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Focusing On the Good Stuff #Gratitude

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The more I live, the more I appreciate the following words:

‘Enough’ is a feast. Buddhist proverb

Okay, so I confess it doesn’t apply to books, but pretty much everything else. The first thing I do every morning, after I brush my teeth and smile at myself in the mirror is light the lamp. I pray. I end up laughing happily when I think of my family, my friends, my life. I think I have enough of everything. (except books, that is).

And thus begins my day. Regardless of what baggage I carry from the previous day or week, I can’t help feeling grateful for everything I have.

It has been a rough two weeks with tough decisions to make, falling sick one by one and some other issues. But you know what they say, what goes down must bounce back up. And that’s what we did – a little slower than usual – and I think it must be because of the rains.

We decided to look at the days at home as a good chance to slow down literally and enjoy each other’s company. It was enjoyable to have my hands full with waking up, making the coffee, resting, cooking lunch, catching up with a little work, making tea and having it together with my folks, managing to drag ourselves upstairs to walk for at least 30 minutes and get some fresh air, then back downstairs to rustle up a simple dinner, reading for a bit and getting to bed when the headache threatened to start.

I focused on the good things and before I knew it, I had enough to feel grateful for.

My gratitude list

  • Watching TV and laughing together with my family.
  • Making easy one-dish meals
  • Tea-time and mealtimes together

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  • The love and appreciation from my folks
  • Skyping with my uncle and reminiscing about my childhood
  • My friends’ response to my invitation on Facebook to list 3 things they were grateful for

  • Grateful that my son didn’t fall sick during his exams or entrance tests
  • The fact that my son was well enough to attend his first day of college today, and that he enjoyed his first day
  • Having the college within walking distance from home without the stress of a long commute
  • My neighbors, who are kind enough to receive my mail when I have to step out.
  • My little friend next door, a 5th grader who gifted me this get-well-soon gift. A pair of handmade earrings! She made them especially for me. She told me I can hook the loop to any earring I wore. How sweet! Don’t miss the note with the earrings!

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  • This lovely sight just outside my gate. There’s construction going on across the road and I see these two every day. The little one is a bright little sweety with the most charming smile.

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  • While hanging out clothes to dry the day before yesterday, my son called us out to watch the skies – it was the most beautiful sight – the blue skies with scattered cloud patterns and a bunch of moving clouds racing across the almost static ones. It is a sight I will hold in my heart – along with the memory of the three of us looking up, rapt.
  • My friends, for calling me regularly and the marathon conversations we delight in.
  • I am grateful I am sitting up today to write this!

This lovely poem which is a wonderful reminder to be grateful, no matter what.

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

What is on your gratitude list? ♥

Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

Join us – Corinne and me –  for The Gratitude Circle blog hop that goes live on the 4th Thursday every month – linky is live and open for a month! Write your post, grab the badge below for your post and link your gratitude post to the linky below. Looking forward to reading your posts!

 


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    Birgit
    June 26, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Oh it sounds like you got sick so I hope you are on the mend. I had no idea your son started so quickly into college-wow. It is so sweet that this little girl made you earrings and the smile of the little girl is just scrumptious. I love that poem because it is so true
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    Lisa
    June 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hello Vidya – it’s been a long time since I popped over but what timing! I don’t have a post to add to the linky but I love the sentiment and just reading the post made me smile. I have much to be grateful for too – even when I’m exhausted – for one, my baby is now better and can go back to play with her friends during the day – haha – big sigh from a tired mama! 😉
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      Vidya Sury
      June 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Oh Lisa! Hugs. I know exactly how that feels – and as they grow up, new things keep popping up all the time..yet, at the end of the day, we end up being tired, but happy mamas. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

      So happy to see you. And don’t think I forgot your questions. I am sneakily strategically waiting for a reminder 🙂
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    Pammy Pam
    June 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Great list. I will always be grateful for music and books.
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    Susan Scott
    June 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Hello Vidya! I’m amazed that your son has started college! Wonderful and I wish him so well – he’ll do great!
    I’m grateful right now that I have a few moments to write to you and say how much I appreciated your post. I’ve just had a skype with my son who sorted something out on the computer for me and I’m grateful for not only seeing him but that with his infinite patience we rectified a (not so serious) problem.
    Glad that the rains have come after all the heat – may it all be refreshing and your headaches become a thing of the past and that you feel as right as rain in next to no time! Your friends and neighbours (your photos too) are all lovely – have a great(ful) weekend xx
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    My Inner Chick
    June 26, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    ****I smile at myself in the mirror is light the lamp. I pray. I end up laughing happily when I think of my family, my friends, my life.***

    you are my hero.

    Love you more than sweet white daisies on the side of the railroad track on my daily walks.

    xxxxx
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    Ananya Tales
    June 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I will always be grateful to friends who hav supported me emotionally and also stood in my bad times.
    Beautiful post Vidhya 🙂
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    Vishal Bheeroo
    June 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

    A big thank you and hugs, Vidya for this fulfilling post. I love this line,what goes down must bounce back up. It’s the harbinger of hope when things go awry. I am grateful to life and people, who make my life so beautiful. I intend to take the challenge and have quite a few things to say.

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    Carolyn Hughes
    June 28, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Hello Vidya,
    I’ve been away for a little while and it’s so wonderful to catch up with your bright and upbeat gratitude post. You always capture the good in every day life 🙂
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    Amy@MoreTimeThanMoney
    June 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I really like that poem Vidya. Wise words indeed. I’ve personally found that practising gratitude helps to see the positive in a negative and has really changed my outlook on life for the better.
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    G Angela
    June 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Its a great list, vidya, hope you are in good health now,the earrings are so sweet and loved the smile on the little child. Thanks for sharing the lovely poem and you are always inspiring, may God bless you in good health and grant strength to keep writing and making a difference !!

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    Shawn Griffith
    June 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Namaste! I agree gratitude is great! I love the poem. My grandmother was a living example of gratitude everyday. I’m stopping by from the A-to-Z Roadtrip. I’m slowly making my way around to all the great blogs I missed. Glad I found yours!
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    Bharat Jhala
    July 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Gratitude is one of the ways that leads to happiness! Gratitude practice is part of my life too! Amazing post and a great reminder, Vidya! Thank you.

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