Gratitude List – April 2017
If I were to pick a word for April 2017, ‘balance’ would be my first choice. Things seemed to be in harmony with each other. Whether personal, professional or my online world – I loved how sometimes things fell into place. It rained when it was too hot and in spite of my work schedules, I was able to complete the A to Z Challenge. I cooked and I also relied on restaurants nearby. Healthy food was the focus and I also indulged a few times.
All in all, nothing to complain and I am grateful for the many things that were possible this month.
A strong back: I am touching wood as I write this but I think it’s important to respect the body that we have been given. I have ignored myself enough and now I know it’s never the right thing to do. Once a back patient, always a back patient but managing daily postures and accepting what’s not perfect is okay. I am grateful that my health has been good and looks like barring nuts, everything works.
Cooking experiments: I know what you are thinking. I am far away from enjoying this thing that entails standing and stirring in the kitchen. Thank God or whoever invented the concept of one-pot meals. Throw in millets and leftover curry in a pressure cooker and viola! What you get is a healthy dinner. I am grateful for that spark of creativity. Though I really don’t know where it came from.
New experiences and friends: Some new experiences ruled this month. Zumba on the last day of the month sure deserves a mention. I also tried preparing a masala tea mix and it turned out great. Thanks to Shalini for her recipe. I have some saved in my freezer. I am grateful to my friends online and offline who encourage me to try new things. Life would be too monotonous if there were no experiments.
Morning walks and an attempt to C25K: On my non-yoga days, I try to step out for a walk in the park. I like the calmness and the greenery around and no, I don’t even try listening to music. Chit chats, giggling children, and chirping birds are good for my soul. This month, I found an app called the C25K. You got it! Couch to 5K. This app is a good personal trainer. For thrice a week and a duration of 30-35 minutes, it trains me to walk or jog and helps me get my workout. Try it and you will know what I mean. I am grateful for technology and that when used well, it’s a boon.
Community work: At my organization, we give 5% of our profits to our communities. To add to that, employees also invest time and give back. This month, my team went to a government school to teach children. Most of these children were orphans. The remaining had alcoholic or abusive parents. I was in a class of toddlers and all these children wanted was love. I wasn’t able to understand what they spoke and they didn’t get what I said so we just sat together. They around me and a few younger ones on my lap. In those couple of hours, I felt that there are people in the world who don’t have even a percent of what we have got – in terms of material and non-material possessions. So, be thankful.
Blogging: If you have been following this blog, you know that April was all about A to Z. Yes, even the Thursday Tree Love took a back seat. When in March, I had almost made up my mind on not participating this year. With work on the higher side, I felt I won’t be able to complete the challenge. However, I was able to plan well and the result was the third year in row A to Z. I am grateful for being able to find the balance I needed this month.
As another month of life comes to an end, I am grateful that family and love keeps me going. Experiences matter and even if it means tending to plants in the balcony to give them back the life they deserve, why not?
How was April at your end? What is that one thing you are grateful for?