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What are you greatful for during this pandemic?

I work in the hospitality industry. Because of COVID-19, no foreign guests are able to enter Vietnam. Which means Vietnam tourism has been going down. I have had troubles at work, as no guests are staying in our hotel.

Nobody on the street – Anan’s photo

However, during this pandemic, I’ve witnessed such beautiful things in my town that I haven’t seen them for a long time. For example, I’ve heard the sound of birds in the mountain. There are a lot of birds flying in the sky and no one catches them. I’ve seen pretty butterflies and I could capture some photos of the butterflies in the town center, it’s really rare to run into insects since tourism has developed where I live.

A butterfly – Anan’s photo

Even though I might have some difficulties at work, it’s not a big deal, as I feel that the environment in my town has improved so much. It also means the Earth has been healing and I’m grateful for that.

– An An

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A whisper

Dear Phat,

I know that you’re still here for me.

You know, sometimes I worry about the future. I wonder what will happen with me in the future. Will I have enough money to do what I want? Will I be happy? Will I achieve my goals?

Worrying about the future makes me stressed and I forget about what is going on in the present moment. However, each time I think of you, I realise that the present moment is a miracle. Everything I am looking for is right here and now,in each breath.

Thanks for reminding me and being with me always.

Love you too much,

Con An

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Stay safe and sound

Dear Avalokiteshvara,

It’s pouring rain tonight. I’ve not slept yet and I want to share with you some things. You know, the world has been suffering a lot due to Covid 19. Almost everyone has fear, anxiety, and panic during this tough time.

I was scared too. I couldn’t sleep well for a few days. But thanks to you, I know that I’m not alone. And the world is not alone as well.

Dear Avalokiteshvara,

Please stand by me, please stand by everyone.

Please help us out. Please sending the miracle water to the world.

By your side, I’m full of love. By your side, I’m strong enough to overcome this.

May everyone in the world get well soon, may everyone in the world stay safe and sound.

May the world be at peace.

I love you, Avalokiteshavara.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2020!

25 th January 2020

Dear Phat,

Finally, I’ve made it to 2020. Because; today was the first day of the Lunar New year. I was so excited to celebrate it. In the morning, my family and I visited my grandma. She turns 103 years old this year. I’m glad to know she is still in good health, it makes me complete. After visiting my grandma, my family stopped by our relatives. It was great to see the happy smiles on their faces. You know, 2020 is the year of the rat. And, it’s also my year, as I was born in the year of the rat. So, I think and believe that I will have a meaningful and amazing year in 2020. My day ended by receiving a lot of lucky money. What a prosperous day, was’t it Phat? By the way, on this special day, I want to pray and wish everyone a wonderful year. ❤

Thanks for always being here, and listening to me,

I love you, Phat. ❤

An An

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What have I learned about the gifts of solitude?


Living in solitude was not easy for me even though, I still have my family and my friends. But sometimes, I feel lonely. And I know it’s ok to feel like that because when I’m alone, I can listen to my inner voice and find myself easier. I embrace my sorrows. And for me, those things are the gifts of solitude that I’ve learned so far. 

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Thanks so much, 2019!

Dear Avalokiteshvara,

Thanks for your love.

Thanks for holding my hand.

Thanks for standing by me.

And, thanks for everything you’ve done for me.

My 2019 was amazing because of you. Because of new friends, new challenges, new beautiful things that you sent to me.

Love you too much, ❤

Bye bye, 2019.