Saturday, November 16, 2019
Gratitude

Here’s to you, gratitude!

The other day Kanna was complaining about something silly. I told him to stop complaining as he has many things to be grateful for. When he still continued to be whiny, I asked him to list three things that he was grateful for from that day. He told – 1. For the chocolate cake, he ate for pudding, 2. For the spaghetti, he ate for lunch, and 3. For snuggling beside me at that moment keeping him warm. And instantly he stopped complaining. Instead, he was smiling. That’s the magic of remembering to be grateful. It puts that frown upside down in a jiffy. Works perfectly for us adults too. 🙂

I haven’t been writing my gratitude list here for some time now. But I always write down ‘three things I’m grateful for today’, every day in my gratitude journal. That journal truly is my life line. Because there are those days where I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. Those moments I feel crushed and crumpled, scared and insecure, nothing to be happy about. Then I flip through the pages of the book and read all those moments from yesterdays which I was thankful for. I do feel the burden being lifted little by little and my mind feeling lighter and happier. The problem is when we are at a low moment in our life, all the demons do their best to make us feel lower. At that moment it’s hard to realize how good our lives are exactly. By just capturing and locking simple joys in my gratitude journal, I’m able to ward off those demons. Always grateful for my gratitude journal!

Here is my list of gratitude for this moment:

1. I’m beyond thankful for my husband, kid and our home. Wherever we move to, we make it our home, not because of the lovely homely atmosphere that house presents, but because of us. It’s difficult to adjust to changes constantly, but it’s never hard to adjust when I have my husband and kid beside me.

2. Last few months we had many moments of trouble. Thankful for the light at the end of the tunnel, however delayed it might appear. We have made it through many dark tunnels so far. Holding on until the darkness fades is scary and crucial. At the end of it, can’t help but feel thankful for all the strength that kept us going.

3. I believe that there is something to be grateful about if we smile, genuinely smile, at least once a day. I am grateful for experiencing such smiles on a daily basis.

4. Health. How can I not be thankful for my health? It isn’t perfect but as long as I can move around and do stuff on my own, I am grateful. 🙂

5. Meeting nice people. I am particularly thankful for this since I came across many not so nice ones. We need people with almost the same wavelength of ours to talk to at least once in a while, don’t we?

That concludes my gratitude list. What are you grateful for? Care to share with me?

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Vinitha Dileep
<p>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(http://thevoidthoughts.com) and Reflections..(https://www.vinithadileep.com)</p>

26 thoughts on “Here’s to you, gratitude!

  1. See, kids are so sorted. They are happy with so little. i like the idea of putting three things to be grateful about daily. I find it really odd to put in gratitude lists. Maybe, should give it a try.

    1. Yes, Lata, kids are happy with the little delights. It’s just that we have to remind them and us about the joy we relish in simple things. 🙂 Do try writing it down. It helps in the long run. I can’t begin to say how many gloomy days I smiled just by reading the past gratitude list. It’s truly a life savior for me. 🙂

  2. You are so right about gratitude changing your day! I started a new five-year gratitude journal at the beginning of the month, and taking time to write down a few things each day really does keep me focused on the good in my life. Thank you for sharing your lovely gratitude list!

    1. Wow! Five year gratitude journal, sounds interesting, Laurel. Yours was one of the first gratitude posts I read which inspired me to come up with my own. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Keeping a gratitude journal seems like a great idea! And it’s so true that home is anywhere where your family is. Genuinely smiling each day boosts our mood too, should keep that in mind.

    1. Yes, it is, Dashy. Writing down all those little things which makes us happy truly makes a difference in our lives. 🙂 Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  4. I am grateful to have a friend like you, with whom I can open up without being judged! You are honest with me. We might not agree on everything but it is wonderful to have a,friend who listens , understands and helps out! Thank YOU!

    1. I know, I’m sweet and who wouldn’t be grateful for having a friend like me. It is a special privilege for you, Rohini. With all your tantrums you still got a friend in me. 😉
      Couldn’t help without saying that out loud. You know me. 🙂 I am grateful for you too. These days I know how much exactly. I constantly see/hear people (you know who) complaining and cribbing about things while never bothering to lend an ear for us and I wonder, in this world people like you also exist, who are patient enough to listen, but not bore with unnecessary advises. That is a blessing for sure. Can’t wait to meet you. 🙂

  5. Wow! How wonderful that you tried this with Kanna. I’m glad that being grateful is helping you sail through. Hugs Vinitha. Much better days are just round the corner.

    1. Yes, Parul. I always tell him about the necessity to feel grateful. It is another way of telling myself too. 🙂 Thankfully it helps. Yes, bright days right around the corner, I think/hope so too. 🙂

  6. Dear Vinitha, my three things of gratitude started when I started school – my Mom would encourage me to list it everyday before i went to bed, followed by prayer. It is so wonderful to have your son do it too. Makes a huge difference in the way we see life. Thank you so much for joining the June gratitude bloghop!. Hugs! Take care!

    1. It is a good practice, Vidya and who knows better about it than you, right? 🙂 And practicing to say gratitude from an early age sets the right tone in our lives. I found out only later that the prayer we do normally is just asking God for things. Saying thanks to God is a whole different kind of prayer, right? 🙂

    1. Thank you, Raj! I was amazed to see the change in his behavior in seconds. Gratitude matters. That was a learning for me too. Yes, meeting nice people is a blessing we can never take for granted. Had/having my fair share of intrusive people in my life. 🙂

    1. No, it isn’t small at all, Alana. My worst fear is what will happen to my kid if I die now. Even today I cried thinking about it. I know it sounds silly. And of course, he will be taken care of. But these moments when we alive and well, they do make a difference, right?

  7. That’s a nice way to get Kanna to look at silver linings. I must admit, I’m not someone who practises this on a regular basis…I am grateful for a lot of things but I don’t make it a habit to do so. I think for me, gratitude went to the other extreme in that I felt guilty when I started getting depressed because I thought I should be grateful for all I have and yet I’m feeling depressed.

    1. Tell me about it, Sanch! That’s the worst kind. I too feel depressed and down at times and then I feel bad for feeling low despite having all the blessings. That puts me further down. Now I have come to accept that not every day is the same. Some days I feel calm and wonderful and hopeful just like that and some days I feel bad just because. Now I flip through my gratitude journal on bad days and reading them definitely makes me smile. So I get by. 🙂

  8. That’s a great lesson! For me, it has been about M getting adjusted to creche. Me being able to joining back at work, it makes me happy… and also for just being able to go back home and be with my family. There’s nothing more I want really 🙂

    1. M getting adjusted to creche is such a big deal, right? I remember when Kanna started day care when he was 2-years-old, he cried for four weeks before he got settled there. What a nightmare it was! But I needed those three hours of break for my sanity. 🙂 Glad to know that you joined back to work, Naba. 🙂

  9. Hay day dawns in everybody’s life.It can’t be cloudy always. Yes, Vinita by reading you my forgotten gratitude moments sprouted in me. Impressive post.

  10. I try to tell myself every time I feel sad about the many things I ought to be grateful for. It works to some extent. Wish I practiced it regularly like writing down on the journal. Good for you 🙂

  11. True. Gratitude does put our ‘troubles’ in perspective. Kanna is lucky to have you to teach him that early on. 🙂

  12. So true, Vinitha! Indeed when the going gets tough, we need to count our blessings to help us sail through. And, kids are innately happy people, right? I need to practice the gratitude journal too!

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