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Gratitude makes life a little easier. Being grateful makes facing obstacles a little easier. And that’s what I’m here to do today as another month ends. Yes, another mother ends, a new one begins and life goes on. Well, another hectic month ends more appropriately. But maybe, let’s just put it this way – I survived another month of busy schedules, stress and disappointments aided by lots of love and hugs from my family and some writing therapy. Well, I’m trying to see the rainbow after the rain, the bigger picture so to speak. Trying to be more positive than I usually am because someone happened to remark that I’m one of the most negative people they have met. So, instead of taking it the wrong way, I’m going to try and do something about it.
So, how was July for me?
I’d say it was a good month which taught me a lot of things, lessons rather which I hope to take in my stride and march on.
Work taught me I’m more resilient than I think I am.
July taught me to not worry or at least try not to worry or bother about what isn’t in my hands at work. Putting in the efforts is in my control and I did that, will continue doing that. The rest, I have tried not to think about. I toiled hard and did what I had to do sincerely. At the end of the day, I was honest and true to myself and the work I had to do. That’s all that matters at the moment. As long as I can look at myself in the mirror and say that I was sincere, the rest doesn’t matter. Well, shouldn’t matter. It’s a work in progress. I’m a work in progress so I’m happy with that.
Time with family. There’s nothing more important than that.
At home, I had a good time with S, my sister and M. We spent weekends being lazy, being together and eating some good food which to me spells ‘perfect weekend’. I’m such a homebody that I have made S one too. Sleeping, eating and watching some sitcoms while taking care of M, playing with her and doing our household chores are what most of our weekends look like. And I love it. I had a good dose of those this month and I’m so grateful for that.
Who knew I’d come to believe that interaction with strangers can sometimes be good for the soul?
The bus rides from work to home always manage to lift my spirits. It happened a lot this month. Seeing M interact with the folks in the office bus or just striking up a conversation myself with someone who happens to be sitting next to us is so refreshing. Honestly, I wouldn’t have known earlier for in the pre-M era, I would have been lost in my Kindle. But I love these 20 mins every day when I get to interact with people I don’t even know the names of. Maybe, it’s strange but I really cherish those moments and am thankful for them.
Give me a good book over going out any day.
Reading was something that brought me comfort this month as it always does. I got some good deals too for Paula Hawkin’s new book Into the Water and Ayse Kulin’s Last Train to Istanbul. Also, read Wonder by R.J Palacio which I really wanted to before the movie was out. I must say all the 3 books were good and I didn’t feel the need to leave any midway. So, that’s a sure win, I think.
5 finger rule of gratitude
I’m grateful to July for being what it was, teaching me a thing or two about resilience. Teaching me that as long as I have my family, I’ll be fine. Teaching me that I can’t control certain things and there’s no point worrying about them. Hopefully, I’ll remember the lessons I learnt in July going into August.