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8 Things I am Grateful for: A Thanksgiving Photo Journal

In some religions, including Hinduism and Islam – people tie sacred threads on tree branches or a carved window, like in the picture above, as a prayer to the almighty to fulfill their wish. They are supposed to spell out the wish without sharing it with anyone and tie a sacred thread for each wish. When the wish is fulfilled – months or even years later – they come back to untie the thread. 

In the picture above, there is a thread or two that I had tied – some years back and went back to untie.

But today, I don't intend to talk about my wishes.

Rather, I feel like redefining the purpose of the thread – for myself. I want to tie threads on a wish tree like that to express my gratitude for all that I value in my life. Today evening, I am going to tie eight threads for the eight things that I am truly, deeply thankful for. :) 

  • I'm truly grateful for this blog due to which I'm able to pursue my passion – every single day – for learning, creativity writing and living an intentional life. It also gives me a unique opportunity to make a difference to this world – however small it might be – and inspire people to unlock their creative instinct, and pursue what they love. Through it, I have been able to interact with so many of you – like-minded, inspiring and supportive people across the world, and this is what makes this journey so fulfilling. 
    I've taken many tours and detours and have learnt my share of life-lessons to be able to clearly identify what's my calling. No more detours. :)

  • I'm grateful for the innocent, pure and selfless love of babies and kids. I must confess, they make my heart dance with joy. They bring out the child in me; they make me shed a tear of joy without a tangible rhyme or reason. They are God's gift to this world full of adult intentions. I am so grateful to be able to spend time with those lovely little girls in my family right now – Sarah, Asmitha and Pari. These little girls are a blessing to my family. If, through this blog, I can inspire parents and educators to value the importance of child-led learning and play for our children, my purpose for this blog will be achieved. Too many kids are buckling under the burden of academics; It's high time we adults stopped 'playing' with their childhood.

  • I'm truly, deeply grateful for the little and big joys of nature. I have shared this before a number of times and have no hesitation in sharing again – I feel a type of love that transcends any other type of love – for the elements of nature. The leaves, the flowing river, the river stones, dew drops and rain – I feel I am part of them. No exaggeration. If I was ever marooned on an island full of nature, I would not miss a worldly beat. This is the reason I want to be able to do organic farming some day in a land surrounded my mountains. No wishful thinking this. I do want to make it happen!

  • I'm grateful to the divine to have shown me the path of spirituality and helped me connect with my higher self. It makes any routine day peaceful and special. It's almost like spring cleaning – every day of the year.

  • I'm grateful that I'm living in a time when people all around are gradually waking up to realize their creative instinct and their passions and making an effort to live their dreams. I'm a live example of it and I'm glad so many more are doing or trying to do what they love and be who they really are. I'm grateful to know some of these people – Lori of Life for Instance who went through a crooked life-path, as she says, before she realized her dream – of publishing her own book; or Farnoosh Brock of prolific Living who quit her high-profile corporate career  to dare the path of entrepreneurship; or Patricia of Critters and Crayons who, after being a female military leader for 10 years, decided to be a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) – and realized motherhood during army could have made her an even more able leader – laced with compassion and caring! Many more such stories are doing the rounds around the world. Doing what you love – this could possibly be the most convincing and creative way to make this world a happier place?
  • I'm grateful that I have grown up to nurture values that I am truly proud of. What I am today or what I have chosen to do is essentially due to what I believe in – humility, kindness, justice, gratitude, being helpful and finally – being true to myself. Yes, I can vouch for these. I don't think I have or will ever betray my values and let myself down. 

  • I'm grateful that our family is able to make enough money to be able to spend on things that can enrich our learning – books, travel, music and passions like photography, which does not come cheap. We are not super rich and that makes having what we have – all the more valuable. Being able to have all that you want -anytime – is no fun. To be able to have only one over the other makes you enjoy the thrill of earning it. Ever so grateful for that. 

  • I'm grateful for the people in my life – my near and dear ones and my few close friends. I'm grateful for their support and care and concern. It would mean nothing to have the dreams and goals but not have your family to share this journey with. I especially want to mention my hubby – Avie – who has helped me with his time, advice and expertise in every endeavour of mine – be it blogging, my love for photography or earlier – help with setting up my business. It wouldn't be too much to thank him every single day. Amen.

I could list a hundred things that I am grateful for right now. The simple joys of life – they are the most endearing. Yet, why do we take them for granted? No more. I want to develop a conscious attitude for gratitude and thank God for this beautiful festival – Thanksgiving – it made me sit down and pen my thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, dear readers.

What are you grateful for today?

I'd love reading your thoughts.

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  • Life, for instance November 24, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    I’m grateful that I have met people such as yourself in my year of blogging! How else would we meet soul sisters and share aspects of their lives but through a medium like this?
    Thank you for the mention. Perhaps my favorite line in this post is this:”Doing what you love – this could possibly be the most convincing and creative way to make this world a happier place?” 
    You’re doing a great job here!

