There’s a thread of gratitude that runs through my life.
Moments, big and small, that I’m grateful for. People and events that I give thanks for. They range from the small things I used to take for granted – a clean car thanks to the car cleaner who comes in early in the morning; a clean desk at work courtesy the office boys who stay back late to clean up our office space – to the larger events, like a month of good health for the husband and me after almost two months of illness.
As part of my evening ritual I spend some time journaling, which includes – on most days – a gratitude list. Over time, this simple activity has led to a tangible difference in the quality of my days. I find myself in a much more positive state of mind, and I’m able to weather the storms that come my way a little bit better.
So it seems almost natural to start writing a monthly gratitude post on my blog too.
October was a crazy month at work, both in terms of volumes and deadlines. But I managed everything without loosing my sanity and only snapping at a colleague once. Score!
The Mindful Break, a project that’s really close to my heart, was embraced by a number of wonderful peeps. It helped me maintain my sanity during a busy month, but even more importantly, I loved the feedback that I received from those who took it. Witnessing their stories and seeing the positivity flowing through the Instagram stream truly humbled me. For me, it was a huge success and I have lots of dreams for it going forward.
After months and months of being a hermit, I finally spent some time socializing with friends. The first was an after office trip to Delhi Haat to meet a good friend who was visiting from Hong Kong. The second was a lunch outing to meet a a close friend and her husband who were down from Bombay. It was really important to break this cycle, and I’m grateful that I finally managed to do it last month.
At work, my team participated in a painting contest. So from hardly one or two of my team mates knowing that I paint, now everyone knows that I do! Of our team of 10, 3 of us knew how to paint, and one knew how to draw. After I quickly briefed everyone on some painting basics, we managed to do a pretty decent job – we won the first prize unanimously and almost instantly! In the chaos and confusion of having 10 people paint a canvas at the same time, and with an audience to boot – something that would generally completely freak me out – I was able to tune everything out and just focus on the paint, on giving instructions, and leading the team. Painting does put me in a completely different zone, and I’m so very very grateful that I finally gave myself permission to paint!
So that’s it from me for this month. Your turn – what are you grateful for today?
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