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Never Have I Ever Felt So Grateful #GratitudeCircle

Never have I ever felt so grateful as now

Never have I ever felt so grateful for my blessed life!

This month, especially, I am so grateful for the way we’ve been able to handle this whole pandemic situation. It is almost four months of being at home, managing our lives as best as we can, with the resources available.

Some days, I’ve felt a bit disoriented – it seemed like one day just blended into another and I’d wake up wondering what day it was. Did you feel that sometimes?

In typical fashion though, life has gone on, quite impartially, giving us tough times as well as solutions to go with them—if a little delayed on the solutions front.

The major pipe leak in our balcony is still waiting for the building maintenance folks to attend to it before it becomes a big problem. Keeping fingers crossed, you know.

We experienced—and still are—experiencing some major rains. It is the beginning of monsoon after all and I am so grateful we have a comfortable home to stay in. And not commuting to work truly helps.

Oh, our washing machine just decided to shut down one fine day. Fortunately, we do know how to hand wash our clothes, but nevertheless, had to get it working. That was another huge expense, but not as huge as buying a new machine. And we found a guy down the road to fix it for us. Grateful for this.

Our tube light conked off, tired of the whole on-all-day situation, I’ll bet. Have to replace that. With the old system, we could quickly buy a tube and replace the old with the new. With the new LED type fitting, the entire unit has to be replaced and surprisingly, I have not learned how to do that. Ugh. I’ll get around to fixing it. In the meantime, managing with other lights.

But I did fix the health faucet when the tube began to leak! I still remember the first time my son watched me do it and was dazzled by my talents. But then, even as a child he believed I could fix anything. Still, I have frequently told him that the difference between knowing and not knowing is learning – and once we learn how to do something, we simply move from not knowing to knowing. Simple, no? Also, I enjoy tinkering with things.

Point is, life goes on no matter what happens. And in a way, I like that. Sure, some days I feel lazy to cook and the routine is a bit . . . tiring, but then again, I feel a deep sense of gratitude that when it comes right down to it, what have we got to complain about? It is nothing compared to what the migrants and the cyclone hit areas are facing.

So, when I feel like complaining or whining about something, I tell myself to shut up. Oh yes, I do pour it down on paper and then, feel sheepish reading it. It shrinks when it gets out of our heads, you know.

And I sincerely feel I must sing the following lines!

Never have I ever felt so grateful in my life

Never have I ever felt so grateful for my blessed life!

Never have I ever felt so grateful that my family is at home, considering the daily alarming news of increasing numbers during this pandemic.

Never have I ever felt so grateful to have friends I can talk to, to pick up the phone and have cozy conversations that make me feel loved. And those long video calls! So wonderful that technology can bring people right into our living rooms. Or kitchens. Or wherever we want them!

Never have I ever felt so grateful that we are able to shop online for most of our essential supplies.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments, where our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
― Thornton Wilder

Never have I ever felt so grateful to have nice neighbors who care, who are around should we need to chat, and who are happy to chat on WhatsApp.

Never have I ever felt so grateful that I work from home. Of course, I miss going out, to wander leisurely through our area and take photos . . . but right now, happy to stay home to stay safe.

Never have I ever felt so grateful that we have a huge terrace where we can enjoy fresh air, bird song and sunshine . . . and the occasional company, to smile at each other, and have a conversation if we so wish.

Never have I ever felt so grateful to be able to binge watch shows thanks my Amazon Prime membership – I know I overdo it some days but not at the cost of my daily routine. I managed to binge watch Covert Affairs and absolutely enjoyed it. It is great to feel involved in an alternate world of an ongoing story and feels just as sad when it ends, until moving on to the next story. For curious minds, I just started watching Blue Bloods. Yup – huge fan of crime/investigation/police procedurals.

Never have I ever felt so grateful for the internet, that keeps us sane, connected and up to date with everything that’s happening.

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And never have I ever felt so grateful that we’re keeping ourselves busy at home in our own “spots”. Son composes music, besides doing courses on Coursera and his coursework. We are also planning a collaborative art project and have shortlisted six themes, of which we’ll pick one. If there’s time, we will probably do more.

Oh! My fasting blood sugar came down 20 points. Still not great, but it is good to know I might get there sooner than later.

The work front still looks bleak. I am also waiting on pending payments due to me. And I am still trying to hold on to the this-too-shall-pass thought. I feel terrible that I might not be able to keep my personal target on donations. I just hope that when things get better I can make up for it.

In the meantime, we share the housework as we sing our own tunes, sometimes simultaneously. We eat together, exercise together, laugh together.

I am decluttering with purpose, going through all our paperwork accumulated over the years. It is crazy how things just find a place and sit there, right? Do you have that problem? I have to acknowledge that what took years to pile up cannot disappear in a short span of time. Also, going through stuff is tough. We get caught up in the memories and that really slows us down. Do you agree?

Our pandemic numbers continue to rise alarmingly and we are not sure if we are heading for yet another lock down. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Still, loving the new normal, no? I find it exciting that we are able to accomplish so much even as we are confined indoors most of the time.

