Last night I have experienced a touch of magic…

We were playing a game with my 5-year-old daughter. Before throwing a dice, she said she really wanted to get “SIX”. But she’s got “TWO” instead.

I gave her a mysterious look, took the dice, gently whispered: “Magic-magic, send me SIX”, and threw it. And it was SIX, indeed.

Feeling upset, Lileana impatiently threw the dice. It was only ONE. I repeated the same spell wholeheartedly and received SIX again.

Lilee grabbed the dice, tossed it with the words “I want six too!” But, alas, it was only TWO.

The poor child was overwhelmed with her disappointment and frustration while I, calm and content, kept whispering my spell and throwing the dice.

I had “SIX” for SIX times in a row while Lilee mainly had 1 and 2.

But even when she received 5, she still wasn’t happy. “This is not fair! You are tricking me!” – yelled out Lilee with eyes full of tears.

“Lilee, do you know what the trick is? You need to learn to be grateful for what you get. Only when you appreciate what you have, you will be able to receive more. So next time you get a small number, try to smile and say, “Thank you. I am one step closer”.

Lilee threw the dice again and saw “ONE”. This time she bowed, said “Thank you”, and giggled. Her next turn, she’s got… SIX!

That night our game turned into a visual life lesson. Lileana learnt to be grateful for little things that come her way. And I am still in awe: I never had “Six” six times in a row!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

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