Seems like I blinked and March has ended or is about to. It is time for March’s Gratitude Circle blog hop.
And just because I keep telling Life “try me” she has begun to take me seriously. Trying times continue—and so does my one-up-ness … for want of a better word. Because as always, I remind myself that this too, shall pass. It will.
So guess what I am leading up to? Let me speed through the not so good things and ramble about the good stuff, okay?
The phrase March madness absolutely applies to me. Last year, in March, I lost my computer and all connected devices to lightning. This March, same thing. Almost new computer refused to load because of an OS crash. Went through the whole process of reformatting and reinstalling everything.
My laptop, already slow, was slower. I suspect it has been reading my “slow down” posts and has been practising what I am preaching. Long story short, with desktop system down and laptop behaving like it is on vacation, I was forced to buy a new laptop.
Then some health hiccups; abscess also taking time to heal and other stuff I am tired of experiencing—so why bore you as well? Those things will go on and eventually get sorted out.
I prefer to look at the brighter side because the closer I look I see more shine. The more I focus on the good stuff, the more I get.
Let me start with social media stuff. Surprised no? But tweets like this lift me up. Yep, I love my ego-massage, especially when I feel stressed.
As I fretted over the computer, Sury tried to cheer me up by sending me photos from his walk. How sweet. And delightful to see flowering trees. My city looks gorgeous in summer.
Of course, I freaked out over which laptop to buy and am grateful to the store for their kindness and patience. I can be so indecisive sometimes.
When I couldn’t transfer the money to them and ran into a glitch, my bank guys came to the rescue and helped out. Grateful to them because I was beginning to think, oh boy, why is everything an uphill task? Okay, the exercise helped, although it had me huffing and puffing and on the verge of blowing away the whole idea of buying the laptop. Silly, I know.
Then one morning, in the middle of all this, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an old photo of one of my all-time favorite “kids” and myself, clicked in 1987. I met him when he was 8 months old and I am privileged to still be in close touch with the family. On March 9 he was blessed with a baby boy. My heart was so full that I confess I cried a little—all tears of joy as memories and nostalgia flooded my heart. So happy. So grateful to have them in my life.
In the meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying long emails from friends. I am blessed, ya know.
On Women’s Day, my son was the first to wish me and send me lovely greeting cards. So charming.
I also gifted myself (sometimes I have to be my own sunshine!) a couple of totes with—hold your breath—my favorite owls on them.
By the way, I’ve gotten into the habit of devoting at least an hour in the evening to play. With my little lady next door, who turned one this month. There was a fun birthday party with delicious food. They were so thoughtful they included a sugar-free cake for the special people. And you know what? The baby recognizes me and bounces with laughter when she sees me. When her mom, who refers to me as the favorite aunt, asks “where is Vidya aunty?” she points to me and claps her hands. Oh joy!
As I was busy upgrading and updating, another unexpected upgrade was triggered by a hospital visit for an eye check-up, following severe headaches and my glasses not being what they were. After the doc had some fun with my color tests, I came off with a new prescription. Have to go get a new pair of glasses now. Grateful there are no diabetes complications with the eyesight.
Summer is upon us with gorgeous skies and birds and we’re enjoying our walks on the terrace. I love how my family accompanies me when they sense I need to rant. Yo, I do, you know. Except we all end up laughing. Grateful for my folks.
I am grateful for fruits and yogurt this summer.
My son is home for a week. But he’ll be returning in a couple of days—there’s that. Sigh. He brought me a gift! Two t-shirts, one with a Sherlock Holmes theme and the other…. an owl. So thrilled. While he’s home, I am blessed to have his company—talking, watching movies, laughing, hearing him practice music.
Thankful to a prompt Chartered Accountant friend who quickly resolved an income tax issue we had. Son received a note asking why he had not filed taxes. Turns out that even if you have a paltry tax deducted at source from a bank account, it reflects in your PAN card and it is mandatory to file a NIL return. That’s easy if you are aware of it. If not, it is pure torture trying to explain and resolve thing. Grateful we were able to finish it within the deadline stipulated.
Wonderful phone calls kept me going this month, as did the happy banter in my WhatsApp classmate group. I mean… I am talking about an entire group that was in the same school, same grades, finished the tenth grade in ’78 and is in touch today and meets up once in a while. Blessed.
