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Gratitude Is My Magic Potion

by Vidya Sury September 30, 2017 25 comments
Gratitude must be part magic, for when I fill my heart with gratitude, anything is possible

I know I am a bit late for the September Gratitude Circle (28 Sept) and National Coffee day (29 Sept) but I am right on time for International Coffee Day—1 Oct—which is tomorrow.

I could freak out over not posting on Thursday, or I could just accept that things are exactly as they should be, and move on. I choose to do the latter!

So without further ado, let’s go to the good stuff!

Snippets from my September Gratitude Journal:

I celebrated my birthday on 27 September in the most unusual way this year.

I was away from home for the first time in my life on a birthday, and felt a teeny bit sad. However, reason took over, and well, I got over that quickly enough. I had a wonderful day with friends. I was off at 3.30 am from home for a day trip to Delhi to visit the Nestlé R&D center in Manesar. Our group met at the airport and the lovely organizer brought me this cake.


So, 5.30 am found us singing happy birthday followed by cake cutting!

And on the flight, the Indigo hostess who had overhead my conversation with someone when I boarded, presented me with a slice of cake exactly at the moment when I felt a bit eatish. Yummy! And… so grateful!

My magic potion Gratitude

The rest of the day continued its fabulousness as we enjoyed our trip. I got home at 11.45 pm, tired, but happy. Of course, I rather zonked out the next day, which explains why the post didn’t go up on time. Forgive me, please?

My son wrote me a poem and sent it to me at the stroke of midnight. I read it and reread it and rereread it through tears of happiness. That boy…I adore him. So grateful that he’s my son.

After I returned home, my phone pinged and I was overwhelmed to see Sreeja’s poem. This girl, I tell you! Ever since I met her years ago, she has never once forgotten my birthday and writes the most charming poems. Look what she wrote for me this year:

A writer, an artist, a woman so smart
She wears a smile that touches your heart

The one whose pen speaks the honest word
She surely loves the perfectly set curd

Mom to her loving, caring, brilliant son
He is, in all ways, her best job done

Someone who gives without expecting much
Whose hands are blessed with the golden touch

She spreads her vibrance wherever she goes
Smiling her way through the high and lows

Wanderlust, she loves to trot the globe
She has a fetish for a colourful wardrobe

A genius in her own self-taught way
She’ll win over you, challenge if you may!

As the Earth comes a full round
I’m sure, new passion she has found

On her special day, the day of her birth
I wish her joy and abundant mirth

May God bless her with pleasant sunshine
May, through the odds, she be just fine

May her days ahead be always sweet
God bless the woman, someone I’d love to meet!!

Happy Birthday to you Vidya

Is that not super-duper? Love you Sreeja!

A wonderful thing happened earlier this month. I reconnected with one of my college mates—I had been looking for her for the longest time—after exactly 30 years! Somehow, things do happen when they’re meant to—so imagine my total delight when me “met” and caught up! She is very special to me and I have fond memories of some great times together. Thank you, S!

With all the rains we’ve been experiencing, we’ve tried to feel better with ginger-lemon-honey-green tea. My sister and I spent enjoyable moments savoring our cups.

As usual, we have been having internet woes. Even they find it hilarious that I’ve been complaining for months, with no resolution. They claimed they’ve checked and sorted out the wiring, and I know they did the rewiring from the junction box downstairs to my phone—but that doesn’t seem to have solved the issue. I still face disconnection issues. What to do? I refused to stress over it. I choose to be grateful that the technicians turn up promptly every time, even if it is a Sunday. Thank you guys. Sigh.

And as if on cue, Ghazal of Mamaearth sent me a tin of stress relief tea. It is wonderful and delicious.

My magic potion Gratitude

With all that’s been going on, we’ve been doing the rounds of the hospital for my husband who had to have a biopsy. Technically a half-hour thing, but this is something only the hospital college does, so there’s unavoidable waiting and protocol to follow. It has been tiring, but we’re super-grateful for the lovely doctor who has been assigned to us, and who coordinates everything. Hopefully next week he’ll start treatment and recover.

