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Nothing is permanent #GratitudeCircle

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” #GratitudeCircle #mindfulness

February, the shortest month of the year, somehow seemed like the longest. Yet, I’ll keep this post shorter than usual.

This time, my mantra is,

Nothing is permanent

…because, this too, shall pass.

Health woes continue to hug us. We spent the better part of the month being sick. In fact, we slept through our 21st wedding anniversary. We didn’t know what day it was–we were that sick. So grateful for the lovely poem our son wrote for us. It is wonderful to see ourselves through his eyes and it felt like a bit parenting reward.

Feb 8 marked eight years of not having my Mom around. Sob, sob. No matter how many lives I have, I want us to be Mom-daughter. I don’t mind if the roles are reversed.

As soon as the fevers came down, it was time for my blood tests. The results were not good. I have developed an abscess that won’t heal because of the high blood sugar levels. Instead of moping over it, I understand only I can make the change by being the change. Grateful for my own wisdom! Also, as a diabetic, this will be a part of my life, like it or not and it is up to me to manage it. I am grateful I can smile through it and have a partner who can guffaw through it. And a doctor who is incredibly patient and non-judgmental.

I am still on the road to recovery, undergoing treatment for the abscess. It will take time. Very inconvenient, but hey, grateful to have access to treatment.

Never have I been so grateful to work from home as now. I shudder to think of having to commute and head out to work, especially with the weather already warmer than it ought to be this time of year.

Grateful to have a friend help me out with a diet plan focused on managing my blood sugar. We have a lively WhatsApp group with active discussions and the community is encouraging, sharing their own tips.

Happy conversations with friends

You know who you are and I look forward to our interaction every day.

Books and TV

Ah, the upside of being sick—at least after the initial days that are dominated by a headache—is reading. And TV. I am the kind of silly person who enjoys most movies, no matter how nondescript they are.  I just get engrossed. Can’t say the same for books though. Hmph! Grateful for both!


I’ve been sleeping so much it is crazy. I guess the body looks after itself to an extent. I nap in the afternoons and no more late nights, which I am sure is doing me a world of good.

Online shopping

Amazon was a lifesaver. Earlier when my son needed something I would go to the market, buy, pack, go to the post office, have an argument depending on the staff’s mood, and finally send it off via express speedpost, only to have it reach in 15 days. With Amazon, all that is eliminated. So grateful. I even get some of my groceries and other supplies from them now.


Lucky and grateful to live in a lovely locality and have my own terrace where I can walk every day, watching the sunset and a variety of birds soar across the sky.

Grateful for pleasant evenings spent with my young lady next door who will soon turn one. Nothing like spending time with a baby to keep your heart singing, is there?

Work of course has been mostly non-existent this month and that’s okay. Perks of being a freelancer, eh?

On the writing front

I’ve not been stressing over anything and focusing on getting better. One of the things I really enjoy is putting together the #WednesdayWisdom posts here. The process itself is uplifting and I am glad I started doing it. How wonderful it is to unearth inspiring stories.

And now, it is end-Feb and the buzz around the April A to Z Challenge will start. I am having fun brainstorming with myself about the posts I’ll write during April. Nice feeling. Who cares whether I’ll actually go by plan? The process is the happy part.

I am happy to say I was featured in the Business Insider. They approached me to ask if they could publish my story. Here it is, if you’d like to read it. “The mental exercise that helped me achieve one of the biggest successes of my career

Last week, Medium wrote to me to inform me I am now a top writer in the inspiration category. How sweet.

So that’s it for February. It has been a significant month—anniversaries, sicknesses, healing. Yes, this too shall pass!

When things are bad remember: It won't always be that way. Take one day at a time. When things are good, remember: It won't always be this way. Enjoy every great moment. This too, shall pass. #gratitudecircle #mindfulness #gratitude

How has February panned out for you?

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  • Reply
    February 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Hottieeeeeeeeeeeeee! You HAD to be the top writer in the Inspiration category. Aren’t you amazing?

    You have no idea how much you inspire me day after day. I love your #WednesdayWisdom posts and the images you conjure up for them. Absolutely love it!

    I’ll be writing my Action Replay and Gratitude post towards the end of the month, will come back and link it then.

    Love you!

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    February 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    🙂 (You know what the smile is for)

    I hope the abscess heals soon and I’m glad that the terrible bout of flu is now gone. That really had me worried.

    Hugs and kisses, my love. 😘

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    G Angela
    February 23, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Another inspiring post vidya, admire how you come up with beautiful expressions of gratitude, loved the image, hope you are getting better. my prayers for your speedy recovery. so nice to hear about you being on the top inspiration category, congratulations to you, you are very hard working and it reflects in your posts, love and hugs to you vidya.

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    February 24, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Congrats for being top writer on medium, you are an inspiration for me, love to read your posts regularly. Wishing you get well soon. Keep collecting smiles always!. Happy blogging.

