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The Positive Challenge With Gratitude

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Last week, my friend Joy of Facets of Joy tagged me on Facebook inviting me to participate in a wonderful challenge. The Positive Challenge where *For 5 days, you post 3 positive things that happened to you or you are grateful for that day. At the end of each day, tag/nominate 3 people to take part in the challenge.*

I loved the idea. I already maintain a gratitude journal and write in it whenever I feel like it, just making sure that I write in it every day.

It is true I always look for the positives in every situation – my Mom raised me that way.  “If you can identify the problem, you can also arrive at the solution” she would say. And I believed her.In fact, when I feel low, I quickly set the timer for 3 minutes and list all the things I am grateful for. A variation is what makes  me happy. As I’ve made gratitude a practice, a habit,  it was easy to participate in the challenge.

As a rule, I don’t hang around Facebook except to visit the couple of groups I am part of; but Joy’s nudge was something I could not ignore. I accepted the challenge.  Yesterday was Day 5 and I’d like to share my gratitude list from those five days with you.

The wonderful thing about gratitude – it just makes life better.

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Here then, is my list.

Gratitude Day 1

1/ I was busy in the kitchen earlier than usual this morning, so I’d have lunch boxes ready before 7.15 am, as my son had to go for an early class. As I rolled out my rotis, I got a warm hug and kiss from my son telling me how lucky he is to have me. If that’s not enough to make my life, tell me what is. I am grateful I am blessed with an affectionate, appreciative son!

2/ It is my friend Ranjit‘s birthday today and I felt inordinately pleased to wish him in the morning and that set me off reminiscing about our wonderful friendship – few people are blessed with friends like mine. We’ve been friends since 1987. Thank you, Ranjit, for enriching my life.

3/Right now, as I type this, I am enjoying my breakfast. I am looking forward to a day of getting lots of things done. As I look at my priority list for today, I am grateful for all I have and most of all, the flexible routine I can afford to set for myself.

Gratitude On Day 2

1/ The sunshine, which means my washing will dry…well almost….before the rains hit us again

2/ The fact that I work from home, so I could choose not to work today and do something else I needed to do.

3/ P G Wodehouse. I have a mother of a headache since yesterday that won’t go away but I am glad I have humor to enjoy!

Gratitude On Day 3

1/ My blood pressure is normal. I am grateful because i was worried.

2/ A lovely walk around my area this morning – on the new roads in beautiful weather

3./A wonderful afternoon at my son’s school at the PTA meeting. Fills my Mommy-heart with happiness to hear affectionate words about him.

4/(Just had to add a fourth, you know). A laughter-filled walk in the evening on our terrace with my husband and son, even as we enjoyed watching the glorious skies take on different hues.

Gratitude On Day 4

1/ Lovely long chat with my friend. Lots of laughter

2/ Completing a project on time – the satisfaction is wonderful!

3/ A cozy Sunday with my folks at home, eating together, laughing together, sharing bits of our day with each other and now, getting ready to step out for a walk.

Gratitude On Day 5

1/ I was sitting and thinking how wonderful to look for and pick out the good moments every day when Shailaja mentioned the same thing to me. I felt a wonderful sense of “mission accomplished”. I usually do look for the silver lining, but now, I am doing so even more consciously and what a difference it makes to the entire day – to look forward to good things! I am grateful!

2/ I am grateful for the good food I eat every day and the diet advice I get from my best friend. Yes, Life is good.

3/ I checked my weight and was delighted to see I had shed 6 pounds. So I like to think I didn’t need to – but hey I am not complaining. All the vigorous dedicated daily walking is paying off. It means I am proactively working on maintaining good health so I can do all the things I want to do for my family, my friends and my welfare homes.

4/ Yes, there’s a fourth. I am grateful for this habit of listing the positives every day. I already have a gratitude journal, but now I’m planning to fill it up even more.​

I am so grateful to all those I tagged for taking it forward and posting their own gratitude lists.

Do you write gratitude lists?

Do you maintain a gratitude journal?

What is the one thing you’re thankful for?

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Linking to the Gratitude Link up at Laurel Regan’s Today’s Gratitude List Linkup No.39.

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6 Comments

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    Aditi
    July 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Loved this challenge! Today is day 5, can’t wait to turn it into a post! 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

      And do add your link to this linky Aditi!

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    Sebastian Aiden Daniels
    July 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I think gratitude lists are so useful. First for appreciating what you have in your life. I’ve also used them as a way to reframe my thoughts. I’d turn things that I didn’t like about myself or someone else into something I was grateful for and how I was learning from it.

    An example is if I was jealous about something.

    I’d write I’m grateful for this jealousy because in not reacting to it, it is teaching me to be more patient and less possessive.

    I am grateful for you Vidya. A lady on the other side of the planet who I can interact with. Yeah to the internet!
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    July 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    What a lovely thing to do, and what a wonderful list of gratitudes. I’ve been up to my eyeballs as you know, especially with Dave’s car competition (for which I’m SO grateful to you and others supporting him as he qualified for round 2), and I did finally find the post where you tagged me. Apologies for not responding: grateful that you’re my friend and understand:) I will get to it…promise! Cheers! Kaaarina
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    Rachna
    July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    This is fabulous! Loved reading your consolidated lists, Vidya!
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    Vishal Bheeroo
    July 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I am enjoying the gratitude list on FB and you right since one should write in a journal, something I haven’t done for ages. Love ur list:)
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