7 Days of Gratitude (Day 7- A Personal God)

Its the last day of this epic gratitude week and am so excited to have pulled it off. It’s close to a miracle that I beat my blogger laziness and took on this very worthy challenge. Iam grateful for my friends Mercy and Hope who inspired and took on the challenge with me. They are the kind of people our parents meant we be friends with when they were lecturing us about, the dangers of peer pressure.
Somewhere within the week I felt like I was running out of what to write then I reminded myself that this was not about gratitude for just the big stuff but also & especially the little ones. Most of my week dwelt on those little things. Today being the last day however, I want to go out with a bang and be grateful for God.
I used to find it very weird when every time a friend of mine was asked to give a testimony he would say, ” I thank God for God” but I am older and wiser so I know what exactly he meant.
Yesterday I had conversation about something I am going to call ” Christian Bubbles”. It is those theatrics we are so accustomed to as Christians, the gimmicks we have perfected through years of practice & the all so pretentious words and actions we front when the rest of the fraternity is watching.
Wait this is supposed to be about gratitude so on with it. I discovered that we can get so caught up on doing what is rehearsed and recited as christians and miss out on a ‘personal’ God. This is why today Iam thanking God for God who has taught me that a place in my heart is all He cares about and the ultimate perks that comes with.
More on the subject of bubbles at a later date because going that direction would take me from the ‘mulamwa’ of gratitude.
Also I am thank ful for having written 7 posts in 7 days- it is has been worth every ounce of time.
My friends blogs are atimmercy.wordpress.com and
hopejakisa.wordpress. com
Enjoy finding out how their gratitude week has been.

7 Days of Gratitude- Day 6 ( My Day)

Day 6 wooooo
Its truly amazing that  Am pulling this off.. It makes me wonder if I have been going about my life all wrong ( I mean an extra dose of determination could do life changing things)
Today Iam grateful for the day I had..It has been epic hanging out with Peggy ( my friend who hates the word epic).
First of all UCU and it’s ever so amazing community spirit had a cultural gala, which means for the first time since never we didn’t have classes on Saturday ( now that’s a real day starter).
Not that I don’t appreciate the wonders of our diverse culture, I am just a-take-your-only-free-saturday-and-run kind of girl.
So I  first enjoyed the brilliance of Shonda Rhimes’ brain with a scandal and how-to get-away-with-murder marathon the entire night, slept through the morning and stepped into the not-so-potholly- anymore Kampala city.
The plan was to go to church for a meeting, meet Peggy for icecream, and then head back to my course work-filled life, but that plan changed in the most amazing way.
So today Iam grateful that I did restaurant hopping.. ( its pretty trivial) but I have always wanted to try it. Literally moving from one restaurant to another.( I said I would be grateful for my appetite at some point this week. This is the point)
The highlight being The Sound Cup which is a place everyone should try at least once in their lifetime not for anything except it’s overpowering authenticity. We could all use some original.
I am so grateful today because I didn’t just spend the day with my friend who is too awesome that words be inadequate but also that I have the luxury of restaurant hopping.
That’s it.

7 Days of Gratitude- Day 5 (Grateful for the Nasty)

The other day I was thinking about what it is really that God has called me to do with my life. I hope you know that for every life God has placed a purpose, assignment and calling. ( That’s a whole post for not today) So as I took a trip down ‘ me lane,’ I couldn’t help but notice that I have been a church girl all my life, which is a fancy phrase for I was pretty much shielded from nasty life choices except for the nasty things that chose me.
That not so nice stuff that found its way to my life is what Iam grateful for today because its those things that taught me almost everything I know.
1. I am grateful for the experience of growing up fatherless for the most part, because it opened my heart to experience the love of
God unsparingly.

2. I am grateful for the times money was an issue because it taught me that the world doesn’t always rotate around those multicolored notes.

3. I am grateful because I had to share a room with all my sisters because we created a bond that is an breakable when we stayed up talking.

4. I am grateful because my school holidays were a time I would go help mother dearest to run the business because those are skills no school can ever teach me…

5. I am grateful because none of the nasty works against me because God causes all things to work together for my good

PS:- This is not where I saw this going..

