Gratitude and Friendship



This week I will share with you something slightly different from all the articles that have been presented these past months.
My friend Mel, is starting a new project entitled “Are You Grateful?” and he granted me the immense honour of writing its first text. Mel Kaye is a man who encourages others to be the best they can and strive for success with happiness as their partner.

Please find below the inaugural text I wrote for Mel’s latest undertaking:

“I’m grateful for...

…life. I thank the Creator for my existence, which would be impossible if He hadn’t created my wonderful family, and my ancestors. I’m grateful because my brother and I were the reason why they existed, the same way my children and nephews (and their kids) are the motive for us to be.

I’m grateful for all the good moments in my life, which brought me great happiness:

  • Being born in Mozambique
  • Travelling through so many countries
  • Interacting with different people and countries
  • Family gatherings
  • The hours invested in reading books and acquiring culture

And the most special one

  • When my fiancé proposed to me.

I am also grateful for all the “bad” moments because in the end they came to be a good growth tool. I learned many things with life vicissitudes (how to never quit, how to stay focused despite negative distractions, how to be objective, how to stay strong) and for that reason I say: thank you!

I have God in my life: Thank you!
I am a happy and healthy person: Thank you!
I face life with a smile on my face: Thank you!

I have a positive
Attitude, I complain with style and I am grateful for being whom I am!”

«Everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to share, please follow these links and do so: "Are You Grateful?", "Complain Complain Complain."» Mel Kaye

Before leaving you all, I would like to share one last thing:
On the 18th of March (many years go) the brightest Star was born, with the mission of lighting the way of all those who surround him…

Happy Birthday, Elliot!!

Comments

  1. I hope I would have saw the star...

    Anyway, I have a request and sent you an email. Please check it out.

    Regards
    Alvin =)

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  2. Hello Alvin!

    Welcome to MAX!

    LOL keep looking and I am sure you will see it :)!

    I have read your email already and consider it done!

    I hope to see more of you here at our little corner :)!

    Cheers

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  3. Ola Max.. A good one!
    We all should just be grateful as complaining does not help us in any way.. :)

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  4. Olá Nad!

    Welcome to the MAX :D!

    Thank you so much *bowing*!
    I hear you; however sometimes complaining (within reason) helps us to let things off our chest :)!

    Please feel free to return; you are very much welcome here at the MaxZone :D!

    Cheers

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  5. Max,
    Now, I am the one who is honored. THANK YOU for this. I am in your debt.

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  6. Dear Mel,

    You are most welcome, my friend :D! You deserve all the honours in the world :).

    Do not make me blush, now lol ;D!

    Cheers

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  7. Max,
    Your gratitude has filled me with so much love and light that I am bursting at the seams. (Ooh. Ouch.)

    I feel you have really delved into the task at hand with tender gloves, dexterity and grace. Everything that you have mentioned each has a significant place in your heart that has shaped your destiny. You are a beautiful tapestry, an epic novel slowly turning your pages to reveal life.

    I don't think there are really any bad moments because like you said, they too teach us to go forward.

    "...vicissitudes..."

    One of my favorite words.

    "I have God in my life: Thank you! I am a happy and healthy person: Thank you! I face life with a smile on my face: Thank you!"

    THANK YOU!

    "On the 18th of March (many years go) the brightest Star was born, with the mission of lighting the way of all those who surround him…
    Happy Birthday, Elliot!!"

    That may be true, but 10 days later on the 28th of March, an even brighter star was born. (Yours truly) Elliot will have to go to second place. Sorry to break it to you.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIOT!

    Max, this is a lovely post, as always.

    Gratitude Cheers.

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  8. Max,
    It's knowing that you would get comments like Alexys' (which I second, BTW) that I encouraged you to post this statement of gratitude on your site as well.

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  9. Hello Max;

    Tuesday and as usual you don’t disappoint….

    What an interesting image you used for this article! How do you visualize it intertwining with the rest of the article?

    Mel obviously showed good discernment in getting you to do this, well done Mel!

    It is beautiful how you are so thankful to God and Max it is always wonderful how you are so thankful and grateful for your family and heritage, a precious gift….

    You seem to have a strong sense of legacy, yet at the same time engagement with the present and anticipation of the future, nicely balanced…. LOL Consider that one a gift…

    How many children would you like to have?

    What a wonderful tapestry of life to be grateful for! You brought this Scripture to mind for me Max (and what a kind gift you give my friend to draw my mind to God’s Word):

    Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
    play music on your instruments to God,
    Who fills the sky with clouds,
    preparing rain for the earth,
    Then turning the mountains green with grass,
    feeding both cattle and crows.
    He's not impressed with horsepower;
    the size of our muscles means little to him.
    Those who fear God get God's attention;
    they can depend on his strength.
    - - Psalm 147:7-11

    You place a smile upon my lips and warm thoughts on my heart in anticipation of your upcoming marriage, you are both in my prayers….marriage is such a generous gift from God….

