April 8, 2015

Gratitude Series #AtoZChallenge

A month ago, before I had zeroed in on the current theme for the April A to Z Challenge, I had decided to blog about - 

“26 days of Gratitude” 

I had all the letters figured out with a couple of blanks left open for X and U. 

Then suddenly one day, a question dawned on me - “Am I going to be grateful for these things only once on my blog and more importantly, only once in my life?”


Even if I could include writing about everything I am grateful about, I would still be missing out on a few items in my list, right?

So, just like that, my theme went out of the window.

Until I came across, Vidya’s Gratitude Circle. Now I am sure some of you would have already read and blogged here before. Let’s just say I am a little late catching up with time (or blogs) as always :P 

With life happening and zooming along in a breakneck speed in all circles, I realize I haven't stopped to take a moment and appreciate the goodness happening all around. I haven't remembered to be grateful for all that I have (or don’t have) today. 

Starting off a monthly "Gratitude" series with 5 things (in no particular order) that I am grateful for since the beginning of this year and which personally enhanced my outlook of life.

1. I am grateful about … WORKING AGAIN !

Sure it is in a new field, in a new profession with new challenges, but I find everything else the same as before. The opportunity to keep learning, to reinvent myself everyday, to enjoy what I do. 

2. I am grateful about … MY HOME 

Yes I am. When we moved into this apartment, 2 years ago, we had a lot of unrest in our minds. Moving from a small town city to being near the most happening and most populous city of the world meant a lot of expenses. But slowly and steadily, things eased out and now it seems to be the best place to be in. I have begun to love this fast paced life not to lose myself in the huge crowd but to enjoy the variety of options to choose from everyday.

3. I am grateful about … BLOGGING 

This one is a biggie and will always remain a constant in this series. 4 years ago, I started out alone in the blogging world with just a handful of friends. Today, I see myself interacting with dozens of people on a regular basis, reading their work, appreciating, getting inspired by great words, connecting with people around the world, at different times of the day and much more. 

4. I am grateful about … MY HEALTH

With 2015 came a couple of unpleasant surprises wherein I saw people both in my family and my friends bogged down with health concerns. I blogged about it last month and felt sorry that I couldn't help my dear ones with anything other than a little optimism and a prayer in my heart. It made me appreciate the amount of power we have while making or breaking our health. So in the end, I am grateful to acknowledge that even though I may not be in the best of health as compared to what I was 5 years ago, I am happy with it and will strive to make better choices health-wise. :)

5. I am grateful about … THIS MOMENT

In the past, I would constantly find myself pondering about my decisions or the situations likely to happen in the future. Well, not anymore. I consciously want to appreciate what is right now and however it maybe. I am glad it turned out like this and not any other way.

Your turn now. If you had to pick 5 things to be grateful about, what would come to your mind ? :)

**This post is part of the A to Z April Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.**

**My theme for the A-Z April Challenge is "26 Days of Eloquent Writing".**

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  1. In this hectic life, we never stop to think that we should be grateful for what we have. Instead we keep complaining about things we don't have. I'm grateful for my baby and my family :)

  2. Great list, EM. My 5 things are:
    1. Blogging
    2. Being able to take time and think about what I am grateful for.
    3. Meeting friends and family after an year.
    4. My kiddo.
    5. My husband.

  3. Dang we all have a lot to be grateful sadly some just don't get the meaning... awesome post! Welcome in the letter "G"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

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  4. I think it's wonderful to take time to remember all the things you have to be grateful for. It's important.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

  5. Loved the post and the theme. Gratitude Attitude is such a healthy and helpful thing. I was not conscious that I have it inherently and strongly as a character trait until I started finding people with gratitude movements, and then I realized that I always thing, Thank Goodness, Thank God, Thank the Universe... Mine is a life that has known great joy and great sadness, but being able to be grateful for how delicious a coffee tastes in the midst of bad moments is downright empowering. Loved the post mark on your blog as I was born in 1959. #Blogging from A-Z 2015 this year two themes Movies and What’s in a name
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    1. Thanks Maria and welcome here ! You are correct. Only when we truly see how much we already have in life do we realize the actual worth of it. :)

  6. I blogged about something similar today. Are u surprised? :P
    Loved your list. Mine is still a WIP. I am just about getting the hang of it. :)
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

    1. I guess it's more of a surprise now when our topics don't match :P Thanks for stopping by.

  7. So grateful to "meet" you! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again!


    1. Thanks Sylvia and welcome here ! :) Will be stopping by your blog too.

  8. Gratitude should be an attitude and not just a one-off thing. I would have enjoyed your series on the same in any case.
    5 things I'm currently grateful for:
    1. The sunshine
    2. Having a job
    3. Having the opportunity to pursue something I enjoy at uni
    4. My cats
    5. My love, friends and family

    1. You said it Sanch. Gratitude definitely needs to be a constant in everyone's life. Love, friends and family is a good one. :)

  9. Loved your five things :)
    Mine are-
    1. My loving family
    2. Supportive friends
    3. My writing
    4. My faith in the Universe
    5. My Dad's presence in my heart and the blessings he showers from heaven.

    1. Thanks Sulekkha. I loved your point of being grateful of your faith in the Universe. That is so heart-warming. :)