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 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.
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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