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Gratitude is like a flashlight

Vidya Sury Feb Gratitude Circle

A week ago, my internet service provider sent me a warning to let me know that I was on the verge of exceeding my quota, and suggesting that I buy extra data packages. My first reaction was shock, as I am under the impression that we don’t even get anywhere close to even half our quota, considering that our usage is not heavy. I could understand if my son were at home, but no. So how come?

My next thought was – what to do?

Surprisingly, my reaction was to switch off my laptop. If I wanted to check email, I could do that on my tab and that would take about 10 minutes. I decided to just go for an impromptu digital detox and focus on some spring cleaning around the house.

There is this cupboard I’ve been working on – it is a long term project. It has been swallowing things for so  many years now, how could I even hope to clear it in a few days? So I’ve been taking my time. A month back, I had cleaned out one shelf in the cupboard, which was threatening to fill up again.

So thanks to the impending lack of internet, I decided to get back to it. Now the funny thing is, I quite enjoy cleaning. And that cupboard is so full of nostalgia, I was happy to get lost in it.

Yes, I was suitably rewarded. To cut a long story short, I uncovered some photos, my sketch book and a whole lot of things I had forgotten I had. This was tucked into one of my Mom’s favorite books. What memories it brought back!

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And this – I had forgotten I had done this back in 1997. The names against the alphabet are those of organized crime leaders. They were so much in the news at the time that I simply had to pick up pen and paper and do this.

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For good measure, I also started working on my wardrobe as it was overflowing and got that organized. Still a work in progress, but I am getting to the finish line.

I am grateful I had the wisdom to just carry on with doing something I liked rather than ranting over what I did not have.

I’d like to share something I read recently in this context. Gratitude is like a flashlight. When we step out in the dark, we see nothing. When we switch on the flashlight, everything comes into clear focus, things that were always there.

Gratitude is like that flashlight. When we turn it on, we suddenly notice every little thing. We stop taking what we have for granted. We start counting our blessings.

And? You can use the flashlight of gratitude any time of day or night, at any point in life, wherever you are.

What am I shining my flashlight of gratitude on, today?

  • A solid wakeup call in the form of a high blood sugar reading. It means I must take better care of myself.
  • The elevators in our apartment complex are being replaced, which means we have to take the stairs. Grateful for that cardio workout!
  • A wonderful meeting with friends on Jan 31
  • An intro to a new author – new for me –via the gift of a book from Sid, turning me into an instant fan and making me chase after her other books.
  • Discovering how much I love masala tea. Delightful. Coffee is still my first love!
  • A recovering ear – I had to go through another round of antibiotics and treatment before being pronounced okay. So grateful
  • Thanks to the ear, I took time off work and caught up on reading. A lot.
  • A visit from a 3 year old. I have a thing for 3 year olds, I think! I had a most delightful time! And I am more than happy to give them a permanent place on my gratitude list!
  • I enjoyed an unexpected date on Valentine’s Day. I really must do it again.
  • Last Saturday, yet another fantastic blogger meet that was amazing – meeting my friends again and having a good time.
  • Several additions to my photo album courtesy Sid and Soumya. I’ve never had so many photos taken of me and it was a pleasant experience!
  • Lots of laughter!

As always, I could go on and on, as this list is by no means exhaustive.

What is on your list?

Now, for this week’s gratitude practice

  • Take a few minutes right now.
  • Reflect on a happy moment in your life that you remember distinctly.
  • It can be something that happened recently, years ago, during your childhood.
  • Experience it in your mind again, in detail
  • What can you recall about it?
  • What can you see?
  • What can you hear?
  • What can you feel?
  • Which moment in particular stays with you?
  • Did you feel gratitude?
  • What made you feel grateful?

Next month, I have a fun gratitude activity I’ll share with you in pictures that you’ll really enjoy! Did you try out last month’s Gratitude stones activity? I’d love to know/see!

Welcome to the February 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop!

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What made your soul happy recently? What wonderful experience warmed your heart? Write about anything that made you smile, write a post, add the badge above to it, and add your post link to the linky below.Thank you!

