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Soul Smiles

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles flowers

Slowing down seems to be the order of the day for me.  And I am loving it. Enjoying the present moment is turning into a happy habit and it is doing me a world of good. Oh yes, my internet is fine now. By not being there for sometime, it has helped me balance my routine in a major way. And my soul smiles at that.

I am more disciplined in my time online.

My email inbox is under control.

My work is more organized.

I am catching up on my reading.

I am learning to tell my inner critic to shut up. I don’t have to listen to her lies.

I am thinking, imagine, all it took was the absence of something we practically take for granted.  And you are thinking, good for you, right? Thank you.

When we take responsibility, our life growsDavid Stevens

Now, it is going to be a while before I actually attain nirvana because I have miles to go before I sleep, places to visit and people to see. In the meantime, my…

…soul smiles

My latest project is clearing out a particular cupboard at home. This cupboard looks very innocent on the outside. But inside, phew! This cupboard has been swallowing stuff for years now. We use it to store all those things that don’t fit anywhere else at home. Originally it started out as a book shelf. What with it being amazingly spacious, we started sneaking in school projects. Then, a whole lot of other stuff. We simply call it the “cream cupboard” – it is painted cream. The weird thing is, I haven’t covered its doors with witty posters. Its surface stays a uniform clean, cream color.

Now, I need more wardrobe space. And bookshelf space. So I’ve resolved to empty it. No easy task, I tell you. First of all, getting started took me years. And once I did, the memories keep getting in the way; soul smiles in the form of

school projects – fond memories

pressed flowers

old letters from friends

greeting cards

letters from my Mom

artwork by Vidur

my sticker collection (really!)

my old sketches

old posters

and a hundred other things. I am having a lovely time laughing, crying, reliving those memories, all by myself because I treat myself to this time after lunch every day for a couple of hours. I came across stuff I’ve written. I have always loved to write and it is so funny to come across old diaries, notes, verse.  I had no idea my Mom kept a project from my first grade, along with all the letters I wrote her.

There are stacks and stacks of Vidur’s drawings. And a few of mine. I used to sketch on every surface I came across, but later, over the years, I only ever sketched or painted when I wanted to gift it, as I am big on handmade gifts.  I still use greeting cards, with matching envelopes and write in decorative notepaper.  I enjoy using ink pens or fountain pens as we call them and have a nice collection of those.

The happy part is, it is going to be a few weeks before I get through all this stuff and I am determined to enjoy the process.  The process of letting go. Obviously I can’t keep all the school projects, there are so many! So I am taking photographs as keepsakes. Photos keep the memory fresh and don’t take up the space that physical things do. But I have allowed myself a box. Anything that doesn’t fit inside, goes and with this in mind, I must choose carefully.

Some soul smiles to show you

I remember this project very well. The grid is made with tubes made of paper. Each tube is a sheet of paper tightly rolled, followed by gluing the edges to keep the roll in place.  You can use any number of tubes depending on your patience and then, place them in a grid and glue them in place. This can then be hung up on the wall and used to hang light stuff. I wish I had taken a pic of this grid in use with Vidur’s various paper craft projects decorating it, but I didn’t have a digital camera at the time.

Soul Smiles Vidya Sury craft

Ah, this wall clock was my Mother’s pride and joy.  So what if it did not keep time! What fun it used to be, watching Vidur moving the hands of the clock each time Mom asked him what time it was!

Vidya Sury Clock Soul Smiles

This was such fun! We broke our heads over how to produce ten arms when he was in Grade 5, to complete his Goddess Durga costume for the fancy dress competition. I made a cutout that could be worn like a backpack. Don’t miss the contents of each hand at the end of the arm!

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles hands

Here’s a crown we whipped up at short notice. Oh yes, I miss the strand of pearls and the shiny golden portion above the pearls is a bit of the border off one of my sarees

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles Crown

This sun had us laughing so much – Vidur was three when he drew the face. The eyes are so cutely out of sync and the goofy smile, ah!

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles Sun

We got this picture with a Tamil magazine and baby Shiva’s serene face always makes me fondly think of a sleeping Vidur. My soul smiles!

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles

It has been raining quite a bit this week. The streets in our area are covered with bright yellow flowers. Like these. I always feel sad that we have to walk over them.

Vidya Sury Soul Smiles flowers

Life goes on, dear friends.

Ah, by the way, my friend Roshni who blogs at Indian American Mom has a brand new blog buttonIndian-American-Mom-button

Isn’t it beautiful? You’ll love her blog, too!

