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Counting my birthdays with gratitude #GratitudeCircle

counting my birthdays with gratitude. September gratitude circle blog hop

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

– Ralph H. Blum

Seems like just the other day I had a birthday—and seems like this one arrived way to early. But who can control the speed of Time? In a way, it is probably a good sign because Time is slow only for those who wait, and way too fast for those who are busy. Busy is good.

Today I am grateful to cross yet another milestone in my life. To be loved, to live in a comfortable home, to do work I enjoy, and to have reasonably good health, to be able to make a difference in lives.

In the face of that, every perceived disadvantage seems negligible in comparison.

It has been a month of ups and downs—I think I just described life in general with that line—and while I’ll touch upon the downs, it is only to offer a background for the ever-present silver lining, and definitely not to complain. I, more than anyone else, appreciate the necessity of having those “downs” in our lives; how else would we know the difference when there’s an “up”? Why would we deprive ourselves of the joy of that adrenaline rush that comes with happiness?

Life will never be perfect, but when we are grateful, we create perfections out of our lives #gratitude #gratitudecircle #bloghop

Last month, we had some shocking news. My son developed a rash which was assumed to be an insect bite, but the very next day, it spread rapidly and was diagnosed as chicken pox. Rude shock, because he’s far away, and we wondered how, because he’d had the requisite vaccination. Still, what is served to us has to be dealt with. He was immediately isolated in a room at their health center, with instructions that he was not to step out of that room for ten days, perhaps more, to contain the infection. I rushed over and stayed for a week on campus.

I am deeply grateful to each and every kind soul for giving their time, their love and their care to him during this difficult time.  Tough times ahead recovering, catching up on studies due to missed classes in an already tough course… but love does conquer most things, if not all. Glad to say he’s back to the grind.

Once I returned from there, I had the opportunity to attend a basic photography workshop by Canon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Learned a little more about my camera and framing shots. Grateful for the knowledge, considering how much I love to take photos. It is tangible magic!

I am back to decluttering. While I keep setting myself deadlines, I am sad to say I do not have the stamina to go at it like I used to. A couple of interruptions and my plan goes for a toss. To add to it, I managed to scorch my left hand and quickly followed it up with a nasty injury, so that slowed me down somewhat. Still, grateful I work from home and have the freedom and flexibility to work around it. My latest goal is to make a noticeable difference before Navratri, which is from Oct 10-18. Let’s see how far I go. Every tiny bit of progress counts!

Although, after a day of tearing paper, my finger joints just go stiff and give me hell the next day.

On the work front, I’ve wrapped up one book I was editing and have received the next manuscript that I’m tackling at an easy pace. Peace!

While I haven’t written as frequently as I’d like, I realized how much I enjoy posting the Wednesday Wisdom series. And while going through my photos for something, I decided to revive the Sundays in my City series. I am looking forward to doing this every Sunday now.

Technology is still not always my friend–and now it is my phone’s turn to act smart. It just refuses to ring sometimes. Sigh. Lucky I use the landline most of the time, but still!

Grateful for my sister Vanita, who’s always encouraging, often telling it to me like it is without the sugarcoating, which is good, considering my diabetes. I need these wake up calls sometimes. But that’s not all; she’s the first to appreciate and support me with everything, besides seamlessly taking care of glitches related to my blogs. I am blessed to have her in my life.

The past month, I was also fortunate to walk to our local market, which is always a joy for me. I bought mango ginger root, Indian gooseberry and ginger and have been going berserk pickling everything. The market also means street shopping and oh, so much fun!

What did I do for my soul? With the heavy rains we’ve been experiencing, I’ve also been guilty of skipping my regular walk. So, I decided to check out yoga classes. I’ve scouted my area and found several. Now, to go visit them and enroll in one! Grateful to live in a locality that literally has everything!

Thrilled to announce that I am the Asian Mom Blog Award 2018 Winner. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who was kind enough to vote!

Asian Mom Blogs Award 2018

I also received an email to let me know I am listed in the top 51 travel bloggers list by Treebo. Nice to be recognized.

My birthday was different this year.

