes something like this to deliver a wake up call. Even today all most nine years later I need little reminders to appreciate what I have and that just waking up in the morning is a gift…
    Have a good morning and enjoy that first cup of coffee like it was your last…

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jeff, you are right, it’s unfortunate that it usually takes something like this to deliver a wake up call. As they say, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ I am also taking responsibility of my own health. The logic is simple, if I am not in a good health, I would not be able to take care of others around me. It is such simple pleasure to wake up in the morning and enjoying that cup of coffee right? πŸ™‚