Counting My 2010 Blessings

2010 is finally coming to a close in a couple of days. It has been a roller coaster ride for me, but I should say that there were more ups  than downs this year. The blessings far outweighs the mishaps. It was one great year and there’s no other way to close it than counting the blessings that I received this year. This is my own way of thanking the Lord and appreciating a life that has been so good. So here it goes …

  1.  MY WIFE and BABY’s PRESENCE. This is topping the list. This is the first time that I got to spend a whole year with them. It was last year when they joined me here in the UAE and we were never away from each other after that. Since 1999, I was working abroad, and was basically living alone away from home. But for the whole year this year, I got to enjoy the company of a family. It was so nice to come home from work, with your wife and baby waiting to kiss and hug you. This is the life I’ve been wanting to have.
  2. GOOD HEALTH. There were a few clinic trips, but nothing major. I am glad that my family and I remained healthy for the whole year. I just regret that I never got back to the gym for the whole year too. I guess I have to include that on my new year resolutions. Good luck on that.
  3. WORK.  Although working is something that many of us does not like to do, we should still consider it as a blessing. This is the bread-and-butter of everything that I have so I should feel lucky to remain employed in a big and known hospital such as ours. It has been a great year at work too as I got a pretty good annual appraisal. I guess my performance has leveled up too, as I gained more experience at work.
  4. FRIENDS.  I wish I could count and remember all the names of the many good friends I had this year. I gained new friends from my Formula 1 trip, from work, from trips, from patients, from blogging and from FB.
  5. FACEBOOK. Having mentioned FB, this year was when I really started to be a facebook fan. I got to find my old friends here. It was also easier to find out what friends and relatives are up to. It was easier to connect with people. I was a Friendster fan before, but I moved in to FB this year coz here was a lot better.
  6. BLOGGING. Blogging has been my outlet to release what my mind wants to tell. I write for myself basically, but it was an icing to the cake that there were people reading and commenting. I gained so many friends here too. My participation to blogosphere events such as BC BLOGGERS, BLOG BLAST FOR PEACE and HOLIDAY BLOGSTASTIC SHOUT OUT gave me the heights of my blogging career this year. I should not forget that as I am now a contributing writer for the FILIPINO NURSES BLOG SITE, I feel I have leveled up in terms of writing.
  7. VACATIONS. I had two long breaks this year when my family and I got to go home to the Philippines for some refreshing. Those were in November and October. We went to Disneyland. We swam. We ate. We shopped. We slept a lot.
  8. HONGKONG TRIP. The trip to Hongkong with my family was one of my 2010 highlights. It was a nice place to visit and DISNEYLAND was one great venue of happiness.
  9. YAS ISLAND TRIP.  This was my second time to be sent to work as a paramedic for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Last year, I was in the night shifts so I enjoyed watching the races at daytime. This year, I was in the day shifts, so I got to enjoy the activities in the night such as nightly concerts. I was able to watch KANYE WEST, LINKIN’ PARK and PRINCE perform. I should mention that I gained so many new friends in this event, mostly nurses who work in different hospitals in Abu Dhabi.
  10. OUR FLAT. It has been a year now since we moved in here to our new place here in Al Ain. We are now living at the city center and we are loving the convenience of being a stone throw away to all the shops we need to and like to visit.
  11. MY NETBOOK. I bought this last April, then there was never a day that I never touched it. It’s a Dell Inspiron Netbook. Loved it.

And there goes my annual countdown of blessings!  I have so many things to thank for and I am actually thinking now as to whether I have forgotten something major.  It’s good to remember all that we are blessed with.

It has been a great 2010 for me and my family and I hope that 2011 will be as great. The Lord has been very good to us.

Have a happy, prosperous and blessed new year to everyone!

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24 Responses to “Counting My 2010 Blessings”

  1. 1 JEMSKI
    December 31, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Happy new year! Your 2010 was indeed a good one. I wish you all the best and may the year of the rabbit bless you with all that you dream of!


  2. 2 maki
    December 31, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Happy New Year!


  3. January 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

    ’tis also the year when pits got his dream visa to canada, jay passed his teachers board exams and when nanay medy had her HK and Korea trips. we truly so love the year 2010. we thank the Lord for everything.

    welcome 2011!!! happy new year darling dear daddy… you’ll always be my (and inigo’s) top 1 blessing.


  4. January 1, 2011 at 3:57 am

    ay, erratum, 2009 pala yung exams ni jay.. sorry mali mali 🙂


  5. 5 MARC
    January 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us your 2010 story. It is nice to remember the past year especially a good one. May the Lord God continue to shower you and your family with more blessings. Have a prosperous 2011.


  6. January 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

    That’s a lot of great things to see as blessings! I couldn’t imagine living away from my husband and son. I go crazy being away from them for a couple days. You and your wife are very strong to have a strong enough relationship to survive that. I often think about the service men and women that are asked to do this. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is, especially when it’s necessary and not a choice.

    My hope for you and yours is that you have just as many or more blessings in 2011!


  7. 7 digitalcatharsis
    January 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Hi JEMSKI, thanks a lot for the wishes! Happy new year!

    Hi MAKI, Happy new year to you too!

    Hi MOMMY, You and Inigo are the best blessing of all time for me. Thank you for always standing by during our ups and downs. I am the happiest person to have you in my life.

    Hi KATE, my 2010 was blessed and honored by the start of your visits to my site. Thanks for the wishes and I also wish for all the best things in life for you and your family this 2011!


  8. January 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hi there,

    The best way to say goodbye to 2010 is to count the blessings you received, this will surely prepare you for 2011 because those blessings received in the previous year will double in the succeeding year, just don’t forget to thank God for everything He gave and showered upon us.

    Happy New Year to you and your Family:)


  9. 9 digitalcatharsis
    January 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Hi AIDISAN, Happy new year too. Thanks for dropping by and I also wish for your blessings to double! All the best!


  10. 10 Oneway Links
    June 12, 2011 at 6:26 am

    wow – now that’s what i call a good article. keep up the work


  11. June 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    wow! thats a lot of blessings! youre indeed one lucky daddy… 🙂
    naiyak ako dun sa number one..when I become a mom i always feel like crying everytime i read family about happy family..yung complete..my mommy, may baby at may daddy..never experience it..and my daughter will never experience it either.. (feel like crying)

    take care of your family nels..


  12. June 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I guess nothing beats God and our families in the top of the list! 🙂 I have a lot to be thankful for as well, and I’m just happy that God has never abandoned us in any way. I wish you and your family even more blessings this year. Ate Shengkay, that goes for you too as well 🙂


  13. June 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    It is really good to count our blessings! Praise God for all the goodness that He has done in our lives. 🙂


  14. 18 nelson RN
    June 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Indeed 🙂


  15. June 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Well, that was a good year for you and maybe more blessings in 2011….


  16. June 27, 2011 at 4:26 am

    gratitude to those blessings we accumulate all through the years…good or bad things that come our way…saying gratitude makes our feet rooted to the ground.

    more blessings po year in year out.


  17. June 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I declare more abundant blessings will come along way for you this 2011! 🙂


  18. June 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

    such wonderful blessing you’ve got last year + more are on the way for this year too! ;D


  19. 23 cwterman
    October 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Great website, looks very clean and organized. Keep up the good work.


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