Today, when I met up with David before church, I asked him, “Do you like my top?” (Guys, when a woman asks you this, they mean their blouse or shirt or what they’re wearing on top.)

“Yes” he answered quickly.

“I kinda think it looks like a carpet.” I told him, because I felt the flower pattern on it reminded me of carpets.

“It looks good.” he assured me.

“Try to guess where I got it from.” I asked.

“I know” he said “from Buckingham Palace. Where else would you find a carpet like that.”

“No! I got it from Shop Wise!” I proudly told him, because I was so proud to have found this piece for around P200 in the supermarket.

“Really?” David said surprised. “I was sure you stole it from the queen.”

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With my “carpet top” and our smirks.

 

Beautiful Things Don’t Need to be Expensive
While I do like pretty things, I’ve always understood that pretty things don’t have to be expensive. In my closet, along with a few fancy things are a lot of finds from markets and cheap places. Just because things come from simple places doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them, and I’m enjoying my much simpler life itself.

Sometimes we get so caught up in having more or the latest and greatest that we miss the simple beautiful things that are already around us. My cheap top not only was an affordable pretty thing to wear but also led to another humorously sarcastic exchange between me and David.

I guess the secret to enjoying anything is to be grateful for everything.

It’s not always easy given that many things that happen in life can be let downs but choosing to look for the good in everything and being grateful for that piece of good is a simple technique to truly enjoying life.

Someday, I’ll write more about my childhood and past experiences, but one thing I will say now, is that just like everyone else, my story hasn’t been perfect or full of ups and ups. There have been many downs, mistakes, frustrations, challenges, just as many others, if not all others. But we have a choice how to respond and I’ve chosen not to respond like victim or a grumbler or a bitter person.

I’ve chosen to look for the beautiful things whether at the mall or in a flea market, in a summer or stormy day. I choose to find the little nuggets of gold in dark moments, and these are the things I take with me on my journey.


“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” 

― Joel Osteen