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Enjoying the Present Moment

Present Moment Vidya Sury mushrooms

It is funny how I am reminded at least once, every single day, to enjoy the present moment. What is hilarious is, no sooner than I decided to post every alternate day, life presented me with a series of  hurdles. In spite of everything, I had an amazing week. I usually do, but this one was a different kind of amazing.

First, I had no consistent internet.  I was connected, but at excruciatingly slow or zero speed. You would think I would be used to that by now, considering the number of times I’ve mentioned it, but no. Hope springs eternal.

My house was Liberty Hall with repair men coming and going. Strange how troubles hate coming in singles.

The week began with a terrifying incident. But I believe in life’s balancing act – I am here to tell the story. So I just decided to let go and…

..enjoy the present moment

It was almost like rewinding my life thirty years when we didn’t have the conveniences and appliances we have today.  When I worried about the electrical gadgets we use that need charging, I was relieved of that problem with the electricity taking a holiday too! Unfazed, here’s what I did:

  • Caught up on my reading, so you can look forward to a spate of book reviews
  • Enjoyed marathon phone calls with friends. Thank God my phone was working. Touch wood!
  • Received some fabulous news. One of my most favorite people is getting engaged to be married.  Did I hear you say “ha, big deal”? Yes it is! I met this shining star when he was an eight month-old baby. This month, this wonderful young man will turn 26 (wow!) We have some great memories with the family and I had a lovely long chat with his Mom.
  • Did some major cleaning up and reclaimed much needed space. Yes, I went on a clutter diet! And came across an old cushion cover Vidur loved as a toddler. The bottom left corner shows one of his toys, called a “cuterpillar” (yeah, you read that right!) and right corner is his toy turtle. Still have the turtle.

Present Moment Vidya Sury cushion

  • Also found these while getting out glasses to replace the couple we broke this week. Sigh. Too pretty to use. Votive candle holders. They have shiny gold insides.

Present Moment Vidya Sury Candle Holders

  • Visited my local welfare home with more big bags of  giveaways from clearing up stuff. The joy of giving is second to none.
  • Sorted out some paper-clutter that was long-pending. I am feeling the relief, yo! And in the process, I signed up for more e-statements, collected all the glossy art paper in a big bag to take to the School for the Blind where they use it to punch braille. Why glossy art paper, you asked? Don’t ask me. Ask those idiot advertisers who sneak them into our newspaper and raise our blood pressure first thing in the morning. Grr. The least I could do is deliver in the right hands.
  • Called Vidur’s classmates over for lunch on Sunday. We had a great time. I’ve see those kids grow up from Grade 1 and enjoy the cozy relationship. And what fun it is when the whole family is busy together, especially mine, because they sing as they work. Gorgeous feeling. Look at the result:

Present Moment Vidya Sury pomegranates

  • Developed a toothache and hung around the dentist’s clinic. The saga will continue over the next few days. Thank God the dentist and his staff are a pleasant looking lot. Especially the surgeon who does the root canal treatment. It helps you know, when I have to stare into someone’s eyes for over an hour. They might as well be eye-candy, inspiring fiction in my head.
  • I saw the movie “Whale Rider” yet again. Just beautiful.
  • Had to go out to run an errand and ended up buying this.
Present Moment Vidya Sury teaset

I know I don’t need this tea set. But it looked so pretty

  • Went out to the local crafts fair (yeah, another one, just down the road) and clicked these photos. I didn’t buy anything. Way too expensive.
Present Moment Vidya Sury mushrooms

Stone mushrooms

Present Moment Vidya Sury craft display

Sweet display of craft from Rajasthan

And? I have some great news.

Some of you know my blog “Coffee With Mi” I am super-excited to tell you that I’ve moved it from Blogger and it is now a sub-domain of this blog. Its new URL is http://mi.vidyasury.com What I am even more thrilled about is the logo and the header. Please do visit. Because the fabulous Vanita has designed it.  Click on the image below to go there:

Present Moment Vidya Sury

What do you think?

