Friday, July 19, 2024

2023 Weekly Gratitude – 1 #SoulfulSunday

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

– David Steindl-Rast

January is a month of freshness. Like opening a fresh new book with blank pages ready to be filled in. But it also makes me nervous. Anything I write on this new page quickly takes away the freshness. And before I know it, the book would lose its novelty. 

So yes, the first week of January had a lot of pressure on me. Thankfully though, it was a pleasant and calm one. 

Here in Phoenix, the new year started as a rainy day. I loved waking up to a wet and cold day. And being a holiday, the charm of rain simply doubled. We went on a drive in the rain because that’s our favorite thing to do. Watching the raindrops racing to kiss the window pane is another favorite activity of mine. All in al, rain alone made the first day of 2023 a beautiful one. 

New year’s time is an excuse to connect with friends and family with whom we are not in touch regularly. I had sent and received a lot of wishes which made me feel happy. 

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I have been journaling regularly in the past months. Journaling consistently is making me feel relaxed. The purpose of journaling is not to brag about consistency, but to get in touch with myself. It gives me clarity. Journaling, for me, is like talking to a friend who is not judgmental or distracted by their phone. I don’t write the same number of words every single day. Some days I ramble and fill in pages after pages. Some days my thoughts are concise and a few paragraphs are all I need. I am grateful for enjoying the whole process of writing down my thoughts and finding a friend in the pages of a notebook. 

The first week of 2023 saw an incredible level of reading for me. I finished two books in six days. The first one was the latest book authored by a fellow blogger Ruchira Khanna, Never Say Never. It was a light read. I liked the story and the message. Second one was an audio book ‘ Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl. It was a good book that made me think. Some stories will make you pause and reflect a lot. This was one such book.

I didn’t set out to read two books in a week. But I am glad that it happened. 

My kids’ schools resumed on Wednesday. The cold January mornings are much suited for sleeping in to tell you the truth. Thankfully, I was able to get back to my routine of waking up at 5:30 am without snoozing the alarm. I need a slow start to my morning, doin things I love to do, than a hurried one rushing from one point to another creating more chaos. I have my kids to create a sustainable chaos to my day. ?I am grateful that the morning chaos is never uncontrollable, maybe, thanks to my morning routine. 

I have made some promises to myself this year. One of those promises is to show up for myself. I don’t know about the rest of the stuff, but I intend to keep this one promise. 

I am grateful for every day when I can be there for myself. Everything else simply falls in place when that bit is done. Right?

How did the first week of 2023 treat you? Let me know in the comments.

© Vinitha Dileep

Joining Esha and Shilpa for #SoulfulSunday..

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An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

3 thoughts on “2023 Weekly Gratitude – 1 #SoulfulSunday

  1. Finishing off reading 2 books in a matter of 6 days, not even one full week, is something to be proud of. A drive on a rainy day sounds soothing for the nerves. I am wondering what will become of us in the absence of our journals and our habit of journaling. Who would we be then? I have come to understand that journaling or putting ones’ thoughts on a paper (or any app) is not an easy task. I have friends who have told me they cannot write at all upon my suggestion to them to do brain dumping to gain clarity in their mind. The fact that you (and I) can do it is worth being grateful for.
    Don’t be surprised to see me here 🙂 I am beginning to take baby steps back to blogging.

  2. Showing up for yourself no matter what—I think that’s very important and you ought to be proud of yourself for doing that, Vinitha! So glad that you’re making those promises to yourself. Go ahead and make it work, just as your heart desires. The reading sounds like it’s going great. And well done for regularly writing on the blog as well. I’m just like you when it comes to my journaling habit. I write as often as I might find the time and opportunity and I love that I can share my innermost thoughts as freely as one might imagine.
    Keep it up, dear Vinitha! I love reading your lovely and inspiring gratitude posts.
    Bye for now.

  3. So true about January. While I’m doing my Morning Pages quite consistently but haven’t been journaling as much as I would want to. Your post is a nudge for me to do that.

    I’ve realized that I mustn’t overstretch and then suffer from guilt for not doing what I planned.
    Wishing you well through the year, Vini.

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