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By Charm Moreto Damon


Halloween is over, and it is now November.  As we all await the next big holiday this month, Thanksgiving, I first want to say “Thank you, thank you!” to all of you for supporting, and reading the articles I share with you on Fridays.  I also appreciate the wonderful and encouraging comments from many of you.

Second, I thought today might be the perfect day to begin reflecting about the people and things we are grateful for in life instead of just doing so on Thanksgiving Day or eve. I am sure this is not the first time anyone is doing this, but I’d like to request that you join me beginning today in celebrating the gratitude month of November by proclaiming (aloud or silently) daily one or two things, big and small, you are thankful for in life.

The main goal of this exercise is to remind ourselves, especially on trying days, that we are showered with endless blessings, and that we are equipped with hope and chance each day we wake up to create better versions of ourselves.  And on days that you just can’t find a single “gratitude,” remember that you, yourself, are a blessing to someone.


I’ll start.

Today, I am especially grateful for:

  1. 1.       Moving boxes and
  2. 2.       Edy’s Rocky Road ice cream

These may be mundane “gratitudes” for others, but for me, with today’s demands, these are what helped me perform my duties as a wife, a mom and a friend with love and a smile. 


So, today and each day of the month, why not try to reflect on (and maybe share with us) what you are grateful for? And as we become used to proclaiming daily “gratitudes,” such proclamations might actually become part of our life – a lifestyle that not only reminds us of good things in life, but also one that attracts the greatest blessings and individuals we could ever imagine.


 About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students.  She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work.   She may be contacted at