I begin each day with gratitude when I light my lamp in the morning, just before I have the coffee and breakfast going.
Today, I am grateful for these three things.
Grateful that living healthy is a joyful journey
This morning, as I cleaned the curry leaves after stripping them from the stalks, I was filled with gratitude to my mom and grandmother for making health such an enjoyable and tasty experience. I grew up in a joint family household that believed in the joy of cooking from scratch, involving the entire family. With children around, it became natural to praise every vegetable, fruit, and cooking ingredient, listing its benefits to encourage us to eat mindfully and happily.
In fact, delicious home remedies for most ailments came from the kitchen — so much so, that we would imagine tummy aches and pains just because we wanted the yummy “medicine”.
I am grateful that I was able to teach my son these things. I am grateful that I am able to cook these things; that I enjoy the process of cooking and am able to also share them with my neighbors. And oh, grateful that everyone loves my cooking!
Grateful for diabetes
I am grateful that, because of diabetes, I have made healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle, and exercise non-negotiables in my life. My motivation comes from my family and friends and often, random strangers. I am grateful that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 50 because I am now able to afford the medication that helps me manage diabetes, as well as various foods such as nuts and fruits that are sometimes expensive.
Grateful for love
I am grateful for long conversations with my son. Today, he insisted on giving me the synopsis for three episodes of a show he thought I would enjoy — never mind the spoilers. But the truly joyful thing was listening to his enthusiastic voice in my ear as I felt my cup runneth over, filled with love, as I imagined his face and the expressions I love so much. We ended the call with affectionate stuff and a threat from him to renew my Netflix, or else.
Grateful for my neighbor and friend, who, when she makes something I like, brings over a steaming bowl or plate of the item and gives it to me with a kiss, a hug, and a smile and calls me affectionate names. No, I will NOT tell you what those names are 😉 Today, she brought me a plate of the vadas I love.
Grateful for friends who send me GIFs of Ian Somerhalder aka Damon Salvatore to cheer me up. Yep. Love the guy. All that remains is for someone to send me some Damon Salvatore merch.
Cute, no? He’s a good person, too!
A life without gratitude is an empty, hollow, sad, life. — Vidya Sury (right?!!)
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