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Savoring each moment #Gratitude

Savoring each moment in gratitude Vidya Sury

Did you look forward to the Gratitude Circle blog hop as much as I did? I was a little sad about skipping it in April, but everyone was busy with the A to Z Challenge and I didn’t want to add this. Although, nothing difficult about writing a gratitude list, eh?

I did write one, though: a letter to my Mom, thanking her on Mother’s Day.

April and May, so far, have been eventful months on various fronts. Lots of ups and downs. I’ve tried to take the “downs” in my stride and focus on the “ups” – it is what makes the good things that much more precious, don’t you think?

And so, here are some of the “ups” I am grateful for, over the past few weeks and I’ve had plenty to list in my gratitude journal on a daily basis.

  • My son’s home for his summer vacation. He is doing his summer internship here. No words can express my happiness and gratitude for this. Most of his classmates are doing theirs on campus and we consider ourselves very lucky that he was accepted by a wonderful guide here. This means I get to have him at home for a whole two months. So I hold my breath with each passing day, but I also savor each moment of his presence. The joy is just indescribable.
  • When I visited the IISc. campus, I met an old friend. We were rushing to an appointment and I told her I’d call her, but she grabbed my hand and said “Okay, but I have to tell you this – I just love your blog”. I am glad she did not see the tears threatening to fall – I felt so touched. Who knew? What a sweet thing to say! I feel grateful. Sometimes when I wonder about who might be reading what I write, all I have to do is look at my mailbox and read the lovely emails readers send. Most of them are non-bloggers and people who do not spend much time online, yet they chose to subscribe to this blog and read. Yes, grateful, indeed!
  • In April, I had a fabulous 2-day trip to Shanghai, China, as part of Johnson & Johnson’s ABC Circle (Asia Baby Care Circle). It was exciting and exhausting I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Detailed report coming soon, so please stay tuned! I am grateful for the opportunity.
  • I normally don’t go to the movies, but The Jungle Book was just too tempting. Just as I was feeling stingy over spending so much on the movie tickets, I got an email telling me that my debit card entitled me to 50 per cent off. What a Yay! moment! Vidur and I absolutely enjoyed it, 3D glasses and all.
  • During the past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of friends offline and catching up and it has been glorious. Time away from the screen is just so peaceful and does wonders for stress-relief. I also attended a couple of blogger meets that were great fun!
  • Then I got to spend time with some lovely kids. I didn’t take pictures because they weren’t comfortable with that. But let me share something we did together. A little activity you might enjoy, too!

Making a gratitude tree

You need:

  • Cardboard to cut out the shape of a tree trunk
  • Color paper from which to cut out hearts/leaves/shape of your choice. I prefer hearts. Use them to write what you’re grateful for.
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker pens/sketch pens/sharpies

Cut the tree trunk – you can opt only for the main trunk and fill the top with leaves/hearts or add the branches. Keep it simple and easy:

Savor the moment in gratitude. Vidya Sury

What size, you might wonder. Any size.

Savor the moment in gratitude Vidya Sury

Thank you babygizmo.com

It can be a greeting card.

Savor the moment in gratitude. Vidya Sury

Thank you luntiks.com

Or it can be a large cutout that you might want to place by your window, on a side table, on your wall like a decal – where you can look at it often. I know someone put theirs in their garden and it looks so pretty!

Savor the moment in gratitude. Vidya Sury

Thank you themamabirds.com

Too lazy to cut out shapes and glue them? Just grab a huge sheet of paper and a bunch of sketch pens and get going! Make lots of hearts and have people fill them in – with words or colors!

Best thing is, it makes a fun group activity for all ages and is so easy. And you can keep adding to the tree, too!

Your leftover hearts can make a pretty card like this:

Savor the moment in gratitude. Vidya Sury

Would you make a Gratitude tree? Keep it, gift it!

What are you grateful for today?

P.S. See the featured image at the top? I was walking along a pathway that had these trees at intervals. One of my favorite shots!

Please join me in The May Gratitude Circle blog hop. Write your post, add the badge below and link up!

Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    G Angela
    May 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    wow vidya, how nice to connect after a long time, glad to read this… I just wrote mine after a short break to the meghalayas and feeling so grateful for the experience. thanks for sharing 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      May 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Meghalaya sounds fabulous, Angela! Hugs. Looking forward to seeing your post. Do join in!

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    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
    May 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The gratitude tree is pretty — it reminds me of something we use in family therapy where we get members to outline the strengths of everyone. Some wonderful things to be grateful for this month Vidya. I’ll try joining in next month.
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      Vidya Sury
      May 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I can imagine how interesting that would be, Sanch! I’d love it if you join in with your post! Thanks so much for visiting!

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    Dahlia
    May 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    A lovely post Vidya and loved the idea of a gratitude tree – will surely steal it sooner or later 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      May 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you Dahlia! You are very welcome!

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    Ritu KT
    May 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    What a great idea Vidya Ma’am. Gratitude is something that I often forget to feel, I have been on a complaining binge of sorts 🙁 But I am definitely going to spend some time today to be thankful for what I have!
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    Parul
    May 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Yes, I missed you in April but I am glad you are back for the Gratitude circle. So wonderful that Vidur is around for 2 months. Lovely. IISc is where VT spent 2 years of his life and I also did my internship there. That campus is heaven. I love it there 🙂
    That Gratitude Tree with those little hearts awesome. You will see me around on 31st. Take care and have fun.
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      Vidya Sury
      May 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you Parul – I missed April, but only because I didn’t have the linky up. I write a daily gratitude journal, anyway. I remember you mentioned IISc – do you still visit?. Do drop by next time you’re here. It is a beautiful campus indeed! I look forward to seeing your post! Hugs!
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    Debbie D
    May 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    How happy you must be to have your son home for two months, Vidya! 🙂 Looking forward to that post about Shanghai! That must have been an interesting trip. I’m not one to express gratitude publicly that often, but I do feel it all the time, especially after recovering from a serious illness recently. The Gratitude Tree is a lovely idea!
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      Vidya Sury
      May 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you Debbie! I am very happy to have my son home and I am actually savoring each moment! I understand what you’re saying. I am so glad you dropped by. I will certainly join you next month for FlashbackFriday. I meant to, this time, but somehow got caught up with stuff. I did enjoy reading the posts on the linky, though! Hugs!
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    Beloo Mehra
    May 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Vidya, loved reading your gratitude list. And that gratitude tree is pretty, though I am not sure it fits with something I might like to do. But definitely an idea to keep in mind and share with others who I know enjoy doing such crafty things. Enjoy your time with your son! Such precious moments they must be, pamper him all you want 🙂
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    Sulekha
    May 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Great initiative, Vidya. Loved reading about your list, son back from college is a lovely moment. My son is away for two years and I miss him like crazy, thankfully my daughter is working in Delhi and living at home 🙂 The heart cards are so pretty, might make one myself. I have posted my entry for the blog-hop 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      June 7, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you for joining me in celebrating gratitude, Sulekha! Oh yes, having my son home is just wonderful. I secretly freak out when I think of the day he has to return to college – but that’s because I am wired that way. I am glad you have your daughter with you, must make things just a wee bit better! I thought of you when I posted the card – recalling the lovely artwork you do! 🙂
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    Gary
    June 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Hi Vidya,

    Please bear with me because it almost five in the morning and I haven’t been to bed. This will be my excuse for a rambling, rather disjointed comment.

    Your gratitude list is a marvellous, wondrous realisation. How especially wonderful for you that your beloved son is home for his summer vacation. Makes your heart sing with love and joy 🙂

    In peace, my friend,

    Gary 🙂
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