I was musing over how times have changed. A couple of decades ago, celebrating was all about the phone ringing nonstop, friends coming by all day and the fun that comes with being with our “gang” of friends. I missed the one on one chatting, the physical hugs, the laughter… etc. But I am blessed. I don’t know how many people are lucky enough to have their schoolmates, who are wonderful friends now, wish them. I am grateful for social media for keeping us connected. My son was the first to wish me and as per tradition, I received a poem from him at the stroke of midnight. Vanita’s kids emailed me to wish me, my son’s school teachers remembered to wish me, my ex-bosses messaged me–and I feel so touched. I have my family and close friends—what more could I want?

Join me for the September 2018 Gratitude Circle blog hop. I am kind of thrilled it coincides with my birthday!

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Thanks to everyone who joins me in celebrating Gratitude.

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26 Comments

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    Roshan Radhakrishnan
    September 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Every time I come here, I resolve to follow your lead and jot down my moments of gratitude and every time I fail. A mental block… A need to wallow in self pity… Don’t know what. Need to get myself out of it though.

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      Vidya Sury
      September 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Dear Roshan! I understand the feeling. How about picking just three things from the past month and rambling? Your writing is always amazing to read! ❤️
      Thank you for coming by!

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    Inderpreet
    September 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Congratulations on the win for Asian Moms and for your birthday. Glad to know that Vidur is fine. Chickenpox is quite a scare. I remember my brother getting it in his 11th class I think. I too am vaccinated for it but nature has its way. Glad you could be by his side.

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    Soumya
    September 28, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I’m glad Vidur is better now and your being the wonderful mom you are were by his side. Does anything else matter?

    Of course you had to win, there was no challenge at all her. Dinka chika, dinka chika (Dancing for you).

    I’m looking forward to your photography and your Sunday series, I’m sure it will be as gorgeous as you are <3

    Wishing you an awesome October, hottie! Lots of love <3
    Soumya recently posted…Action Replay + Gratitude List: September 2018

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    Lakshmi Manoj Kumar
    September 28, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Woah! Packed Month I believe, Vidya! Where do i start and what do I say?
    First, wish you a belated happy birthday!

    I’m sure I can relate to the sickness especially when it is the children, my month had it as well. Glad to know you had people around who were helpful. I’m so happy you were able to attend the photo workshop, I would love to!
    And congrats on winning! You totally deserve it.

    So many small happiness is what I can see in your post. Some simple things which can make you feel grateful for! Yes, i totally understand being able to walk to a market and finding a yoga class in your neighbourhood does make one appreciate the little things in life which we usually dismiss.

    Now hoping bring my gratitude list for September soon on the blog.

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    G Angela
    September 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations vidya ! its always so energizing to come to this space and learn so much from you:) so much has happened and yet you have balanced everything so well and with gratitude, that is what i like about you, also happy birthday to you, may God bless you with many more years of wellness, peace, harmony and all your desires be fulfilled. How is your son now? hope is doing well. I delayed in writing my post…. just completed now and i will be linking, thanks for gratitude circle… it motivates me to keep jotting down so that at the end of the month i can evolve a post.

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    Parul Thakur
    September 30, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    You are right that the downs tell us to focus on the ups of life. Good to know Vidur is better and you were able to take care of him. Sorry about the injuries. I wish you better health and month ahead. Your post and this blog hop has been a life changer for me. So always grateful to this gift of sharing a gratitude list. Hugs!
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    Shalzmojo
    October 1, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Your Gratitude circle is my rock Vidya; thank you for introducing me to it! I just cant seem to miss a post now and am grateful to be able to do so.

    Wishing you a very happy bday once again! I love how you cherish every moment and bring out the pleasure than the pain in every moment. Hope your son is well recovered and caught up with his studies too. Seeing your insta pics, I could never imagine you were going through this – it looked like a happy travel!

    Mango ginger is something I got hooked onto last year and am waiting for it to come here too – it rarely does. I had a friend bring me some from Cal. Hopefully will get some this year around – I pickle it with fresh Haldi and ginger and some lemon!

    Many many congrats on the award and the listing Vidya – that is such an achievement and motivation to a blogger! Kudos my friend!!!