I also wrote a stream of haiku there. You know I enjoy writing haiku. Because…

creating haiku
words become timeless pictures
my priceless keepsakes

So that’s what I’ve been up to.

And oh, I laughed a lot.

“Everything about life is a joke. Don’t you know that?” Kurt Vonnegut

I enjoyed the present moment in a big way. Because it is gift.

I’ve learned to let go. I beat myself up over the July Ultimate Blogging Challenge I signed up for, but gave up after Day 3 because life had other plans for me. Real nice ones. Nudging me to enjoy the present moment.

I’ve learned to make time to do nothing. Slow down. Because…

Present Moment Zen

Thank you, Molly Hahn

Want to listen to the waves for two minutes? Come with me. Let’s go.

Let’s head to UnknownMami’s now and travel the world together! I am linking with her for Sundays In My City. So glad she keeps it open beyond Sunday!

Question for you, dear Friends,

How are you enjoying the present moment?

Please tell me in the comments!

P.S.: I missed you.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Stephenson
    July 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Vidya

    Hope your tooth feels better now. Root canals are no fun “eye candy” or not!

    Some forces are beyond our control and probably because we are actually supposed to be doing something else. Even if it is only time to stop and enjoy life around us.

    Patience is sometimes what we are supposed to also learn and as much as we want things to go as planned it is not to be. When things like that happen I also have to remember to “live in the moment”. Relax and enjoy.

    Mary
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    Sulekha (@sulekkha)
    July 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Vidya, you did so much without complaining! WOW! Hope your toothache is all gone and your dentists remains handsome till he completes your root canal 🙂 Loved your post.

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    Richa Singh
    July 17, 2013 at 12:19 am

    how lovely the post is as always letting us into your world Vidya. And yes we enjoy your haiku and I am still waiting the ones you exchange with vidur. Also this even I have to do this no gadget thing I guess until it is not forced on me I dont think voluntarily it would arrive. Waiting for those book reviews at least the list can be shared on twitter or fb or even a personal message I am honestly interested.

    Much love 🙂
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    Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families
    July 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I try to always focus on the here and now because you can’t live in the past or the future. Thank you for sharing this great reminder of how important it is to live for TODAY.
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    privytrifles
    July 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

    We missed you too 🙂

    I love the sweet feeling that I get when I am reading this post as it makes me also think about all the good moments that I am surrounded with right now and it inspires me to live in the moment and smile the brightest that I can!
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    vanita
    July 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

    ahh sis i really do hope your tooth is feeling better. we lost power for 4 hours yesterday evening. which is why u couldn’t find me online this morning, i was so behind i had to put my nose to the stone and get things done. tomorrow should be a saner day. i love those cups! and vidur’s pillow looks brand new, how do you do it? i have baby dresses for the teens wrapped in air tight bags, their first dresses ya’ know, and they look so faded after all these years. hugs to you sis.
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    PhenoMenon
    July 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Couldn’t agree more… Here’s my take on that as well

    PhenoMenon
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    PhenoMenon
    July 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Sorry wrong post linked its

    http://throodalookingglass.com/lost-treasure/

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    hitchy
    July 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I have yet to see The Whale rider since a long time… maybe I must ensure I do it this week.

    I loved that haiku of yours… almost the story of all us Write Tribe members in the past few days 😀
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    hitchy
    July 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have yet to see The Whale rider since a long time… maybe I must ensure I do it this week.
    I loved that haiku of yours… almost the story of all us Write Tribe members in the past few days 😀
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      Vidya Sury
      July 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Do see it, Dhiren. It is a fabulous movie! The photography is fantastic. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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    REKHA
    July 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Loved reading how you spent the time you were away from the blogging world. 🙂

    And hey, I too gave up the Ultimate Blog Challenge after Day 6…yes, to enjoy the present moment, rather to attend to the kids homework and other important issues in life. 🙂

    I also wanted to tell you that I installed the Happiness Jar that very weekend and I hope it works. Fingers crossed. 🙂
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    Fran Sorin
    July 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Vidya-

    If you could sell bottles of ‘Vidya’s Happiness – you would make a fortune. You are the most optimistic, happiest individual I have ever met – and I know more than a few~ as always, thanks for sharing! xxoo
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      Vidya Sury
      July 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Fran, trust you to say the sweetest thing! You know, I always go with the feeling that time is ticking away….why not spend each moment feeling good, doing good? Hugs! Love you!

