Being Grateful

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. There are so many people in our lives who make us happy. As Marcel Proust said, these people are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. These are the people who make our world a bit more happier with their presence and leave a heart-warming imprint with their words and actions.

Today, I am grateful for…

  • The Indian chefs in our hotel who are going the extra mile to serve us Indian food. Kuwaiti cuisine, an infusion of Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines is pre-dominantly non-vegetarian. While I am a meat eater, I don’t prefer to eat it in every meal which is the norm here and so is the case with my colleagues. Also the regular menu has just a couple of vegetarian options, which we got bored of eating pretty soon.  We had a chat with the 2 chefs and they said that they’d be happy to cook special vegetarian meal for us every day and since the last 3 days, our hearts and tummies are doing a happy dance.
  • Aaryan, who showed extreme maturity at school. Both KG and I, during our WhatsApp chat had tears of happiness and pride in our eyes.
  • KG who is my strength and my biggest supporter. During our recent chat when I felt so lost and disillusioned. His words comforted and inspired me to believe in myself. And I am also grateful for the way he is managing it all alone so well.
  • The cab driver outside our hotel who greets us every morning with a cheery smile and good wishes even though we have never used his cab service.
  • The Indian staff at the hotel who stop by and chat with us in Hindi and go to such lengths to make our work and stay comfortable.

I must sign off now, as my coffee needs me. Oh, I am grateful for this hot coffee on this cold evening too!


And I am also grateful to you, for taking the time to read this post!

Linking this to November 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles and NaBloPoMo


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28 thoughts on “Being Grateful

    • Yes, a big thanks to the chefs for doing so much for us, every single day. It’s because of the support of KG and Aaryan too that I am able to stay away from home for so long. Thankful for my boys!! πŸ™‚

    • True, gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. Thanks Rachna.

  1. Being grateful is a habit and you seem to have made it a way of life, Shilpa.
    It is so nice of the Hotel Chef and Staff to go out of their way to make you and your team comfortable. I hope you realise that you people also remind them of home and make them smile too:)
    I loved reading this post. Hope you enjoyed your coffee:)

    • Yes, it’s the feeling of meeting somebody from back home that forms that instant bond. And this is mutual. Thanks Mayuri. Glad you enjoyed reading this post! The coffee was good. Come over and we will have coffee together! πŸ™‚

    • That’s absolutely true and it is said that if you want to find happiness, find gratitude.
      What would we do with our families and their rock solid support and love. Thanks Parul. And let’s have that coffee together sometimes soon!

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