Every moment matters. And it’s always the little things that add up to make life brighter!
As I drifted between fever and being awake, I kept thinking that I really don’t have much to report this month as a roundup for the Gratitude Circle blog hop, until I realized I did! Every moment matters, right?
Not all the things were little, I don’t want to mention details about those anyway. Who wants to read details about the endless hospital visits? Right?
I really wanted to publish this yesterday during one of my “windows” between fevers, but I didn’t get anywhere near the laptop.
So here’s what I am grateful for!
First on the list, naturally, is the joy of my son arriving for the summer vacation. Not so much vacation for him, as he has to rigorously prepare for exams and work on his summer project–but still. Presence is a present. And I am obviously enjoying his. The happiness of seeing him at home = priceless. So grateful for that.
I was invited to attend the launch of a new kid’s show on Sonic Nick called “Golmaal Junior” by Rohit Shetty (of the Golmaal and Singham fame) and it was great fun! Had a wonderful day!
Apart from that, we’ve been taking turns falling sick at home. Currently, it is my turn. Son is recovering. Grateful we have a doctor to go to, although it’s a long road for my husband with ongoing health issues. Yesterday, when we walked back from the clinic, I was happy to notice all those little things on the way, such as:
- A clothesline with babies’ clothes. So cute. I got so caught up with admiring it that I forgot to take a pic.
- Two ancient banyan trees we’ve always enjoyed walking through. Yes – through. They flank one of the community parks and seem like they’re built in. I always wonder what stories they might have to tell. And of course, I saw a couple of college kids huddling and whispering in the park, skipping classes obviously.
- Summer is here and it’s time for the pavement to be filled with varieties of mangoes and watermelons. It is fun to eavesdrop on people bargaining with these guys.
- Of course, the flower sellers in the area compete with them, filling the air with the fragrance of jasmine and champa. Literally like a homecoming, you know, every time I walk through the area.
- I always enjoy passing the construction sites in our area–there’s a lot going on and one particular place has a few kids – toddlers. Such joy to watch them playing. Another one is almost complete and soon the child there will move to another place with her parents. Is it weird that we miss people we don’t know–yet see every day? I am putting together a care package to gift them, which I’ll do in the next couple of days.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder
Three days into the ‘flu, and I am focusing on resting, besides eating and cooking. I binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy, one of my favorite shows. I also sat with my Mom’s diary—something I really enjoy reading—no matter how many times I read it, it always feels like a giant hug. Her writing is like a conversation and evokes a lot of laughter, something I definitely miss all the time. Sigh. Gone too soon. But I am grateful for the memories.
With the focus being on getting back to health this month, not much work got accomplished. Although I did receive a lovely note of appreciation from the author I am working with presently. Makes my work so worthwhile.
I’ve also been walking regularly, in spite of all the glitches. And I was pleasantly surprised to find I’d lost a kilo in the last three months. What? Progress is progress even if it is tiny!
Oh, I did wander around our backyard taking photos one day.
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So, I was offline yesterday. My specs broke and I had to get it fixed. As usual, it involved a little running around because…eh…that's the way it is. . Those who know me, know that I cannot read with my right eye and depend on my left to change the world. Which basically meant no work got done yesterday. Sure, I had deadlines but hey, without eyes, not happening. . I embraced my situation and made the most of my running around with my camera. Yes, I can manage. Also, our area is quite green and I figured it was a lot more eye-candy than anything indoors. . While I had a fabulous walk (win-win as exercise is a non-negotiable), I also explored parts that I had not visited for a while. This included our condo's backyard. . Really. I used to wander there often but hadn't been, for a while. So I was really excited to see new flowering plants (grateful to the gardener) and crotons. . Then I just stopped, speechless at this quiet jackfruit tree just chilling in the periphery. Laden with almost ready to harvest jackfruit. There were almost ten massive ones, hanging by a small stalk to the bark of the tree. Size doesn't matter, folks, strength does. . When the jackfruit is harvested, the fruit will be distributed to all the owners in the condo. We look forward to it and enjoy it with pride–fruit from our own garden. Wonderful feeling. . So that's what I did yesterday. I got caught in the storm in the evening later in the day when I went back to collect my spectacles and had a lovely time hanging out at one of the local shops when I sought shelter from the rain. . I take unexpected breaks to just go with the flow once in a while, but these forced breaks are sometimes welcome. Great exercise in centering. . . . . . . . #lifethroughmylens #fruitstagram #fruitsofinstagram #mindfulness #enjoythelittlethings #walking #photooftheday #instagood #naturephotography #earthexperience #ilovenature #sidewalkerdaily #visual_heaven #passionpassport #travelblogger
In other news, I have enrolled in an 8-week diabetes challenge and although I haven’t exactly been able to keep up with all the mandatory tasks, it has definitely helped me be more conscious about my routine. For that, I am grateful. Also, managing diabetes is more or less a lifetime challenge, so I guess I am in a good place. Just keeping fingers crossed about my blood tests in a couple of weeks.
I am grateful for everything!
Let me wrap this up with three easy questions for you:
- What made you laugh out loud today?
- What was the best part of your day?
- How did technology make your life easier today?
I’d love to know in the comments.
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