And now, I have an idea

I need your help. You know that this month, July 2013 marks ten years of blogging for me, and that makes this blog ten years old. Yep, I wrote my first post here on July 8, 2003! I thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate with a series of collaborative posts. Here’s what I have in mind. I invite you to complete this sentence: “Happiness is________________” in two or three lines. You can let me know:

  • in the comments, right here
  • email me at vidya at vidyasury dot com
  • message me on Twitter or Facebook

Don’t forget to add your blog or blog post link / profile link so I can link it to your name.

I’ll compile the responses and publish them next Sunday (July 28, 2013)

Okay?

Let’s do it! Go ahead and tell me what “Happiness is” to you.

I am linking up with Unknown Mami for Sundays In My City  because she’s awesome and her place is a great starting point to travel the world together!

Question for you:

 What made your soul smile recently?

Please share in the comments!

and remember to:

Soul smiles

Thank you, Molly Hahn!

If you’re waiting for success to arrive or something to happen so you can be happy, stop it right now. Make the most out of your life as it is today, safe in the knowledge that you’re using the gift of creation that you’ve been given and all will be manifested in the perfect time.Elle Sommer

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    Roshni
    July 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Thank you so much for the feature!! I’ll definitely think about your prompt and come back with something nice!! <3
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      Vidya Sury
      July 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Wow, Roshni! That was super-quick! Hugs! 🙂 I look forward to your contribution. To both questions!
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    vanita
    July 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Happiness is my children’s laughter. Even when they’re laughing at me. Their laughter, even in the darkest of moments, is my light at the end of the tunnel.

    hugs to you sis! happy anniversary!
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    Elle
    July 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Happy anniversary Vidya…how wonderful that you’ve been putting smiles on faces for ten years now. I just think of all the blessings you’ve poured into our world and my heart expands.

    And thank you so much for the mention…I’m honoured by it on your ten year annriversay. 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Elle. I love that I’ve connected with you, in the process.

      Now, my dearest friend, please complete this sentence, “Happiness is…..” 😀

      Hugs!
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    Jan Johnsen
    July 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    10 years! Wow…congratulations…I love your posts.
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    jaishvats
    July 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Vidya

    When u are finally done clearing the cream shelf the satisfaction u feel would be awesome . I love that sleeping kiddo Shiva pic too 🙂 I am also fond of ink pens but I am finding it tough to buy one here !
    Btw the first 3 letters of my son’s name are also ‘vid’ ,:)
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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Jayashree, the satisfaction, combined with an absolutely happy head is awesome. I am glad it is going to be a few weeks before I can say I am done with that cupboard. I am taking it real slow.

      Ah, I can almost guess what your son’s name is. I haven’t bought an ink pen recently. What I have – I’ve had for a long time now.

      I would love to have your two-three lines completing “Happiness is….” 🙂
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    ruchira
    July 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Reading your beautiful hub on restoring memories, made my soul smile on this Sunday Morning!

    Regarding your sentence: Happiness is to see someone heal from their chronic pain.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you, Ruchira. I am happy your soul smiled!

      Love your take on Happiness and am looking forward to putting together next Sunday’s post.

      Have an awesome week!
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    Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
    July 22, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Congrats on 10 incredible and inspiring years. Love the precious projects!
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    Mary Stephenson
    July 22, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Hi Vidya

    Congratulations on your 10 years….and cleaning out your closet! LOL

    I have been cleaning out closets, drawers, cupboards, for the past couple of months. I was surprised how much I could actually throw out or give away. I just had to be in the right frame of mind to tackle some of it. Even to the point of walking away from some of them for awhile, so that I could make rational decisions on what to give up. I went out and dug one thing out of the give away box and one thing out of the garbage. Slept on the choice and had to retrieve them. Not big enough items to make any difference on space that they took up. Just keepsakes I was not so willing at this time to give up.

    Your question: “Happiness is being at peace with myself.”

    Mary
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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Gosh, I get that Mary. Right now I have a stack I am not sure what to do with. I’ve kept it in a prominent place so I don’t put off deciding. It is a crazy process for sure, but cleansing at the same time. The funny thing is…much of it has been out of sight for years and I never missed anything. Now that I am looking at it…ah!

      Thank you for your comment! I love your Happiness is… words. Beautiful!
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    Suzie Cheel
    July 22, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Pressed flowers brought back lots of memories thank you. You have inspired me to step away. I have been like you achieving more by going slow . Congrats and yes
    will sen you some words on “Happiness is________________
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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Suzie, I had a good cry over mine. Slowing down is an amazing process and experience. Glad you are inspired to follow suit.

