At the end of the month I am grateful; for my blessings are bigger than my challenges.
August begun with showers in our city cooling the place – one day there was heavy showers. It is a challenging to ride the two wheeler when it’s raining. I am grateful that I had a safe riding all the working days of this month, despite a few pot holes, clogging on the main road, and the traffic I still reached safe and managed to drive in the rain. I felt happy and Grateful after the heat these showers, and riding smoothly made a huge difference.
I tried my best to stay healthy, keep to my daily routine –walking for 25-30 minutes every morning and in between sometimes I made a few adjustments to walk in the noon and evening hours, continued with yogic stretches and also went to meet the endocrinologist and this time, it was not very difficult to get the appointment, glad that I could follow up with the doctor, take his feedback and act on it. Gratitude for the ability to stay committed to my own fitness and healthy lifestyle.
We celebrated Aparna’s birthday. Aparna is a good friend of mine and we have been working for years in similar field. Her dad was diagnosed with liver cancer and was hospitalized at Bangalore. As friends we felt that this is the time to affirm and appreciate her. So it was nice that we were together, sharing experiences, also affirming and having a meal together. The next day was Friendship day – so together with my friends went for a Telugu movie, just for entertainment and had a great time. Grateful for friends who always bring sunshine into my life J
This month there was more of telecounseling- and am glad I am learning to counsel on telephone too J normally I don’t like to take counseling calls on my phone or even use whatsapp. I always prefer to see the person and like to meet them at my centre. Sometimes there’s a request for help and they sound so desperate.. So I take on temporary basis and still recommend them to meet a counselor at their own place. Even connect them to the places I know where they can get help.. Grateful that I could reach out to people who are far away and need help, which is something that keeps me happy too.
I was invited for the varalakshmi pooja at one of my friend’s place; Being a working day, I chose to go after my work to her place. I was impressed by the decoration and the kind of vegetarian wholesome meals that was specially cooked by experts in their house. I got the Andhra taste of rassam, sweet dish, pulihora, and a variety of dal & vegetable curries. I came home happy with a nice return gift…. which is new to me. Grateful for the thoughtfulness of people who count you as part of their celebration.
My eldest brother has been unwell and a made a couple of visits, took a little time on one of my holidays to see him and wish him well. He had lot of issues to deal with his physical well being… I did not have to do much, was just there available listening to everything he was speaking. ... Listening is a loving act and sometimes can be healing too…. Grateful to God for my ability to just listen.
|Thanks to David for adding these in the monthly grocery items:)|
|Blessed to have good food along with friends|
|Ridge gourd Chutney:)|
|pc Maria dorothy|
Glad to have a friend in the city, she was here for a short break – I was happy to meet her and spent some time over a cup of tea. We actually chose an hour after work as both of us had regular commitments to be home…. we chatted happily and got so carried away, that we did not notice the time... Grateful to have people who are genuine and caring.
|Appreciate my colleague for surprising me :)|
|Could never imagine that this would be the last picture of Mr Arun Ghouse-RIP|
This month David made a out station trip to Our Lady of Velankanni Shrine at Nagapattinam which is in Tamilnadu. He went along with his friends for a week and returned safely. Meanwhile I and my daughter managed though his absence was felt. I am glad he took that break for himself, after his mom’s death – he has been continuously busy, this came as an opportunity and I was glad that he took this break to refresh himself and also renew his faith. Grateful for David for being supportive and giving us our space too… this truly is a blessing.
|Clinic restarted at Dayanand Nagar Welfare Association|
Dorothy has been busy with her college schedule. I am happy that she has joined the choir- evening hours she is busy practicing keyboard. This month she had the first internal assessment and she was much occupied, I tried helping her a little in one of the optional subject. Grateful that she understands and manages most of her own studies by self.
The end of this month is a travel scheduled for me – attending a cluster meeting from the YWCAof secunderabad, ready for some learning, sharing and interacting with the other members, above all NO cooking:) What more can I ask for in life J while I am away for 3 days Dorothy is busy attending retreat at her college for 3 full days and David busy helping Dorothy an also facilitating the clinic.
How was your August, would love to hear. Thanks for reading my post, appreciate you for the time taken.
Be happy & Be Blessed !