Say what you will but I am now seriously wondering if I do want to go back to what we knew as the “old normal”. Just goes to show that we are adaptable to any situation that is thrown at us.

What about you? How did June treat you?

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13 Comments

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    Shalzmojo
    June 26, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Yup this new normal just goes to show how resilient we are to change. All of us have combined our lives around it and it’s been over a hundred days of being locked in. I feel weird when I step out but need to, to just feel fresh and light.

    You are indeed blessed to have a terrace – I miss that as I have very tiny balconies and being on one side of the corner, means very little air flow around my apartment. Still blessed to have a roof over my head and not complaining about it.

    Gadgets keep breaking down- that’s a fact of life and I am looking at a struggle with my car at the moment. But I know I will get there.

    Kudos on lowering the blood sugar – keep at it and I know you will do it. Lucky you- monsoons have arrived there. Still waiting for them here and hopefully another week for them to grace us with their presence.

    Technology is bliss indeed and I am grateful for being able to call and talk with peeps at will. It doesn’t beat the personal connection but in these times, it’s the best form of an interaction.

    Here is wishing you abundance and love for the coming month Vidya.

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    G Angela
    June 28, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Vidya I am always in awe as to how beautifully you write these posts; truly I loved you statement “Never have I felt before so much gratitude..” Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and whats happening in your life, which I can relate to easily and marvel at the way you fix things, your perceptions about problems and the attitude you deal with it mind blowing. I love every image you post they speak volumes and inspires. Nice to know that you have so gracefully adjusted to the new normal and still exploring and finding ways to adapt and learning to enjoy in the now. I agree that there nothing much for us to crib about our problems when compared to the greater issues that we see around – the migrants, suicide, deaths and impact of pandemic around us. Thanks for sharing, I just loved reading your post:) take care, love and hugs
    G Angela recently posted…June 2020 Gratitude

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    Christine
    June 29, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Hello Vidya,

    Thanks for sharing, wow, what a crazy few months. I love your techniques on expressing gratitude and writing down what upsets you on paper. I will have to try that myself to get out of my own head. This article reminded me of how much gratitude I should be expressing each day. It’s easy to get caught up in my own problems sometimes. It really is wonderful that we can connect to others so easily around the world right in the comfort of our own home. And especially when going out isn’t really the safest thing right now. Thanks again and stay safe!
    Christine recently posted…Living life with intention | why it’s important & how to set one.

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      Vidya Sury
      June 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Christine! Good to connect with you. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Gratitude truly changes everything!
      By the way, you have a lovely website. Hope to keep in touch!

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    Ashh Akanksha
    June 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Gratitude makes us appreciate life and the people around us even more. We are so lucky for a lot more things than we can even imagine. We have good food, clean water, and safe homes to live in. We have loved ones who care about us and we are in a much better position than so many people in the world who are either suffering because of poor sanitization, abuse, or other major world problems.

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    Shesha Chaturvedi
    June 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    During the current crises when we all are struggling with some or the other sort of trouble in our lives along with this pandemic, the reminder to be grateful is extremely necessary. You have penned it so beautifully that any person reading this post would smile with peace and thankfulness towards life…
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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    July 1, 2020 at 8:41 am

    The numbers over there are certainly increasing by the day! Glad to hear you and your family are safe and that you have a lot to be grateful for. Hopefully, the work picks up soon. Here things are almost back to normal give or take a few things. We’re still working from home but have the option of going in with certain restrictions. I can’t wait for the day to go back properly to work even though we have made the best of the situation. Personally, I’m just grateful restrictions have eased and I can see my friends and go to the gym. There are a few other things I’m waiting for but I know it will happen in due time. Hope you have a lovely July!
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    Soumya
    July 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Not loving the new normal, but slowly getting used to it for sure. I’m sorry for the maintenance work that needs to be done at home but we have to right? The husband and I have hand-washed our clothes for years now, that is the best way to clean it. We do use the machine just for the bedsheets and only when needed.

    Isn’t online shopping a boon during these times?

    I love the owls <3

    Stay safe, Vidya. This too shall pass, yes, until then let's all stay safe.
    Soumya recently posted…Action Replay + Gratitude List: June 2020

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    Lynne
    July 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    At times like this we need to really focus on gratitude more than ever. And at this time as long as my family, friends and loved ones are safe everything is just fine and I am grateful.

    I’ve been amazed by how everyone has just gotten back to basics since the start of this pandemic. People have become a lot more real, with a lot of the previous pretense and materialistic attitudes disappearing 🙂

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    Leana Lourens
    July 2, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Wow Vidya so crazy! But like you said look where we are today. At first things were so scary and some of us might have thought we won’t make it, but we did. We have so much to be thankful for we are so blessed

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    Shilpa Nairy
    July 5, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Hello Vidya, Your gratitude post always inspires. A lot of positive vibes. Even we facing some water leak in the bathroom but hesitant to get anyone inside and guest are not allowed and no one ready to come as positive cases is increasing. Hope for the safe life to all. Yes, however, it is, loving the new normal to be at home with a loved one. Do take care.

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