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Mission Collecting Smiles #AtoZChallenge

by Vidya Sury March 21, 2017 46 comments
Mission Collecting Smiles AtoZChallenge 2017 Theme Reveal Vidya Sury

The A to Z Challenge
is just around the corner
I’d so love to do it
I swear upon my honor

This is my fifth year
Laughing from A to Z
How could I not be here
And set my words free?

I have no computer
Nor is my internet stable
My work is all but gone
Morose, I sit at the table

I couldn’t access my blog
I sought my friend’s help
To keep up with my editorial log
Or else I’d only yelp

I felt so listless
I thought, is this the end
I cried, I agonized
Almost went around the bend

Then came a ray of hope
In the form of my son
Mom, don’t you mope
He said, you’re the original cool ‘un

I’d love to believe him
And his words that heal
But no matter how hard I try
I can’t help how I feel

Loss of this magnitude
is so hard to take
All my data’s fried
And joy is hard to fake

Hey Mom, said my son
I think you need a break
Forget what’s lost
It is time to awake

Look here, Mom, he said,
It is time to walk the talk
Chin up and move ahead
Buck up, now take stock

Maybe he’s right, I thought,
I must escape my blues
Let me focus on what I’ve got
Oh dear, but I need some clues

I heard my Mom’s voice
“Bounce back” she said to me,
“Because you have a choice
I know you better than thee”

You can, you will, you must
Snap out of that rut
In yourself, please do trust
You know you’ll make the cut

If ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. I just added one more!

So yes, I’ll try my best
To stick to the A to Z schedule
I know it is a test
But I can be a mule

Next comes the question
To theme or not to theme
I think I’ll take a tip from Fate
and hatch a little scheme

So here’s what I hope to do
Ignore the lows and highs
To my own self I’ll be true
My theme? It’s a Surprise!

I hope you enjoy each post
I promise to keep it short
I know I’ll enjoy playing host
With coffee, at least a quart!

There’ll be stories, some humor
A guest post or three
Perhaps some book reviews
Oh, I am so excited now, whee!

Via my favorite topics
I’ll be collecting smiles
We’ll go places, we’ll see pics
Yes, we’ll travel miles

No entry for ranting
I refuse to complain
I’d rather be chanting
My mindfulness refrain!

Join me, won’t you?
Coffee and snacks WILL be served.

And that’s my AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal!


My dear friends, life, as I know it, has changed. Lightning struck, literally and I lost my computer, my hard disks and all my data, among other things. That’s not all. I am having a series of mishaps. I am trying to pick up the pieces. I am trying to focus on what I have, not what I’ve lost.

It is hard. But I am trying harder.

Encourage me, won’t you? Let’s collect smiles together.

Today is World Poetry Day (thus declared by the UNESCO in 1999). Hence the verse.

Are you doing the AtoZ Challenge 2017? Let me know. Let’s buddy up!

AtoZChallenge 2017 Theme Reveal Vidya Sury

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Ila Varma March 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Love ur spirit Vidya

Vidya Sury March 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Thank you Ila. Life goes on, no? Are you participating?
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Ila Varma March 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm

yes…searching a catchy theme else will write daily as per the mood.

Vidya Sury March 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Don’t fret too much over the theme. 🙂 Keep it stress free! I am sure your posts will be wonderful anyway!

Shalini March 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Oh Mam! The moment your post hit my mailbox, I came running here. I am so glad that you are participating this year and I am ready for your surprise (theme). I am sure you have plenty of happy posts in store for us and fret not about the mishaps. We are all here to read you this April. Love Love.

Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

Thank you Shalini! I am counting on your support. My system is still not up and I find it really hard to manage on a phone and a freaky laptop. I’ve resorted to planning with my spirally bound notebook and set of pens! Hugs! Looking forward to my Thailand trip with you!

Shailaja Vishwanath March 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Big hugs, you sweet thing you 🙂 So glad you decided to take the plunge and trust you to write such a quirky theme reveal. For you, just for you, I just may do the A-Z. There, I said it 🙂 Off to get the brain cells working and I know yours will be a blast!

Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Hugs right back, Shailu! I intend to enjoy myself. I’ll have cry-breaks I am sure… but for the most part, I’ll focus on fun! Glad we’re buddies!

Mandy March 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Sending positive thoughts your way. A-Z is a wonderful excuse to reflect back on all of the good in your life. 🙂

Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Thank you so much Mandy! You are so right!

Bala Panchanathan March 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Oh my, I love this poem! 😀
Bon courage! 🙂

Vidya Sury March 21, 2017 at 5:28 pm

And I love you! Thank you for being you! And Merci!

Sreesha March 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm

I loved how you’ve written this in rhyme. Sorry to hear about all the bad stuff. Sending you lots and lots of hugs.
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Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Thank you Sreesha! Hugs right back! Eager to read your AtoZ posts!

Aditi March 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

This is going to bring lots of smiles 🙂 Looking forward to your April A-Z!
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Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Thank you for the encouragement, Aditi! Hugs!

Vasantha Vivek March 21, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This is what my state today, Vidya !!! A lot of things to do, losing hope, waiting for ray of hope & reading the AtoZ theme reveals …… This too shall pass …… Big hugs to you dear ….. you are a Phoenix…… you would make art out of your ashes ….. and eagerly waiting to collect smiles with you ….. all the best, dear……cheer up & gear up ………
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Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Thank you Vasantha, for your kind words! I am praying, and hoping! Hugs!

