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.
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!
How has February panned out for you?
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