It's time to pause, reflect, appreciate and count our blessings

It’s time to pause, reflect, appreciate and count our blessings

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The last few days have been really disturbing and harrowing for the entire world. A small, invisible virus has created havoc and shaken everyone, no matter which corner of the globe we are in. We are totally under house arrest for the last 2 weeks now. Stocked up the basic commodities required for survival as we are uncertain about what the future beholds. The rate at which the numbers are mounting up is alarming. The crazy time we are living in has made me realize the importance of many small things that I am grateful for, and I count my blessings every moment.

Every day, when I snuggle in my cozy blanket, I feel grateful that I have a shelter and a roof over me to lock myself in, safe and hygienic. There are many homeless exposed to infection.

Every day, when I and my husband work from home, I count my blessings that we have this flexibility and the salary will be credited end of the month. There are many daily wage workers, domestic help, etc. who can’t afford to sit at home even for a day.

Last week, while I was talking to the mom of my daughters’ friend, who is a single mother, she told me how tough it is for her to close down her salon and not going for work. There are many like her.

Every day, when I see my family, my kids, I count my blessings that I’m with my loved ones. There are many away from their abode, feeling homesick and longing to be with their kith and kin.

Every day, when fear grips me and I divert my mind by reading or listening to music or call my family members, I feel grateful that I have enough facilities and resources (wi-fi, electricity, books, devices, etc.) to keep myself entertained and sane.

Every day, when I cook for my family, I count my blessings that I have a fridge stocked with food to feed my family. Not everyone is capable of it. Last night, while eating dinner, we were watching the news and I almost choked to see the plight of daily wage laborers, rickshaw pullers, and other such people below the poverty line.

We have the privilege to order stuff online and store for even a month or more but there are many who earn and eat every day. They neither have money to buy nor resources to stock stuff. My sincere prayers for such families and their survival. And a request to all of you reading this post – please help others.

It is time to use our privileges for others. If you come across any rickshaw wala, iron wala, hawker, maids, homeless or anyone in need, please help them financially. When you buy groceries, pay them a little more.

Help the hospitals by donating whatever little possible. Boond boond se sagar banta hai (Little drops make the mighty ocean). When we eat out or travel, we don’t mind spending a fortune, now it’s time to give back to society. So, let’s do it together.

Yes, we are clouded with uncertainty and fear but it is time for us to be mindful, behave sensibly. Time to take precautions, stay home, work on increasing immunity.

It’s time to be a human first and support the needy, old people to shop for medicines and groceries. It is time to thank our medical force, soldiers who are still on duty, police, and Govt. It’s time to pray for the healing of infected ones and that we get a solution to this epidemic soon.

And most of all, its time to take a pause, reflect and appreciate the little things that make a huge difference in our day to day lives but go unnoticed. It’s time to count our blessings and thank the Almighty for all that He has given us.


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Noor Anand Chawla
Noor Anand Chawla
April 5, 2020 5:30 am

Yes indeed. Gratitude to the almighty and appreciation for everything we have, will help us weather these difficult times.

Harjeet Kaur
April 5, 2020 6:04 am

I agree in totality with ur post-Vartika..feel the same..altho my income is zero now due to this but then I am not out on the street. Really thankful for that

Arushi Seth
April 5, 2020 11:39 am

Gratitude is essential in these tough times and I agree i am so grateful to God. We must not forget and help the others in the best possible way we can. Lovely post, Vartika

Gurjeet Chhabra
April 5, 2020 12:08 pm

Yes, I always thank God for giving everything. I am blessed beyond measurement ,that’s all I can say

April 5, 2020 6:44 pm

Well Said Vartika, we are blessed enough to have a comfort life even in lock down situation, at the same time we should be compassionate enough to do our bit for the needy ones in this tough time, thanks for shedding the light on our blessings and strengths both.

April 5, 2020 6:51 pm

True gratitude is biggest medicine for the soul to get better

April 5, 2020 6:52 pm

Gratitude is healing medine for soul to get better each day ??

Simrit Bedi
April 6, 2020 4:37 am

So true Vartika. It is really important to be grateful for what you have.

Ujjwal Mishra
October 7, 2020 6:59 am

This is the silver lining of covid darkness. We got time to take a pause and count our blessings.

October 7, 2020 8:14 am

Oh, how I wish more people think like you! During the complete pandemic situation, I have been telling my frustrated and sad friends to be thankful for the life they have – a job that pays for their bill, a roof over their head and food on their plate. A very thoughtful and beautiful post 🙂

Sitharaam Jayakumar
October 7, 2020 10:21 am

Yes, you are right. Just think, we are sitting inside our houses safe and happy with our larders stocked with food as you say. The pandemic has affected daily wage laborers the worst. A very good post highlighting the plight of the poor in these troubled times.