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 12:06 pm

      @lori:twitter Kindred souls we are, no doubt about it. I felt this all through when reading your book – ‘The Happy Place’, too. We’ve only had a few interactions and yet I feel so close to you. Strange are the ways of this universe!
      Glad you liked that ‘specific’ line (“Doing what you love – this could possibly be the most convincing and creative way to make this world a happier place?” ). Again, goes on to show the kind of things we relate and resonate with…!
      Thank you, Lori, for being here and for your support :)

  • Crittersandcrayons November 24, 2011, 3:00 pm

    This is simply stunning.  This entire post is a work of art, Rashmie.  I am thankful you wrote this.

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 12:03 pm

      @6657fb628cf71eee05fe12847478ab27:disqus So honoured you think this is a work of art. What more do I need! Thank you, my dear, for such a beautiful comment :)

  • Bernadette Grbic November 24, 2011, 4:25 pm

    absolutely heartwarming, beautiful and sincere. It touched my heart as I read your word/thoughts and I thank you for all of you that you share with us.


    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 12:02 pm

      @twitter-69892555:disqus I am so overwhelmed to know these notes touched your heart. Means a lot… :)
      Thank you so much for your friendship :)

  • Ashu singh November 24, 2011, 6:32 pm

    Lovely write up Rashmie Dear.I always says…yeh jo dil se
    likhte ho dil ko chu jata hai…beautiful.

    And special time of the year to thank you as well from our
    side too… for giving spark  to our
    creative interest. Thanks to you and your blog  to give us path to walk on….You are
    inspiration for us.

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 12:00 pm

      @02c123904468944e28768e91c543b8db:disqus My dear, I am so touched by your message. It’s wonderful to know this blog has been  an inspiration for you and has given direction to your creative passion. I hope I can live upto your expectation, always :)

  • Manish Jaju November 24, 2011, 7:39 pm

    This was so inspiring and heart-touching. Before reading this article, I just finished writing the note for Pari on what I am thankful for in my life. Thanks to your thoughtful initiative, it made me (and Srishti and Mum) sit down and pen a few words of gratitude and reflect on things that are making my life worthwhile. Very beautiful thoughts indeed expressed here by you… and thanks for everything, dear Sis :)

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:58 am

      @5978d6620474771281e784e710778c92:disqus I have to tell you this, Mannu – I LOVED reading your handwritten thanksgiving note. Can’t wait to turn your note and all others that we wrote that day – into an art journal.
      Thanks for reading mine. So happy you liked it…..

  • Antarv November 25, 2011, 1:31 am

    I wish I could express myself as well as you do.  Great reading, profound words with sense and sensibility. As I age I am more grateful than never for all I have, just the fact that I am whole and can witness these creation called life and all that comes with is a Blessing and for this I am Thankful.

    You are a beautiful person Rashmie and thank you for being my friend.  Best wishes and good fortune.  Vitoria

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:55 am

      @ada98b5fe3b320869fe043bc075b4d91:disqus Vitoria, you already express so well. And, more than anything else, your words are always so sincere, warm and genuine. Love your attitude toward life. Thanks for being my friend, my dear :) YOU are one of the most amazing ladies I’ve come across!

  • Shalini M November 25, 2011, 3:59 am

    What a wonderful message :) 
    Happy Thanksgiving Rashmi…
    Now im going to write out a few notes too :) 

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:53 am

      @a1776473c087bb658cba47838ebb1560:disqus I’d love to read your notes. Do put them down… :)

  • shal November 25, 2011, 6:59 am

    what a beautiful post! I really hope I can be where you are soon. so inspiring!

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:52 am

      @49b994e15edb185db43ffdee576ebcfa:disqus I’m sure you’ll be soon there – where you want to be. You just need to consciously think and do all you can to make it happen. :)
      Glad you liked reading this, Shal!

  • Sharath November 25, 2011, 8:03 am

    Thanks Rashmie for a wonderful note to read.. 

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:49 am

      @06a93c52e287dc979911717669b093ac:disqus Thanks for reading. Glad you liked :)

  • Pari25 November 25, 2011, 11:27 am

    Nice thoughts :)  

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:49 am

      @3355c9c871b6bda5862b0a18dfb565fa:disqus Thank you for reading :)

  • Anonymous November 25, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Thank you all of you for your beautiful words. You fill me with joy!
    I’ll reply to each of you over the next couple of days.
    Attending a children’s book festival tomorrow. It should be fun!
    Have a great weekend….

  • Phyllis Bergenholtz November 26, 2011, 12:49 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Your list looks much like mine!

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:48 am

      @facebook-100001015813886:disqus Thank you, dear, for reading and stopping by. So glad we share similar thoughts and values.. :)

  • Natalie November 26, 2011, 6:42 am

    It’s a great list! You have a lot to be grateful for!

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:46 am

      @1cb93aca1bdf78986aa47789cc3c41cf:disqus You’re right – so much to be thankful for. I hope to keep my own notes in mind – always! :)
      Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving :)

  • Param November 28, 2011, 7:43 am

    Rashmie, such a lovely post…God bless you and your family always.

    Sharing a beautiful quote on thanksgiving, “Gratitude
    unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and
    more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to
    clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a
    stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace
    for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.  ~Melody Beattie”

    • Anonymous December 1, 2011, 11:45 am

      @edbf39ca9b7e8f85d20b33fcb52945d6:disqus What a lovely quote! Thank you for sharing this here :) And, so happy to have you read my thankfulness notes….
      Will call you in a day. Setting the house back in order after yesterday’s chaotic party!!