gratitude

Expressing Gratitude is Transformative

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Love, Vidya Sury

I am still aglow with the World Gratitude Day celebrations when I resolved to implement a couple of fun projects. One of them is my personal 100 days of happiness, which started on 22nd. There are exactly 100 days from Sept 22 to December 31. My goal is a photo a day with some words to go with it. By Dec 31, I want to have a 100-page ebook ready!

Yes, I have the ebook fever. It is a nice thing though, because it brings so much joy. And thus I begin my gratitude list for September!

  • I am grateful for an errant laptop which allowed me to step out and spend a lot of time outdoors. Which means lots of photos. Which means happiness.
  • I had fun with a phone I received for reviewing and clicked quite a lot of photos, which helped me connect with the people in my area – mainly because they were super-amused to see me taking pictures of all and sundry. But oh,  the fun I had? Just wonderful. And it has triggered a couple of good habits too. Win-win!
  • Falling sick. I have to be grateful for this one – I just collapsed and I am glad it happened when my husband was home. Solid wake up call with my table literally breaking into pieces – still can’t get over that – and my laptop acting crazy. Time to slow down. Or time to spend even less time at the computer! I am cool with that!
  • I am listening and working with renewed vigor on clearing my clutter. As always, the joy of giving is bundled in this activity and I am enjoying collecting smiles on that front, too. I am filled with gratitude for being able to do this.
  • Last week, for all the drama, I actually had a normal blood sugar reading. I pray that trend more or less continues.
  • I’m taking stock of my life and I am grateful for the support I’ve got. Hey, I got a birthday coming up on Sunday. Whether I actually take action or not, the process is so enjoyable.
  • As always, I am super-grateful for the fantastic books I have on my reading shelf. This last week has been particularly rewarding and I am loving it, because my rather psychic-when-it-comes-to-me friends have presented me with some superb books that I will thoroughly enjoy – and review here.
  • I am painting some terra cotta pots and am loving it. I have plans to finally get to some of my walls when I finish! Win-win again – new look and instant gratification. I am thankful to have the time to do this.
  • As you know, I invited blogger friends to celebrate my birthday this year by collaborating on an ebook – and the response has been overwhelming. I am grateful for the love. I working hard to make sure I present the ebook on Sunday – so please do send me some good vibes! Thank you!
  • I am grateful for my clients’ trust in me and the steady flow of work. How fortunate I am to do the work I love!
  • My health blog, Be Healthy, Be Happy won the best health blog award at WIN15. I was on a mission when I started my health blog and this is such great motivation to keep on. It was shortlisted in the top 10, then moved into the top 5. I am humbled that it emerged winner.

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  • I am grateful for my interaction with Childfund.org – the featured image on top of this post is from there!

Let me share a lovely passage about gratitude with you.

Expressing Gratitude is Transformative

“Expressing gratitude is transformative, just as transformative as expressing complaint.

Imagine an experiment involving two people.

One is asked to spend ten minutes each morning and evening expressing gratitude (there is always something to be grateful for), while the other is asked to spend the same amount of time practicing complaining (there is, after all, always something to complain about).

One of the subjects is saying things like, “I hate my job. I can’t stand this apartment. Why can’t I make enough money? My spouse doesn’t get along with me. That dog next door never stops barking and I just can’t stand this neighborhood.”

The other is saying things like, “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work; there are so many people these days who can’t even find a job. And I’m sure grateful for my health. What a gorgeous day; I really like this fall breeze.”

They do this experiment for a year. Guaranteed, at the end of that year the person practicing complaining will have deeply reaffirmed all his negative “stuff” rather than having let it go, while the one practicing gratitude will be a very grateful person. . . Expressing gratitude can, indeed, change our way of seeing ourselves and the world.”
-Roshi John Daido Loori​

Isn’t that true? Let’s focus on what we have, rather than what we don’t have!

Please join us today for the September Gratitude Circle blog hop, co-hosted by Corinne and me.

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7 Comments

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    Nabanita
    September 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Every time I read your posts on gratitude I have this renewed vigor to try and actively be more grateful… Sometimes I tend to complain and forget , though I have seen how wonderful it feels to appreciate the little joys of life and even the hard times actually…Hope you are all better before your birthday..Waiting eagerly for the ebook and sending truck load of good vibes your way 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      September 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Hugs, Naba! As for complaining, we are only human! So long as we don’t dwell in that frame of mind, I think it is all good! Thank you. I am excited about the ebook!
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    Mahathi Ramya
    September 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats for your blogadda award Vidya Sury..
    I know, it’s fun to take a lot of photos. I too love photography a lot.
    I wish you celebrate your birthday with a bang :-)my advanced wishes.
    Best wishes for your e-book too..
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    Wendy
    September 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It’s been an ugly upsetting week here. Your spirited post did make me smile foe a bit. Thank you. I have been surrounded by and filled with sadness, disappointment and anger… I am grateful that we have had stunning sunsets and that I have a rare invitation to go out with some local women who usually exclude me and that I am confident of my daughter’s love.

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    Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com
    September 26, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Hi Vidya! Wow! It sounds like you have some amazingly good things happening in your life right now–and by staying grateful how could they not grow and grow? And congratulations on your health blog winning an award–that’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work. And the best of good luck for you on your ebook. I’m working on my third right now and also plan to have it available by December. Let’s both be sure and meet our intention! And for the last three years I’ve done my own gratitude challenge on my blog and I haven’t decided if I will be doing that again so I’m not sure about joining you in your project. Either way–I know without a doubt that gratitude is transformative! ~Kathy
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    Birgit
    September 28, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I love that you were even grateful in your sickness! You are right though, at least your husband was there and it is a wake up call. I am always grateful and happy when I read your posts and that is the truth!
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    Vishal Bheeroo
    September 28, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I did comment last time but didn’t save. You spread so much positive energy around and feel blessed to read:)
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