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It Can Only Get Better

by Vidya Sury September 13, 2013 28 comments
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After that nice hectic week of posting here almost every day, life intervened and refused to be ignored. Of course I paid it full attention. In the middle of repair work, heavy rains, power outages and all the other little hassles that make up life, we managed to laugh quite a bit. Strange how our day goes the way our mouths are turned. We were on the up and up. I got engrossed with:

  • an increased workload (and loved it)
  • doctors’ visits for each of us in turn (lucky we have a good one)
  • a earache (I turned a deaf ear to it, ha, ha.)
  • fighting with my neighbor upstairs who drained the dirty water from her balcony into mine (stinky people in more ways than one)
  • part of my kitchen wall becoming damp thanks to same neighbor (in the process of getting fixed)
  • tiles being fixed in the common area of our floor (nice. had some tea-times with the workers, too)
  • heavy rains (felt especially okay because it mostly happened late at night and we were dry and warm indoors)
  • interesting conversations (online and offline)
  • catching up on my reading (oh, the delight!)
  • continuing to clear up my cupboard (yeah, the one that gives me soul smiles and discovering more stuff)
  • celebrating Ganesh Chaturti with family (The elephant-headed God who zaps all obstacles and whose form is lovable and fills my collectibles)
  • losing a family member (prayers)
  • and carrying on with life, sometimes meeting it head-on and sometimes trying to dodge it.

It has been eventful and I found myself getting irritable too frequently for my liking. During these times, I pray to calm down. Didn’t work though. I decided to check out my stash of inspiring quotes. Why, a couple of my blogger friends seemed to sense just what I needed without me having to tell them, and posted these:

18 beliefs for a joy-filled life by Fran Sorin

9 great Lao-Tzu quotes to illuminate your life by Elle Sommer

And then, I remembered reading this wonderfully motivating post over at Victor’s which included the Optimist’s Creed. The first time I read it, it sounded so much like a prayer! I find it particularly relevant at this moment, because in exactly two weeks, it will be my birthday. This year is more significant for me than ever.

Here is the Optimist’s Creed, for you to enjoy:

Promise yourself…

to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
to talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
to make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism some true.
to think of only the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
to wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
to give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
to be too large for worry, to noble for anger, to strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

As long as I can check off a few of those at any given point, I am happy. As I take stock of the brighter moments we enjoyed this week, I am grateful. It is a fact of life that the good memories stay and the bad ones fade. After all, happiness is a choice, isn’t it?

As my son cheerfully says….It’s a good day to have a good day! It can only get better!

I am looking forward to a hectic weekend of hospital visits, music programs and perhaps a bit of birthday shopping.

What are you looking forward to?

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Victor September 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Vidya! Just saw the bounceback from my site, so I ran over here (well, I guess you can’t run online) to check out your latest post. Boy, sounds like you have been busy. It’s funny how sometimes things seem to just come all at once. You’re right — it can be a pure joy to have the work, but then we need those times to just step back and relax. I LOVE the Optimist’s creed, and I am glad you have taken a liking to it too. It is cool, isn’t it? Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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Elle September 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Oh Vidya…you are the most wonderful happy soul I know. It’s amazing that you continue to smile through everything on your plate…but you do. I love Victor’s creed too, it’s a fabulous philosophy to live by.

And I’m so grateful and honoured to be mentioned here. Thank you sweet soul.

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Philip V Ariel September 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Hi Vidya,
Very interesting post.
I could relate in many areas/
especially the dirty, stinky people the neighbor!
Of course our Savior Lord Jesus Christ taught us to love thy neighbor,even to love your enemies, sometimes its really very difficult even to cop with them, Alas! that is really not expected of us. Anyways I enjoyed reading the rest of it;
Keep Inform
Best Regards
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Rekha September 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I had a good day today coz first thing in the morning my laptop crashed, data completely lost and so on. But thankfully there was that verdict which was most awaited, though I’m still not sure if they’ll ever be hanged. A pinch of salt and a dash of sweetness…isn’t that what makes life beautiful? 🙂
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Proactive Indian September 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Some people focus are thankful for the silver linings in their dark clouds.
Others constantly complain about the dark linings in their silver clouds.
We must try to emulate the former.
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Pixie September 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Some people can be such stinkys!! ugh!

I’m sorry for your loss and sending you prayers!

