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Smiling in Gratitude

by Vidya Sury January 26, 2017 24 comments
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I started the year determined to focus on the good stuff and that, to me, meant minimizing time spent online.

I took time to stand and stare.

I am also on a  mission to giveaway/donate/dispose by decluttering at home. I read this line, somewhere, in the context of decluttering: What if you were to die tomorrow?

The thought made me shudder – not the death part, but the thought of all the stuff I’ve accumulated. So, although I’ve been cleaning and purging in spurts, I have resumed it with renewed vigor, setting myself 15 April, my Mom’s birthday as the deadline. Had she been around, she would have cheered me on. With lots of coffee. Sigh. So I’ll just pretend she is, and get on with it. I am already feeling quite grateful that there are recipients for what I am gifting away.  Best way to collect smiles!

I’ve learned to appreciate and enjoy one day at a time. Of course I worry, but I don’t let it steal my happiness, because, as I am now used to telling anyone who’ll listen: Everything works out eventually. And if you stop stressing over it, sooner than later.

Here are some highlights from my gratitude diary. I have a fab planner this year that doubles up as one. Looks so pretty I almost wanted to take a bite off it!

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I am grateful for my friends and neighbors who’ve kept me offline–I actually shut down the computer for longer hours than usual, and don’t miss being online at all. I had some fun outings with my girls, when we visited the Chitra Santhe, an annual all day art exhibition and sale organized by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. All roads leading to this place are closed off for the day and everywhere you see, there’s art display by artists. It was so much fun.

Here are my girls, taking a breather!

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This year, I’ve made myself a long list of pleasant things to do and I am trying my hardest to sleep early. Just as I did during my childhood, I make a daily timetable and follow it. Most of the time. Some deviation is always there, but I am mostly on track. I am grateful for my life.

Last week, the sweetest thing happened to me. We were out in the market as Sury needed a pair of shoes when I heard a voice calling out “madam, madam”. Realizing we were passing the export surplus clothing shop which I usually pop into when I am in that area, I turned to wave hello. The man beckoned to me, and wondering what was up, I went into the shop. There, I found him busy digging into a large sack. Then he triumphantly pulled out a pair of pants–you know, the type one wears at home. And you know what’s printed on it? Coffee. Look! So cool, eh?

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I tell you, I was overwhelmed and I felt almost tearful that an almost stranger should remember I love coffee. Ok, so we’ve been shopping at his place on and off for at least a decade now…still! Imagine remembering something like that, especially as we hadn’t dropped by for months! I was so touched. Luckily it was my size so I had to buy it right away, along with a pretty red top I saw.

I am grateful for my clients who keep me busy and enjoy working with me.

In the first week of Jan, there was a pleasant surprise when I was chosen as the winner of the Orange Flower Award 2017 for the Wellness Writing category. This was organized by the Women’s Web. Great feeling! And I am grateful to Sid for clicking this nice photo.

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And? This bundle of fun has kept me laughing. A lot:

What are you grateful for?

What makes you laugh?

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Obsessivemom January 27, 2017 at 5:43 am

Congratulations for the award Vidya and may I just say it is very well deserved. What a wonderful category to get awarded in! January seems to have just flown by.
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Shailaja Vishwanath January 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

You’re so right that what we focus on its what we get. I love your pretty pink planner! Such joy to make time for those we love and care about. I saw that coffee pants picture yesterday. Too cute!
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Uma January 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Wow, Vidya! I adore these nuggets of wisdom you share with so much energy and love. I’m a fan of decluttering too. I absolutely loved the coffee pants and the pink planner. I’m imagining you in the pretty red top and coffee pants 🙂
Congratulations, once again, for the award! *notes to myself*: to spend more time away from the online world. Will get there slowly, eventually.
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Parul Thakur January 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

Congrats on the award and how cute are those pants and the pink planner. I have changed roles and I am going to be in for very long working hours so I need to see how to cut down the time that goes on social media. However, with the blog I need some on-time too. I am finding it hard to strike a balance but I will try 🙂
Lovely things to be grateful for this month, Vidya.
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Modern Gypsy January 27, 2017 at 11:15 am

Sounds like a lovely January!

