Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Blessings

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 2
The B piece - Blessings

So when we ask and it is given, we consider ourselves blessed.

When we find that great job, fancy house and car etc, we consider ourselves blessed.

When money starts to pour in, we consider ourselves blessed.

There was a time when I too looked at the materialistic things in life as blessings, didn't appreciate all the things I had in my life, craved for more and more.

Then about 10 years ago, the Gods above started to throw me some curved balls. These are moments of great learning. If only we understand and care to learn.

And then 4 years ago it dealt me the biggest blow of all. My father passed away unexpectedly and suddenly. It shook me to the core.

I missed him so much - all the little things - breakfast with him each morning - a cup of tea now and then on the weekend - sudoku puzzles - reciting Rabindranath Tagore's "Where the mind is without fear" together, watching cricket or tom and jerry cartoons - playing trivial pursuit - watching him play with my kids - and many more.

His death taught me the meaning of life - to appreciate whatever is thrown our way, to also see the small things as great blessings, that this life is but a transitory moment in time and that we come with nothing and we go with nothing.

All we take with us are the knowledge we acquire, our experiences in this journey we call life, the choices we make, and the love that we share.

Blessings come in small packages every moment of every day.
My family, friends and wonderful workmates
The food on my table
Clean fresh air, the wind, the sunshine
Night time and sleep (rest heals our body)
Good health, the ability to see hear, speak, smell, taste, think
The hills I see each morning
The trees and flowers in my garden
The birds that drop by to feed on left over bread
And there are so many more little packages.



Be Blessed, Stay Blessed.


Written for: A to Z Challenge and The Ultimate Blogging Challenge


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73 comments:

  1. Indeed we should count our blessings everyday and be thankful for it... A poignant post Suzy....and you know my B is also Blessing :)

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    1. Thanks Naba. Blessing is a good word and great minds think alike :)

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  2. I am so sorry for you loss as I know how it feels as I have lost both my mom and my daughter and it is supposed to get easier but I am not sure if or when it happens.

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    1. Hi Glenda, I am very sorry for your loss too. I don't think that it gets easier nor does the grief disappear. We just come to a state of acceptance. Hugs.

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  3. Lovely post Suzy! It is important to count your blessings each day and show your gratitude for even the most ordinary things! Keeping a daily gratitude journal on my phone has helped me a lot!

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Hey that's a great idea and it gave me an idea - photograph all the things I'm grateful for. Thank you.

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  4. Beautiful post Suzy...I always feel blessed when I'm out in nature...this world is so beautiful! We do need to count our blessings but not materialistically as you rightly said

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    1. Thanks PB. Yes, I love being out in nature too except when it's a cold wet blustery day!

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  5. Everyday is a blessing, right ? Every moment of life is a blessing for us to live ! A timely post, Suzy !! :)

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    1. Thanks Sreeja. Yes, every moment of every day is a blessing.

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  6. This post has a calming quality. Thanks Suzy for making it flow so well.

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Glad you find this serene.

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  7. Sorry for ur loss (about dad). Really we all shud feel blessed for too many things which we get with out much effort
    Thanks !

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    1. Thanks Afshan. Yes we should learn to be grateful for all our blessings.

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  8. I know that feeling of feeling blessed only when things go the way I want. Used to be that way till a few years ago. Liked the post very much :)

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  9. You words are so moving. Indeed we should be thankful for the little things in life.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi for your very nice comment.

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  10. My mom says if we count our blessings, we will never have time to feel sad at all!!! Nice post Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Iamstri. Your mum is a wise lady.

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  11. This post seeps right in the heart..It is so so true.. Each moments that greets us is a blessing..and all the rock and pillars in our life our greatest strength...

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    1. Thanks Shiva. You summed it up very nicely.

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  12. Oh yes, a thankful heart will find some heavenly blessings in everything! You stay blessed too! :) ♥

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. If we try hard enough we can find something to be thankful for.

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  13. Oh yes, a thankful heart will find some heavenly blessings in everything! You stay blessed too! :) ♥

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  14. Oh yes, a thankful heart will find some heavenly blessings in everything! You stay blessed too! :) ♥

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  15. So sorry about your loss. Yes, blessings come in so many forms.