7 Days of Gratitude- Day 5 (Grateful for the Nasty)

The other day I was thinking about what it is really that God has called me to do with my life. I hope you know that for every life God has placed a purpose, assignment and calling. ( That’s a whole post for not today) So as I took a trip down ‘ me lane,’ I couldn’t help but notice that I have been a church girl all my life, which is a fancy phrase for I was pretty much shielded from nasty life choices except for the nasty things that chose me.
That not so nice stuff that found its way to my life is what Iam grateful for today because its those things that taught me almost everything I know.
1. I am grateful for the experience of growing up fatherless for the most part, because it opened my heart to experience the love of
God unsparingly.

2. I am grateful for the times money was an issue because it taught me that the world doesn’t always rotate around those multicolored notes.

3. I am grateful because I had to share a room with all my sisters because we created a bond that is an breakable when we stayed up talking.

4. I am grateful because my school holidays were a time I would go help mother dearest to run the business because those are skills no school can ever teach me…

5. I am grateful because none of the nasty works against me because God causes all things to work together for my good

PS:- This is not where I saw this going..

7 Days of Gratitude (Day 4- Clueless)

What can I say I have writer’s block!! Yes it’s a real thing but it also is an excuse for writer’s to let their brains accumulate some real cobwebs as their ideas gather dust.
So today I woke up to a dead phone & a part of me was like well if I don’t blog today it’s not on me.
However, 10hours and 20k later, the carrier of the WordPress app is up and running  and I have an obligation to follow through on my commitment to gratitude.
Truth is today I have no idea where this is taking us, I will say this though Iam grateful for gratitude.
Today in the wake of a dead phone I made a decision to have a good phone-less day. Like most people I love to keep my phone as close to my fingers as possible but also I know of the catastrophic effects of living my life on the said electronic device.
I am very grateful I had the opportunity to have real conversations without checking the next watsapp notification, or tweet or those instagram things and  for that extra attention I paid in class.
Iam grateful for this gratitude week because the attitude towards frustrating things like dead phone over here  is definately to die for.
Like I said I have writer’s block, which really means I have no clue what this post has culminated into, All I know is I am grateful.

7 Days of Gratitude- Day 3 (A Whole Lot)

Today my victory dance for kicking some International Law test ‘butt’ was interrupted by my ever so cool tutor, who told me that I come off very complacent. Ouch! In my head having 22/25 (yes that is me gloating) was supposed to get me nothing less than a nod of approval but nope. It bothered me for about a second and then I thought about it, asked a few friends who unpleasantly surprised me by agreeing with said tutor and I was like you know what? Maybe there is a point to all this. The truth is I am grateful for a bit of criticism even when it sucks to hear, whether its coming from a genuine place or a vindictive one, eventually it just gets me thinking about me and maybe what I can do better. And that for me is always welcome challenge

As I wondered if I should dedicate this entire post to good old criticism and its perks I also noticed that as much as I would love to, there is a whole host of tiny amazing things I want to be grateful for..

  1. A little amazing human being  fondly referred to as Dear a.k.a Sugar Baby. Also who happens to be my sister. You will be reading a really long post if I have to be thankful for her in her entirety but just for purposes of today, I am grateful for her immense cheerleader skills.I wake up everyday knowing I have assured support regardless of the kind of day its going to be.
  2. Good music. What would the world be like without good music? Whichever brain came up with my past, present and future favorite songs, needs to know that I am grateful. I think that music is one of the best creations of the human mind/soul. A good song/ concert any day is better than anything. ( As much as I would love to go on about my gratitude for music, I find I have an inadequacy of the musical vocabulary, so I just hope you get the point.)
  3. Mirrors. I am not “the- get- stuck- in- the- mirror- till- you- miss- the- party” type of girl but I do love those reflection equipments, because we all can relate to a lousy outfit the mirror saved us from, or a piece of food it showed us to get rid of, moments before we flashed anyone what wouldn’t have been so much of a killer smile.(Anyone?) Also those of you obsessed with selfies you need to pay tribute to these amazing apparatus because from what I hear they play a vital role in helping  you come up with what someone called; ‘the- perfect- duck- face”

That’s all the gratitude I can master for Day 3…please feel free to add to the list.