    The bad moments always make me think of this….

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    - - Romans 8:28

    Excellent use of “vicissitudes”!!!! And how true your thoughts….All good things to give thanks for….

    Max you do everything with panache! You have an elegant frame and fortitude…and a quality character…

    …..(throat clearing and water drinking)…

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Elliot!
    Happy birthday to you!
    (And many more)
    Trust me I sound best in text……LOL

    Max my dear what a pleasure, this article is so much as a warm Spring Sun as upon a face worn by winter….sweet pleasure…warmth to the soul…. Of course that means if you want to dance on a Blade it will have to be at my place, I will try not to be so gentle there however difficult you may make it…

    My best to you and yours…

    Be sure to say Happy Birthday to Elliot!

    L

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  10. Dear Alexys….

    If I forget “Happy Birthday” to you also….

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  11. My dear Alexys;

    "Your gratitude has filled me with so much love and light that I am bursting at the seams. (Ooh. Ouch.)" - lol ooh, does it hurt much? Seriously, I am so very glad that my words could fill you with love and light, sista *bowing*!

    "I feel you have really delved into the task at hand with tender gloves, dexterity and grace. Everything that you have mentioned each has a significant place in your heart that has shaped your destiny. You are a beautiful tapestry, an epic novel slowly turning your pages to reveal life." - oh my God...thank you, thank you so much for your kindness *bowing*! You read me well: indeed each has a significant place in my heart; and all have shaped my destiny :)! Now, that must be one of the most gorgeous compliments ever made "beautiful tapestry; epic novel" my, my, my...thank you so much :D!

    "THANK YOU!" - You are most welcome :D! lol...

    "That may be true, but 10 days later on the 28th of March, an even brighter star was born. (Yours truly) Elliot will have to go to second place. Sorry to break it to you." - LOL LOL in 10 days I will be there to sing to you :D (it is you, right?)! LOL you are quite excused lol...

    "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIOT!" - on his behalf I say "thank you, Alexys" :D!

    "Max, this is a lovely post, as always." - thank you; but I believe that your comment has complemented it...thanks for the gorgeous words, for your light, for your humour, for your love, darling :D!

    Friendship Cheers

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  12. Hey Mel,

    Thanks for the encouragement, my friend...
    You have managed to bring your light and "Ultimate Power" into the MaxZone...you rock!

    Cheers

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  13. Hi LS!

    "Tuesday and as usual you don’t disappoint…." - thank you *bowing*! After finishing this counter comment, I have an appointment at your place...I didn't forget :D!

    "What an interesting image you used for this article! How do you visualize it intertwining with the rest of the article?" - I see it as the path to the divine (or heaven, whichever you feel more comfortable with). I believe that when we are grateful for life, for our existence, for our family and friends we become closer to God; for we have understood the purpose of being here, we have understood His plan for us. Therefore each night, when sleeping, a grateful soul is allowed to travel up to the Lord and have a small chat with Him lol...(can you imagine a soul taking the boat to meet the Lord? LOL)

    "Mel obviously showed good discernment in getting you to do this, well done Mel!" - Mel is a great guy, I just love him!

    "It is beautiful how you are so thankful to God and Max it is always wonderful how you are so thankful and grateful for your family and heritage, a precious gift…." - as I told you before, God's name is engraved on my being...my relationship with Him is unbreakable. He gave me the opportunity of reincarnating in a great family, and for that I will be eternally thankful *bowing*!

    "You seem to have a strong sense of legacy, yet at the same time engagement with the present and anticipation of the future, nicely balanced…. LOL Consider that one a gift…" - LOL LS used the word "balanced" within my context...a miracle must be about to happen lol :)! I do have a strong sense of legacy, my friend...my ancestors are worthy of great respect cause if they hadn't lived the way they did, made the choices they made I wouldn't be here, the way I am. And now it is my responsibility to make the right choices so that my kids come to be and fulfill their mission (whatever it may be)...

    "How many children would you like to have?" - I leave it to God...I'll accept the number of kids He wishes me to have *bowing*...

    "What a wonderful tapestry of life to be grateful for! You brought this Scripture to mind for me Max (and what a kind gift you give my friend to draw my mind to God’s Word)" - your tongue is well crafted today, my friend...Let's read the Scripture together (and I invite everybody to join us)....

    "Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God, Who fills the sky with clouds, preparing rain for the earth,
    Then turning the mountains green with grass, feeding both cattle and crows. He's not impressed with horsepower; the size of our muscles means little to him. Those who fear God get God's attention; they can depend on his strength.- - Psalm 147:7-11" - Amen! Thank you so much for this passage, my friend...what a gift *bowing*!