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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    October 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I hear you about needing downs in life in order to appreciate the ups. Glad to hear your son is okay now…I think when you get chick pox as an adult/teen, it’s a lot worse than as a child. Yoga is so good, isn’t it? And the photography course sounds amazing. Congratulations on the award! And decluttering is great…I’m going through that myself and trying to tackle one room at a time. Glad your birthday was good and I hope October is a good month for you. I look forward to meeting you in December when I’m up there.
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    Balaka Basu
    October 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Congrats on the Asian Mom award. Chickenpox can happen even if you are vaccinated. I faced the same issue with my son. I hope he is fine now. Ask him to take neem leaves if possible that really helps.

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    Vinay Kumar.s
    October 1, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Congratulations on receiving the award….

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    anupriya
    October 1, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I am now addicted to Gratitude Circle. Come the end of the month, I am looking forward to your post and thinking on my feet about what all would go in mine. Glad that your son is well now. Chicken pox at such an age can be severe. And Happy belated Birthday. Its a great feeling to have the oldest of friends remember your birthday and wish you. And i see that you were blessed plenty on those grounds.

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      Vidya Sury
      October 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you Anupriya! What a wonderful addiction! Thank you for your kind wishes. Yes, my son’s better now and yes, when you’re older it is harder to manage these. Thank you for your birthday wishes! I am blessed, indeed! Looking forward to reading your post!

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    JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    October 2, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Hey Vidya,

    I really hope you son is much better now. Staying away and sickness doesn’t really go well with parents. I am glad you were with him and a good yet unexpected time of togetherness there.

    Happy Happy birthday Vidya. May you enlighten us with your wisdom for years to come. Take care.

    I am glad to be a part of your gratitude circle. I am happy to see how beautiful life is with all the ups and downs. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity every month.

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    Jyoti Babel
    October 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    belated birthday wishes Vidya. It is always so heartening to read your gratitude posts. Thanks to them I have also come to recognise the silver linings in my life.

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    Anamika Agnihotri
    October 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Belated happy birthday, Vidya and also congratulations for winning the Asian Mom Blog award. Nothing else can be truer than true when it comes to the low moments of life otherwise how will we know the happiness accompanying the high moments. Chickenpox is scary and I am glad that your son has recovered from it. I am joining with my gratitude post this month, after a long long time.

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    Ramya Abhinand
    October 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Congratulations on the win Vidya. YOur blog totally deserves this victory. Is unfortunate despite the vaccine your son got pox.Hoping he has recovered from it. And now after that photography workshop, looking forward to some great clicks from you.

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    Debbie L Hampton
    October 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Happy happy birthday to you. It makes me feel joy just to read this. It always a choice available to us in every moment. We can focus on the good or the bad. Focusing on the good and gratitude feel so much better.

    I can relate to how your birthdays have changed. These days a quiet birthday – with actually no commitments, no get togethers – sounds heavenly to me!

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    Obsessivemom
    October 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Oh wow Vidya congratulations on your win. You so deserve it, you’ve inspired so many people, including me.
    I do hope Vidur is feeling better. It’s terrible to have a child fall ill moreso when you’re not around to look out for him. You take care and keep the smiles safe.
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    Sandra Pawula
    October 4, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Happy belated birthday, sweet Vidya! I love seeing all the goodness in your life and the way you gracefully deal with the downs. I also had chicken pox as an adult. I know it’s not easy. So glad your son recovered. And sometimes my cell phone would not ring too! Never figured that out but I had to get a new one when I changed carriers so it is solved for now,

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    Vasantha Vivek
    October 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    September was so much of happening to you, Vidya. Hope your son is doing good now. Congrats for your awards. Happy birthday to you, dear! Happy October ’16!
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    Shilpa Nairy
    October 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Belated happy birthday Vidya. Congrats on the win!! Chickenpox can come even after a vaccine as I too got during my engineering even after proper vaccine! 15days strict care will help to recover back. I wish your son a healthy life and good luck for his exams.
    Wish you happy and healthy month ahead.

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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    October 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    My belated birthday wishes Vidya. Congrats for the blog award. Well deserved gift on your birthday month. I hope, your son recovered from chicken pox. I too love photography, I assume the session from canyon might have been wonderful.

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