7 Days of Gratitude- Day 2 “NO”

Today is just day two of gratitude and I am already feeling way in over my head. Not that in  an “I am- already-out- of-things -to -be grateful -for” kind of way but in an ” I am- so- glad- writing- is -not- my job- kind- of- way”, so there you go the first thing  I am thankful for today is that this is just a hobby.

Enough whining, sometime I had written or thought I had written because I cant find the draft, something about “The art of the “NO”, and I had to stop along the way because inspiration ran out and I was stuck which happens a lot and I abandoned the project.( Yes It was a whole project, with research and stuff), then today while I was lazying around during the day  I remembered that I had to have something written today just around the same time , a tabloid story about someone I know broke- its scandalous enough for the small world I live in. Right there I realized that today I am grateful for the, existence and invention of the word “NO”. Random? maybe but like I mentioned this whole gratitude journey is going to take me places.

During one of those days that I find myself burning too many brain cells by staying on the Internet, I landed on an article, titled; “Life Lessons Before 25”   (oh yes there is such a thing), the lessons were plenty some better than others so I picked a favorite which was, “NO is a complete sentence that requires no explanation” .I am one of those people to whom saying no comes very easy and I don’t even go away feeling like I am going to go to hell or whatever tool of emotional blackmail one may employ to get me to budge.. not even karma threats.  Despite my unapologetic ‘no” I have realized that most people never really expect us to say no, which is weird because my guess is that the word should have been invented for a good reason besides, occupying a bit of space in the dictionary, or providing a viable opponent to yes, but then again being a judge of the Queen’s language is not on the list of my credentials.

So why Am I grateful for the “NO”, I am not sure I had thought about it this far but it has landed me on the bright side of life, for the most part and also saved me a whole lot of heart ache. I sleep better at night because I was kind enough to my self to say no to some offers, also it has made an honest woman out of me , for the most part.

Wait I said something about a scandalous-ish tabloid , story, truth is it just got  me thinking about the “no” the rest of it is just stuff that has nothing to do with gratitude.

THAT’S IT….

7 Days of Gratitude- Day One ( A different Set of Eyes)

Yesterday I was reading one of the many stories of couples about their wedding and how the whole function went down, in one of those Sunday newspaper magazines. Honestly  I hardly ever pay attention to what am reading in a newspaper on Sunday unless its Ernest Bazanye or Timothy Bunkumuhe related (if you don’t know who those are, Am judging you), because lets face it, the only reason I am holding any newspaper on Sunday is because Sunday afternoon television can be super boring (at least the channels paid for in my house), so I make my mother proud and move ‘reading a newspaper’ on top of “my favorite things to do” list.

The point if any is, I actually learn’t something while reading as I realized that while the wife seemed to think that the wedding was perfect, the husband not so much. He said that he had a load of disappointments from what was meant to be the best day of his life. From a last minute cancellation by the best man to an uncoordinated wedding committee, to something about shoes or whatever, he relentlessly chose to answer the editor’s questions by focusing on what went wrong.

Since I have never organized or gone through the sacred ceremony of marriage I am refraining from judging this disgruntled groom because what could I possibly know?  Therefore am going to focus on the fact that his wife had/has a different set of eyes. Andrew Wommack says that in life we can choose to always look at the glass as either half empty or half full. Simply put we can choose to either focus on the things that are missing in our lives (believe me there will always be something), or on the plenty of things that are in it.

Following a conversation with my fave blog buddy Mercy, of https://atimmercy.wordpress.com/, she challenged my lazy blogger skills to something we are calling “7 DAYS OF GRATITUDE”. The spirit of the challenge (oh ya there  is a spirit) is that for the next 7 days we find something we are grateful for everyday and write about it so that we  can learn to focus on the right things and hopefully inspire someone or two to do the same. Personally I intend to savor every minute of this challenge,I may even write about my thankfulness for simple things like shoes and lipstick  (especially the red) or huge things like God and family or random things like appetite, all I know is that by the end of the week I will have found enough to give me an attitude makeover.

This week am taking a journey ( thats my way of making this seem deep), to find a whole different set of eyes, grateful ones. If your reading I hope you get inspired to do the same. And you know what i would appreciate? Letting me know what your grateful for, because as it turns out, today I am grateful for YOU who takes the time to read, my highly unqualified opinion about things a.k.a my blog.