About Awards & Gratitude

Photo by Manish Doshi

As I sat down to create my weekly Monday post, I checked into my heart for what wanted to be expressed during this week of ThanksGiving. I realized that Gratitude has been my drug of choice in life – I trace back the infinite blessings of my life to this gift of Gratitude that sometimes blooms with joy and sometimes is a practice of cultivation that reproduces joy unfailingly.

I checked for how and for whom I want to express gratitude today. Of course, for this community that literally buoyed my being for these many years now, and also something unique happened. I realized that I feel a new sense of gratitude for someone who I have often neglected most. Now I feel quite audacious to say – Myself. But honestly, and humbly that is what came to me – I am grateful for myself for all of who I have become.

Now how should I convey this? – I asked, perhaps hoping to be redirected to something else. It was a pleasant surprise when I was guided to this Liebster Blog Award post from when I was 5 months into blogging in February 2016. I did not have readers yet, but this kind blogger acknowledging and encouraging me meant the whole world to me.

I wish to share with you all today, kind friends, my response post to that award. It felt so good to have a glimpse into myself from when I was in this space kind of innocently, not knowing what blogging meant. To see not much has changed truly, in spite of the fact that I feel like a whole new person since then.

I remember so tickled from getting asked questions about myself – it was an unfamiliar and amazing window to look at myself through. This is the only blog award I responded to, going award-free thereafter. Here it is :)))

11 facts about me:

1. I believe magic exists in everyday unfolding.
2. I love rain.
3. I love driving in the rain alone.
4. I like the crunch of walking on fallen leaves.
5. I love the sunshine in lukewarm weather.
6. I can watch waves crashing for hours.
7. I think every single thing that comes my way is relevant.
8. A coffee and a great conversation is time spent well to me.
9. I enjoy creating different styles of outfits.
10. I am passionate about seeing life transformations.
11. I have spent a lot of time playing board games with my sons.

Answers to the 11 questions given to me:

1. If you could live back in time when and where would you choose and why?
Hmmm …Actually I am feeling perfect where I am, so given a choice I would like to stay right now and here πŸ™‚

2. What do you think will be the greatest invention in the future
Don’t know really …

3. What is the best t.v. show in your opinion?
I don’t watch t.v. much … have loved Friends in the past and now occasionally enjoy Big Bang Theory.

4. What book have you enjoyed the most?
Difficult to pick one … Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer, I was young and this book felt powerful…

5. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My first yoga teacher in US, he always helped me see the truth in me, in a very un-authoritative manner.

6. Which parent influenced you the most and how?
Not sure about this actually …by now every interaction has become an influence.

7. How do you think we can contribute to peace?
By cultivating peace within, it can be very contagious!

8. What do you think is man’s greatest achievement?
In my small reality, this virtual world that connects people across the earth, is an amazing achievement.

9. What do you think is man’s worst behavior?
Acting in harmful and untruthful ways, going against joy …their own and others.

10. What do you like to do for fun?
Listen to songs, chat with friends and laugh with them.

11. If you could travel into space where would you go?
Far enough to take a look at Earth as a whole and then back!

Thank you for traveling with me and my words till here, THANK YOU is all I can say truly and deeply. Happy Week of Giving Thanks!

P.S. Thank you to my husband for the amazing fall picture that I used at the beginning.

77 thoughts on “About Awards & Gratitude

  1. Wishing you and all your readers a wonderful Thanksgiving season!

    When I was deep in my battle with depression and anxiety, I had difficulty feeling gratitude. I felt anger instead. After I learned that God and the Universe weren’t punishing me as I had been taught but that they were there to help me through all my difficulties, I was able to shift my whole outlook. I became grateful to be loved in such a profound way, where my seemingly insignificant life would be supported and helped.

    My prayer then is for all people struggling with those issues to have a huge paradigm shift in how they perceive they are loved and cared for by the universe, for it really makes a world of difference!

    Blessings to you all!
    Tamara

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    • Wow Tamara thank you so much for all that you say and share!! I absolutely love and appreciate how you said this -‘ where my seemingly insignificant life would be supported and helped’ I remember the most powerful words that came to me during those profound years of transformation – ‘You are supported in utmost possible ways’ – these words struck me as a powerful reminder and pointer towards how I was indeed supported exactly in ways needed, even when it was difficult to feel good. I became grateful forever. Thank you for taking me to back there :))

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  2. How wonderful to live from a place of gratitude. I’ve been working on my gratitude lately, remembering to look for what I appreciate and enjoy rather than what I don’t. And thank you for sharing more of yourself from the award questions. May it be a season of gratitude blossoming into joy.

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  3. Oh what a treat from you. I love love that 11 things about you…i see myself in there too…except that i have daughter to play boardgames with instead of sons…πŸ˜„ and i love Friends as well, and the Big Bang Theory. Coffee and a great conversation is definetely a yes for me..

