How Gratitude Helped Me Nurture Myself - Swapna's Gratitude Story
3rd Jan 2018 , Swapna Raghu Sanand
Ruskin Bond's autobiography ''Lone Fox Dancing" feels like a warm hug on a cold, winter night, as he takes you through heartwrenching moments in his early years when he lost his father, was almost abandoned by his mother and had to fend for himself to reach where he is today.
Roshani Shenazz Nadirshah's ''Angels Speak'' is always at my bedside, giving me beautiful messages when I seek the advice of Angels. I find that each advice that I receive for a specific query or problem is not just apt but turns out to be 100% correct. An element of divinity, as we attribute to works of spiritual seekers, makes this book truly nothing less than a gift of the Angels.
Aarti Raheja's ''Where One is Not a Number'' is perhaps that one book that made a huge difference to me this year as it teaches us why we need to look at the death of a loved one from a completely detached perspective and focus on the lessons it brings our way. As a mother who lost her twelve-year-old son, Aarti Raheja shares her experiences with what happened afterward to help her cope with the grief and sorrow. The messages she receives make sense and bring solace. This year, I have already bought three copies of her book from Amazon and gifted it to loved ones.
For me, gratitude is an everyday habit. I find myself expressing gratitude for every little thing in the journey of life. The wise words of Brother David Steindl-Rast gently remind us, ''It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.''
I wish you all a beautiful, prosperous year in 2018, with this prayer - let's make every moment an offering of gratitude to the Almighty, with acts of gentle compassion and love to those around us.
Swapna Raghu Sanand is a working mom, a spiritual seeker who blogs about the struggles she faces in the journey of life, the books & experiences that make a difference to her life and her mission is to make everyone happier from within than ever before.