A prompt that gives me thirty minutes to write what’s top of my mind, well that’s no complex feat, I suppose.
I’ve been seeing innumerable gratitude prompts and posts off late. And my inner child has been prodding me to put together one such post. After all, I haven’t written one in a while. And don’t we all know that when we express gratitude, immeasurable benefits come multiplying in to our lives. Also what better way to say thank you, than on a Thanksgiving month!
Today I would like to extend my deep gratitude to the month of October 2017 gone by, and the year that is on the brink of drawing its curtains to a close.
October spelled a lazy, relaxed vacation by the azure seas of Andamans. It was a mindful break sans phone connectivity, surrounded by dense flora, warm, white sands of the Radhanagar beach, the wild, boisterous waves of the Bay of Bengal that seduced us each day to play catch-me-if-you-can. Rendezvous with the marine life while scuba diving and snorkelling with the marine life, were the icing on the cake. You can read a bit about those experiences here. More to come in my future posts.
Despite various extremely challenging health issues, my family members including my daughter, my mother and father-in-law, rose like the Phoenix from the ashes. That undoubtedly was a blessing in our life. I whole-heartedly chanted for their well-being and the Ghonzon answered my prayers. You can also read about my connection with the Buddha here.
Our holiday came as a stress-buster and just the right time, allowing all four of us- the DH the girls and me to unwind after battling out the health deterrents within the family.
I was also successfully able to complete another writing challenge in October, albeit these challenges and a vacation minus internet connectivity. I have managed a total of four writing challenges this year, most of which were a breeze, except the A-Z wherein I toiled very hard, and was rewarded in return with my first book Travel Epiphanies, my twenty-six tales of travel, adventure and awakenings.
October was also a month when I seriously got back to my fitness regime. Strength training and walking to begin with. November should see me back to cycling and running too.
On 31st October, I also signed up to lose some of my excess weight. Owing to a back injury last year, I had to stop a few of my cardio workouts including running. That resulted in unnecessary weight gain. And I guess when you hit your forty-fives, it gets harder than before to lose weight, since your metabolism goes down. Nah, not ashamed to reveal my age. It’s just a figure, you see. Anyways, I’m on a well-balanced diet now. Not that I haven’t been a healthy eater. Always have, except for my uncontrollable weakness and deviations towards all things sweet. The diet strictly puts me off sugar for now. I’m hoping to knock off those extra kilos and return back to a healthy weight. Oh yes, and before I forget, I also learned to put together a wonderful North African egg meal called Shakshuka. It is lip-smackingly sumptuous and you must give it a go. Spotted it first on Rachna Parmar’s blog. Here’s her recipe.
Overall this year has been very blessed. My writing has grown in leaps and bounds. I won the WOW badge each time I wrote. Actually scoring a hat trick and then the next time too.
I made so many friends in the blogosphere who have added value to my writings and motivated me to keep forging ahead.
Life will keep throwing curve balls our way, but it’s important we open our eyes to all the blessings we have alongside. I have so many blessings, and few words of gratitude won’t just suffice. Also we must remember various curve balls in life lead us to unlimited lessons that help us grow exponentially.
Today I bow down to life and extend my immense gratitude for bestowing me with more than I could have ever asked for.When life throws us curve balls, unlimited lessons that help us grow, are on their way. Click To Tweet
Do you express gratitude each day? In case you do, have you seen seen your blessings multiply two-folds? In case you haven’t started giving gratitude yet, let’s start a gratitude journal, a gratitude pie or simply close our eyes in prayer and gratitude at the beginning or end of the day. Shall we?
Gracias! Danke! Gratzie! Shukriya! Dhanyawad!
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