My Gratitude Post for August 2017.

Let’s be grateful for what we have!

Cookie  awaits eagerly for an opportunity to grab my skirt as I pass by his cage (he sits atop his cage, never inside it!). No sooner does he get a hold of me than he leaps off his cage and latches on to my skirt; rapidly climbing up all the way to my shoulders, he makes himself comfortable in his favourite spot.   I have gotten used to this behaviour of his and bask in the attention. Once he perches himself on my shoulder, he doesn’t  get off easily, even after much cajoling and I have no choice but to complete my chores carrying him around, wherever I go.

Cookie – Love returns!
My baby, Chikoo.

I enjoy it all, despite the fact that he keeps pecking at  my neck, or biting my fingers when I try to tickle him. Because, for me, it’s a blessing I don’t take for granted a single day. It took almost three months for us to bond, and for me, he is Chikoo, reincarnated – my pet dog, without whom I found myself incomplete. It makes me want to send a prayer of gratitude that my love came back to me.

 A prayer of thanks goes heavenwards for my new blog, which I created without much help. Of course, I had my bffs, who were my sounding boards, and my friend, Soniya, who helped me migrate from Blogger to WordPress, thereby taking a huge burden off my shoulders (Thank you, girls! Love you lots!).  But, the rest of it – creating my blog, researching and designing on WordPress for the very first time – got done  in spite of the nervousness I experience  for all things technological, and for that, I am grateful.

Metanoia…a transformation.

 I am very proud of my blog; it is my baby.  I know it will take some time for it to get the attention it deserves, but that’s okay. I am ready to wait. I decided right in the beginning to focus on the process of writing and creating, for there lies true happiness, and that’s just what I do,  I am grateful for the satisfaction it gives me. I now have so much to look forward to!


My life partner, who understands my passion and gives me the freedom to chase my dreams, is a blessing, indeed!  To have such a person in your life, who lets you be, who indulges your whims patiently, is such a wonderful feeling.  His encouragement and support are like the wind beneath my wings. I will be ever so grateful for having him in my life.

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Festivals are special occasions when we get to meet our extended  family and spend some memorable moments with them. We celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi last week. My parents bring home a small idol of the elephant headed God for a day and a half and that’s when I have the pleasure of meeting my relatives, too. 

We reminisce about the carefree days of our childhood, share anecdotes, and try to relive those golden moments all over again – all the nostalgia  warms my heart. I am  grateful I am able to spend such wonderful moments with them all and revel in these joyous moments. A house full of people talking, laughing, eating together is a blessing, isn’t it? Oh, and the delectable goodies prepared by my mother and my aunts that we get to devour….ah, bliss!

August was a  month  of  nail-biting nervousness as I inched towards the goal I had set for myself. Of course, I am just on the first step of the ladder, but it is a step towards what I foresee for myself. The road to that future will be difficult, I know, but what I do know is that there is an energy that will always guide me through it all. Like it did as I faced the heartache I suffered after losing Chikoo  (even four months after his passing I miss him dearly) or looked for a goal in my life to keep my mind occupied;  or bonded with the new entrant in my life, and learnt valuable life lessons along the way.

Every night, before my head touches the pillow, I send a prayer of thanks heavenwards. A prayer of gratitude for all the loving people in my life, for everything that life has given me – the good and the not-so-good – and for making me the person I am. For the miracles that leave me stunned, to the unexpected gifts life showers on me when I  am busy asking for  something else.

We humans are an unsatisfied lot. For us, the grass is always greener on the other side. Seldom do we focus on our blessings. All that we have today might not have been ours, but how we take it for granted! All of that changes once we start focusing on what’s been served to us. A mere “Thank you”, is more than enough for the Supreme Energy which helps us sail through life, as well as for us to realise that what we have is enough for us.

Let’s count our lucky stars and look for the rainbows; life will be so much happier than we give it credit for!


*Image source: PIXABAY ,and my personal album. 


Linking this post to the August 2017 Gratitude Circle Blog hop at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles.

Do join in with your posts on gratitude and link them at Vidya Sury’s Collecting Smiles. And, do visit the others at the linky and share some love. 




Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

22 thoughts on “My Gratitude Post for August 2017.

  1. Indeed a very blessful time for you Shilpa; personal conquests add to the feeling of well being and I am so happy to see you revelling in your blog work- its a great deal of accomplishment; trust me I completely understand it.
    Losing a pet is very very heartbreaking but I am imressed you got yourself another one and are able to connect with him so completely!! He sounds totally besotted with you 😉
    Wishing you many more milestone and happiness – cheers!

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    1. Shalini, as much as I didn’t want another pet, I guess this ;little guy was destined to enter our lives and bring some love we so yearned for! I guess, that’s how it is – with people, especially. The ones who are destined to be with you, stay with you, no matter what! I am counting my blessings 🙂
      Thank you so much, my dear!


  2. It is a wonderful thing that you now have this wonderful little pet to give you all the love and company that you missed since Chikoo left! I’m so happy to see you are filling up your moments with so much gratitude in your heart! The new look of the blog is totally amazing and I think the team of friends and folks who worked on it deserve a pat on the back for their wonderful work. Yours is one of the cleanest and most beautiful blogs I’ve seen so far and I love it!Wishing you a fantastic month in September too, Shilpa. Stay blessed dear!!

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    1. Esha, thanks a million! As I said, I wanted a clean blog, uncluttered, and planned in such a way, it looked spic n span! I liked the minimalistic look I gave it, and I am happy with the way it motivates me to work harder each day. Yes, Cookie helps me stay motivated, too!
      Thank you so much, my dear!

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  3. Good to read about the things that you are grateful for this August. I enjoy reading the bits you share about your parakeet. So adorable. Moving your blog is a big achievement and I can imagine the joy and pride that you feel. And what would we be without our families? Wish you a happy September.

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  4. I love the way you write so effortlessly. I always find it hard to acknowledge my blessings publicly for fear of sounding boastful and even attracting the evil eye. I know this sounds like an uneducated village woman but sometimes I do feel that when I let the Universe think I’m really happy – then boom!

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    1. Yeah, i know what you mean. The fear that just when we are all smiles, something untoward will happen and ruin it all…I go through it too..a lot. But, i try and get over it soon.
      And, a BIG thank you for your lovely words, Sunita! You made my day! Just a few words can do so much for a person’s morale!
      Hugs to you! ❤

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  5. Cookie is so cute and yes, Chickoo is back. Hugs! It’s hard but you are doing well and you should continue to focus your energies in the right direction. Gratitude helps us appreciate what we have in life.
    The blog looks very neat and a job well done on migration. Have a lovely September.

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  6. So glad that Cookie has filled up the void in your life. Eating delicacies cooked by mother in festival time, I miss this. Not worrying about the stats figures for this new blog and focusing on writing is a good idea because good content always has the power to reach out. I wish you all the best.

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    1. Anamika, at times, I do get curious about the status of my blog stats, and it takes tremendous will-power to get my head out of that state and get back to my writing! 🙂
      Thank you so much, dear!


  7. Oh, my dear friend, this all makes me so happy to read. Your new blog looks fab:-) And your pet is a cutie:-) so much joy and gratitude flowing from your words, makes me smile reading it. Yes, the key to happiness is to count our blessings, our lucky stars… so true, and you do it so well. sending you lots of warm wishes and love sweet Shilpa:-)

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