Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A gratitude post

There's something peculiar about how time flies between posts. I checked back and realised almost three weeks had gone by since I last wrote. Going through my posts I also realised I have been sounding upset and angry and overworked.. which is true to some extent, however it's not like I haven't had my happy moments. And so today I shall try to count my blessings.


Here are 10 things that made me happy and/or grateful.

1. The Husband came home after a harrowing time at the Chennai floods with scary tales of being stranded without food (that he's a diabetic made it worse) yet also with heartwarming stories of strangers lending a helping hand. A man on the road lent him his phone to call us (since his died out), a small kiosk owner lent him money (because the ATMs were all down) and another one got him food. It was amazing how adversity brought out the best in so many people.

That’s definitely something to be grateful for.

2. My relationship with the gym has seen more misses than hits these last few months. However I've managed to include a walk most mornings. That it is in the company of some good friends and great conversation makes it something I truly look forward to. 

3. And the days I do manage to go, for a Zumba session that one hour is without fail the happiest hour of my day.

4. At a function in our apartment complex H and N put up a performance together and did pretty well. That's reason to rejoice - not that they did it well but that did something TOGETHER without absolutely killing each other. They recited an edited version of the TV poem from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -  a most delightful read.

5. Another happiness comes from the Book Club which is back on it's feet. Despite having a million things on my mind, I've managed to keep it going simply because that one hour with the children makes me happy. It's a bit of a struggle but is completely worth it. 

6. I got some long pending chores done all on my own. I won't go into what they were (mind numbingly boring stuff mostly, including painting the house) but I did get successively happier with each tick on the to-do list.

7. The next happiness is courtesy my daughter. N has been on a good behaviour streak for some time now (even as I write this I feel I'm jinxing it) and that's been a source of happiness and gratitude. An evening spent struggling with her homework all on her own is a tiny miracle for a reluctant academic like her.

8. The husband's absence these past few months made me handle chores which were essentially 'his' territory and he was duly impressed even though I'll had to hit him on the head to make him admit it. But he knows. And I know that he knows and He knows that I know that he knows... so it's a yay!

9. Holidays are round the corner and I am beginning to feel all Christmasy and holidayee. I hear carols around me and the kids have put up the Christmas tree already. Good things are round the corner, I'm sure.

10.... And lastly, finally finally I managed a post.

There! Those are the things that made up my happiness. Your turn now - tell me what made you happy.

16 comments:

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    1. Yeah right.. cheers to the holiday season.

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  2. Life makes me happy .. although it has its ups and downs but then it also brings smiles :)

    happy holidays and merry christams

    Bikram's

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    1. Right Bikram, it's the smiles that count. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too.

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  3. You sure have had a lot of work done in the time between the last post and this one :)
    What a beautiful being grateful post this is.
    Glad to learn your hubby was helped in hours of need in the Chennai floods & that you all are doing well :)
    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays.

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    1. I'm a natural big 'crib pot', so this takes a lot of effort. Reading other bloggers' gratitude posts inspired me to try this and that I managed to find 10 things is a bit of an achievement. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year too.

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    2. What a Wonder list of things to be grateful for, Tulika! Especially your hubby coming home safe and sound after the Chennai floods. The disaster did bring out the best in people, helping each other and putting their beat food forward. One of my friends was involved with the rescue teams there and his stories have been heartwarming.

      Good to know that your family is in the festive spirit. Hope you had a great Christmas. A very happy new year to you and your family! :)

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    3. Thank you Aditi. Yes we all have blessings that we often don't notice. A very happy new year to you too.

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  4. They are all happy things and I am glad you could share all this with us. Chennai floods was such a terrible thing. Bangalore had incessant rains for 3 weeks and I was so upset. Imagine Chennai was worse that what I could have even thought of. Glad it's over now but I agree so many people came together to help each other. I am also on my off days so reading a lot and trying to post something or the other. Another week and it will be time to head home :)
    Merry Christmas and have fun with children :)

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    1. Enjoy your holidays Parul, this is the best time of the year. Hope you have a wonderful 2016.

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  5. Being grateful to kindness of others, can change our outlook and make life worth living. An empowering post:)

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    1. Absolutely Vishal. I was inspired from the blog post of another friend so what you say is so true.

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  6. Aha! There's so much to be happy and grateful about in life! I am still smiling at No. 8! It's the same story this side. *Happy SIGH*
    Happy holidays, Tulika, enjoy them and have loads of fun too! Cheers ♥

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. You too have a wonderful new year.

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  7. Good to hear your husband safe from Chennai havoc. How awesome it is for strangers to help that way. Amazing.

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    1. It is most unexpected and very heart warming indeed.

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