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Because Progress is Better than Perfection #GratitudeCircle

Because progress is better than perfection

Just yesterday, my friend and I were marveling at how quickly this year seems to have whizzed by. Then I told her that Time goes at the same pace, it is our own perception that views it as fast or slow. But I must admit that each month I am surprised that another thirty days have passed.

It is a good thing I maintain an gratitude journal. Initially it was only a gratitude journal, but now I just use a desk calendar to jot down 3-5 things I am grateful for, along with three things I must accomplish in a bullet-journal format. I keep the rambling for my private journal when I feel the need to elaborate on these things. It feels wonderful to go back and look.

Why, when I was clearing out a box last week, I came across old desk calendars that were fun to see. I also discovered some old sketches, poems and a couple of short stories I had written. My son asked me what I’d do with these. I am not sure. Maybe I’ll include them in my memoir, eh?

Grateful for early morning walks. Wonderful to be up early and get out for a brisk walk, and so nice to have a walking buddy. I do wake up early and get busy, delegating the walk to the second half of the day. But it is easy to skip going out when it rains or when something else comes up. Glad I am back to that old routine of starting the day with exercise.

And of course, I gifted myself a pair of new shoes that are most comfortable!

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Because progress is better than perfection #inspirationalquotes #mindfulness

​The decluttering goes on. I had set myself a tentative deadline of December, and I’ll keep at it to see how it goes. Thing with decluttering is it requires a lot of discipline and focus. While I lack neither, there are only 24 hours a day and I try my best to make the most of those, what with other things to do. I am not going to stress over it. Instead, I’ll just do my best and hope I make significant progress. One thing for sure, it feels wonderful to give away things and see the happy reaction on the recipient’s face. For that I am grateful.

Also grateful to come across boxes full of old black and whites. Days when very few people owned a clunky old camera that was difficult to operate and expensive to maintain.

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#TBT  It was traditional in the 60s and 70s to make a family outing of the Industrial Exhibitions that ran for ten days. . We'd plan and plan and budget and finally make it in force, with solid instructions not to stray from the pack. The commute itself was arduous with the grounds being far away. . We'd arrive around 10 am before the crowds and have a wonderful time, buying all sorts of things we didn't need after we came home! . Then of course, it was mandatory to eat at all the stalls and then, take a photo at the studio with our favorite backdrops or film heros/heroines. . Oddly enough, this is one of the very few photos where I am not grinning. Probably tired. But don't miss the "maxie" dress, the straw hat, the crazy hairband. What made me strike that pose shall remain in unsolved mystery. Of course we did this for seven consecutive years. . Now, tell me, how many of you have this kind of photo?  Do share it and tag me! . . . #throwback #thursday #memories #childhood #nostalgia #instagood #blackandwhite #indianphotographersgplus #enjoythelittlethings #moremindfulmoments #mindfulness #themindfulbreak #100daysofhappiness #100happydays #india_gram

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My phone finally stopped ringing. Oh, there are calls. Just that everything else works–but incoming calls just wont be audible. If I am looking at the screen when a call comes, well and good. Otherwise, missed calls. So prodded by my folks, I bought a new phone and shifted the main phone number to it and the second number to the non-ringing phone. Guess what? Now everyone calls the old number and I am back to square one. Sigh. Grateful for the humorous goings on in my life. Ah, the magic of routine!

My son was home for a short break – five days. He had so much work to finish that it wasn’t all fun and games. But you know what they say about presence–just having him, seeing him, hugging him was a blessing. It seemed like we blinked and it was the day of his departure. Still, grateful he could come home. And of course, I enjoy cooking even more when he’s around. He’s so appreciative! And I, of course, look forward to his next visit.

October is the month when all my blogs’ SSLs have to be renewed. Grateful to have Vanita to take care of the process. Secure websites are a big deal now, what with browsers giving that page not safe screen to the non-https websites. Certainly a case of better safe than sorry.

I feel blessed to do work that I love, work that gives me flexible working hours. And most importantly, appreciative clients.

I am especially grateful for my family, my friends and all the other charming people who brighten my life.

