What is the most depressing thing
around you? Or, rather what is that one thing that succeeds in lowering your
spirits every single time? While you contemplate on that, I’ll tell you about one
such thing that always manages to take away all the sunshine from my day. The
infamous Indian main stream media, or MSM as they are fondly called. Yes, you
read it right.
You have got to see the venom they spill,
the deliberate negativity they plant, to understand what I mean. It seems as though
they have not a semblance of shame left anymore. But why am I talking about them
here? Don’t worry I’m not here to dampen your spirits with a gloomy post, that
too on a Friday. I just mentioned the MSM to state that avoiding them consciously is
one of those things I have been grateful for this week. Oh! So very
“Do not spoil what you have by
desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the
things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus
You guessed it right, it’s a going
to be a gratitude laden post, this. A bunch of positive affirmations, you could
say, at one place, to start off the weekend.
Once in a while it’s good to be
thankful for all the things that haven’t
gone wrong in life. Once in a while it’s
good to consciously smile at your blessings. So, here I’m, the habitually cynical
me, to spread some positive vibes.
It is kind of an anomaly when I
stop to appreciate the positives around me, attempting to be thankful, because
my natural instinct is actually to immediately pounce on the negatives. Not a
great thing to admit about myself but it is what it is.
Well, without any further delay,
here goes my gratitude list for this week. I’m grateful for....
- Unrestricted internet access at
office without which the past year at work would have been exceptionally boring.
Knowing that it is going to be taken away in a few days, the appreciation for
it seems to have grown manifolds.
- The generator at my apartment! I
wonder what I would have done without it.
- My cook who saves me from having to
toil in the kitchen. I get so much time to do nothing and I love it too.
- My job. Yes, it might come as a
surprise for the regular readers of my blog because everyone knows I detest it
from the bottom of my heart. In fact, even I’m amazed at this sudden outpour of
appreciation for it. But when I think about it deeply, I realize, this job
actually helps me with quite a number of things. Well, I think maturity has finally
set in and I should be grateful for that too, shouldn’t I?
- A health checkup that went well
without any surprises.
- The fact that S and I decided to
get our own place. It’s so much better to pay EMIs rather than increase the
bank balance of greedy landlords.
- The wonderful Bangalore weather
which makes everything even more enjoyable.
- The ginger tea at work. What would
I have done without it?
- New chairs at work which have
helped in reducing my back aches considerably for the past few days.
- The yoga classes at work. (Looks
like I’m thankful for quite a number of things at work this week!)
- S for helping me with changing the
template of my blog. Only he has the patience to sit the whole day and work on
- For the readers of my blog, yes you
included. You wonderful people could have been doing anything else in the world
but still choose to stop, read my ramblings and drop in a line or two,
sometimes more, just for me. Thank You!
“Feeling gratitude and not
expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ― William Arthur
Well, that’s about it for today.
But do share what you are grateful for. Let’s appreciate life a bit more!