The month of September has flown by pretty swiftly and there is a lot that it leaves me grateful for. This was the month when the younger son had his birthday. From what gifts he wanted (cajoled, demanded) to where he had his lunch and what else he wanted to do, he had it planned pat. All we needed to do was to play along. Since, I don’t throw birthday parties anymore, he just called a close friend of his to play games in the closeby mall and then cut a cake at home. His granny was here and he was very happy.
We also did a short trip to Coorg, to a coffee plantation. It was quite relaxing as we spent a lot of time chatting, playing Scrabble and watching the stars.
The hosts were so genial and they had many pets which made it even more enjoyable for all of us. I really must do a travel post on this visit. Hopefully soon. Coco, who travelled with us, enjoyed thoroughly. He had his first experience to swim in a pond and also explore the coffee plantation with his guide, the in-house German Shepherd called Tiger.
September was also among the wettest months I’ve witnessed in Bangalore. There were many nights when it rained through the night and many areas were inundated repeatedly including the main road of my gated community and many neighbouring areas. I wish to express my gratitude to:
- The maintenance staff that worked tirelessly to clean the stinking roads so that we had a dry road by evening.
- The generator backup that runs through the night if needed and gives us power even when BESCOM does not bother about the incessant power cuts.
- My neighbours and friends who help each other when we suffer from water woes or any other kind of trouble.
- The fact that we have a roof on top of our head and cars that make our living comfortable in the most inclement weather.
- The volunteers in our community who constantly liaise with the government authorities to ensure that the broken stretch of road is repaired.
- Our civic workers who get into knee-deep muck and clean the drains when we couldn’t even bear to stand close to the stench.
Fitness wise, I have been reasonably regular but don’t worry too much if I miss out a few days or gorge on the festive food. After all it is the festival season.
Health wise, I felt better as I started with some multivitamins this month. I could see that my constant sore throat and niggles pretty much disappeared which is quite a relief.
The kids had their Dussehra holidays though the elder son had his classes all through the holidays, it still gave us time to do what we enjoyed. Both the kids have exams as soon as schools reopen. The younger son has been trying self study with some help from me. He has drawn his own time table with the help of his brother. Apart from quizzing him off and on, I have been hands off. His elder brother has been more of a guiding force for him. Slowly, I am trying to make him responsible for learning on his own. It is not easy as I want to grab control but I am trying.
This month has been calmer on my nerves as I actively incorporated meditation daily in my routine. I have also been taking other steps that orient me towards choosing happiness.
I also traveled to Delhi for a brand engagement this month with other friends. It was time well spent in the company of friends though the trip was very hectic.
Work has been good and pretty hectic, as I started on another project this month. I am very grateful for the new and satisfying work that comes my way. I am also grateful for my current projects, brand collaborations and the wonderful people I work with.
My reading is still not on par but I am not stressing too much. I try to read as much as time and other engagements permit. My new learning is to be not too exacting on myself.
October signifies Diwali and it is the time of the year when I immerse myself in Diwali cleaning. So that pretty much occupies my plate for now. God bless my helpers at home and also services that enable me to accomplish these goals with minimal effort. Here’s hoping that this Diwali blesses all of us with health, wealth and prosperity.
And please God, no more rain now.
Do join me with Vidya on the #GratitudeCircle.