    "You place a smile upon my lips and warm thoughts on my heart in anticipation of your upcoming marriage, you are both in my prayers….marriage is such a generous gift from God…." - yes, it is, LS. And I can guarantee you that my fiancé is an extremely generous gift from the Lord. He crafted him with His own hands, blew His breath into my boo's nostrils, gave him his name and placed him with His own hands in my life: Halleluiah! Thank you for your prayers, LS; they are much appreciated *touched face*!

    "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.- - Romans 8:28" - this is beautiful, Livingsword! And how true...Paul was a great thinker when he wasn't trying to provoke people lol...

    "Excellent use of “vicissitudes”!!!! And how true your thoughts….All good things to give thanks for…." - *bowing*!

    "Max you do everything with panache! You have an elegant frame and fortitude…and a quality character…" - Panache!? Oh my...thank you :)! I love that word...it had been a while since I last heard it. Ok, people..one of these days you will make me blush and it isn't fair...I have a reputation to maintain LOL LOL....

    "…..(throat clearing and water drinking)…" - LOL LOL LOL...I will try not to cover my ears lol ;D....

    "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Elliot!
    Happy birthday to you!
    (And many more)" - on Elliot's behalf: "Thank you, LS! Love your debates with Max!"...and Max says «not bad, not bad at all!» lol.

    "Trust me I sound best in text……LOL" - LOL LOL LOL....you kill me *nodding*...

    "Max my dear what a pleasure, this article is so much as a warm Spring Sun as upon a face worn by winter….sweet pleasure…warmth to the soul…. Of course that means if you want to dance on a Blade it will have to be at my place, I will try not to be so gentle there however difficult you may make it…" - LOL LOL I am on my way to your place to gladiate with you, don't worry [cleaning up my gladiator weapons lol]! Thank you, thank you so much for your kind words, my friend *bowing*! If I were a normal dame I would shed a tear of emotion, but....lol....

    "My best to you and yours…" - thank you, once again, LS. Needless to say that I wish you and yours the same :D!

    "Be sure to say Happy Birthday to Elliot!" - I will...I will...I will even tell him to read this comment :D! Thanks, once again!

    I should suggest a group hug! You guys are amazing :D!

    Now, I am off to your place....JERONIMO!!!! LOL

    Cheers

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  14. LS,

    If you wish I can remind you and then you can sing to Alexys too...I am sure she won't be frightened by your voice LOL :D!

    Cheerio

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  15. Max, you're great! You deserve all the happiness of the world!!!!

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  16. ^_^

    The things you're grateful I am too.

    In particular reading all the books I have. Food for thought. Knowledge equals power bwhahaha

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  17. Beautiful post. Max there are so many things I am gratefull for, Family my Marriage, but have you ever wondered why God choose you, to create you, it blows me away that I was choosen, maybe not for anything special in mans eyes, but just to be, to exsist and one day be with the lord, by the way I have mentioned this before, I really feel that God created the heavens for a purpose, I will be getting a first class tour of them all when it is my time.

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  18. Congratulations Max, you have much to be grateful for. It is likely that which makes you such a kind and thoughtful person.

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  19. Max,

    It looks great.. you are amazing..and you deserve all the happiness.

    You are the one who is special...
    Now I Will wish....Elliot...

    Happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Elliot!
    Happy birthday to you!

    see you later
    Angel

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  20. Cidão!

    Thank you so much, gato :D!
    So do you, man; so do you *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  21. Shan,

    "^_^" - gorgeous!! :)....I am sure glad to see you!

    "The things you're grateful I am too." - that is wonderful :D!

    "In particular reading all the books I have. Food for thought. Knowledge equals power bwhahaha" - lol lol I hear you....

    Thanks for having dropped by, man!

    Cheers

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  22. Hey Bob!

    "Beautiful post." - thank you so much *bowing*!

    "Max there are so many things I am gratefull for, Family my Marriage, but have you ever wondered why God choose you, to create you, it blows me away that I was choosen, maybe not for anything special in mans eyes, but just to be, to exsist and one day be with the lord, by the way I have mentioned this before, I really feel that God created the heavens for a purpose, I will be getting a first class tour of them all when it is my time." - your being grateful is valuable enough, my friend :). I have thought why God chose me to exist here on earth, and the more I think about it the more I am grateful. Even if He had chosen me only to make my family laugh I would still be grateful cause what a gift it is to see my relatives laughing! Laughter makes everything that is negative go away...
    I agree with you God did create the heavens for a purpose; well, everything He does has a purpose...

    When your time comes, my friend, you will take a first class ride up there and I will be there watching you and smiling "Bob is in Paradise now!" lol :D

    Thank you so much for your great comment. May God bless you!

    Cheers

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  23. Dear Scott!

    "Congratulations Max, you have much to be grateful for." - thank you ever so much, my friend *bowing*!