Work has been good in spite of computer issues—and I am grateful for understanding clients and doing work I love.
I am grateful for books that transport me into another world. So partial to police procedurals and crime thrillers. I am currently reading Lisa Gardner’s DD Warren series systematically. Find her and Look for me were outstanding.
I am so grateful to Vanita, my sister, for always being my no.1 encourager and being there. By the way, she installed Facebook comments here—do let me know if you find it convenient. With the A to Z Challenge coming up, I thought it might be a good idea. Are you participating? I am looking forward to it.
As you can see, I’ve been living in the momentum!
How has March been for you? Counting any blessings? I’d love to know!
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I wish you a fantastic April ahead!
I really need to get back into this gratitude circle… I just cant do it these days. Too much negativity. It is almost the reverse at times. Even when I won this month’s Write India contest, I couldn’t get myself to write a post to show off… sigh.
Oh crumbs, what a pain – literally it seems. Sending you healing and positive thoughts (and to the laptop too).
But you still inspire me. Watch out for my O of the A to Z 🙂
Oh my vidya, love your attitude and enthusiasm. Feels so good and motivated to read your gratitude post, I was waiting to link and with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday was busy but was eagerly waiting for your post, You make a lot of difference, love the images especially the one that says “You are In charge” 🙂 Thank you for gratitude circle, despite all the challenges you have made a lovely post. Yes I am participating in the A-Z challenge and hope to be connected.
Oh man! Certainly been an eventful month. What is it with the laptop and the crashes? Jinxed? I hope not. But so sweet of you to power through and look for the positives in everything. That takes a special amount of effort, Vidz!
Hugs to the baby who knows you 🙂 Such a special feeling. Wishing you lots of love and luck for the A to Z and hug Vidur for me. Such a sweet, thoughtful and kind gentleman he has always been.
May your April be filled with smiles, good health, NO laptop issues and lots of only good things. Sending positive affirmations your way.
Beautiful post, Vidya. So many small things that add up to give us joy that make things truly worthwhile! I’d love to reflect on my month gone by and note down the reasons to write a gratitude post that I’ve been thinking of (and putting off too!) and link up with yours here.
I love the way you find a silver lining on every crowd . I had a mixed March …. some God and some bad …. that’s life
Love the quote and your positivity. First thing is to enjoy what we do, everything else will fall in place. All the best for A2Z challenge. I am not doing this time, as I am busy with a dance performance.
I guess there is something with March and computers. Mine also behaves erratically this time of the year. Glad to know about your son’s homecoming and your controlled diabetes. I always look forward to your gratitude posts.
Oh gosh! What is wrong with this laptop? I can imagine how it must have troubled you and then the health snarls. I do hope you are feeling better, dear Vidya. I loved reading all those tweets that you shared. You are indeed one of the kindest and warmest people I know. It is no wonder that so many people feel similarly. It takes a certain kind of special to smile through all the trials. I wish you good luck for A2Z. You are such an inspiration. I just hang up my boots every April and look for places to hide in. So very thoughtful of Vidur. God bless him! Hope April is shinier and brighter for you, dear friends. Lots of love and hugs.
You continue to amaze me. Each time I’m down I just give up writing and tend to cut myself off. Losing your computer twice would be devastating. I love how you take all the punches life throws you right on your chin and go on counting your blessings. Sending you hugs and hoping things get better soon.
Oh man, it’s been quite the month for you, what with the technology crashes and health issues. I am in awe of how you manage to still push through and find so many great things to be excited about. You are truly an inspiration to me, Vidya.
Oh and I have to second that tweet – spreading kindness like confetti – that is so you. 🙂
Hope things look up in April – on all fronts. Good luck with the AtoZ.
Happy to read your March Madness list, Vidya. I too agree with you that living in the present moment will bring you more happiness than ever. I am also feeling grateful for fruits and tender coconut this hot summer. And did I mention I am already enjoying your A To Z posts? Happy April too.
Thank you Vasantha ♥
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So late here, but love it here! That’s the whole point. I love that you spend time with your little neighbor. I am sending wishes and prayers to her through you on this special occasion of her birthday. Now heading to read your A to Z challenge posts.