October 7, 2020 4:59 pm

Well written. High time to be grateful and help the needy. Covid has badly affected so many.

Shail Thosani
October 7, 2020 7:15 pm

March has been very tough on all of us and we have come out of it more strong I believe. It is truly time to count our blessings and reflect on who we are and what we can do to improve ourselves specially towards our mother nature.

October 7, 2020 8:58 pm

I have always believed to see the good in my life & be thankful for it & more so now, we are so much more privileged than so many & should show are gratitudeby helping others in need.

Milan Singhal
October 7, 2020 9:43 pm

The pandemic has definitely made us realise that we should be grateful for what we have, most importantly the health.

sweta papaiyawala
October 8, 2020 5:43 am

what a wonderful post Vartika, It made my day. I get up everyday with this practice of being grateful for what I have. Happy to read similar thoughts. I love your blog and ideas you share through it.

October 8, 2020 7:47 am

Gratitude is in short supply these days. Good post.

October 8, 2020 12:24 pm

True. Its time to look within.

Tina Basu
October 9, 2020 7:05 am

Gratitude is a way of life. I try to take these breaks and just appreciate what i have around. This is such a beautiful post!

Dixita Agarwal
October 9, 2020 9:27 am

I have been practising gratitude and journal from long time. This is a beautiful post for beginners

rakhi parsai
October 12, 2020 7:47 pm

Absolutely agree with you. We have lived lives the way we wanted up until now. Now is the time we reflect and appreciate whatever god has given us and give back to the society in a kind way in such tough times.

Ghazala Naseem
October 15, 2020 12:10 pm

This pandemic has taught us many things the most important is To be thankful to The Almighty for all our blessings 🙂

Dipali Bhasin
October 15, 2020 3:23 pm

The pandemic has given us enough time to journey within and reflect upon our blessings. Somehow we had forgotten to pause and appreciate what we have in the pre-COVID era. Gratitude and hope is what keeps people braving hard times.

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October 15, 2020 4:55 pm

Its right that now is the time to practice the religion of humanity. Our vert existence as a species depends on it. Well written Vartika.

October 15, 2020 7:47 pm

Completely agree Vartika! The pandemic has actually changed our lives and for some its been really tough. Its really a time to reflect, pause and count our blessings.

MeenalSonal Mathur
October 16, 2020 4:20 am

Taking a pause is so important in life else we miss to reflect on the learnings.

Mandavi Jaiswal
October 16, 2020 7:33 am

Each one of us have to take that tiny step that we can towards rebuilding the country.

Manisha Garg
October 16, 2020 9:48 am

Things have changed so drastically in the past few months, I am thankful with my blessings and pray the best for all in these times.

October 16, 2020 9:54 am

Such a difficult time we all are facing right now. While I’m desperately looking for the silver lining, it is heartbreaking to know that this is the new normal.

Richa Mina
October 17, 2020 6:48 am

i thank god for shelter, work and most of all for safety of our loved ones. Nowadays everyday brings a new challenge so we all must stand united and we’ll get through the difficult times.

Dr.Amrita Basu
October 17, 2020 12:57 pm

It’s so true .The world needs to heal slowly and we need to take better care of those who need it

Paresh Godhwani
October 17, 2020 1:14 pm

Yes, the virus has shaken our lives and sown the seeds of fear in us but actually it is a global scam and our fear has been used by those conspired it. Hopefully everything will be on track soon.

Geethica Mehra
October 17, 2020 7:33 pm

Each and every word is so true, Vartika. I have also written a post in the month of April and another in the next month thanking for all the privileges we have that make us better together in 2020.

October 18, 2020 4:10 pm

This time has truly brought many things into perspective, we must never forget that. Gratitude changes so much.

October 22, 2020 1:48 pm

I totally agree with you Vartika. This pandemic has changed the world, our life and everythig upside down in past few months. God knows when will it get over.

Jyoti Jha
Jyoti Jha
October 24, 2020 12:35 pm

These are some wise thoughts, and we can only hope that more and more people follow this. Instead of complaining at the slightest of inconvenience, we should learn to count our blessings and be more thankful for them.
Very well penned!

Dipika Singh
October 24, 2020 7:32 pm

Gratitude is the best virtue, as a parent I try to inculcate this good habit in my little one too. Appreciating life’s little smiles brings happiness home.

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