After more than a week at home, I am back to living alone again. I live in Kolkata, India, which is my workplace. I am not a full-time blogger and I still take care of my blog only during my free time.
Right now I am writing to you after having finished cooking, cleaning my kitchen and having done with my dinner.
I enjoyed my time at home with my mum, and my two dogs- Bella and Missy, meeting friends and spending time with my boyfriend, Gyalzen whom I call Gee.
My dog had been sick since few days with breathing problems and I was eager to go home and meet her.
After I was home, we visited two doctors, but still, she showed no signs of improvement.
I was feeling scared and constantly praying for her quick recovery and for us to find the right doctor and the right medicine for her.
Finally, we came across a good vet named Dr Amit Sarkar and with his medication, she started doing better in just 2 days.
Now my dear Bella is doing fit and fine and I couldn’t be more grateful for the Vet who did such a good job with her and truly cared for his animal patients.
So this week had me feeling grateful for all the neutral things in my life.
Neutral things are those things that aren’t so grand. They are things that are just there, that are going right, but we often fail to notice them.
For example, only when we have a stomach ache we realize that not having stomach ache is actually a wonderful feeling.
Only when we lose something, do we realize that what we had was actually good.
When my Bella got sick, I realized that her being fit, healthy and not having any difficulty breathing was something to be so grateful and thankful for.
And all of a sudden it again made me realize all the neutral things in my life that I am so thankful for.
Like waking up to my boyfriend’s good morning message saying “Goodmorning my Vee”
Us talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
Having my mum in my life and she being still fit, healthy and happy.
My dogs eating their food properly.
Me waking up to no aches, or pains, and getting a sound sleep each day.
Me getting to meet my friends
Getting to write, walk, eat and do my work in peace and ease.
All of these are itself the most wonderful things in my life.
Often we wait for big things, new things to happen in life and we feel our life is stagnant.
We wait for when some things will work out, or when something new and exciting can happen to us so that we can be really happy and thankful, but all these seemingly ordinary moments and neutral things in our lives that might be as small as your mother asking you what you ate for lunch, or you going to get your groceries, or sitting beside your pets and loved ones, those are itself the most important moments in our lives.
If your life feels stagnant now, you must remember that it actually means that life is actually going pretty well for you and there is actually so much to be thankful for.
And once you recognize those, life will start moving forward for you.
So being grateful for neutral things in life means being grateful for the things that we have while we still have them in our life.
It means valuing their presence while we have them and not once they’re lost.
& when we can be thankful for them then and there, when are in the midst of these ordinary moments, that’s when we are most mindful and at ease.
Our life’s practice must be to feel thankful in the midst of our ordinary moments.
When we can do that, I feel we will be our most happiest, easiest and most peaceful selves.
So let us acknowledge all the neutral things in life and be grateful for them.
I’ll name one for a start.
It is our own natural breath- the greatest neutral thing in our life.
How wonderful is this simple breath!
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