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No Mud, No Lotus #GratitudeCircle

by Vidya Sury January 25, 2018 31 comments
No mud, No lotus. No rain, No flowers. #GratitudeCircle #mindfulness

Everything we experience makes us stronger in some way or other. When we have downs, the ups become even more precious.

No Mud No Lotus.

No rain, no flowers.

I realize this every single day. Life is the biggest expert curveball thrower I know, and rather than worry about it, I’ve decided that with many things, it is better to go with the flow, and if necessary, just let go, slow down, and focus on the good stuff.

Here we go!

Happy travels

I’ve made it a sort of tradition to spend New Year’s Eve and the first 3-4 days of the New Year on my son’s campus for the past three years since he started college. This year was no exception.

We landed there on 30 Dec, and my son was all set for the new semester, which he assumed would begin on 1 Jan as usual. My original plan was to spend 3-4 days there, getting some work and planning done. I even carried my laptop with me this time, something I never do when I travel. As it happened, my son’s classes were rescheduled to 4 Jan, which meant a change in plans.

My laptop sat on the table, unopened. I focused on spending time with my son and our friends, taking long walks on the beautiful campus, enjoying the freezing weather, laughing a lot, crying a little and generally slowing down and having a pleasant time.


I met a lot of people. If there was one regret, it was this: I did not see a single peacock this time. I did hear that they were around, but for me, seeing them was not to be. Ah, perhaps next time. So grateful for this wonderful week with friendly people and watching my son settle down. Oh, we did binge a little on some TV shows, notably Mom and The Mindy Project, and a few animated movies. We have a penchant for those!

An award!

Oh! On 30 Dec, when we were on the flight, Indiblogger announced the #IBA2017 Awards. I am thrilled to be chosen as the winner in the “Self-Improvement” category. How exciting it was to arrive at my destination and see this news! Grateful for the recognition!

Vidya Sury IBA2017 Gratitude Circle

My husband had left for Delhi the day I returned home and I was super-thrilled to come home to food in the fridge and an empty sink, and stacks of washed and folded clothes on my bed. So sweet! So grateful for this, and a flight that was on time, considering the rampant delays I was hearing about from others who were traveling at the same time.

A lovely outing on my own

Chitra Santhe is a one-day celebration of art at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath every year in the first week of Jan. This year, it was on 7 Jan. I had a great time visiting and looking at the artists’ work. It is always nice to see that entire road blocked to traffic and teeming with people enjoying themselves.

Chitra Santhe 2018 Gratitude Circle #IncredibleIndia #art

Oh yes, clicked loads of photos. A wonderful afternoon spent walking around in the warm sunshine. Soon, I’ll write a post about it with more photos. Grateful for that little break.

A health scare

I’ve mentioned the hospital visits in connection with my husband’s treatment. Well, things turned scary when he became severely breathless and dizzy– we thought it was serious. We were advised a full cardiac evaluation, and the tests came out okay. Yet we returned home not feeling better. More sleepless nights later, we finally we rushed to our GP–probably something we should have done in the first place–and learned that all these symptoms were because of the medication prescribed. Sigh. So, he was advised to stop the medication and started treatment for the symptoms. Feeling much better now, as in back to work. Crazy three weeks–grateful for the recovery. What about the original treatment? We will wait and watch and decide.

With all this, we had a mattress problem and a clogged drain to deal with! All well now.

Our attitude? This too shall pass. We are grateful for what we’ve got.

On the work front

I am always excited to be mentioned under the “acknowledgment” section at the beginning of the books I am editing/have edited. So grateful to do work I love and the authors I work with.

A couple of weeks back, as I was playing with the young lady next door, my neighbor told me that her mother-in-law and she loved reading my blog. Well… what a happy moment that was! I confess I got all teary-eyed! So touched!

By the way, I’ve been writing on Medium on and off, and in the beginning of this year, told myself I’d write more frequently there, following a discussion with my friends. So imagine my happiness when one of the largest publications on Medium asked me if they could feature my story titled The Magic of Routines So grateful to have my writing noticed.

I can’t help smiling when I think of the lists I made during the first week of January. Had to put them all aside because of the health scare. But I am not stressing over it. I am happy to think that I am focusing on the priorities and believe that everything will get done, in good time. I trust that Universe will make it happen.

