Gratitude List – July 2016
Hangover. Of rains and the weather in Bangalore. The water tables are rising and maybe some good people and organizations are harvesting the rain water. To add to it, the fury of the Sun from this year’s summer is long gone. That washed look on the roads and the greenery all around makes my heart smile.
Also, isn’t it cool that the last day of July falls on a Sunday and then the first day of August will start from the first day of the week? I like these little-organized things. Do you?
July was a good month and it feels that we are fast inching towards the second half of the year. Very soon, festivals and more day offs will follow. Ah! I am already looking forward to Diwali. This month there were many things that I am grateful for. In no particular order, here they are:
Making the news: A few Wikipedians got together this month to create and expand articles on Indian Women in Science. It was a good Saturday and I met women from diverse backgrounds. Together we discussed a lot of issues that women in the field of science face and how things have to change to encourage more girls to pursue science as a career. Research suggests that an equal number of boys and girls take up science in school but then more women drop out later for marriage, raising children or taking care of their family. Sometimes, the pressure is too much to handle. Later that day, a reporter reached out and then my views were quoted by The Hindu. I am grateful for that moment of fame.
Health: This month was better than the last in terms of workout and taking care of my body. I renewed my Yoga package and got back to it. Alternating between walks and yoga each week, though I haven’t lost a gram, I feel energetic and happy. 20 days a month, averaging 5 times a week I intend to keep up with the pace. Adding to it, the FitBit challenges keep me competitive. I am grateful for having a set of friends who keep each other accountable.
Work: When I took up Human Resources from being an Engineer, I wanted to learn and see how my work closely ties to people who are critical to the success of any organization. I am learning and my work gives me many opportunities to push my limits and challenge my comfort areas. I am grateful for my job and that it gives me what I need most – learning, appreciation, and satisfaction. Feeling valued is important to me and I am happy to close my month on that note.
Friends: Every Friday, my god child comes home with her parents. We usually do not step out to dine but we finish all left-overs at home, chat a lot and it ends up being a great start to each weekend. This month – five of us also drove to another corner of the city to spend Saturday night with friends. We had a little house party and it was fun. I am grateful for my set of close folks in Bangalore with whom I can be myself.
Blogging challenges: I enjoy blogging challenges. One, they push me to stretch and write every day and two, I get to meet new bloggers and build new connections. July was Write Tribe’s – Festival of Words. I am grateful for my readers who visited regularly. The love and encouragement make me write better. I am also taking part in Bar-a-thon during week 1 of August and already looking forward to seeing you all again.
Photography: A couple of shots this month made me smile. I don’t own a camera and I use my phone to click but sometimes, there are those perfect angles or objects that give life to these pictures. A good thing to happen. Isn’t it? I am grateful for those days of better shots.
Security: Recently, I travelled to Chennai for a work conference and I had to reach the airport early in the morning. Women’s safety is a matter of concern everywhere. VT offered to drop me and cabs are pretty okay. The thought of travelling alone in a cab scared me. I chose to use the benefit my company provides – taking an escort along. My escort was a guy I see almost every day in office and seeing him first thing in the morning wearing a big smile was very comforting. I am so grateful to work for an organization that places my safety on top priority and of course to D K Nahak, my escort who was professional and humble.
The world is not at peace. These days, we are waking up to one or the other news of terrorism but that should not stop us from staying hopeful for better days. We should in all ways take care of each other and report any untoward incident. While the governments around the world will do their part, as citizens we also should stay vigilant and play our part. Control what you can and be grateful for what you have.
How was July for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for that would like to share with me?
Linking this post to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle Blog hop for July 2016.