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    February 24, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I have been wanting to link up with the gratitude circle since forever. Definitely posting soon.
    This too shall pass, is a quote that I use often. Good days go but so bad ones, and that’s a happy thought.

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    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    February 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Yes, everything is temporary… be it pain or anything else.
    Been following your Instagram posts…most of it is about food…hence the high sugar levels…in fact all those pictures and recipes scare me. Not that I follow any diet regime but I do restrain myself most of the time.
    Expect you to be blogging for a long time…forever!

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      Vidya Sury
      February 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you for the lovely wish!

      By the way, I don’t eat all the food I post in the photos. When I go out, I click photos of food because it looks delicious. I follow a healthy diet. The sugar has been because of medication and perhaps not eating properly. But then, was sick… and now recovering. So I expect to balance it all off.

      I would love to blog forever, too!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…First Cashless Hospital by Self-Funded NGO to Fight CancerMy Profile

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    Ramya Abhinand
    February 27, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Wow congrats on being featured in Business Insider. I love reading your gratitude posts( and that reminds me I need to put mine too) . They put a smile on my face. Would be following your Wednesday Wisdom to soak all the inspiration it gives.

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    Suzie Cheel
    February 27, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Love this- yes nothing is permanent and wishing you a speedy recovery. My years started with more patience as you say there is so much to be grateful for even when one is unwell. Life is such a blessing xx

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    February 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    It’s amazing how you can focus on the positives always. Cheers to all the kudos coming your way. I do do hope you get better soon. I think our health is something we should never take for granted. You take care. Sending lots of love and healing vibes.

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    Shilpa Nairy
    February 27, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    You are amazing writer. I loved your concept on gratitude circle. Do take care of your health.

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    Rachna Parmar
    February 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I always so admire your positivity, Vidya. I know I have said this before but each time I read your gratitude posts it fills me with a calm and perspective. February was rough for you and I am worried about your health. I am such a worries so no point in telling me not to worry. Haven’t been doing too well on the health front as well but am better now and hoping that one month will go when I won’t be sick. Do take extra care of yourself and Sury. I can so understand about your mum. What an amazing woman she has raised. It makes me respect her even more. And congrats on all your achievements. I feel so happy for you. Your writing is so inspiring, no wonder then that you win accolades for that. Take care and hugs.

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    Shailaja Vishwanath
    February 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of all the health concerns, Vidya. I can’t imagine how it must have been, being in and out of hospital, with all those tests! Hope and Sury feel better real soon and the abscess heals as well. Glad you’ve got a supportive diet group.

    I saw that post on Business Insider and was smiling widely at the feature! Congratulations.

    Looking forward to your A to Z posts eagerly. With exams coming up for Gy in March, I really have to start cracking on my posts soon.

    Also, thank you, yet again, for the Gratitude Circle which you put up so diligently each month. It’s inspiring and wonderful.

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    February 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I am so sorry that you and your husband have been so sick. It is never fun to be that ill but when one has diabetes it must be even more difficult because you need to eat but that is the last thing you wanted to do when you were so ill. The best thing is do8ng what you are doing because you are making sure you stick to your diet and check your sugar levels but also going to the doctor. I sometimes say to people, this too, shall pass, like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

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    Debbie L Hampton
    February 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Glad you are mending and finding the good in a difficult situation. I have learned, as you state here, there is always good – even if it’s online shopping! 🙂 – if you look for it. Thank you for sharing this treasure!

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    February 28, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Glad to know that you post on Medium. Is it the same blog or another blog ? Hope your March is happy.

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    JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    March 1, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Oh, Vidya! As I read this post, I wondered why I even asked you about the classmate books. 😑 Sorry. Those can definitely wait.

    Looks like the month was to keep things off your mind and focus on one bite at a time. I am sure your abscess will heal soon. I love your Wednesday Wisdom posts. They are my inspiration and I am sure that’s why Medium has found you inspiring too. I read whenever I get time to read and I squeeze time for Wednesday Wisdom and gratitude posts. Hugs to you on the diabetic diets and the tips.

    My MIL is a diabetic for 34 years now and the story of her diagnosis, treatment and daily care makes me wonder how she accepts it and looks forward to a brighter morning everyday. It is nice to know you are following good diet plans. Things are going to get better. Hugs, once again.

    And Happy Birthday to the little neighbor. Ilakkiya is busy growing up and she is trying to crawl now. She is good at push-ups now. 😂

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    March 2, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Sorry to hear about your health woes, Vidya. Sending you healing vibes along with lots of love. <3
    That's great news that you are one of the top writers in the Inspiration category, Vidya. Truly deserving. Congrats on getting featured on Business Insider. Saw the post and loved it! 🙂
    Wish you a nice March. 🙂

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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    March 2, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Sorry for your health concerns and my belated wishes for your 21st anniversary. Congrats on your achievements in writing front. Loved the last quote. Nothing is permanent Good/bad.