As always, my deepest gratitude to my dear Vanita, who’s always there for me–absolutely non-judgmental, always encouraging, always ready to listen, and often ready to deliver that much-needed kick-in-the-pants to get me back on track. Yes, our souls are very old friends.

My special gratitude for some of the lovely comments I’ve been receiving here.

As usual, I can go on and on, but I’ll pause here.

What are you grateful for this January?

What was memorable?

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Join me!

Welcome to the January 2018 Gratitude Circle blog hop!

Write your post, add the badge and add your post URL to the linky below.

You know you are amazing, don’t you? ♥

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. #mindfulness

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Mahati ramya adivishnu January 26, 2018 at 1:37 am

Awesome list. Congrats for the award. You deserve it 👍☺ my Jan is filled with a lot of get together and fin time.

Shantala January 26, 2018 at 2:25 am

I love the title of this post, Vidya. So very true, and so very inspiring.
I am glad the health issues are sorted now. You are right, lists can wait for priorities.
I am glad things are looking up.

Shailaja Vishwanath January 26, 2018 at 6:01 am

So very happy for you, Vidya. For everything good.

That must have been scary, the bit about Sury! Glad he’s safe now. I’ll come and meet you in February 🙂

So so happy for you and the IBA. You totally deserve it too.

Yay on the Medium feature! That’s wonderful. Not surprising, of course 😉

I’ll link up on the 31st with my gratitude post for sure thus time. Much love and good wishes for a wonderful February. You deserve all the joy in the world!

Vidya Sury January 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Thank you for your kind words, Shailaja. Yes, the health issue was/is scary. The treatment is ongoing and something we will have to learn to manage. Looking at other options, though.

Looking forward to seeing your post.
And looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan January 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

So nice of you to share your happy moments so candidly.
I am sure Sury’s symptoms will soon vanish!
Stay blessed!

Shilpa Gupte January 26, 2018 at 8:10 am

Health scares can so drive us over the edge! It’s one thing I pray for, to keep everyone healthy and safe. I am glad your husband is getting better, Vidya. May you all be in good health, always!
Being grateful for every little thing does make you look at life with love, instead of fear, when things aren’t going smoothly. That’s something I have learnt and find it easy to stick to it – expressing gratitude to the Universe for everything it sends my way.

I wanted to know, if I can share my gratitude post on Monday as I had to post my #WATWB today. And, I want to keep a good space between two posts, so….May I? 🙂 It’s in my draft, waiting for your nod. 🙂

Angel Stew & Devil's Brew January 26, 2018 at 11:03 am

Wow! So much life in one post! I love it! Vidya, you are amazing. I’m happy to hear your husband is on the mend and so very happy for the time you got to spend with your son and so proud of your award! I really needed to read this today and to hear, “this too shall pass.” What a great pick me up! You are a blessing Vidya. <3

Vidya Sury January 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Hugs and thanks, Karen! What a lovely comment! You made my day. It is the truth, isn’t it? This too shall pass. And life goes on, bringing mixed blessings.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan January 26, 2018 at 11:03 am

Happy to see it was a good month… Congrats on the Indiblogger award. And yes, sometimes the side-effects of certain drugs do cause exactly the symptoms you mentioned… good the doc caught that

Dr.Amrita Basu January 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Congratulations on the Indiblogger Award.The category is perfectly matched.Loved the campus pics and the Title of this post.It is good that your husband is better

Shilpa Garg January 26, 2018 at 6:11 pm

What a lovely month it has been for you, except for the health scare which is all behind you now. Thank God!! Congratulations for your Indi award, you totally deserve it and all the mentions too! Hugs!! ♥

Darla M Sands January 26, 2018 at 7:27 pm

What a joy to read your words. ~grin~ I’m thrilled to have renewed my resolve to get out of the house more, lifting weights and swimming or meeting friends, when it’s so easy to act reclusive. It’s an ongoing struggle when I’m happiest by myself writing fiction.

Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com January 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm

Hi Vidya! Thank you so much for the reminder that every cloud has a silver lining…but then of course we have to look for it. And congratulations on your award…more especially, for coming through some challenges and staying optimistic. ~Kathy

Kaarina January 26, 2018 at 11:26 pm

What am I grateful for? I’m grateful for our friendship. Glad the health scare is behind you, and a horizon of wonderful opportunities ahead of you. xo

G Angela January 27, 2018 at 12:19 am

Congratulations vidya for the award, you are truly an amazing and fascinating lady, and what a beautiful post of gratitude you shared today. I just loved your page and everything you wrote, the images and quotes you have used here are very powerful and thanks for sharing so openly the challenges of your life…. you are a great example of courage, positivity, perseverance, passion and highest commitment to writing, appreciate you and wish you many more awards. Love and hugs

Hiral Amodia January 28, 2018 at 11:00 am

I love your gratitude posts!! They are very inspiring.

Balaka Basu January 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm

I suffered a similar health scare and late on it came out that my medicines were the cause for my breathlessness. I am glad that you overcame it. Since long I have been planning to join your gratitude circle and in 2018 it was part of my resolution. So here I am with my first gratitude post. 🙂

Vidya Sury January 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Welcome, dear Balaka!
I am sorry to hear about your health scare–I can understand how you must have felt! I hope you are feeling much better now.
I am very happy to see you here in the Gratitude Circle and look forward to our interaction. Hugs!
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Rachna Parmar January 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

So sorry to hear about Sury’s health scare. Hope things get better, Vidya. Many congratulations on the award! I felt so happy when I saw your name announced. 🙂 Good on you for the Medium pick too. I can never stop marveling at how you juggle your writing, running so many blogs and your writing work while never compromising on the quality of your writing. Hope you have a lovely February.

Anamika Agnihotri January 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Congratulations for the Indiblogger award and for your story on Medium getting featured in a leading publication. It is relieving to know that after all the health scare things are now fine with your husband. Have a wonderful February.

Suzy January 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Hope your husband is better now. Congratulations on your award. Your opening lines reminded me of a song .. along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime. Glad you had a happy January despite the health scare.

Parul Thakur January 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Beautiful campus and peacocks don’t venture out much in foggy weather. I remember this from my childhood days. A lot of peacocks used to visit my maternal grandparents’ home many moons ago.
Congrats on the award and getting published. It’s big and you deserve all that. Best to Sury and hugs to you! Have a lovely February, Vidya!

Debbie L Hampton January 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Congratulations on the recognition. Vanita is wonderful. I so appreciate her too, but mostly for her website wizardry. Glad the health scare was just a scare. Onward, eh?

Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life. I enjoyed taking a peek. 🙂

anupriya January 31, 2018 at 10:29 am

You were in my birth city on new years. Happy that you enjoyed your trip. Inspired by you and a couple of other fellow bloggers, I too am heading to write my gratitude post for this month. Thanks!

Vidya Sury January 31, 2018 at 10:58 am

Wow! Chandigarh, eh? It is a beautiful city and I love it.

So glad you’re joining the Gratitude Circle! <3 Looking forward to your post!
Vidya Sury recently posted…The Friendly Tree #ThursdayTreeLove

shirley corder January 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Thank you for this post and for leaving a link on my blog. Every blessing and lots of happiness!

Vidya Sury January 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Hugs and thank you, Shirley!
Vidya Sury recently posted…The Friendly Tree #ThursdayTreeLove

Soumya January 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm

“Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain. There can never be a rainbow, without a little rain”, I read this years ago and have been a firm believer of it since then. Your post reaffirms my faith in the same 🙂

You had to win the award, there was no one else who would hold a candle next to you. I’m also glad Sury’s health is now fine and you did find that perfect mattress to hopon 😀

Joining your gratitude circle from this month on, Come say hello! <3

Elle Sommer February 4, 2018 at 10:41 pm

So glad everything turned out well and love your photos, as always Vidya. They are so evocative. 🙂

SHALINI BAISIWALA February 5, 2018 at 9:57 am

Vidya hearty congrats on the IBA award – you so totally deserve it! Your blogs are so full of gentle wisdom that bring a smile to my face everytime I read something there.

I am so glad to have “met” your blog, expecially the Gratitude circle – your posts are stunning awesome on it and I am learning so much from them.

Felt good to read all the happy stuff in your life and hoping to imbibe some of the “this too shall pass” attitude in my life too – I need to very much!!!

And to answer your check mark box at the bottom – I smile everytime I read your positive words!!!

upasna February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Arrived late for a comment but this gave me a chance to re-read your post. Your Blog truly deserves the award. Glad that Sir’s tests came out okay. Happy to join you for Gratitude Circle.


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