Gratitude List- February 2021

The first month of the year was amazing. However, February started on a different note. The husband, had gone to visit his mother and from there he went on a trek to Sandakphu. He was caught in a snow storm and came down with fever. On the first day of February, he came back to Mumbai with mild fever. He was supposed to join office the next day but his office insisted that he get a covid testing. BANG!!! The report came positive and from February 3rd, all of us had to go into a quarantine. I would not be able to call those 14 days the most pleasant days of my life. With no house help, son’s exam, my office work and taking care of the husband took a toll on me. It is difficult to feel grateful during difficult days but when I look back, I do see numerous good things that happened during those 14 days of quarantine.

Support of People

I always feel that I am surrounded by angels in human forms and whenever I am in crisis these angels show up to make my life easier. In these 14 days, all my angels came out and supported me.

Our Physician: Our family physician was a huge support throughout these days. He was available whenever we needed him. His constant support was a great assurance and helped us stay calm and not panic.

Our friend K: We were running short of cash, as we were not allowed to step out of the house it was difficult to withdraw money. When we told this to our friend K and his wife, they immediately came and left cash at our doorstep. Later on, I came to know that they were on the way to a wedding and had no time to run to the ATM, they gave us the cash from the piggy bank of their daughter. When you hear things like this, you really feel that the world is a happy place as long as people like K are around.

My Staff: My cook and driver both were willing to come and work. My cook knew that I would be in difficulty, so she was willing to risk her life and come and work. However, I asked her not to come as I did not want her to suffer due to this. My driver also came and said that he would be available anytime I need him, even if it was in the middle of the night. He also wanted to get me vegetables and grocery. Thankfully, I had that sorted through online delivery.

Friends and neighbors: I feel humbled to get so many calls from concerned friends and neighbors. All of them said they would help me with whatever I need. I also got calls from my Gakkai friends who not only chanted for my husband’s recovery but some of them even went and got me grocery.

My Colleagues: We had a few deadlines during those days. My colleagues pitched in and said they would work on my behalf and I need not take stress related to work. However, I enjoy working and it is in a way therapeutic. Therefore, I finished those deadlines on my own, nevertheless I am grateful for all the help and support that they extended.

Crochet Delight

My dearest friend and fellow blogger Anamika AKA The Bespectacled Mother started crocheting couple of years back. Recently, she started shipping her crochet products. I saw the colorful crochet costars on her Facebook wall and couldn’t stop myself from ordering them. They came within a day. My happiness knew no bounds after getting them. I especially appreciate her gesture of gifting me a heart shaped bookmark. I am so grateful to the universe for surrounding me with such beautiful souls.

Yoga Love

Couple of years back, if anybody ever told that one day I would be posting yoga photos on my blog, I would have thought the person had gone crazy. However, today, I feel confident enough to post my yoga photos on a public page. I am just learning and not even close to perfection. I know there are people who have mastered yoga. I want to post this not for others but for myself because I feel proud of myself. I want to celebrate my small victories. I want to tell myself that I can do it. I am grateful to Adrienne and her pet Benji for motivating me to roll out my mat every single day. I am also grateful to my blogger friend R, whose yoga photos always inspired me to try. Please do not judge the imperfections but applaud me for the journey that I have undertaken.

P.S: I posted this collage on a yoga group and received such encouragement (400 likes). I am grateful to all the fellow yogis who are inspiring me every day to do yoga. Never thought this was possible.

Small Gestures of Love

In life, the small gestures of love and kindness should be the most treasured moments. My friend V went to visit and remembered to get me a small gift. The gesture and the thought behind is what matters. My friend Kavita came over and she said that I am her favorite travel partner and she would love to go on a trip with me soon. I loved how Afzal, my hair sylist, styled my hair for a upcoming wedding. I appreciate how he took care about the details. I am glad that my friends and family are eagerly waiting my trip to my native place and so many of them have started planning so many things to do while I am there. Last by not the least, I am happy that finally the exams and online classes got over.

Now, tell me how was your February? What were the things that you would love to remember about February.

10 thoughts on “Gratitude List- February 2021

  1. the bespectacled mother says:

    First of all, a big thank you to you from my heart for believing in me and encouraging me throughout my crochet journey. Your yoga photos are nothing less than perfect. You have done the Triangle poses very nicely. Carry on the yoga practice. You deserve appreciation for being able to put together a gratitude post for Feb despite the highly stressful times while your husband had covid. Quarantining for 14 days must have been stressful. I am glad you had kind people around you to help you during that period. You should have also included walking on the sea beach at night under the full moon. S and your joy was palpable. May you have the best March 😊

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    • Balaka says:

      I forgot to mention the most recent one. Thanks for reminding 🥰🥰 my yoga journey is still in its early stage. Let me see how long I can stick to it. So far so good.
      I am proud of how you turned your passion for crochet into a venture. Hope to see you grow in leaps and bounds.

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  2. Esha says:

    So good to see you managed to take control of your life in February despite the odds. The yoga pics look super. Well done for trying to fit so much into your life and share them with us here. I’m glad you’re doing this for yourself, Tina. Keep at it and stay consistent with all that you do. Have fun during your Kol trip and tons of good wishes for a great month ahead. ❤

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  3. Corinne Rodrigues says:

    Hugs, Balaka. I can’t begin to imagine how scary it must have been in light of your experience with Covid in the family. I’m so glad that you managed with the help of your ‘angels’. I’ve had a similar experience, so I know how you feel.
    Well done on the yoga. I think that’s something I really need to explore.
    We now have lovely matching coasters from the very talented Anamika!

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  4. Vinitha says:

    Glad to know that all of you are okay despite the difficult time. You are surrounded by good-hearted people, isn’t that a blessing! 💓
    The coasters are beautiful. Aren’t we all blessed for having Anamika as our friend! 🧡
    Yoga with Adriene is one of my favorite yoga channels. Love that yoga collage. Though I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 10 years I never got the courage to do post a picture of me doing a yoga pose ever. keep up the good work, Balaka.
    Wish you a blessed March!

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