I enjoy the peace that comes from not hanging around social media, except to acknowledge or reply to mentions, which takes exactly fifteen minutes a day. Being offline is a far better alternative and gives me time to read, indulge in my hobbies and generally make more productive use of my time.

With November around the corner, I am wondering if I should participate in the NANOWRIMO this year. I have a project idea in mind and maybe I’ll use the month to focus on it. Are you participating?

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Vasantha Vivek
    October 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Old black and white photos are really ones to be treasured. I also enjoyed album hopping last week. and was filled with full of sweet memories. And the quotes in your post are inspiring.
    Vasantha Vivek recently posted…Tale Of A School Teacher Turned Into A Super Hero – #WATWB

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      Vidya Sury
      October 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Indeed, Vasantha. Thank you!

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    BellyBytes
    October 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I want some routine in my life Vidya and can’t wait for the day when I know exactly what I’m going to be doing every minute. As for declutter , I think junk has feet that make it walk to my home

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      Vidya Sury
      October 26, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Hahaha! I love the non-routine in my life. Practically every day, something new, either at our place or someone else’s, which requires our intervention. I love it. I agree with the declutter though – in my case it is almost like osmosis! Thank you for linking up.

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    Shalzmojo
    October 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Uff that B/W is stunning Vidya- what lovely processing!! Love this vintage look of the pic! In today’s digital age, its nice to be reminded of the good old days!

    Your phone story had me smiling; maybe the phone is not ready to be phased out just yet 😉

    Dont the bagaire baingan look delish? I am praying these days, so dont be zapped if you suddenly have to move – I need a neightbour like your desperately. Universe has a way of fulfilling my wishes 🙂

    I agree with the months flying by – it seems time is just zipping away! Dont know why my perception is so about time – do you think its related to aging? Hmmmmmmm!!!

    Love you for this gratitude circle that has enabled me to emulate this practice too! Very very grateful for that! 🙂

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    G Angela
    October 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Thank you Vidya for this lovely post; my computer was giving lot of trouble, especially when I need the most, I managed today to read this post and link. I loved the black and white picture of yours, you look so sweet and innocent…. its wonderful to see how gracefully you have evolved and keep evolving. Nice to know that vidur had a break and nothing like having children at home, no matter how old they grow, as mothers its a joy to pamper them a little. I am declutterring my daughters cupboard and took out a lot of her Kurtis to help her share; the process is still on.. hoping to clear up before Christmas so that 2019 will be a clean start.. lovely quotes and images, thanks again for sharing.

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    Parul Thakur
    October 31, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I am currently home and I totally imagine how you must have let Vidur work and offer her all sorts of good food. Just like I am having here at home:) Sorry about your troubles with computer and electronics. They keep showing up all the time but I love how you handle them. Gratitude journals are great. I also write down 3-4 things of the day and it’s such a feel good thing at the end of the month when I turn the pages to check.
    Hope you have a good November. Can’t believe it’s already November.
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    Soumya
    October 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Old photos trigger such memories, don’t they? Just goes on to prove that you were quite a stunner back then too <3

    Technology can mess us up so much, it all depends on how we deal with it. Gratitude journals are excellent, I have a gratitude jar at home as well.

    The year did whiz by super quick. I still can't believe 2018 will be done in 61 days.

    Wishing you an awesome November, Hottie! Hopefully we get to meet this month to make it more awesomer 🙂

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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    November 1, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    So much to be grateful for! I’m impressed you’re on social media just for a little while…not sure how you do it. I do love Insta. Always love reading your gratitude posts Vidya. And here’s hoping you have a wonderful November!

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    Lakshmi Manoj Kumar
    November 8, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Hello Vidya!
    Feel blessed to do work that you love along with flexibility – this is one of the points that I am also grateful for. It helps so much that you don’t feel the burden of working anytime. Totally second that.

    I can feel the mother’s love when you say you are happy to have your son back for a short holiday. I’m sure my mom and dad would have felt the same when I came home for the college holiday break. Simple pleasures! Have a wonderful November. See you next month. 🙂

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