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  4. Great wisdom here and I love your 11 points … time with friends is so important! Bonding over board games can also be fun πŸ™‚

    the colours in that pic are remarkable! This virtual community is indeed supportive, so glad we blog here πŸ™‚

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  5. What a lovely and inspirational post, Pragalbha. It is interesting that I too see you, as you are today, in each of these answers. How fun that is. Magic is indeed, everywhere, in every granule of being and in every thing we see, and in the unseen. Power of Intention is a great book; I also read it long ago, and it had a great impact on me in that iteration of me. Peace within cultivated and full expressions, uninhibited and unlimited of joy, full manifest, beautiful. Your post and share is wonderfully authentic, powerful, and inspirational. Thank you for sharing with us, on this week of thanksgiving. I am thankful for you here, just as you are now. Have a blessed and blissful week, my dear friend. πŸ’™πŸ™

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    • My heart and me are beaming with smiiile as I know you exactly get it how there is magic in everything. To me it had felt like a unique discovery with a child like elation and innocence, until it became a normal part of me, and also to be ok that not everyone gets it yet. Such Deep Joy and Gratitude I have for you being here, reading my words, affirming for me. Blessed and blissed is exactly how amazing life can be – wishing you the same and more always dear, kind, wise friend, thank you truly.

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  6. It must be great being you. Full of positivity and wisdom. It’s good to acknowledge and cherish your own personality and the awareness of it. Thanks for sharing a bit more of you!

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  7. It was a delight to read these wonderful details about your outlook to life, Pragalbha. You are a very effervescent, straightforward and positive-minded person who has simple wants and takes pleasure in the little joys of life. Blessed are those who have the priviledge to be always with you; you surely spread much joy around! Stay happy, stay blessed.

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    • I receive so much kindness and care from your words – Thank You. It gives me a joyful heartful smile to get this positive regard from you, such good infusion of these qualities in my day and being.
      I am very much blessed by those around me who keep the resilience to stay with me for when I go through my not-so-easy-happy human journeys – so I can emerge and do what I want to best – spread Joy :)) Your wishes for me at conclusion mean a lot to me, thank you very much.

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  8. Your post encouraged me today. I too am grateful for me…and how I have made it to almost 75 and through all that has been tucked into those years. I see enough pain to have destroyed me, enough love to keep me surviving, enough bad to keep me depressed, enough good to help me rise above the pain. When I was young it was mostly survival that kept me going. Years later I became a believer in Jesus Christ and His love for me has been how I have not stayed a captive to painful events, stated a new day out with hope. I wish often I had another life to live with the knowledge I have. But I have learned, everyday is a new life so I start my life over every day. Contentment comes to mind as I read your post…live it out daily. Blessings.

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    • I feel deeply blessed by your kind visit and words of wisdom from your lived experience. It gives me utmost contentment for allowing this expression to come through me.

      I have not stayed a captive to painful events, stated a new day out with hope.everyday is a new life so I start my life over every day – These lines from you are profound reminders and affirmations that I take in my heart with me. Thank you very much, truly a gift of my day.

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  9. The simple joys about life…super love to get a peek about you Pragalbha-Ji and the simply joys making life so beautiful. I love the small things too and share a couple of things. For me, the idea of happiness would be cutting chai at the tapri and walking at Marine Drive. Such joy is buried in the past now. I love walking at the park and chatting with trees:)

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    • Simple joys do make life beautiful really πŸ™‚ Thank you very much Vishal for such kind response. I can totally imagine the joy of cutting chai at the tapri and walk at Marine Drive – both memories from a distant past for me. Ah and talking to trees – I think that came to me quite after this award post. Trees are the kindest creature of company I think :))) Than you very much for sharing your simple joys – they felt like additions to my list too!

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  10. I enjoyed learning more about you, Pragalbha. Your facts and answers reveal even more of your grounded, sensitive, caring, and friendly nature. 🌻 A beautiful woman and soul. ✨ Congrats on over five years of writing and sharing!

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    • I remember how answering these questions about myself was a fresh experience for me. Thank you so much for letting me know what you see in them, I feel empowered and happy to be myself :)You are so kind and loving to me, your words and wishes mean a lot to me.

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  11. Fantastic and inspiring post for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. It is so nice to be revisiting and reflecting on what you have written in the past and motivating all of us how to live life with gratitude and joy. There is nothing but to be Loving and Kind to one and all. Thanks and such a lovely post. Loved it.

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  12. I love the 11 facts about you and relate with so many!
    I love rain and just watching the world go by when it rains. Coffee + conversation = a great evening. I’ve spent countless hours just watching the waves. And I love board games.

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    • Ah it is a delight to read your comment my friend πŸ’› these are truly treasured pleasures of our lifetime. I am so glad to know you relate with me on these. Thank you very much for your kind visit and attention πŸ€—

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  13. “I checked into my heart for what wanted to be expressed…Now I feel quite audacious to say – Myself.”…your words are so powerful that I can simply sense the energy…it’s like sparkling stars are shining the dark sky with your words…thank you for sharing the 11 facts about you…how beautiful…I love your answers…the moment I read the first question, my eyes started to shine right away…coz I knew the answer…it can be felt, my friend…from far far away…which is just one perspective…coz we all are interconnected, I strongly believe…with our sacred energies…the fall picture is lovely…taken by your hubby…Pragalbha, thank you for this beautiful post…your sharing βœ¨β€οΈπŸ’«πŸ™

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    • How you fill my heart with deep calm joy and contentment with your beautiful knowing deeply meaningful comment! It is a rare gift to be understood and received from the energy behind the words – it is something that I have often either forgotten or taken for granted in the recent times, and I am now reminded afresh of the magic of interconnectedness. Distance or medium is not a barrier for such transmission, virtual and real interactions become one. Thank you truly for this wonderful kind appreciation πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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