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20 Comments

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    Shantala
    February 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    That sketch! – Is there something that you cannot do?! :O

    I for one, am horrible at any kind of art and craft, and even if my life depended on it, couldn’t manage more than stick figures (average ones)! 😛
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      Vidya Sury
      February 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      I think stick figures rock, Shantala! So cute! Hehehe. I will share an easy craft project next month – in fact toying with the idea of making a regular fortnightly activity feature. Focused on kids of course. 🙂 Hehehe. Thank you for always being kind!
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    Obsessivemom
    February 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    It’s wonderful to stumble upon a long forgotten photograph in a book. It’s even better if it’s one of your baby. In fact, I should print out some baby pictures of the kids and make bookmarks for myself. Perfect gift for a mommy reader. I love the idea of a crafty post Vidya.
    Hope your ear is better. You take care.
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      Vidya Sury
      February 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      What a fabulous idea, Tulika! My friend has laminated coasters made from photos – because there were too many to store. She scanned them all and then got to work, making artwork like fridge magnets, collages and whatnot. I helped her. But I don’t have anything to show for myself. So this year, I am hoping to do those things. Yes, I am loving the craft post idea too! So glad you joined me in gratitude!
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    Beloo Mehra
    February 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    What great finds you stumbled upon in the cupboard cleanup! I like that stick-art sketch, could be a great way to teach about law & order and social justice to grown up kids 😉 You have given a helpful metaphor here – gratitude as a flashlight.
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      Vidya Sury
      February 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      🙂 Thank you Beloo! I love doing this bloghop! And I am truly blessed to have you join me with your fabulous post! One of the reasons I enjoy cleaning is the joyful discovery!
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    Mahathi Ramya
    February 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Super sketch that is 🙂 Great list, you started taking everything very positive. No escalator = more cardio work out 🙂 All the best.
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    Eloquent Mind
    February 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

    You have a lovely handwriting, Vidya ! And you are so artistic.
    Ha ha ! I had been putting off cleaning my cupboard for a long time till it got to a point where we were living off our suitcases. And then one fine day, we decided to start cleaning and it was over in an evening.

    Truly said – Gratitude shows in everything we do/see/hear/feel. I am glad I linked up after long. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      February 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Oh thank you! I am so happy you are here and part of the bloghop! Have a wonderful week ahead! (Special thanks to you for the twitter support!)

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    Birgit
    March 1, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I am glad you are feeling better. infections are so hard to get rid of. I hope your diabetes gets under control. I have been grateful for not getting sick. I bought an IPad and we started taking down the ugly wall paper in our bedroom.

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    Sulekha
    March 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Vidya, I too was on a digital detox for a month in Feb and I had a great time. Met relatives and friends, cleaned out the kitchen and bedroom drawers, read a lot and went for long walks with my hubby. My father in law is unwell, so we ended up spending a lot of time with them, lunches and dinners, aplenty 🙂 You take care of your sugar levels and ear condition, must be painful. I have to lose weight, trying to do yoga at home but failing 🙁
    Thanks for this wonderful blog hop, I am grateful to you for this <3

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    Payal Agarwal
    March 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I love this thought,”Gratitude is like a flashlight.” What a wonderful sketch! Beautiful post full of positivity. 🙂
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    ruchira
    March 2, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Loved your list of gratitude.

    Being mindful is always gratifying. Glad to read that you are doing fine, Vidya!
    Loved your stick figure of blog hop and happy to tag along in this gratitude journey!
    xoxo

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    Shailaja
    March 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Your talents never cease to amaze me. That and your blogging, of course 😉 Glad to hear the lifts are being replaced. So new ones when I visit next time. Yay!

    Good luck with the Gratitude Hop, Vidya 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      March 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment! And yes, lift is operational now, with a snippet of Kenny G’s saxophone playing Havana along the journey. 🙂 Welcome home Shailaja.
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    nabanita
    March 4, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Everytime I come here I get a fresh perspective on things…Gratitude is like a flashlight…Thank you, Vidya..I’m grateful to have the opportunity to know and read you <3

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      Vidya Sury
      March 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Hugs and thanks, Naba! I appreciate you very much!

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    Vasantha Vivek
    March 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    My February Gratitude Post is up yesterday, Vidya. Happened to be sketch and drawing in my post too ….. 🙂 Happy to read your post.
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    Cedric Hilton
    March 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    It was great to compare gratitude to a flashlight. Today I did clean up my cupboards too. Good thing I stumbled on this post. And yes, it did put a smile on my face.

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