It Happened Because of Your Own Effort ? Are You Sure?


(Photo by Jaybird)

I head this story about God answering prayers.


A lady was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.  

Looking up to heaven she said, “Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place, I will go to Mass every single Sunday for the rest of my life and also give up smoking!”

Surprisingly, a parking spot suddenly became available.

She looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one.” 


How often do we forget to give credit to others when something good happens? 

I am not having a religious talk here; I am talking about appreciation to the people around us. 


Lots of good things happen to us because of other people. 

Our parents, siblings, friends, spouse, colleagues – their contribution to our life is not small. But we seldom take time to consider their contribution to our lives and appreciate what they have done. We think what we have done is achieved solely by ourselves too often.

It’s okay to give credit to your own effort. Sure, we can rightly do so.

But don’t forget to turn to other people’s contribution. If you haven’t done that enough, today is the day when you start living your life with a sense of appreciation. It’ll transform the whole picture of your future steps.

Thank you for reading. 😉

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Yasu is the founder and CEO of Good Friends Japan. We aspire to offer opportunities of international education to unprivileged young adults. リベラルアーツ教育研究、英語学習のためにICUを中退。アメリカ、カナダに学部・大学院留学。米の中高の特別講師、サッカーの助監督、カナダで路上生活者と共生。カナダの教会で、異文化教育、カウンセリング、葬儀等を担当。シンガポール勤務を経て、児童養護施設出身者、中退・引きこもりの若者など、社会的に困難な状況でがんばる人たちの国際教育支援チーム創設。教育学修士。@yasukuwahara