This post is written for Gratitude circle
The month of November began with memories of my mother who passed away on 1st November, 2003 and was buried on 2nd November, in the same year which is celebrated as the All souls day. The first two days were busy days as family; as part of the tradition we went to church and then visited all the graves; which brings sadness for me, as I recall them in my life once again and with a heavy heart thank them for all that they were to me. Of all those who have died in my family.
I find very difficult to forget two persons who were very close to me and I was very attached to them, one was my mother who always stood by me and she was my strength and I do have regrets of having lost her early in a situation, wherein I felt helpless; another is my 7 year old son who was an angel in disguise, who taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.
So the beginning of the month was not so bright as the previous months; and I continued to be grateful for both my mom and my son as I felt that’s the best tribute I can give them, and yes I do have plans to keep them alive in my life by reaching out to women who are vulnerable and who need support and help. I am glad to do my bit; I am still exploring ways to do something for children with special needs as my son was Down syndrome child. I am sure very soon I will find ways to reach out to at least a few kids in memory of my son.
Gratitude is something that I would like to make it a 24/7 habit and I have been making sincere attempts to help myself to ensure that I am always happy and smiling away in gratitude. Despite practising gratitude every day, and all the efforts that I put to stay positive and happy, some days are not very easy – there is stress, deadlines to meet and family commitments becomes demanding and then the toughest thing is to keep walking with a smile, hoping and stating that “this too shall pass ..
The beauty of having this attitude of gratitude is the joy of meeting people who are also wanting to join you in this journey and accompany you sharing their thoughts and even motivating you by initiating Gratitude Circle (wherein people regularly come over to share their gratitude with one another) and then there is “Ten things to be Thankful for” wherein there are friends who are ready to list out ten things to be thankful.
We also have persons like Laurel who come up with an idea to share the gratitude post and Link with others…. So no matter what is happening in my life... I feel blessed to see people who are constantly available on line to inspire, motivate, encourage and spread positivity.
We are coming close to one more month, which is the last month of the year; and it gives me great joy to welcome the coming year with much more optimism and hope.
It also makes me happy that I have finally managed to stay grateful for complete 11 months; with ups and downs of my life; with sickness and health, good times and bad times; in all kinds of weather both rainy and stormy, gratitude was my only energy that kept me going; and still keeps me motivated and enthusiastic.
I love this quote that says “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy
Be Blessed & Be Happy J