Your cat looks a lot like my first cat. Her name was Pepo. She crossed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago.

Congratulations once again on winning the Orange Flower Award!
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Rachna January 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

So totally love the coffee pants and the story behind how you got them. Also congratulations on the award! Very well deserved! I have been noticing your distance from social media but you are your usual warm self when online. I am also loving your Instagram updates. That planner is gorgeous too. I’ve got one as well but to be frank I haven’t used it till now.

Wish you a fabulous Feb, Vids.
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Nancy January 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Congratulations to you!!! Well done 🙂 Keep up the good decluttering work … it is amazingly therapeutic isn’t it???

Shilpa Garg January 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm

You have had a wonderful month. Congratulations for the award, Vidya! Keep rocking.
The cappuccino pants story is truly impressive. How amazing it is to know that somebody remembers your passions.

Aditi January 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm

I always have a big smile when I am in your lovely online space 🙂
A very well deserved award, Vidya! Congratulations and the coffee pants are the cutest. Love the shopkeeper for thinking of you and calling out to you for them!
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Asha January 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Awesome. Congrats on the award !
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Birgit January 29, 2017 at 3:18 am

Congrats on the award because you earned it and deserve it! You know, I thought the same thing regarding what if I die and someone is left with all this stuff. Now you have been more proactive that I have but it is true that to declutter actually heals the mind. The art place sounds so much fun to go to and finding those pants is kismet!
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Amrita Basu (Misra) January 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Congratulations on the Orange Flower award.What we focus on expands is a very big truth Rememberin it is the best way to do our best in everything.Gratefulness and counting blessings is a beautiful habit.
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Shilpa January 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Wow it feels so nice when a stranger remembers what we like. Congrats for the award Vidya.

Dani January 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Vidya I am greatfull for your post and I am happy to see you are having sure a smiling gratitude to what is going on in life.

I am so happy to hear you go the Orange Flower award I can see it brought a beautiful smile to your face.
I can wait to see what else is in-store for this year ahead.

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Obsessivemom January 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm

I’m really really late but I’m trying to keep doing the posts even if it’s late – this is two months in a row!
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Vidya Sury January 30, 2017 at 8:35 pm

Any time is the right time, you know. Hugs! Thank you for joining me!
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NEHA JAIN February 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Many congratulations for the award. You are an inspiration to many!
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Shalini February 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Many congratulations again on the award, Vidya Mam. So well-deserved! I was so happy to find many of our BAR-mates in the winners’ list.
De-cluttering is a great thing to do. I do it (forcefully) every two years when we pack and move.
I was trying to find a good planner, but couldn’t. Where did you purchase yours from? It looks lovely! I loved the pic with the backpack as well. 🙂 And I am so happy that you got the ‘coffee’ pant!
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Vidya Sury February 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

Thank you so much Shalini! There used to be a time when decluttering was a weekly process. But now, I find it so hard to do it alone. Ah, but I will get there, slowly and steadily. I received the planner as a gift. Hugs! Thank you for being in the Gratitude Circle!
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Sreesha February 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Congrats on the award!

I remember seeing the coffee pants story on IG and going, “Awwww how sweet!”. It’s wonderful when strangers (and even friends) remember little things about us.
PS: I’m stealing those pants 😛
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Vidya Sury February 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Indeed it is wonderful! Thank you Sreesha! <3 I am heading over to that shop to see if there's another pair! Hugs!
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Vasantha Vivek February 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Congrats Vidya for your award. I also join with you in the motto of decluttering. Oh ……. I couldn’t take my eyes out of that cute little pussy. Heart warming post.
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Beloo Mehra February 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Congratulations for the well-deserved award, Vidya! And that bit about “everything does work out eventually” is perfectly true! That has been my experience too. We just don’t wait long enough, if we did we will never stress over many things that we stress over. That’s why remembering to be grateful helps I think. (And yes decluttering too, especially the decluttering of our inner spaces!) Thanks for continuing to remind us the value of smiling and being grateful 🙂
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Dave February 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm

I like gratitude and trying to express some every day.
It feels like a life changer 🙂


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