Gratitude List – November 2015
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” – French proverb
Stepping into the last month of the year and I feel the weather singing Christmas carols. When we were in school, winter vacations meant the time to celebrate Christmas and welcome New Year. Parties, get-togethers, variety of delicious cakes and good food represented this time of the year. When I left home to make a life of my own, the little joys of Christmas faded away. Good memories are all that I have and remembrance of people who made those times lovely.
I am grateful for all happy memories cos they are the foundation of our life. Remember Inside Out?
November was yet again a lovely month with a lot to do and I am looking forward to a relaxing and happy December. You know the reasons. 🙂 So, here is my Gratitude list for the month in no particular order.
- Diwali: This Diwali, I had friends who were by my side to celebrate the beautiful festival of lights. I have often said this but friends are the family we choose for ourselves. With them around, I laughed and smiled a lot and picked myself up when I was feeling low.
- Skype: Technology is a savior. VT and I are miles apart and yes I get cranky and irritated many times cos of the long distance thing. But then getting to see him over video call is so good. Simple joys include watching him when he microwaves his food and eats. It’s like sitting right there and talking. I wonder it must have been so hard in olden days when there were no video calls.
- Photography: I am clicking a lot of pictures these days. My phone is being used as a camera more than for making calls. Macro shots, bokeh effect, and learning a bit of photo editing – it’s all a good way to learn something new of interest. Grateful to get those right angles.
- Birthday Month: I am now a year older. Almost seven days since my birthday but the good wishes are still pouring in. The calls, messages and in-person wishes made me feel very loved. Knowing that people love you is a great feeling. Isn’t it? It feels I must have done something right in the past years.
- A roof over my head: It rained a lot in Bangalore. So much so that roads flooded, traffic jams became normal and just nothing felt right. But then I am grateful that I have a house to go to after I wrap my day at work. A shelter to protect myself from the incessant rain and cold. For the have-nots, this must have been a terrible time.
- New Books: Yes, I had friends and family to talk to but this month I also indulged in books. I read “Letter from Peking” once again, cried for the pain that Eve felt. Books take you to their own world and I was willing to travel with the ones I was reading. Grateful for the ease of buying books online – click and order!
- Air Travel: This has to be the highlight of the month and I am sure you have read when I wrote of the captain speaking on the flight. I was travelling back home from Hong Kong and the pilot was a woman. This made me feel very proud of India. I spoke to the pilot and she also invited me to the cockpit. Ah! The day got marked in the book of my life.
- Writing: Yes, NaBloPoMo 2015 ends today. A month of writing was a stretch and it was fun too. I managed to keep up with the posts and made some new friends. I am grateful of all those who had ideas to share, and talk of what they would like to read. This was Year 2 and much smoother than the last.
- Food: Food is one thing that I am always grateful for. Be it the chance to eat at a friend’s, at home or anywhere outside. This month too, food was a big highlight. From plantain leaf lunch to a food tasting opportunity at Ritz – I was happy and so was my tummy.
Life will always have its ups and downs and though reading this may feel that things are pretty hunky-dory, it’s just about choosing to be happy and being grateful in what we have. It’s not about complaining what is missing. I had my share of tears and moments of loneliness but I am choosing to talk about things that made me happy.
With that note, let’s welcome the last month of the year and do let me know what is that one thing are you most grateful for in November? 🙂