Gratitude List – October 2017
Looks like being late for my gratitude lists is becoming the norm. But, they are always on the cards and in my heart. It’s the writing that I keep at the bay sometimes. I am working on it.
October this year was exactly as expected and planned. The Diwali month brought family time and love for both VT and me. We decided to travel to our respective parents and it was a change from the usual. The best part of the decision was that none of the sides of parents were alone. So a win-win.
There is also now a nip in the air and the weather is getting better. Winter is coming. What ever little Bangalore experiences, it only gets better from here.
Here are a few things I am grateful for the month of October.
Family time: It started with Hyderabad early in the month. Then Varanasi and New Delhi. I met my cousins who I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was a great feeling meeting them after decades. How times change but then relationships never. Though the visits were short, they were memorable. I am grateful that some took a day off and some carved out time from their schedules to ensure we all met.
A visit to Sankat Mochan: I am not a religious person. My beliefs start and end at acknowledging the presence of God. His kindness and how he runs the world. I am not the one to observe rituals, pray regularly or fast. So, when I was planning the trip to Azamgarh, I shared with my parents that I wanted to visit Sankat Mochan in Varanasi. To reach my home town, I have to stop at Varanasi so it was not off my route. The last few times, I have planned, things never happen but this time it worked. After 18 years, I stepped into my favorite temple. The one I visited many times when I was preparing for the IITs. Like you can guess, I have many memories from that place. I am grateful that Varanasi opened it doors to me once again.
Parents on both the sides: Parents know us the best. For three days that I was in Azamgarh, Mum and Papa ensured that I get all that I love. Be it kebabs, fish or poori-mutton. I ate like that was no tomorrow and slept like a baby. In Kurukshetra then, no stone was left unturned to get me Makke ki Roti and Sarso ka saag, the kadi-chawal and paneer. The food- contrast on both sides was suddenly evident but the love was the same. MIL made me laddoos without sugar and nuts and added jaggery powder and raisins. Mum packed me spices that will last a year and Papa got me some jaggery. I am grateful that they love us unconditionally.
Health: VT had some big tests early this month for his hypertension. We spent a day at the hospital and it was scary. So many people with so many big health concerns that it made me reflect on our lives. How transitory they are. The test came out fine and though he has to lose a lot of weight, I am grateful that things are in our hands. If there was one wish that God would grant me, I would ask that my loved ones never have to go to a hospital. Never.
Workouts and eating healthy: I am changing a lot of things on the workout and food front. Can you believe that I have started doing other forms of exercises too? The Strength and Conditioning and HRX are two more that I am experimenting at Cult and liking them. I don’t like Zumba much but with these two additions, I am feeling good. I was able to work out 17 days this month in spite of being out for a week. Not bad I say. I am also not in favor of diets so I am trying to balance my food. Proteins, whole grains, salads and carbs. Everything in modulation. I am grateful that I get the help and things I need to stay healthy.
Typing this on the 7th day of November, I am looking forward to two more months remaining in this year. VT and I want to travel but are still deciding on things. Christmas and the holiday season will sure bring cheer. Work has also been good and I am glad it is keeping me happy. How was October for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for this month?
Linking with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle this month.