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Tuned In To the Positive #Gratitude

by Vidya Sury June 30, 2016 28 comments
June 2016 Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

Welcome to the June 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop! This month seems to have gone by way too quickly. With my son home for the holidays, we’ve been running around trying to accomplish a lot of things. I guess being busy always makes it seem like time is racing by. But we also found the time to sit back and appreciate life, enjoy the moments.

While things have gone wrong and we’ve lost dear ones in the family, we have found the time to appreciate what we have – what is – rather than what isn’t. That made things a lot better. More proof that perspective and attitude make a huge difference.

My gratitude journal is bursting with notes this month and here are the highlights!

Gratitude for..

The gym

Grateful for a gym so close to my place to help me stay fit. Rains make it easy to be lazy and skip my walk. And I really cannot afford that with my current health status.


I have a new assignment and I am thrilled about it. It keeps me offline more than usual and I am loving it. The digital detox is delicious!


My son and I went and watched the movie Finding Dory and loved it. We never go to the cinema, but decided to indulge during this vacation, thanks to Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory. We are also having fun trying a lot of recipes and spending time together watching comedy and laughing our guts out. Great for the soul!

New blog: Cooking with Mi

Thanks to all the stress and tension, I decided to divert my energy towards something productive and started a new blog: Cooking With Mi. Some of my happiest and most fun moments with my Mom have been in the kitchen. Hoping to share my kitchen through recipes, tips, stories, conversations – all with a generous dose of love and humor. I will be reposting the food recipes from this blog to Cooking with Mi. I am so excited!

Catching up

I’ve been spending time on the IISc campus where my son is doing his summer internship. I am catching up with all the things I had planned to do – visit the book shop, read, meet friends there – and am feeling wonderful. I am grateful to be able to carry my work wherever I go.

Rainbows and family

I saw a double rainbow with my family a couple of weeks ago – and oh, it was so beautiful. We loved it. I am grateful for time with family and my husband who makes it a point to spend time together even though he’s traveling a lot.

Friends and neighbors

Grateful for my friends who encourage me all the time and believe in me; a loving neighbor who brought over hot food the day we got back late and exhausted from the passport office where we’re battling with what ought to be a simple thing – the renewal of my son’s passport. What a nightmare – and it isn’t over yet. But other events have taught me to stay calm.


A near death experience. We’ve had rainy weather the past few days. Two days ago – that’s Monday – the weather was particularly wet with lashing rains on and off. My son had to meet his project guide and since the weather was pleasant in the morning, I decided to take a walk with him till the gate, which is about 2 km away.

After waving him goodbye, I started walking back home. It is a nice route, with a picturesque temple, a school and a huge playground. I could stand and watch those kids up to their tricks for hours.

I walked along one side of the road until the ground ended and then switched to the other side, where the school began. The road is at a higher level so one can see right into the front yard of the school, with its inner walls painted with elephants and all sorts of things that children like.

There’s a tree by the gate that I like to touch and lay my palm on. I like to pretend it tells me stories, with its swaying branches whispering in the breeze. I laughed as I patted it and went on my way.

I got on with my routine at home and around 1, had to go out again for something.

Since it was raining outside, I called to confirm whether my stuff was ready and was told it would take another hour.

About the time I might have gone back to that area, the rains had become worse and my tree simply uprooted itself and fell across the road, totalling a car, injuring its driver and passenger, who was rushed to hospital. A man on a two-wheeler on his way to collect a payment delayed for several weeks died on the spot. It would be the same time my son might have strolled down that road on his way home, but as luck would have it, he got delayed in class, too.

When I went that way a few minutes later, I was shocked to see the mayhem and the policemen trying to control the crowd. Of course there were people trying to take pictures and to get a closer look.

What can I say? Third time in my life I narrowly missed saying the last goodbye and grateful to be alive.

We take so many things for granted until we are threatened about losing it. Oh, please tell your loved ones you love them. Right now! We don’t know what can happen the next minute. The media is full enough with unexpected tragedies.

Now – today’s activity!

I found these fun! Easy and immediate gratification. Check this out:

1/ Plastic bottle planter

See the photo – the steps are quite self-explanatory. Saw this here. Great way to use bottles!

Plastic bottle planter Gratitude Vidya Sury 1

2/ Cherry blossom art.

I found this here It looks great, doesn’t it? Imagine making it on handmade paper! I made the collage and added the “paper” effect. Isn’t it cool?

Cherry Blosson Gratitude Vidya Sury

Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

What are you grateful for, today?

Do join me for the June 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop.


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Parul June 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm

First things first, I love IISc. If I am there anytime in future, you are getting a call. Gosh – that tree and that’s scary. 🙁
Walking, movie time and digital detox sound so wonderful. Those hacks are cute. I have made planters with bottles and it’s fun to see it take shape.
Happy July, Vidya. Hugs!
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I look forward to that call, Parul! Yeah, grateful to be alive. I saw a whole lot of bottle crafts and it was so much fun. Happy July to you too! This blog turns 13 tomorrow – and it has been such an amazing journey! July has always been a month of new beginnings for me. 🙂 Hugs! I admire you for being the first to write your gratitude post.
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Parul June 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Oh I forgot. Cooking with Mi sounds lovely just like Coffee with Mi is 🙂 Good luck!
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Thank you, Parul!
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Susan Scott June 30, 2016 at 9:26 pm

O my goodness Vidya, thanks heavens the tree missed you and your son. I’m so sorry for the man who was killed … Life is strange isn’t it. I too have had a few near misses recently –

I loved the rest of your post. Thank you! Enjoy time with your son!

Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Thank you Susan. It was a scary experience… to think we just missed a tragedy. We’re lucky to have life and everything in it. Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 Hugs!
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Rachna July 1, 2016 at 8:15 am

Ah gosh! That tree incident was so scary. I hope the passport renewal nightmare ends soon. And that gym that you told me about does sound like a lifesaver. Congrats on your cooking blog. So in awe of how you run so many blogs so efficiently. I will surely write a post. Let me do it today. Love and hugs!

Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Thank you so much for linking up, Rachna! When I see the space where that tree used to be, I still shudder and feel terrible about the tragic outcome! Passport saga is on. Now we don’t even know which police station to contact in Punjab. Yep, the gym’s a bright spot. Thanks again! I appreciate you and am so glad we could meet!
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Mahathi ramya July 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Nice art with the bottle. I have to try with my son. Congrats on your new blog Vidya.Will follow it for sure 🙂

Vidya Sury July 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Thank you Mahathi! 🙂
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Vishal Kataria July 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Wonderful to see that you feel gratitude for so many things in life Vidya. It’s the small incidents in life that eventually lead to a happy life being lived.


Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Indeed, Vishal! Thank you so much!
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Shailaja Vishwanath July 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

That tree incident is super scary! I know what you mean about thanking every moment and savouring the ones we love.

And woman, another blog?! Really? Wow. Only you can do it. ?
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Heheh. Thank you Shailaja! So grateful to be alive that I felt the need to celebrate with another blog. The food blog has been simmering in my mind for quite some time and when a few people were surprised that I didn’t already have one… well, I just had to make that true, right? Hugs! Thank you for visiting!
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Roshan Radhakrishnan July 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Sorry to hear about the shocker with the tree but I guess that definitely would make it to the list of gratitude… I’ve been milli seconds away from having my head crushed by a bus twice in my life (once in Bangalore, no less) so I know how it feels to be grateful for narrow escapes (and how we end up counting them too!)

I really need to write for this month’s gratitude circle… have done my best not to miss previous months but the last month has been emotionally draining
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

That sounds scary Roshan! So glad you were safe. Congratulations on being featured in the Doctors Day Special! Looking forward to having you join me for the June Gratitude Circle bloghop! And hope your situation eases up soon! 🙂 Take care!
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Beloo Mehra July 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

I can’t imagine what a scare it must have been seeing that tree accident and the loss of a precious life. Such experiences really do make us feel immensely grateful for all that we have, and for the unseen forces looking after us.

The cute plastic bottle pot looks great! And all the best for your new blog. I don’t know from where you find the time to do all that you do. You must have a way to reverse the number 24 to 42!
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:19 pm

I really wish I could do that Beloo – reversing 24 to 42. Sigh. I am sure I’d still be racing with time, haha or find more to do. Yes, the tree scare was a jolt. I am doubly appreciating everything I have! Hugs and thank you for linking up!
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Shilpa Gupte July 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

You know, a similar tree incident happened some days ago when hubby had gone to pick up Chikoo’s meds. A tree fell on a car – a spot he had thought of parking at sometime back but decided against it! Good lord! So thankful we ought to be for all that we have, for all that we have been blessed with!
And,.now… another blog? How many DO you write for already, woman??? Bestest wishes for every blog, for everything, dear Vidya! ? I am grateful to have inspirational women (like yourself) in my life! ?

Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Oh my gosh! So glad your husband’s safe, Shilpa. I can imagine how freaked out you must have been!

Thank you for your kind words – and by the way, this blog becomes a teenager tomorrow. 13 years. 🙂 And I now have 6 active blogs of my own. 😉 Hehehe.
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Sanch @ Sanch Writes July 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Lovely things to be grateful for Vidya. The near-death experience seems harrowing! So glad things worked out ok for you. I do love your way to look at the silver lining in all situations.
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Thank you so much for your kind comment Sanch! Life is good. And I am very grateful!
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Vinitha July 6, 2016 at 9:57 pm

So many nice things on your gratitude list. Of course, the tree incident is scary but such narrow misses deepens our gratitude towards life, don’t they? Lovely activities you got there Vidya. I will try the cherry blossom artwork with my Kanna, he loves to paint. 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Thank you Vinitha! Indeed these incidents are life’s nudges. I’d love to see what you and Kanna came up with! The cherry blossom is so easy to do. If you’d rather not use a bottle bottom, then an okra with its head sliced off makes a nice impression, too! 🙂
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Damyanti July 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

Those bottle activities look amazing, Vidya. I wish I had the patience…:)

Vidya Sury July 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm

The cherry blossom is super easy Damyanti! 🙂 Hugs!
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Eloquent Mind July 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Sorry to know about the near-death experience, Vidya. And you are absolutely true. Even if it’s for a few moments, every time I end a conversation with a dear one, I pray that I should also have them around in my life. Because we never know when life changes for good. 🙁

I will be heading to your new blog right after this and look forward to reading your recipes. Here’s wishing you an eventful July. Take care.
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Vidya Sury July 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Hugs, Eloquent! I know what you mean. Do say your I love yous, on a daily basis, at every opportunity, is my mantra. Thank you for participating in the Gratitude Circle Bloghop this month. Ah, just finished setting up the new blog, Cooking With Mi. Must start posting now. 🙂
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