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.
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.
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.
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.
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