I am typically running around like a nut case trying to get through the day.
Today evening, after a long day, I made a conscious effort to be mindful and be in the moment.
I made some chai for the boys and served it to them.
Then, I went out and sat down to enjoy my cup of chai.
I noticed the evening sun peeking through the trees.
I saw the bees buzzing around the grass and flowers.
I felt the nectar dripping on me from the pink flowers above.
I heard the birds chirping near and far.
I tasted the ginger as I sipped the chai.
I saw the sun setting. It made the blades of grass glisten.
Then, as the moon came out, I saw the lightening bugs flashing by me.
I just sat there.
I couldn’t have normally held myself in the chair for so many minutes.
My instinct would have been to hurry the boys through dinner, catch up on email, and get thru my never ending todo list.
The only reason I sat in the chair and was mindful, was because Lata Ji was with me. She was singing Ae Dil E Nadaan…just for me.
Here is her enthralling voice:
Her voice was so ethereal and although I didn’t understand a word of what she sang…I sat there entranced and absorbed in the evening….with so much joy and not a care in the world.
It was a special evening.
It is one of those evenings that will flash through my memory, as I draw in my last breath.
I hope you had a good evening.
Richness isn’t measured by wealth.
Because, the most precious thing in the world is to have at least one friend that will make you “anda gunda” (lots) of mushroom soup with loads of ginger, garlic, black pepper and red chili because:
a) they simply can’t stand what a wimp you are and
b) they are sick and tired of you moping around about how scratchy your throat has been.
That is the most precious thing.
Counting by that standards, I beat Buffet and Gates hands down.
Whether you are standing underneath the mistletoe with your sweetheart,
Whether you are rushing home to be with your loved ones,
Whether you are gathering near the overloaded holiday dinner table,
Wherever you are struggling through year end commitments,
Whether you are wondering where life is going to take you next,
Whether you are standing on a cold dark windy beach with your dog and wondering how much longer until you see Mom again,
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you find warmth and cheer (within you and outside you) during this last week of 2017.
As 2017 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to tell you that I am grateful for your readership. Despite a busy life, I continue to write because of the personal connections it helps me make with you.
Thank you for letting me sharing my stories with you. Thank you for reaching out to me and trusting me with your most personal stories.
I wish you a joyful holiday season surrounded by the warmth and cheer of family and friends.
I also wish you a happy and healthy 2018!