Inspiring you to be more grateful each day

Happy Friday,

Weekend is coming! Are you excited?

I just want to share two quick stories with you.

Story #1:

Last Tuesday, I drove to Sonya’s Garden Tagayatay because I direly missed being in nature.

At 6pm, I was so happy and ready to go back to Manila from Sonya’s Garden. I checked Waze and the route it showed me was 5 hours away. Woah! Using my usual route (Tagaytay-Sta Rosa road and SLEX, it should be around 1-2 hours only!)

So I decided not to use Waze and trust my own instincts.

First, I drove from Sonya’s Garden to Taal Vista Hotel (my favorite hangout place in Tagaytay pre-Covid) and asked the guards how to get to Tagaytay-Sta Rosa road.

Then I took CALAX. At around 7pm, it was so dark already and I didn’t signs pointing me to SLEX going to Manila.

I was driving slowly and I reached an intersection. I couldn’t decide whether to turn right, turn left, or go straight. There were no signs, it was so dark, and there were no people on the road I can ask.

So I stopped!

And then the cars started honking at me.

I realized I stopped right in the middle of the intersection and I was blocking everyone from passing through.

“God, I wish there’s a traffic enforcer who will apprehend me. I don’t care if he will give me a ticket. I just want to know where SLEX going to Manila is.”
 I prayed.

The cars kept honking, so I drove straight. At this point, I was a bit afraid because there was no one I can ask for direction. Plus, I have to be alert because I was driving by myself and the place was not lit.

I kept driving slowly but I had a hunch I was going the wrong direction.

So I took a U-turn and kept driving slowly.

And guess what?! A man riding a bike passed by.

I gently honked at him, put my car lights on hazard, rolled down my window, and asked,
“Sir, could you kindly show me where SLEX going to Manila is?”

He was a kind man who knew the answer.

He said, “Go straight and turn left after you see the second stop light.”

I thanked him and I drove away.
And that was how I got home safely that night.

There are two ways to look at that situation.

Option 1: Lens of complaint:

I hate Waze! It can’t be trusted! And look at all those cars honking at me. How impatient were they. And gosh! There were no street lights and clear street signs! This is such a hassle! I almost got lost!


Option 2: Lens of Gratitude

Oh wow! What a miracle! What are the chances that that guy riding a bicycle would pass by right at that moment when I needed help? OMG! I am so blessed! Imagine if he was late or early for even just a few seconds? I would have missed him and missed asking for directions. And what a blessing that he knew where SLEX to Manila is! God is really in the details. He is always looking after me, His direction-challenged daughter! I feel so blessed! I’m so grateful!

When we choose to see things through the lens of complaint, we’re giving away our power to other people or to outside circumstances. We act like victims.

When we choose to see things through the lens of gratitude, we feel empowered and we gain perspective. We realize how carefully and meticulously God must be working in the background just to send help right at that moment when we need help.

That night, I chose the lens of gratitude. I’m glad I did.

I was so happy and grateful that when I got home, I sent a voice message to my friends and shared the story. I couldn’t contain how good God is and how blessed I am to have met that man on the bicycle who helped me find my way home.

As we go through life experiences, we always have a choice whether to see things through the lens of complaint or through the lens of gratitude.

Which lens will you choose?

I wish you a beautiful weekend ahead!


P.S. Have you watched my video on Gratitude yet? The 180+ comments from people are such an upper! You can watch it via YouTube here. 

P.P.S. Here’s story #2:

After my quick errand in my favorite mall, I went back to the parking lot. I was happy I remembered where I parked the car. Lot 113.

When I exited the mall, I saw lot 114 right away. It was vacant. Then I saw a black Honda car right beside it. That’s my car! That’s obviously lot 113, because it’s beside lot 114.

I clicked the remote and tried to open the car. The remote lit but the car didn’t light at all and I couldn’t open it.

Uh oh! Why can’t I open the car? Is the car remote broken or is the door not working? 
I wondered.

I tried again. And again.

And then I heard the mall guard holler… “Ma’am, yours is the other car.”

I looked at the other car beside the vacant parking space 114. It’s also a black Honda.

That’s my car! (Actually it’s my brother’s car which he shares with me here in Manila. Thanks, bro!)

It looked exactly like the other car.

It turned out the wrong car was parked at 115, still beside 114. Mine was at 113.

I could complain about my lack of sense of direction and how I didn’t memorize my brother’s car’s plate number even if I used it countless times already. I could complain and feel embarrassed.

That afternoon, I chose to see the situation through the lens of gratitude.

Wow! I’m so thankful to the mall guard. What a blessing he and his fellow guards are! They guard the buildings to keep us safe. They even help “direction-challenged” people like me find our way! Hahaha

And again, I got proof that God is always, always sending help to me, His “direction-challenged” beloved, beautiful daughter! 😜

It’s FUN to see things through the lens of gratitude! Try it and let me know your experience by sharing your comments here in this YouTube video:

P.P.S. I’m giving a talk on The Power of Gratitude to a global company this coming week. If you feel your company needs this talk as well, email us at :)

Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, author, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. For speaking invitations, visit or email us at

Sha Nacino

Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, author of 15 books, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. She is on a mission to inspire fearless possibilities by helping leaders and companies build a culture where everyone feels safe, seen, and appreciated.

Sha finished her B.S. in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines - Diliman and holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council and Inspiring Humanitarian Award by the World Humanitarian Drive.

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