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  16. Love the little blessings you pointed out. Too often our minds get fixated on big things, and we fail to see the little blessings that add up.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. So true we mostly focus on the big stuff. But little things bring great joy.

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  17. Sometimes we need to lose something precious before we learn to value our blessings. Sad about your father Suzy but I'm sure he's watching over you.

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    1. Thanks Tulika. I'm sure he is but it's a hard loss to bear.

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  18. Really sorry for your loss, Suzy. I can only imagine how you must have felt. But it is important, like you say, to count our blessings and stay blessed.

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. The memories of him keep him alive for me. Blessings to you.

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  19. Lovely post. I can't imagine how hard that must of been. I hope you continue to be blessed.

    Rhi
    scruffy-duck.net

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    1. Thanks Rhi. Blessings to you too.

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  20. True Suzy at times we begin to take money or things as blessings rather than the people or love we are bestowed with...

    Richa

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    1. Thanks Richa. The world we live in is so materialistic.

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  21. So important but not always easy to remember the blessings. A good reminder here.

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    1. Thanks Kate. Yes, not easy to remember. Glad you dropped by

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  22. Counting blessings each day is as important as breathing. Like you, I learned the hard way after losing first my mom then my dad. Lovely post! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. It's truly a hard and heart wrenching way to learn some lessons. Hugs to you my friend

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  23. Suzy, because I know how this feels..................hugs...............and blessings.

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    1. Thanks Vinita. Hugs and Blessings to you too.

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  24. There's nothing like gratitude to pin the sun back up on your sky. Blessedness is a magnet that attracts more of its kind! :)

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    1. So true Dagny - law of attraction, what you put out you get back.

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  25. Appreciating the little things is the sure path to happiness! Blessing is a beautiful word, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Vidya. Took me many years to learn that.

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  26. Too often we miss noticing what we have. I loved the list of blessings at the end of your post.
    The birder in me has to ask: Are those mynahs or babblers?

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    1. Thanks Shail. They are starlings - mynah ?

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  27. A really worthwhile reminder, Suzy - thank you. And I'm sorry about the loss of your father. That sounds like a tough thing to try to rebuild your life after.

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    1. Thanks Lizzi. It's a hard loss to bear.

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  28. Beautiful post, Suzy. Indeed we do ignore the little pockets of sunshines in our lives in the hope of finding bigger happiness. But gratitude sure makes those little things beautify our lives. :) Stay blessed

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    1. Thanks Kajal. Very nicely said. Blessings to you too.

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  29. Very well said. I am sure your dad is smiling down at you now. He must be a proud man. Beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks Pooja that's sweet of you to say.

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  30. I am so sorry for your loss and it is even harder when it is not expected. It shakes you to the core. Such an important lesson you learned though - to appreciate the blessings you have new every day. You touched my heart

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    1. Thanks Carol. It's a hard loss to bear. Hugs.

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  31. That's a touching post, Suzy. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad but I'm sure he is looking down and inspiring you to count your blessings. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks Ovengoodies. It gives me great comfort to think that he's watching from somewhere. Glad you dropped by.

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  32. If the cloud is silver, it's a blessing.
    If the cloud is dark, the silver lining is a blessing!

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    1. Yep ProactiveIndian. The cloud always finds a way to win!

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  33. Blessings come in all sorts of packages don't they? But once we start to see them, they seem to multiply. Lovely post, Suzy. The picture at the end is so soothing!

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    1. Thanks Corinne. Yes, blessings are packaged in so many ways. Once you start opening them up it's quite delightful

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  34. Relate to what you said so much. Beautifully put. It's the small lil things in life which are so precious..The moment we start to value them, life becomes a much better place. .Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Loudthinkin. glad you liked and related to my post. thanks for dropping by.

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  35. I'm happy to see so many gratitude projects on the rise -- it lends me hope that we are, as a people, slowly coming to understand that every cloud has a silver lining, and it is up to us as individuals to find it. Love this post, and this positive series!

    I'm participating in AtoZ, too. See you around!
    ~Andi-Roo
    @TheWorld4Realz / TheWorld4Realz.com

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    1. Thanks Andi-Roo. It's great to see a shift to the positive aspects of life Collective consciousness is powerful and when the pendulum swings to the positive side, we'll see a shift in this world for sure. So glad you are enjoying my posts.

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