Debbie D. March 22, 2017 at 3:01 am

I’m so sorry for your horrible plight. 🙁 Sending ((HUGS)) and good wishes! Knowing you, you will make the best of things and come shining through. It’s a testament to your fortitude that you still want to do the A to Z Challenge. Rock on, dear Vidya!
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Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

Thank you Debbie, hugs back! I am still reeling under the shock you know! Working on a new system, and probably a new life. I really must buck up and move on.

Modern Gypsy March 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

Oh no! It’s hard to lose all your data! Technical glitches are so hard to deal with! Hope it all gets sorted soon. And I look forward to your April posts. 🙂
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Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:02 am

Thank you Shinjini. I am afraid I am starting on a clean slate as far as my data loss is concerned. No hope, apparently. Unless I am ready to spend a fortune, which I don’t have. Hugs! I am looking forward to the tools and techniques you’ll be sharing!

kalpanaa March 22, 2017 at 8:19 am

That sounds like a lot – to lose your computer AND your hard discs. Plus you say you have other challenges. Big hug to you and from what I know of you, you’ll find a way to turn this into an encouragement for all who read you. Looking forward to your surprises.

Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:02 am

I am trying Kalpanaa! I am also relying on Time to heal! Hugs! Thank you for your kind words!

Mayuri Nidigallu March 22, 2017 at 10:45 am

Love the poem, your spirit and you , Vidya!
Hope you manage to get your data and computer in order. Like many others, I look forward to reading your posts through April!:)

Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:03 am

Working on getting a new system, Mayuri. As for the data loss, no light yet. It is too expensive to go to a data recovery professional. Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

Ishieta@Isheeria's March 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Much strength to you! I am confident you will ace it, and then share the wonderful turn of events thanks to these mishaps 🙂 glad you are participating – I look forward to your AtoZ! Good Luck 🙂

Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:06 am

Thank you for your support, Ishieta! Hugs! Love your theme for the AtoZ and look forward to your posts!

shubhangi srikanth March 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm

I loved the mindfulness theme last year and your blog posts are always a ‘ray of sunshine’!! This year’s theme looks wonderful!! Happy to be joining you this year too!!

Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:09 am

Thank you Shubhangi! I look forward to your posts too! 🙂

Darla M Sands March 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Bless your heart. I am so sorry about your difficulties. Your son is a blessing you very much deserve. See you in the challenge! I’m revisiting last year’s music theme with a new twist. Now I think I’ll take a cue from your difficulties and backup my data to an external hard drive today. Be well!

Vidya Sury March 29, 2017 at 12:10 am

I am staying sane, thanks to his visit, Darla! I am loving your theme this year, too! Yes, please–do back up that data! Hugs!

Suzy March 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Know how you feel when the computer dies having gone through that recently. But glad you are taking part and will look forward to a surprise each day.
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Wendy of The Rock March 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Doing things a bit tough here too. My daughter catches the bus home from school from a stop on Westminster Bridge. She heard the shots and saw the aftermath of the terrorist attack. Thank the Gods that she is safe. She was just seconds away from direct involvement. Gratitude abounding.
I am prevaricating about doing the A-Z … I don’t have a theme and I haven’t really paid close attention to how the new posting system works. I am unsure. I had all sorts of ideas but have gone cold…

Vidya Sury March 23, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Oh gosh, Wendy! That’s so scary. I went cold all over reading what you wrote. So glad she’s safe. I can’t imagine the shock she must have felt. Hugs to you!

You MUST do the AtoZ. I am looking forward to your posts…and fondly remember how we met the year before last! Think you can…and the ideas will simply rush back. Write about life…you have such amazing subtle humor!
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Wendy March 30, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Vidya I am not social media competent like you… Could you break down the A-z Posting technique into simple steps… write them in pencil if that helps

Vidya Sury March 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Hi Wendy! Not sure what you mean. See below the posting calendar for 2017. Also, this year, no sign up list, as you know. However, you can add your post for the day to the AtoZChallenge Facebook page thread for the alphabet of the day and also on the A to Z Challenge blog, as they’ll have a post for the alphabet of the day. So, to visit others in the challenge, you’ll either have to visit the atoz blog or their facebook page to see the entries. As for sharing posts on social media, use the hashtag #AtoZChallenge and tag @AprilA2Z to have them share your posts. Did I make sense? AtoZChallenge 2017 posting calendar
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sulekha March 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Vidya, you are one special lady 🙂 Loved your creative poem and your positive spirit. Best of luck for the challenge.

Vidya Sury March 23, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Thank you so much Sulekha. I hate feeling low. Looking forward to your AtoZ posts!
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upasna March 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

This can only come from a Veteran Blogger like you. I hope things to be fine at your end soon. Excited to read the happy posts coming from your side. Its my first time this year for A-Z challenge.

Vidya Sury March 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Aww Upasna. I am just desperately trying to be cheerful right now. New experience, because I am never anything but cheerful!
You are going to love the AtoZ. I look forward to your fabulous posts!
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Namratha March 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm

What a poetic theme reveal! It was so sing-song it got me to the end. Waiting for your surprise theme:)

moonmoon chowdhury March 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm

so happy to be here . Will be looking forward to your posts in April. Happy April! 🙂

Swathi Shenoy March 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Tight hugs to you!! Hope things will be fine soon and you collect loads of smile during the challenge 🙂
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Soumya March 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Oh wow, such a beautiful way to reveal the theme. Rhymed poetry gives me an orgasm and yours did more than that 😉

Loved your theme, it is so you. But of course, you are more awesomer and cute, And hot. And gorgeous. Ok bye.

Vidya Sury March 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Muah! I’ll be looking for your posts! I gotcha in my list in my little black book. Now I am off to book a room! Hehehe. Because, all that you said, ditto to you!
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