Did you see the birthday gift I gave myself? This gorgeous photo album—I am so thrilled, I tell you. Best thing? With all the powercuts, I don’t need electricity to enjoy this. I can hold it in my hands and allow each photo to walk me down nostalgia lane. I feel so grateful!

A birthday gift to myself

I am grateful to Radek for featuring me in this fantastic roundup post. He asked the question:

“What was the most discouraging thing You’ve heard while working on Your blog / video blog / coaching business, and what was Your trick to recover from it?”

We all go through that miserable stage as a result of self-criticism or outside criticism. These posts show how different people overcame them. It is a four-part post with some great bloggers chiming in. By the way, Radek is one of the most charming people I’ve met and I love his writing style. Do read!

As always, I am thankful for my friends and family.

And coffee. Special mention for coffee today, because tomorrow’s International Coffee Day. I’ll be writing about that tomorrow with some fun photos—do come back and join the fun!

How did September go for you? What was the best highlight?

Happy Navratri!

Do join me for the September Gratitude Circle bloghop with your own posts. Grab the badge for your post and add your post url to the linky below:

I am linking up with #WordSante – do join us!

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Gisela Hausmann September 30, 2017 at 6:06 pm

What an amazing day! Love how many things you did and do. I was also thinking how cool it would be to meet one of my old classmates again, but now I live on another continent so it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Have a blessed weekend.

Vidya Sury September 30, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Thank you Gisela! Oh, don’t rule out the meeting because of distance! Bigger miracles have happened to me!
A few years ago I visited Toronto to spend a few weeks with my best friend and classmate, and imagine my delight when I was able to meet 3-4 people I’d only virtually known! Most amazing. That Universe is always listening you know. Hugs!
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Gisela Hausmann September 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

:)) Thank you Vidya for your inspirational words. I know… “Never say never.” Have a wonderful weekend.

JayanthyG September 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Loved reading your monthly journal once again. Birthday moments somehow become more special! It must have been such a wonderful moment meeting that friend of yours. I think about some of my friends and wish I could meet them at least once. Lovely moment! What a lovely album that is! I miss albums after mobiles have become major photo storage. We always go through the old albums whenever relatives come over. It’s more like a part of the get together and we feel so good about those memories. I am waiting to make one album of my little one. I loved reading your post and that’s a good list Vidya.

G Angela September 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Vidya I am so happy to read this post, you are so full of enthusiasm and energy- I just love your attitude and how you respond to every situation, be it a positive or an unpleasant situation – I admire the way you always look out for something positive even in the worst situation. It was so nice of your friend to write that beautiful poem for you, I am touched by the way your son wrote a poem for you:) and its nice to connect with old friends…. thank you for sharing your post vidya and let me wish you the very best in life as you continue to celebrate coffee day:)

shilpa October 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

Belated Birthday Wishes Vidya. That was a lovely surprise by the air hostess and the organizer. Love the photo album Vidya, even though we have so many online photos we always cherish the one which is in the hand. Best wishes for your Hubby recovery.

Namy October 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

What a wonderful birthday you have had! Belated happy birthday to you😊
I do hope your husband is doing better now.
Love that photo album idea. Should make one for my family too.
Also, been thinking of writing a gratitude post. Maybe this is the month!

Vidya Sury October 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

Thank you Namy! I do hope you’ll join me with your Gratitude post. I always find this post fun to write. Thank you for starting the #WordSante – such a lovely name.

The hospital saga will go on for a while–I am just grateful we’re moving forward and have treatment available!

Rachna Parmar October 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Loved reading about your September, Vidya. I firsthand witnessed the joy and warm wishes as they enveloped you on your birthday. Such a fantastic poem that Vidur wrote you. Cherish the lovely time we spent yapping. That made all the travel bearable.

Wish you a gorgeous October!

