On Being Grateful
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.
This small prayer that we were taught to say every day before opening our lunch boxes at school reminded us that we should take a moment off in our busy days to think about all the things we have to be grateful for.
Well, Thanksgiving is one of those American customs that has now spread to all the world, but in actual fact, every culture has been celebrating “Thanksgiving” in one way or the other. Our family has the tradition of having a “Satynarayan Pooja” after any big occasion like a wedding or the birth of a child, the successful passing of an examination or just simply to thank God for all that we have.
Gratitude is an attitude we should all actively cultivate.
It is essential to be grateful for what we have because things can slip out of one’s hands before we know it.
Yesterday I was too busy catching up with work so I missed the deadline for this post, but I do hope Vidya and Corinne allow me to tag on.
So here goes :
I am grateful for
My wonderful family – we all have wonderful families but I am grateful that I can still appreciate them and that they can still appreciate me. No matter how irritating or annoying they me, at the end of the day, only family pulls you through.
I am grateful for my understanding friends – My father always said that families are what we are born with while friends are those whom we chose. It is important to chose friends well but it is difficult to keep them all . I am grateful to all my friends who understand me and accept me for what I am. Indeed they have been better friends to me than I have been to them.
I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had in my life – Lightening never strikes twice but I’ve been lucky enough to have had several chances at doing different things. I’ve also been lucky to have things often fall into my lap in seemingly effortless ways.
I am grateful for my good health which allows me 365 days of fruitful labour – I once got a letter from my mother-in-law written in Marathi (at which I’m not too fluent) and found that she had listed all the body parts that could be replaced with a price tag. I wondered what she was up to till I read the line at the bottom – your body is priceless look after it well!)
I am grateful for being born in this day and age of the Internet and other conveniences which make daily living so much less tiring.
And now to get down to the more mundane
I am grateful for all the machines that help with the housework so that I have more time to do the things that I want to do: my washing machine, my dishwasher, my gas stove, my pressure cooker.
Now I have to get back to getting ready for the latest item on my gratitude list
My grandson who makes each day extra special.