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When it comes to blessings

When it comes to Blessings Vidya Sury

When it comes to blessings, there are a million things I am grateful for on a daily basis and I record these in my gratitude journal. I only have to open it and look to feel my spirits lift.

I love my life and all that is in it and if I had to pick the one thing I feel most blessed about, it would be the flexibility to work from home because it comes with a number of perks that make my life what it is – blessed!.

Here’s my “ten ways I am blessed!”

1.     Time

I get to enjoy my precious morning cup of coffee with my husband, listening to our favorite songs and reading the newspaper and laughing together. I hold this privilege close to my heart. This gift of time also lets me spend time in my kitchen, cooking and I love to start my day this way. I have the privilege of managing my own time.

2.     Writing

I am living my dream as a writer/editor/blogger. I write to collect smiles and donate to charities. This is a blessing I count every single day and feel tremendously grateful that I am able to make a small difference in this world, and in children’s lives. My Mother and I struggled to make ends meet and long ago, I fantasized about being in a position to help others. I am very glad that dream has come true.

3.     Connecting

What a blessing technology is! I love the instant gratification of sharing photos and videos, connecting face-to-face with the ones I care about, no matter how far away they’re located. Who could have imagined being able to manage work from a portable device, on the go, like a laptop or a smartphone and being connected to the world all the time? Grateful for the convenience. And super grateful I can talk to my son every day or see him via video chat. I miss him so much!

4.     Friends

Blessed to have close friends who have been part of my life for several decades. Friends who care, stay in touch and do not keep score. Friends who encourage and scold in equal measure and above all, love unconditionally and squish me in their crazy-tight hugs.

5.     Health

Blessed to have a great gym just down the road. This helps me stay healthy and focus on self-care while bringing me the pleasure of buddying up with  a pleasant group of people who believe in motivating each other. Also blessed to be able to afford the medication I need on a daily basis to manage my diabetes.

6.     Being my own boss

Yes, taking the decision to work from home as a freelancer was difficult and intimidating. But I was blessed with the love of my family and friends’ encouragement to take the leap of faith. I did. And I am so glad I did. It was a struggle initially, but the effort has been worth it. It let me at home for my son who was then a toddler, my Mom, who had chronic health issues, and for my husband. I avoided the stress of a commute and staying late at work. Blessed to have clients and associates who appreciate me and enjoy working with me.

7.     Music

Perks of working from home, besides loving it? Music. Yay! YouTube! Blessed to have music playing while I work. Love that I can break into song whenever I like and sing along at the top of my voice, feeling a childish delight about remembering lyrics of songs I heard long ago, or discovering a loved but forgotten song. Yes, I can also watch TV while I work if I want.

8.     Nice community

Blessed to have friendly neighbors, enjoy community events, celebrate festivals and support each other in times of crises, send across food when we make each others’ favorites or just have fun with our kids and their school projects.

9.     Comfortable home

Truly blessed to live in a nice home with all the basic comforts. Hot water at the flick of a switch, fans to keep us cool, appliances to make our lives easy, food to eat and the means to afford what we need.

10.  Family

Saving the best for last, blessed with a wonderful family that is loving and close. An affectionate son, husband who is always supportive and extended family that keeps in touch.

What are your ten ways I am blessed, when it comes to blessings?

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This August, we are celebrating Blessings Month over at #1000Speaks for Compassion, along with Finish the Sentence Friday and Tuesday Ten. We are writing about “When it comes to blessings…” or Ten Ways I can bless people… or Ten Ways I am Blessed…

The linkup is available from August 4th to 11th (one week), and you can link up with any of our hosts:  Michelle Grewe, Yvonne Spence, Finding Ninee, The Lieber Family,  The Golden Spoons and me, Vidya Sury.
Do join us!

Check out other blog posts about blessings. Feel free to link up with us. If you do link-up, please try to read through the other blogs and comment and share. Thank you.

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17 Comments

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    Vasantha Vivek
    August 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Wonderful post, Vidya!!! Happy on reading about your blessings …..
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    Christine Carter
    August 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Oh Vidya, such a beautiful and BOUNTIFUL list of blessings! I can FEEL the gratitude pour out through your words. It’s contagious, isn’t it? Thank you for reminding me of my many blessings and lifting me to a higher level of gratitude than before I came here. <3

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    Tamara
    August 6, 2016 at 12:49 am

    So wonderful and delightful. I also see technology for the blessing it is, even if it gets overwhelming with social media. We have the choices to unplug when we need to unplug!
    I feel strongly about #6 right there with you.

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    Kristi Campbell
    August 6, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Beautiful, Vidya! Yes to being a writer and passing out smiles, being self employed and for family. Always family. I love that your dream of being able to help others has come true.
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    Ruchira Khanna
    August 6, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Family and morning tea is one thing I always look fwd to on each day 🙂

    Loved your blessings, and may you always be surrounded by it!
    xoxo

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    Birgit
    August 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

    You show how lucky you are not by the life you lead but by how you view the life you lead. No matter what happens in our life, it really depends on how we view it…as full to the brim or empty and dry. I choose full to the brim…never half full…always full:) I cherish my hubby who has so enriched my life. My family, of course and friends. My fur babies who make me laugh and give me licks and my job which has been my steady rock for the past 25 years.
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      Vidya Sury
      August 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Too often we tend to get carried away by what we want rather than looking within at what we have, Birgit. Two decades ago, when my Mom developed her chronic illness, I made it a point to treasure each moment. It has really changed my life! Thank you so much Birgit. I consider you one of my blessings…you have no idea how much I appreciate our friendship. Hugs! Glass half full is a matter of perspective – it only means enough space for more. Heheh.
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    Kenya G. Johnson
    August 8, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Love your list. My fav is #9 because we really take that one for granted. It’s definitley a blessing!
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    Jaibala Rao
    August 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Family, Friends, Music, Coffee and Writing…things I could never do without. Gratitude is such an important part of life, and we should always count our blessings.
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    Sunila Vig
    August 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    This warmed my heart Vidya. May you be blessed, always. Will try to do a Blessings post and link up.

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    Nabanita Dhar
    August 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Quite a number of those things are on my list too. I too love the morning tea I share with S, it is a ritual I don’t like missing though I would love it if we had more time together..These days work has been hectic and it’s tough to find those leisurely moments but find we must..lovely post, Vidya 🙂
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    Shilpa Garg
    August 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I was nodding my head on quite a few things you mentioned. It is so wonderful to realize and know that we are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing your blessings, Vidya and making me realize mine too! ♥
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      Vidya Sury
      August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you Shilpa! Counting our blessings is a great way to make life happier! Hope you can join the linky – it is open till 11th Aug.
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    Allie
    August 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Vidya, you are very fortunate to have all these blessings. And love that you included writing as one of them. I’m always intended to keep a gratitude journal – and I still haven’t done it. Why???? I do not know.

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    Dana
    August 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Lovely list, Vidya. The first one is a blessing I didn’t think to include, but time is certainly a huge blessing! You are wise to count it and your other blessings on a regular basis.

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    Darla M Sands
    August 11, 2016 at 4:52 am

    I feel you are such a kindred spirit while one who I aspire to imitate. You are a much more generous person. Thank you for sharing your gift of gratitude!
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      Vidya Sury
      August 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Hugs, Darla! It is the least I can do! I always appreciate your support!

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