Our week has been a week of calamities with floods, torrential rains, collapsed roads!
The good part – stuck at home with my parents! 🙂

And yes, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated here as well with prayers and delicious food! 🙂
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Shilpa Garg September 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

You have had your hands full, this past week, Vidya!!
Wonder why we have such insensitive neighbours! Our next door neighbours pile their garbage near our door, as if that’s the common dumping place (where I keep mine in the morning for the sweeper to take). It irks me, but have been practicing patience.
Love that quote in the end… a perfect one to have a great day! 🙂
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Sandra Pawula September 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

It seems like Ganesh is right in there helping you find the perfect ways to calm down!
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Mary Stephenson September 14, 2013 at 4:32 am

Hi Vidya

Too bad you have bad neighbors. I have had plenty of bad neighbors and long for the country so they won’t annoy me. Put for now other than the noisy business behind me, who has to be reminded they are in a residential area, things are not too bad. We had the police pay them a visit the other day, since phone calls didn’t bring lasting results. They have been extremely quiet ever since.

Other than a few hot days just recently, I sure can not complain about the weather. In fact other than my wrist, things are going just fine and far that I am grateful. My cat had been sick for a few days and we have fought this round again with her and she is doing fine today.

When we look at things, many times we realize that after the crisis it wasn’t so bad as it first seemed.

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Irene Golembo September 14, 2013 at 4:51 am

Dear Vidya, I usually enjoy reading your post very much, but never commented somehow. Today, when I read your list of challenges, I felt some kid of deja vu..Shorter,
about your neighbor try to feel a little compassionate (know it sounds funny maybe), we meet people for reasons, everyone lives by their laws…so – talk to them differently next time, ask and think inside your head : why? why they are the way they are…, maybe change tone of your voice, speak softer and ..invite them for cup of tea…after that see what happen…
I did have the loud neighbors in the past too, it was hard, but I found the common language, and gradually the problems disappeared…Hope my advice will be of help.
I adore your positive take on life’s surprises, and learn how to enjoy the small things of it. Blessings! :)xx

Julie Barrett September 14, 2013 at 5:51 am

Hi Vidya! That son of yours, I find him amazing 🙂 I love his spirit.

I am sorry that nasty neighbor rained on our patio! The nerve!

Sending lots of love (and it doesn’t surprise me you found more things in your amazing cupboard!)
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Jyothi Nair September 14, 2013 at 10:08 am

Yesterday was a good day for me after a very long time. 🙂 I am hoping today follows suit. How are the repairs going?

gita September 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

hai I did not see any post the last couple of days I was getting a wee bit concerned then I decided I should not get matronly and stopped dialing you.Yes life comes in all shades and it is for us to highlight the color of our liking .I have been feasting with vibrant colors in my garden it sure peps me up. yes post ganesh chaturti my heart was getting a bit noisy so needed some quite &rest I am still learning to put pics from the younger gen at the lab.Overall at work its been productive.
c u Iam sure by now you are all cheers again
luv gita

Suzie Cheel September 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You are such an inspiration Vidya and love Victors creed thanks
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Kaarina Dillabough September 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Every day’s a good day, even the crappy ones! Keep that beautiful smile smiling, and know that you’re loved and supported. Cheers! Kaarina
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Betsy/Zen Mama September 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hope you’re truly having a great day!! Your links and your posts are wonderful!! Thanks for the continued inspiration!
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Vidya Sury September 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hugs, Betsy! Yes, it always gets better! I felt so happy to see your email!

Meena Menon September 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

How u managed to convey such a powerful message in a post that started iwth simple daily life… loved it!
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Vidya Sury September 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thank you Meena! Sometimes, when life gets a little overwhelming, there’s a temporary low…and then we bounce back up. Of course, the lessons learned are invaluable! 😀 Happy Onam!

Cathy Taughinbaugh September 15, 2013 at 5:24 am

Love the quotes Vidya to keep us thinking clearly. Sounds like you have been busy. Hope next week is calm for you!
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Vidya Sury September 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thank you Cathy! Next week – and the next few are going to be chaotic. But we’ll manage to squeeze out the laughter 😀 Hugs!

My Inner Chick September 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

–You give me a “Soul Smile” my sweet Vidya.

Always. Forever. Xxxx
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richa singh September 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

I am seeing your son is also taking to you in writing. His sense of quoting is getting deeper and more wonderful. Thanks a lot Vidya for opening the doors to your life and allowing us a peek into it. I love how you can turn around simplest of things to provide us best of solutions 🙂

Vidya Sury September 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

🙂 Richa, it is true what they say “out of the mouths of babes” This little fellow has always stunned us with his wisdom. Thank you for commenting. You know I enjoy your blog very much! 🙂

Corinne Rodrigues September 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Nothing can keep a good (wo)man down! Love Victor’s creed. On my desktop it goes!
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Li-ling September 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

How very true! It really CAN only get better!
Thank you for the reminder 🙂
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Fran Sorin September 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Dear Vidya –
I don’t know how I missed this. Thanks for the link to my article but more importantly, thanks so much for your unbreakable optimism. I always finish reading what you wrote with a huge smile on my face…thank you…xxoo-Fran
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