Friday, June 02, 2023

WEEKLY GRATITUDE – 16 #SoulfulSunday

“I have learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

-Maya Angelou

So much had happened in the last two-three weeks that I feel like a year had passed already. 

It all started with the little one falling sick with a high temperature that lasted for a week. He was sad to miss his friends at school and wanted to talk to his teacher. When I conveyed this to his teacher, she called me over the phone to talk to my boy with her whole class and they all wished him well. That simple gesture made my kid so much happy. 

I am ever so grateful for such caring teachers. Every child deserves to have such kindhearted souls as their teacher. 

My headache returned with its full wrath and I couldn’t think straight when my head was under the mercy of its attack. It took more than a week for the head to finally get away from the pain. This time it wasn’t the migraine that unleashed its cruelty on my head, but the sinus attack proved to be an equally life-disrupting one. 

All is well with my head now and I am grateful for having restored my thinking abilities since I cannot survive without daydreaming and planning and imagining and all the other extraordinary things that my head and its contents do on a regular basis. 

Last weekend we went on a trip to a place called Cornville. The two-hour drive wasn’t an energy-draining one. Tucked between the layers of mountains that Arizona shows off so grandly, Cornville was extremely beautiful with greeneries all around. There was a small creek right next to where we stayed. The breeze and the cat that always was present made the whole weekend an unforgettable affair. It was lovely to get away from the hustle and bustle of normal life and relish the time spent in nature. 

Life seems to be beautiful when one is in the company of nature. My gratitude level was its highest when I got to do that. And for that I’m grateful. 

Once we got back home, my back pain returned with such a fierceness that I couldn’t move around much at all.  It was absolutely difficult when back pain tethers me down to the bed because with no house help or family close by, everything falls apart when I am immobilized. But we managed and got through it. I feel much better now. Though I need to be mindful while doing chores, I am up and about getting on with the regular activities. 

I am beyond grateful for finding my reliable pain medications – yoga practice and walking. Without these two, I would have never survived back pain years ago the first time or the many times since then, or the last week. Also, the support belt did wonders. 

Every day, I count my blessings no matter how hard the day was. Sometimes it’s the little things that set me off to a negative state of mind. But more often than not, it’s the little things that help me see the bright side and put a smile on my face. I am thankful for having an abundance of these little things that make my day brighter. Sometimes I am thankful for those events that impact negatively too, as it plays a crucial role in seeing the other side eventually. 

Tell me, what are you grateful for?

© Vinitha Dileep

Joining Esha and Shilpa for #SoulfulSunday with this gratitude post.


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..(

One thought on “WEEKLY GRATITUDE – 16 #SoulfulSunday

  1. How kind it was for the little one’s teacher to call him up and make the whole class talk to him. It is heartwarming to know this, Vinitha. It must have been difficult to be down with pains one after the another. I applaud you for choosing Maya Angelou’s quote – one can have the pains and at the same time can choose to not become the pain. I gather from the post you are feeling better than Saturday. The photos of the greenery of Cornville is soothing for the eyes. I can imagine if the photos are soothing then how nice the surroundings must be in real. Any break from the routine life feels so much welcome and if it is amidst the nature, it is surely a healthy dose.

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