Dahlia October 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Belated Happy Birthday Vidya! Happy to reconnect with you via #wordsante always a pleasure and a treat to read your posts. Cheers

Vidya Sury October 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Thank you Dahlia! Good to see you too! That AtoZ seems such a long way away, no?
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VARADHARAJAN Ramesh October 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm

Such a lovely post. I’m pretty sure everyone in this world could find things that they could be grateful for, but still choose to crib and be unhappy. Loved the write up, Vidya. A very belated birthday wishes to you and good luck for your husband’s recovery.

Akshata October 4, 2017 at 10:22 am

Vidya I have always wanted to join tour gratitude circle but somehow keep missing it – I will write in next week. It’s a mad week with my trip this weekend to Zurich. Once I am there, I have more me time. I love the little things that you are greatful for and how you see sunshine despite the cloudy sky

sulekha October 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Vidya, your gratitude posts are as warm as your smile. Fun way to celebrate your birthday, many more to come. Hope your hubby is fine now and on the road to recovery. I will write my post soon. This was a great month for me as my son visited India after nearly 3 years. Our loved ones make us so happy, God bless them <3

Radek October 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Wow, thank you so much Vidya for your lovely mention and overwhelmingly kind words!

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for your husband, hope it’ll be the happy end story. Having read how helpful the doctor was, I have a good feelings!

SHALINI BAISIWALA October 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

Wow!! what a super duper month and heres wishing you a very happy belated bday! Isnt it wonderful when things just happen and that also in the bday month? We feel so super duper happy and are convinced its because its our bday month 😉
Hope the hubby recovers and this is just an examanation process to eliminate something dreadful – all will be well and hearty soonest!
Photoalbums are just the most awesomest things on earth; I have gone a step further by cluttering my house with tonnes of photoframes – I cant seem to have enough of those and forever buying more 😉
I love reading your gratitude post for they inspire me to write mine, which I will do so this sunday!

Obsessivemom October 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Happy birthday Vidya. What a wonderful way to celebrate. I love the poem V wrote for you. Each of its line is just so ‘You’. I love your gratitude post for the way it brings together things big and small that have contributed to your happiness – a cup of tea holds as dear a place as meeting a friend after 30 years. That’s the cutest.
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Vidya Sury October 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Thank you Tulika! It was an unusual birthday alright! I’m grateful for my life and always remember my grandma’s words…kindness and love are valuable no matter what the source is.

By the way that poem in the post is by Sreeja Praveen. The poem Vidur wrote is in Hindi and I did not post it here ☺
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upasna October 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Belated birthday wishes Vidya. Hope Sir may recover soon. A nice poem by Sreeja. I loved the curd and new passion line the most. SO you! Albums are always cherished. I am happy to linkup every month. Thanks for gifting me the powerful tool- Gratefulness.

Vinitha October 6, 2017 at 9:22 am

I met my classmate too last month. 🙂 Glad to know that you had a super awesome birthday, Vidya.What a lovely poem by Sreeja. Just loved it! I love photo albums, such flood of memories! I always leave here with a smile. Thank you. 🙂

Parul Thakur October 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

A different but ‘happy’ birthday. Wishing you an awesome year Vidya!
Family, friends and coffee – you have it sorted. That photo album is very cute and two poems on birthday is love. Beautiful wishes for a lovely person. 🙂
Have a great October, Vidya!
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Mahathi Ramya October 11, 2017 at 5:07 am

Seems like you had a fantastic birthday month. My belated birthday wishes Vidya. I loved the poem. Photo albums are always greatest gifts, right? We enjoyed traveling to Aspen in September and we celebrated my husband’s birthday too 🙂

Ishieta October 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Belated Happy Birthday 🙂 What a wonderful experience on your day! Poetry are love in verse 🙂
A lovely post – thank you for sharing the ups and downs.
Best wishes for your husband’s treatment and recovery.

Esha October 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

That was a lovely poem your friend wrote for you, Vidya, and what an amazing birthday month for you! Hope everything is going well with your hubby’s recovery! Best wishes and prayers that he recovers soon. Lovely gratitude post, as always! I’m inspired this week to join in. 🙂

Vidya Sury October 15, 2017 at 12:48 am

Thank you so much Esha! Happy to see you here. The treatment is still on. Thanks for your kind wishes.
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