We’ve been touching 46 degrees centigrade in our city over the past week. Burning up.

It’s hard to forget that over 2000 people have died in this heat wave. It’s hard to forget the thousands who lost lives and property in our neighbouring country, Nepal.

And yet.

It’s easy to grumble about the heat. About the power outages. About how humid it is. About how we can’t go out during the day like we may want to, while there are millions who have no choice but to work in the sun….

Grumbling sometimes comes easy. Gratitude seems harder. But gratitude warms the heart like a fabulous summer day.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. – Celia Thaxter

I want to be grateful for every thing I enjoy in all seasons. But for now, I’ll focus on summer.

My summer memories are pleasant ones – of holidays spent in Hyderabad at my grandparents’ home –  crazy fun with cousins, mangoes, ice apples, ice-cream, laughter and the comfort of being part of a large family. I look back with gratitude.

This year, we’re back in Hyderabad for summer and I’m grateful for a number of things:

  1. Our home is relatively cool and the power cuts much fewer than we anticipated.

  2. We have a choice to go out during the day. We don’t ‘have to’.

  3. Mangoes – sour green ones and lovely ripe yellow ones. I’ve not eaten to many, but have had some of the best thanks to the generosity of my brother’s friends who have their own orchards.

  4. Fresh, pungent mango pickle with cold curd rice for summer afternoons. Mmmm…can’t tell you how good that tastes.

  5. Our maid who is pleasant and hard-working and makes life so much easier for us and inspires me with her wisdom and life choices.

  6. A pleasant morning breakfast with some of the extended family for Mother’s day.

  7. The joy of preparing for and training a course in contemplative writing. Open participants, ready to explore their feelings and share them are always a joy.

  8. Writing my morning pages again and looking forward to them each day.

  9. Have meaningful conversations with friends and although we don’t talk or meet much, we’re connected because of our shared past and that means a lot.

  10. The unconditional love and support of my husband who cheers me on, pushes me, and helps me see parts of myself that I am unable to see.

  11. The revival of Write Tribe and the joy of creating there.

  12. The joy of intuitive painting and the thrill of learning something new.

Summer continues right through the year when gratitude fills my heart!

Earlier this month, I created a 21 Day Gratitude Challenge and posted it on the Everyday Gyaan Facebook page. I have now converted it into a slide show which you can view on Slide Share here. If you haven’t undertaken the challenge already, I invite you to start on the 1st of June. Thank you.

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