      I am looking forward to your “Happiness is….” 😀

      Love you!
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    Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families
    July 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Enjoying the simple things in life. 😉
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    Nabanita Dhar
    July 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Happy Anniversary Vidya ! Wish you many more years of blogging!

    And yes for the prompt ‘Happiness is my family’:)

    http://nabanita-blacknwhite.blogspot.in/
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    laurie
    July 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Happiness means so many things. For today, it was a cool breeze.

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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      🙂 You are right, Laurie! My definition changes on a daily basis. The important thing is I can always complete that sentence. Thank you!
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    Meena Menon
    July 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Congagulations on 10 years of blogging ~~ wowww!! Clearing that cubboard thou cumbersome must hv been such a treat rt… coming with all those forgotten treasures……..

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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Meena! yes, i am having a goooood time with the cupboard. It is like a treat! And where is your “Happiness is…. ” ? 😀
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    Shilpa Garg
    July 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I can relate to your clearing of the cream cupboard and the soul smiling….Just last week, I had to search for the telegram that I had received from hubby some 18 yrs ago, I opened the bag which had all the old letters, cards, diaries, autograph books, slam books… I got so lost in re-visiting the old times and I had that happy smile plastered on my face for the entire day as one after the other memories popped up in my head. 🙂
    10 Years!! Take a bow, lady! Hearty congratulations for this awesome journey! Would love to be a part of your anniversary celebration, Will mail you soon.
    Cheers 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      July 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Shilpa! That’s exactly what I ended up doing! 😀 In the process, I found so many things, including a stack of unused 15 paise post cards 😀 And oh yes, I went around smiling and grinning in turns.The best part? There’s lots more in there!

      Hugs! I am so glad you’re here to celebrate with me. I look forward to your email/message! Don’t forget!
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    Rickie Khosla
    July 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    10 years of blogging! Which would practically make you one of the pioneers who coined the word – Blog! 😀

    This was delightful, as always. I am sure you know that EVERY house has their own version of “cream cupboard”!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Yes, Rickie! The thing is to enjoy that cream cupboard!Besides being the color of the cupboard, the contents also feel like cream! 😀

      I remember, when I started to blog, everyone referred to it as “weblog” not blog. I am happy that I’ve met so many fabulous people along the way.

      Congrats on your book! What an exciting feeling!
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    afshan
    July 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I almost want to say Happiness is “You” but u know I read some where that Happiness is like butterfly it will not come to you if u go catching it but it will land on you when U stop the chase and sit peacefully
    Anyway no need to say it again that ur posts always bring smiles. I loved all the artefacts and remembered my own cup board. Those ten hands of Durga and that wall clock are all so cool . Really Cupboard is a treasure trove. Good reminiscence of memories as always Vidya
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      Vidya Sury
      July 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Afshan! i wish I could give away those cut-outs to someone who’ll use them. Sigh. Still not done with the cupboard – some days I didn’t go near it because i had work to do and didn’t want to get distracted.

      Thank you for your happiness quote – as usual, yours will be right at the top since I am doing an alphabetical list!

      Hugs!
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    Keetha
    July 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I have an aunt who cannot throw anything away and when she does try to sort all the stuff leads her down reminiscent trails from which she simply cannot return to the task at hand.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Ah, Keetha, I can be like that too, but not when I have a list of things to do. 😀 But those memories, they’re tough to move away from! Hugs!
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    Vishnu
    July 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats Vidya! Enjoyed reading about how you’re cleaning up your closet and letting go of those things from your past. It must be a very therapeutic experience:) I’ve gone through this exercise several times in recent months and years and find it so liberating each time I clean, organize and let go of material things.

    So, happiness is accepting myself and others for who we are.

    And another thought: Happiness is living without attachment or expectations:)

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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    July 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Lovely post Vidya. Fun to see all your treasures.

    Happiness is finding inner peace and enjoying the love of family and friends. Thanks for all the joy you add to the world.
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    Bryan Thompson
    July 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hi Vidya,

    It’s been a while! I haven’t stopped reading your blog but I am going to do better about taking time to network and comment again. 🙂 I have seen a lot of posts even today about the value of slowing down and taking stock of the moment. It’s essential. What I’m finding is that it’s a basic quality that makes us ALIVE…slowing down and BREATHING. Take some moments each day to simply BE. I hope you’re doing well, my friend!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Such a pleasure to hear from you, Bryan! I stalk you on Twitter and Facebook and enjoy your updates! By the way, I LOVE the Urban Church blog and Kristin’s latest post about letting go of expectations and finding real community was fabulous. It is a topic after my own heart!