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    Jasbirr Grover
    March 2, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Amazing post on Gratitude!!!!!
    Gratitude and faith has immense power! February was a blank canvas for me and family having no job from the past 7 months.My alumni’s constant assistance and my mother and sisters help worked as miracle for me and family.My both son’s cooperated just like anything without getting effected with situation since me and husband we both were struggling for job.
    Got few word of mouth references and started working from home on few Training.
    Got an amazing start.It filled me with so much of confidence to do more and more that too without worrying.Keeping gratitude and faith mindset with few affirmation added all flavours of success
    “Everything is working out for me”
    “I know people who are amazingly successfull were at the same place”
    I am a peaceful n divine soul,each and every moment guided by Lord!

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    Parul Thakur
    March 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Hugs! The health issues should go away now. It’s time!
    Congrats on the feature – both on Medium and the Business Insider. So well deserved. As I was reading your post – I found similarities with sleep being the major one for both of us 🙂 Thank you for this post and a reminder that good or bad, nothing stays the same forever.
    Wishing you the best of March and hope it brings better days for you.

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    Elle Sommer
    March 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    So sorry that you’re still challenged with health issues Vidya…but with your amazing attitude I don’t think they will be able to stick around for very long!

    Many congratulations on all your successes dear heart…so well deserved…you most definitely deserve your top spot in the inspirational category. 🙂

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    Paige Burkes
    March 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I learned the mantra, “this too shall pass,” when my children were babies and toddlers. Just when you think you can’t take it anymore, things change. So happy to hear that you’re healing and have plans to get and stay healthier! And congratulations on your recent accolades. You’ve accomplished an unbelievable amount over the years. Persistence pays off – along with having fun in the process! Big hugs!!

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    Sandra Pawula
    March 4, 2018 at 2:50 am

    What a month, Vidya. Sending you so much love and healing vibes too. I’m glad you had some good news in addition to all the challenges. Your gratitude list inspires me to no end!!!! This mantra has helped me on many occasions too!

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    Balaka Basu
    March 5, 2018 at 11:29 am

    You deserve to be the top writer in the inspiring category.
    Life without Mom is difficult. I lost mine 21 years back and I can completely empathise with you.
    Blood sugar is a horrible disease that can create havoc in a person’s take care and go for natural healing.

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    Natasha Sinha
    March 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Vidya,
    Salute your indomitable spirit. You truly are an inspiration to so many of us. I sincerely pray that you feel better soonest.
    A mother’s loss can be replaced by nothing in this whole wide universe. I lost mine just a month back. The pain dulls but never goes away. Big hugs to you.
    I guess you are already treading the road to recovery and this month of healing and recovery will spill over to a blessed, magical March for you.
    Here’s wishing you loads of love and luck in all your endeavours. And Congrats on all those incredible feathers on your cap.

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    Debbie L Hampton
    March 6, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the burst of positivity and sunshine. I needed that today!

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    March 9, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Aww hugs for the ill health Vidya; your positivie attitude to work towards curing it is amazing and I salute you for it. SO often we become grumpy over ill health and frustrated as things dont move at the [ace we want it to! I hope you get better soon.
    I had written a post on “This too shall pass” and your post reminded me of that. So many downs that come in life but generally are balanced with the ups which seem infrequent and less but are actually the same or even more! Its the Universe’s way of keeping us on our toes and ensuring we are on our path.
    I too am looking forward to AtoZ and have chosen a “mild” theme like thing for my posts- not really sure how wele it will fare with the readers but I know I am going to enjoy doing it – which is the whole idea 🙂
    No surprises there that you aced Medium on the inspiration front- you are just fabulous with these posts and I look forward to reading them as they connect with me so well and make me think about stuff in a new light!
    Keep smiling too Vidya!!! 🙂

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    March 9, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Wow! You have shown so much strength in fighting with your ailment. More power to you. Ah yes I know about that peek of being physically unwell – reading. Happy to have found this gratitude circle.

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    Zeenat Merchant Syal
    March 11, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    May you be well soon sooner soonets dear Vidya! And thank you so so much for always inspiring me to raise my positive vibes.

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    Vasantha Vivek
    March 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Happy to read your gratitude list. Congrats on being the top writer on Medium.I have to also try Medium.

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    March 17, 2018 at 12:13 am

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much you inspire me. After the month you had, anyone would be hard-pressed to find something to be grateful about, and yet you found so many things. I hope things get better on the health front. It’s always a bummer when you aren’t feeling 100%.

    Having said that, yeah I do use sickness as an excuse to catch up on books and TV guilt free. 😛 And yes, like you, I am more forgiving with TV than I am with books. Possibly because I invest more of time and my mental energies in a book.

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