    "It is likely that which makes you such a kind and thoughtful person." - that is so kind of you, so very kind *bowing*! Thank you :)!

    Thank you for your kindness, Oswegan!

    Cheers

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  24. Hello Angel!!

    "It looks great.. you are amazing..and you deserve all the happiness." - thank you *bowing*! Coming from an Angel it is quite an honour :D

    "You are the one who is special...Now I Will wish....Elliot..." - you are pampering me lol :)! Ah, yes...Elliot...I sense a song is coming:


    "Happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Elliot!
    Happy birthday to you!" - beautiful voice! On Elliots Behalf: thank you so much :D!


    I will see you later, darling :D!

    Cheers

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  25. Max, it sounds as if you have much to be grateful for!

    I'm grateful for the wonderful discussions we have on our blogs, and for people like you, who so openly encourage and facilitate them!

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  26. Hey Lynda!

    Always so nice to see you here, dear!

    "Max, it sounds as if you have much to be grateful for!" - indeed I have, my friend :D!

    "I'm grateful for the wonderful discussions we have on our blogs, and for people like you, who so openly encourage and facilitate them!" - Amen to that :D! Thank you, darling...so very kind of you *bowing*! I hope you're including yourself in this group: you always bring up such interesting themes, not to mention your beautiful art that inspires beautiful thoughts :D!

    Have a Merry weekend!

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  27. hi max! i hope you had a great weekend. happy easter!

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  28. Max you are real jewel. I am greatful for everything too, bad or good. Thanks for sharing, great post. Anna :)

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  29. Beautiful post...lovely reading this....have a wonderful time!

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  30. Hi Max, I've just tagged you... again!!! Have a good day!!!

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  31. Hi and Happy Easter for a start!

    They say, "No use in complaining as no one is going to listen." Perhaps they're right, as so many others are already bogged down with their own problems.

    The trick here is to complain to the right people who can do something about it in the first place; then sit back, hope for the best and be grateful to the ones that can help.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  32. Hello again Max (Renny from Norway again here).

    My wife is in this gratitude meme and have plugged you of course:
    www.dianecasmetamorphoses.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/loved-ones-never-forgotten/

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  33. hi, first time here. U have a nice blog

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  34. Max, just stopped by to say Hi to you..

    Have a good day!@

    Angel

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  35. Hello Liza,

    I had a wonderful weekend, thank you! And yourself? :)

    Thanks...

    Cheers

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  36. Anna,

    A jewel, moi? Thank you so much *bowing*! You are such a sweet dame, my friend :D!

    That is why you are so blessed, dear :D!

    Thanks for the kind words and for your friendship :D!

    Cheers

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  37. Kalyan!

    Thank you so much, buddy :)!

    Have yourself a wonderful time as well :D!

    Cheers

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  38. Hey Cidão!

    LOL Yes, I have already seen the tag and I absolutely love it!!! It has my name all over it! Thanks!

    Obrigadão, and have a great day yourself (although today is Monday ;D)!

    Cheers

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  39. Hi Peter!!!

    "Happy Easter for a start!" - thank you, my friend. I do not celebrate it, but I will transfer your wishes to my dear family :D!

    "They say, "No use in complaining as no one is going to listen." Perhaps they're right, as so many others are already bogged down with their own problems." - lol well, I can tell you that one of my hobbies to listen to people complaining (it is not easy being Portuguese LOL...people complain a lot - it is cultural)!

    "The trick here is to complain to the right people who can do something about it in the first place; then sit back, hope for the best and be grateful to the ones that can help." - Amen!

    As always, a true pleasure to drink your words, my friend *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  40. Hey Renny!

    Yes, I remember you :D!

    She is? I am on my way to read her blessings :D!

    Thank you for having let me know :D!

    Cheers

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  41. Hey Hazel,

    Welcome to the MAX! :D

    Thank you so much, I hope that you return to visit us again :D!

    Cheers

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  42. Oh Angel...

    So sweet of you :)!! Hello to you too :D!

    Thanks, and I wish you a great day as well :D!!!

    Cheers

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  43. Olá Max, how are you sweetheart?
    Love the post and it is also one that I will be working on soon when I clear my backlog LOL

    I have a tag for you HERE
    It's an easy one though and participation is your choice :o)
    Have a great day my dear amiga and hope you will join in :)
    Colin from Life

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  44. Olá Colin!

    I am quite all right, sweetie; thank you :D!

    A tag? I wonder what it could be...I am on my way to your place, darling :)!

    Thank you, Colin; have a great day yourself :D! Let me check first, and then I will let you know :)!

    Cheers

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  45. Lol, I knew it, lol. Just ignore my comment from previous post, lol. Anna :)

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  46. Anna,

    LOL LOL The previous post is for meme sake! It is related with Mel's "Are you grateful" site :)! The gratitude text is the same lol...

    Cheers

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