      I am always amazed at how we see the same message across a series of posts on blogs that often do not connect with each other. Whether it is a message from the Universe, I don’t know. But I do know it is a sign to look into. And your latest post about legacy – just yesterday I changed my desktop image to a Buddha doodle with the caption: Drop the story.

      I am thrilled you are here. Hugs! And yes, I am doing great! Thanks for your presence here today! I would love to include your take on “Happiness is….:” in my post next Sunday and look forward to hearing from you!

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        Bryan Thompson
        July 23, 2013 at 8:29 am

        Vidya! Thanks so much for the kind words! And you are welcome at UrbanChurch.tv ANYTIME! Our hope is to make it as much a blogging community as your place. I know some people will be offput by the word “church” thinking, “You have to be ‘Christian’ to be there” or just religious in general. But not the case. We just believe starting the live version of what we blog about can start just as well in a “church” setting as anywhere else. We’re all learning to live. 🙂 Please feel free to drop by anytime and join the conversation!

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    Pixie
    July 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I love your posts!!
    And this one is simply beautiful.

    “Happiness according to me is a state of mind which when left alone comes to us easier than when we pursue it.”
    Happiness is that place where I am, because of which I smile” 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      July 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

      How beautiful, Pixie! Hugs! Thank you so much.

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        Pixie
        July 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

        oh! I totally forgot! How bad of me!!
        Super Congratulations on completing 10 yrs!! 😀

        Oh and yes, to me happiness is also my family and friends and that feeling of being blessed with love 🙂

        Hugs back Vidya! 🙂
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    richa singh
    July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Vidya I am still smiling, the thought of having all those projects around and then recalling the trials and tribulations to make them, must be a task! Seriously one of these days I might too take an internet sabbatical (heart skips a beat here!) I love the way you describe the simplest of things you do and yet happen to warm our hearts somehow 🙂

    As for completing the line, let me think about it will tweet to you 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

      🙂 Richa – only the thought of the internet sabbatical sounds intimidating. When you do it, it feels good and you wonder why you didn’t do it before. 😀 I am speaking from my own experience, of course! Hugs! The Happiness post is live, but you can still send in your quote, you know!
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    Hannah
    July 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Vidya, I just found your blog and I love it!

    In answer to your question, I would say…

    “Happiness is the courage to be real.”

    I have found that I feel happiest when I am being myself. Even though it might feel difficult in the moment, the payoff I get in my sense of integrity and authenticity is more than worth it.

    Great question, and very thought-provoking 🙂 Have a lovely day!

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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hannah! I am so happy you found my blog. Being authentic is perhaps the biggest challenge of all! Realization is half the work done 😀

      Thank you so much for your quote. The post is live! 🙂 Hope to see you often around here!
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    sridevi
    July 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    A really lovely post Vidya and I really enjoyed craning my head into the cream cupboard and watch the memories unfold 🙂 Ten years is such a long journey and you are one joyous inspiration . Now ummm regarding happiness …well it is watching my sons polish the last morsel from their plates with great relish 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thank you dear Sridevi. I can actually visualize you doing that. Oh, but I’d love some company as I tackle this task! 🙂 I confess I laugh, cry and talk to myself and pretend the people I am thinking about are around. Sigh.

      I love your Happiness is…quote. The post is live, Sri – thanks for your lovely contribution!
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    Ken Wert@MeanttobeHappy
    July 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    A decade of blogging, Vidya! That’s amazing! I didn’t even know what blogging was 5 years ago! 🙂 Congratulations, Vidya!

    Happiness is the ability to look in the mirror and genuinely like who you see staring back. It is the byproduct of a life of gratitude, love and regular acts of kindness.

    Wow! That was really difficult to stop at just two sentences. Note I failed to keep it to one or two things and changed it to two sentences so I could add several things more than just two! 😉

    PS: I look forward to another decade of your heart and soul displayed in love and compassion on the pages here, my dear friend!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Ah, Ken, Oh Master of Happiness! 😀 I only mentioned 2-3 lines as a rough guideline. I had no intention of editing anyone’s quote for length.

      As always you warm my heart with your beautiful words. And yes, I’d love to be blogging when I am 60 – that would be eleven years from now!