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    Zeenat(Positive Provocations)
    July 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Vidya darling, this is such a beautiful optimistic post.
    Loved it completely….except I hope that tooth heals super fast. Sending you healing vibes.
    Much Love,
    Z~
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      Vidya Sury
      July 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Hugs, Zeenat! Welcome 😀 What a pleasure to see you here! That tooth’s fate will be decided on Saturday. Ugh! 😀 I am in good hands, though. And I visualize a positive outcome, whatever that is!

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    ruchira
    July 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

    First of all congrats on your decade, girl.
    Gotta learn a lot from you!!

    Secondly, am happy that you managed to live in your present despite the hurdles coming your way…kuddos!!
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    Elle
    July 18, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I always read your posts with a huge smile on my face Vidya. Love the glimpses into your world and the pics. So sorry about the tooth. I know more about root canals than I’d like to. Although my dentist gives me a ‘happy pill’ and I’m sort of zoned out by the time they get to work. Hope it’s that easy for you my dear.

    e-hugs
    Elle
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    Rachna
    July 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Why are tooth woes striking all of us? Looks like you are doing a lot of things. I am also into decluttering with a vengeance and catching up on reading too. Hugs!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Its weird, Rachna. A half-fried murukku fractured my tooth! The pack – Rs.40. My dentist’s bill – likely to be 100 times more. Crazy eh? 🙂

      Sometimes it is such a relief to shut down the computer, except to work. I’ve set a deadline for lots of things around the house. With Vidur’s busy schedule, Sury’s traveling and my work, I haven’t had time to do a lot of things I had planned. I’ve just decided to slow down. 😀 Just the decision uplifts me.

      I saw some aloe vera plants yesterday and thought of you. Hugs!
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    Dorothy
    July 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I always have to stop myself from buying tea sets!!

    Best of luck with the root canal. YIKES!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      🙂 I know the feeling, Dorothy! Thanks for your wishes. 😀 My fate, or rather, my tooth’s fate will be decided on Saturday, depending on what the doctor thinks. Happy day to you!

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    bhavanas11
    July 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Everywhere I go I am struck by finding the unexpected…I came to wish you happy tenth anniversary and instead find a post on enjoying the present moment…and instead of asking you questions on how did you manage to blog for 10 yrs, I sit and reflect on my this moment and if I am enjoying it…

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      Vidya Sury
      July 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Bhavana, Hugs! You just blessed me with a lovely feeling of “mission accomplished”. Thank you.

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    Diana Pinto
    July 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations Vidya on completing ten years in blogging. That’s really an achievment. It’s so true that we need to enjoy the present moment as it is a gift. I enjoy my present moment by spending time with my family and now I’ve taken to reading/ writing and blogging and the list goes on 🙂

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    afshan
    July 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    The randomness and happiness and awesome ness of ur posts stump me every single time. Do spread the sunshine in ur readers lives like u always do ! all pics r fab and that haiku so damn good
    Reading ur single post makes me feel I know a lot abt u 🙂

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    Corinne Rodrigues
    July 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Another lovely post, Vidya. Workmen? I’m dreading a painting job coming up – but we’ll survive. Did you paint that pillow case? It’s seriously cute!
    Your pictures made me think of the Kala Ghoda festival I went to at the start of the year – was tempted to buy so much, but did a fine job resisting. Who wants another artifact to dust? 😉
    I do hope your tooth problems get resolved soon. ♥
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    afshan
    July 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    and my wisdom tooth ache is getting mre n more painful day by day
    hav to plan the surgery soon 🙁

