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Not Stressed Now

I was supposed to be in Hyderabad (my hometown) today and in time for my Mom’s birthday on the 25th – but on Saturday, José started a fever that turned out to be malaria (again!), so I cancelled my trip. There was a time, when I would have been very unhappy with this change of plans and keep wondering what to do next…Not now.
We’re without a maid at present, so there’s extra housework to be done and one less hand (José ‘s) to help. There was a time this would have stressed me out ….Not now.
It’s been raining heavily all day and we’re housebound and I’m unable to complete some of the outdoor chores I needed to. There was a time this would have frustrated me…Not now.

What I’m doing instead is enjoying José’s company, enjoying Pablo, doing housework on a ‘need-to’ basis, enjoying cooking, reading a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time (Scott Peck’s – People of the Lie) and even watched a great movie – Alice In Wonderland (this version). We’ve just finished eating a lovely dinner (a Spanish omelet of sorts!) and I’m sitting to write this post.

What has changed? A better question would be – Who has changed? And the answer – me! I’ve changed because more and more I realize how blessed we are. Yes, I am now officially :

Yes, how can I be stressed about not going to visit my parents as planned, when I think about someone who couldn’t afford to visit her family for 14 years and had no means of being in touch with them either? When she finally went, she didn’t know whether to expect to find her mother alive.

How can I be stressed about my husband’s illness when I know of people who don’t have the means to get the timely and effective treatment we got?
How can I be stressed about not having a maid when I know of women who have to travel long distances to work, do manual labor and then come home and do all the housework -no help, no appreciation either?
How can I be stressed about being housebound for today when I think about the many people who are housebound for life because of their disabilities or others who have to go out in the pouring rain to earn their livelihood.

So I’m too blessed to be stressed – only thankful for the abundance I enjoy………

May you be inspired – everyday!


  1. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 29, 2010

    @ Raja – Thanks for all your encouragement, Raja. I means a lot.

    @ Janet – Thanks..and I know you're the expert at gratitude! Will be writing soon.

  2. Janet Janet June 25, 2010

    Corinne – that was lovely post, only reinforce my beliefs of living in gratitude. My regards to Jose, take care, love, Janet

  3. Raja Swaminathan Raja Swaminathan June 25, 2010

    THIS is one of the reasons I love your blog. You just put things in perspective so beautifully.
    Indeed it has to do with one's mindset.

    If you want to complain or get stressed out, there is always something that will help you in this process. And there are plenty of people constantly complaining. 🙂

    But then, if you don't want ulcers, if you want to enjoy every day for its blessings, all you need is to enjoy what you DO have and SMILE. 🙂

    Thanks for another lovely post, Corinne. Love visiting your blog even if I do not comment on every post. Keep it going.

  4. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 25, 2010

    @ CC – Thanks for dropping by and the wishes. You've been in my thoughts…

    @ IHM – Hmmmm….

    @ Laina – I loved your statement : There's always something to be grateful for. If only we could realize this on a day to day basis we'd all be much happier, don't you think?

    @ Sharbori – Yeah – the classic half full half empty glass….I wish we could all see it half full.

    @Nikki – Thanks for stopping by. He's better already!

  5. Nikki Nikki June 24, 2010

    Just popping in to say hi 🙂
    Hope Jose gets better soon.

  6. sharbori21 sharbori21 June 24, 2010

    wise thoughts Corinne. Sometimes a change of perspectives provides us with a quality of energy and contentment that we start enjoying the present moment much more than we ever did before. this is very zen.

  7. Laina's Corner Laina's Corner June 23, 2010

    This is a beautiful blog. Thank you for pointing out the blessings in your stress experiences. There is always something to be grateful for in what we are going through and your comments are a beautiful help in showing us that gratitude.

  8. indianhomemaker indianhomemaker June 23, 2010

    Wise thoughts…

  9. The Cloudcutter The Cloudcutter June 23, 2010

    Now that's what I call positive thinking 🙂 Hope Jose recovers quickly and you can go visit your Mom.

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