Thursday, May 30, 2024

Weekly Gratitude -18 #SoulfulSunday

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

—William Arthur Ward

Last week was a different one for me. My husband, who had been working from home since 2020 March, finally went to the office. The office was in Boston, a six-hour flight from Phoenix. So, on Monday morning he left for his office and came back home on Thursday night. It was an interesting week with this different routine. 

Before the pandemic changed the way things were, I was used to staying at home when the husband and the kids were at the office and school. I used to cherish that time of day when I was free to do whatever I wanted to do. But since Covid 19 ravaged its way into our day-to-day lives, changing every bit of how we were living, confining us to the security of the four walls of our houses, I stopped getting my me-time altogether.
Of course, since last August my kids are back at school daily, but the husband is still working from home. I got to say that it’s much better now that we moved into our home than how it was when we were in the small apartment. Still, I can hear him talking on the phone or giving presentations online throughout the day. But last week was different. I was the only soul treading inside the house during the daytime. I was the only person making any sound. I was able to hear my thoughts with no interruptions whatsoever. 

And you know what, with more time all to myself, I expected myself to be glued to the TV. Instead, last week I consumed way too less screen time. I walked, worked out, cleaned the home, dabbled in art, wrote plenty, and the kids were perfect. They listened to me and didn’t give me a hard time despite my worries. I did have back pain and a headache. But getting in touch with my solitude helped me center myself. 

I was of course worried about things going wrong in my husband’s absence. What if some emergency happens! What if my back pain worsens and I couldn’t move! But I found myself thriving instead of crippling. That was a refreshing lesson. 

Weekly Gratitude

There are certain things I try to remind myself over and over:

  1. I can. 
  2. I know everything I need to know to face this day.
  3. My strength lies within me. 

These three lines stay true always. But I forget often and worry unnecessarily. 

I absolutely loved reconnecting with my solitude. It was a reminder that how much I need my uninterrupted me-time to feel safe and peaceful. Going forward, I decided not to send him away to find my solitude.  I will make time for my alone time daily, and make sure that I know that.

That being said, I missed having my husband around in his absence.  

So, my last week was an interesting, different, yet nourishing and nurturing one. I felt peace knowing how much I value the people in my life, and of course, myself. 

I hope you had a blessed week. Do you enjoy your alone time as much as I do? Let me know in the comments. 

© 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..(

3 thoughts on “Weekly Gratitude -18 #SoulfulSunday

  1. What I may say? It’s a beautiful and inspired text. And the three ideas are perfect to be more powerful inside you!
    Don’t worry, Vinitha! Everything it’s OK if you really believe this!
    Have a nice evening!

  2. I’m glad to know that you made the most and the best out of your time alone at home and that is so commendable, Vinitha! Hope the back pain has eased a bit. It must be tough to get on with the everyday chores with the nagging pain going on. Isn’t yoga helping at all? Loved the three reminders you set for yourself. They are called reminders for a reason. 🙂 The fact that the kids cooperated and you managed to fit in so much into your week says a lot about how much you all were in sync with each another. Keep it up!!
    Wishing you many such wonderfully and creatively fulfilling days ahead, Vinitha.

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