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    Tarang Sinha
    July 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Troubles arrive in groups…it’s true and it is confirmed one more time through this post! I hope all is well now:)

    Nice read! So many things had kept you engaged…
    Take care!:)
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    Roshni
    July 19, 2013 at 1:03 am

    whew! You accomplished so much! I love all the treasures you found! You should definitely use those votive glassholders – what’s the point of having pretty things if you won’t use them to their full extent?! 🙂
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    July 19, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Love your moments Vidya… except for the toothache but pain is big part of life!!
    Hope you have many more pleasant ones. Very excited that your other blog is becoming part of this one. I’ve thought of doing just that with my travel one. Great food for thought to add to my huge list!!
    xoxo
    Betsy
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    Rahul
    July 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

    So agree with you Vidya about living in present and enjoying and making best of it every bit. No wonder is it as ‘present’ to us from the almighty:)

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    jaishvats
    July 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Hi

    my first time here and this post made me feel good . I loved that cuterpillar 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Welcome, Jayashree! Oh, that cuterpillar gave us hundreds of hours of happiness 😀 We had two. I am sure one is still in the toy box in my garage! Thanks for visiting 🙂 Heading over to your place now!

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    Dagny
    July 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    There was a time during summers when the power would just disappear for the entire afternoon. The kids and I ended up doing a whole lot of fun stuff together… including making ‘barf ka gola’. 😀
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    Sheethal
    July 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I am scared of the pain my wisdom teeth is gonna cause mee… and your post was a pleasure to read. Loved those cups… so pretty!

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    Michelle Wallace
    July 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Vidya, a visit to your place always makes me smile… and I leave here feeling much better than when I arrived!
    Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the present moment! We have lots to be greatful for…

    I love the pictures… that glass tea-set is pretty (whether you need it or not is beside the point… *giggles*… retail therapy is the best!)
    And I also love laughing… my hubby and I do so at every possible opportunity (and it doesn’t help that I have a very mischievous husband who needs no encouragement when it comes to laughter…)
    Reading – there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, or sitting up with an e-book (though I prefer the curling up part more… which I’ve been doing less of anyway… *sighs* the joys of an e-reader…)

    When you have a moment, please pop over to my place, I have something for you!
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    My Inner Chick
    July 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Sweet, Vidya,
    hope you tooth is better.

    I love all of your fun stuff…especially Vidur’s special toddler pillow. PRICELESS.

    The tea-set is FAB!

    Love you more than hot pink cotton candy melting in Summer.

    Xxxxxxxxx
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    Sue | Motivational Coach
    July 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Cool. Looks like you really had fun enjoying the moment. They say life is easy if you don’t complicate it… So enoying every moment makes a lot of sense. 🙂

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    Shaun Hoobler
    July 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Enjoy the present moment. You’ll never know when it will last..
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    Jas
    July 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Vidya happy tenth anniversary. Loved the post focusing on enjoying the present moment. A hard thing to do but if you are determined, you can.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Welcome, Jas! 🙂 Thank you. Yes, I know living in the present moment is tough, especially when life is busy happening. 😀 You know, I was trying to recall where I’ve seen your name…could be Rachna’s blog. Welcome again, and hope to see you more often. Now I am off to see The Color of Hunger!

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    Jas
    July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Ya it was Rachna’s blog 🙂 I remember interacting with you there. Good to find you again,
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    Freya
    August 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    You had an eventful week, didn’t you 🙂 I’ve been absconding for a while too and it was fun to catch up 😀
    BTW that gas incident sure was scary. Forget cylinders which I refuse to deal with, I’m also terrified of cookers 😛
    And thanks for telling me about Coffee with Mi, I’ve been wondering why there were no posts.
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