      Thank you so much for your quote, Ken. You know the post is live and I am about to reply to your comment there. Hugs!
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    Rachna
    July 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Dear Vidya, You have my congratulations and warm wishes always. You know I am trying to declutter too, and everytime it is letting go that is a problem. Some of the things that add to the clutter might not even have that memory quotient and yet are difficult to throw away. Now coming to your prompt. When my sweet little Coco comes and puts his head in my lap and looks at me with his deep eyes, my soul smiles generously!
    Happiness to me is being with my lovely family. Happiness is spending some nice time over coffee with a bunch of friends, laughing and reminiscing with gentle banter. Happiness is sitting by my window watching rain fall silently and just gazing into it silently with multiple memories clouding my mind.

    I can go on and on! Loved your post!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Oh, I love what you said, Rachna! You know, I promote the habit of pausing to think and experiencing the joy of recalling happy moments. Savoring the current one, being still and being conscious of every little thing in that moment.

      I am so very happy you’re celebrating with me. Hugs!
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    Leo
    July 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

    “Happiness is doing little things like they are the biggest things in the world. If you think little things do not matter on a bigger perspective, then your perspective always stays clouded, and happiness far away. So smile, tell someone what they mean to you, read a book, write a poem or just put all your love into a tight hug. I think that would bring someone even a moment of happiness, and a moment that is frown-less. Cheers!”

    Congratulations on your milestone, Vidya! May more come along in your blogging journey.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Always the little things, Leo. Thank you for a fabulous quote. The post is live and you are in it, my friend! 🙂

      Thanks again for your wonderful words!
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    Jodi Chapman
    July 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Happy anniversary, sweet friend! I’m so happy that you continue sharing your beautiful heart with us all! XO
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

      🙂 Thank you Jodi. And thank you for your lovely quote on happiness. The post is live and looks great with your words in it!

      Hugs!
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    Carolyn Hughes
    July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Love your soul smiles Vidya! And at your request here is my thoughts on happiness.
    Happiness is a healing heart. <3
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Carolyn, I felt just a little tearful reading your words. The words “healing heart” make me think of many people…and situations.

      So profound. And looks so beautiful in my post – it is live! Thank you for being my friend!
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    Barbara
    July 26, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Congratulations on your 10 year blog anniversary. I started decluttering last year. The saddest thing I thought was how much I saved because of sentimental value and that was the first time I had ever looked at them again. The photos are a lovely idea.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Thank you Barbara. 🙂 I feel exactly what you’re saying about the clutter clearing. What is crazy is not wanting to part with them! That’s when I thought about the photos. Good enough for memories. And gosh, the amount of time it takes to go through all that accumulated stuff. I have to keep reminding myself that the clearing won’t happen overnight.

      Still, have to say it feels good!

      Thank you for visiting. Now, I am eager to know what “the secret skill of winners” is. 😀
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    Aditi
    July 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Happiness is a state of Mind. If one can control mind over matter, then Happiness is a Way of Life!!
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Hi Aditi! Thank you – you just described my philosophy of life! Your quote is in the post, right at the top! 😀 Thanks for being here today. It means a lot to me!
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    Philip V Ariel
    July 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Vidya,
    So glad to know your completion of long TEN years in blogging!!!
    CONGRATS!!!
    Great Going!
    Keep it up!
    Keep Going
    I could relate something here. That is my Malayalam blog Ariel’s Jottings too started on 8th ie June 8th LOL

    PS:
    I will soon come back with my words for Happiness soon LOL
    Keep Inform
    Best
    Phil
    PS 1
    Vidya I am not getting your post info via mail
    why? Pl. Check
    Best
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      Vidya Sury
      July 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Hi Philip! Thank you for your kind words.

      The email updates are going out regularly. Not sure why they are not reaching you.One likely reason could be that you missed confirming your subscription. May I request you to please subscribe again? Thank you so much for letting me know.

      I look forward to your happiness quote. The post is live, but I’ll be happy to add yours!
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    July 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Vidya,
    So glad you messaged me yesterday so that I could be a part of the “Happiness Is..” post. Congratulations on 10 years of Blogging!
    xoxo
    Betsy
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    Philip V Ariel
    July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    For me Happiness is when I see a smile on other person’s face when I say ‘thank you’ to him.
    Have a good day.
    Phil
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    Shaun Hoobler
    August 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    10 years. Wow. Congratulations!

    P.S. Baby Shiva looks cute.
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    Shiva
    September 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    reading your post..looking at those pictures made my soul smile 🙂
    Who says cupboards have skeletons
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    Meenakshi
    February 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hi Vidya, wonderful to meet you. I’ve shared your blog on our Sujok Smile page. https://www.facebook.com/sujok.heal

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      Vidya Sury
      February 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Meenakshi! 🙂 Just saw the page – so delightful!

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