Thank Outside The Box With Gratitude

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What better way to welcome the New Year than with gratitude for all that we’ve got and gratitude for all that we’re about to receive, because receive we will!

Gratitude = Happiness

My gratitude lists grow as I stretch my soul with the Gratitude Circle – an activity on the 4th Thursday of every month when we say thanks.

2014 has been a good year, just like every other year before it. I’ve found that it is easy to be happy when I reflect back and appreciate the good times and take what I can learn from the not so good.

Truly, gratitude transforms life as we have a better sense of perspective. To me, it brings serenity.

While I am grateful for all the wonderful things that happened in 2014, I am specifically grateful for the wake-up calls, the disappointments, the tears and the losses. They’ve made me realize that I can be strong and continue to smile as I accept the things I cannot change and be grateful for what I have with even more intensity.

An example is being diagnosed with diabetes. I remember my initial reaction – anger. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, I quickly got over that feeling and decided to focus on my health. I am guilty of not always having done that. Not only am I conscious about my own health, I am also keen on helping others reach a good place. With that in mind, in 2015, I plan to post regularly at my health blog, Be Healthy, Be HappyI am also launching another blog titled Life Hacks for Diabetics where I’ll be posting a tip a day.

And because I cannot do just one thing at a time, I have also started another blog along the same lines – titled “Life Hacks for Happiness” – where I’ll post one happiness tip a day!

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What good is knowledge if it is not shared?

I am also grateful today that my visit to the eye hospital yesterday did not bring major bad news. So my eyesight is worse. If there’s one thing I dread, it is the loss of eyesight. Turns out I have to change glasses which means I heaved one big sigh of relief. Of course, the cost of the lens is freaking me out, but that’s a small price to pay when we look at the big picture. It reminds me of another visit 20 years ago – when, after an entire day of tests and specialists, I was advised surgery. Bad enough it would cost a bomb and probably keep me in debt for the next 20 years, but the prognosis was a 50-50 chance of success, which meant that I would either achieve 20/20 vision gradually, or lose what I had. I am not telling you what I chose.

I consider it a win-win today. I never regretted that choice. As my best friend would say – girls with glasses… oh you know what I mean!

I feel deep gratitude for the people I connect with via this blog, and via social media. I send up a special prayer for the Internet for linking me with so many lovely bloggers. Human connections make everything worthwhile!

I am thankful for all the books I read this year and the ones sitting in my digital library – I playfully like to say that I have enough to read for as long as I live. One of my friends keeps asking me who I will bequeath my collection to..and you know what? Funnily, it can be more than one person. Makes me smile!

I am very grateful for all the people who touched my life in a very special way.

I am grateful for the collaborations that materialized this year, and the writing work I do, which made it possible for me to increase my annual contributions to the welfare homes I support.

While I grieve for the family I’ve lost this year, I feel blessed to have known them for as long as I did.

As I continue to count my blessings, I invite you to do the same and join Corinne and me every month, as we celebrate our gratitude. I promise you that life is so much more brighter when we see with the eyes of appreciation.

Write your post. I know some of you wrote it last week. Add your link to the linky below.

May the year 2015 bring you all that you wish for. I am looking forward to a wonderful one!

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  • Reply
    January 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Happy New Year Vidya. 🙂
    This is a lovely idea, I’m going do a gratitude post too.
    And another blog to follow. Way to go Vids…
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    January 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    You always make me smile Vidya! Lots of love and best wishes in 2015!Congratulations on the two new blogs. Love the names!
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    January 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I’m grateful for our friendship:) Cheers! Kaarina
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    January 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Happy New Year Vidya and to the family. Wish you loads of love and fulfillment of dreams plus good health. Gratitude to life matters a lot in making us throughout the year.

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    My Inner Chick
    January 1, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    You inspire.
    You are an angel on earth.
    Love you more than angel wings on my tree. xxx
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    January 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Beautiful post, Vidya, and inspirational as usual.
    Looking forward to becoming more involved with your gratitude circle in the new year.
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    Irish Carter
    January 2, 2015 at 3:34 am

    What a beautiful post. I love everything about this and the treasure full of positivity you have about getting through the tough stuff by using gratitude. You just continue to amaze me Vidya and I am so happy we are tribemates my friend. Here is to 2015, lots of gratitude and positivity and wishing you soooooooo very much success in all your new websites. I would love to do some promos for you if you like. Let’s touch base. = )

    Happy New Year.

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    Jemima Pett
    January 2, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Thank you so much for being there, Vidya, and for becoming my friend in 2014. What an amazing year it was. I hope 2015 brings you health and happiness – you already have wisdom 🙂
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    Susan Scott
    January 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I hope this one gets through Vidya – My wish for you is improved health. Your diabetes can be managed. Thank you for all who you are and I am grateful for you …

    Here’s to an ongoing outpouring of magnificence from you …
    Thank you –
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    simple girl
    January 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    wow!!.. congratulations on the two new blogs…. 🙂
    Your this space, the posts you write has such a feel good factor in it.. I love coming back here to breathe in the positivity..
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    January 10, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Happy New Year Vidya and congratulations on overcoming your challenge of being diagnosed with diabetes. I think it’s a wonderful idea to start a blog about it and share your tips with other people.
    Your blog is so full of positivity and good cheer it’s always a pleasure to visit.

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