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Because every moment matters #GratitudeCircle

Because every moment matters

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

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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!

Because every moment matters

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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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    June 1, 2019 at 12:50 am

    I wish you a speedy recovery and less hospital visits. I too love Grey’s anatomy a lot.
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    Dr Shivangi Aggarwal
    June 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Loved your thoughts that how you picked up something to write and share, something to smile upon even in the daily mundane things. Really got inspired by your spirit. Thank you.

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    June 2, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Vidya! And I loved your post. I quite nearly forgot about Gratitude Circle this time around. Next month I will be more prepared. Will make entries each day into my journal of the things that I’m grateful for this month. There is SO much!

    Sending much love and healing hugs to you and yours! <3
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      Vidya Sury
      June 2, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Dawna! The link is open until 24 June, so you can join in anytime! The journal is my secret!

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    Parul Thakur
    June 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Sorry to hear about the health woes. Is all good now? I wish that you feel stronger soon.
    Good to know Vidur is home. Must be so good to have him around. So what if it’s busy time for him. I remember being home on semester breaks was such a joy. Those jackfruits and baby jackfruit look so cute. Tell me more about the care package and what all you put in them. I would like to do that too. Sometimes I feel they don’t have a place to call home. They move from building to building but can’t call those tents a real home.

    Hugs Vidya! Wishing you good health in June and always.
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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    June 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry to hear you have been sick Vidya! And your family too. Must be nice to have your son home for the summer even if he has been busy studying. I hope you have better health in June and that it’s a good month for you!
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    June 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    You are right Vidya, fighting Diabetes is a lifelong battle. My Mother is doing pretty good in maintaining it from last so many years now. Hope you guys recover quickly. BTW what do you put in a care package for them?
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    June 14, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Aww your mom’s diaries sound so good Vidya – what a wonderful thing to have of hers. Hope it brings you lot of love and joy to go through them.

    The care package sounds interesting – do tell what you will be putting into them. I have so many sites near my house and maybe I could make some for these guys too. Its such a thoughtful gesture- thank you for the inspiration V.

    I hope you feel better soon and are back on your feet!!!
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    June 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Hugs, Vidya. I hope you are well by now. Having Vidur at home must’ve been such a nice change. 🙂 It’s my Kanna’s summer holidays here. I am not able to pay attention to my work with him at home, but it’s always good to have him around. 🙂
    Ooh, those jackfruits!
    We are watching Grey’s Anatomy, too, again. 🙂
    Take care, dear Vidya! <3
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