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Posted Aug 19 2009 6:32pm

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“It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Pune, India, where i reside there is the growing threat of the H1N1 Virus. Pune seems to have become the epicenter of the outbreak for this particular deadly virus. My daughter and I haven’t left the house for nearly 2 weeks now, because children are more prone to contracting the virus. So have kept my little one busy at home and since i have a home office its OK. But my hubby has to wear the mask to leave the house and in crowded places. The death toll has been rising everyday since the outbreak about a week and a half ago.

In the wake of this epidemic and death at such close proximity, i have been forced to reevaluate my life. Its not like i haven’t seen death up close; in fact my father passed away early on in life and then my younger brother in a car accident in the peak of his youth. So, death doesn’t scare me, in the ‘oh God I’m going to die’ sense…I have come to terms with Gods plan, and don’t question his decisions. I know all those who do pass away go to better place and soon we all have to go there too.

I used to think i was living one day at a time..and making the most of life. But when i sit to reassess my life today; yes, I am living one day at a time, but i am living for myself…and taking all the credit, that life taught me blah blah….But, in reality its not Life that teaches you, its the people you meet in your life that do.

thank-you After that reality struck me, i went on a connecting frenzy. I managed to call all my near and dear friends and relatives, just to say hi and catch up. Some whom i hadn’t talked with in months. After the whole 3 day marathon of talking and emailing, i was feeling pretty good with myself. I felt all these people needed to be acknowledged and thanked for their contribution to making me the way i am and to helping me get here.

And then another conscience call hit me{this conscience has a way of creeping up on you suddenly!!}… What about all those people who you are not in touch with?? The teacher from 3rd Grade who helped you when that Fat bully Guy was harassing you or the bus driver who took you for an extra round when you were a sobby 10yr old just so that you could find your stop or the nurse who helped you go to the bathroom after your C-section. Also, What about all those who did genuinely hurt you all through your life? The rude and nasty people you have come across, in their nastiness i did end up learning as well. I learned the ways of the world. I have to give them that credit isnt it??

Now my dilemma is this, I want to acknowledge these people for being a part of my life and teaching me…but how do i go about doing it?? Thank the Lord for the internet, i found quite a few of them. Yes, even my teacher and even that bully who is now not such a bully. I did connect with them…had a heart to heart and felt good..and surprisingly made a friend out of the bully-turned-good guy.

I am not connecting with these people to tell them things like…’ there’s an epidemic and i am scared’, cause i truly wasn’t….. I am connecting with them cause i have realized that these are the people who have enhanced and added depth to the quality of my life and i just needed to thank them for it.

Every person you meet teaches you something about yourself you never knew before. Whether good or bad. This weird scare of an epidemic knocked some sense into me and made me take these steps to enhance my life even further. I also realized that in living one day at a time, if i am not thanking the people i meet today for their contribution to my life, I am surely going to regret it on my death bed or when i am truly Gone to the Lord.

So, from today onwards irrespective of the experience good or bad, irrespective of the person kind or nasty, I am going to be truly thankful to them all. Milkman, postman, cleaning lady, supermarket attendant, watchman, tailor, neighbor, driver, the mean neighbor who play the loudest music at 3a.m. everybody. Just one smile and  Thank you. Just say thank you and mean it from the bottom of your heart…you know why you’re thanking them. You don’t have to give them the explanation.

This is what i have done to enhance my life today.

“I shall journey through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now; Let me not neglect or defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~Jerry Lewis

Have you already enhanced you life with the virtue of Thank You? Or do you have another way of adding depth to your life? Please do share in the comment. Would love to know how else i can add depth to my life.

Also, I request you to please say a prayer for all the people who are suffering H1N1 virus and for those who arent as well so that they may remain safe.

Please share this post on the social media site of your choice.

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59361204.soulis_cherry_blossoms_1

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Pune, India, where i reside there is the growing threat of the H1N1 Virus. Pune seems to have become the epicenter of the outbreak for this particular deadly virus. My daughter and I haven’t left the house for nearly 2 weeks now, because children are more prone to contracting the virus. So have kept my little one busy at home and since i have a home office its OK. But my hubby has to wear the mask to leave the house and in crowded places. The death toll has been rising everyday since the outbreak about a week and a half ago.

In the wake of this epidemic and death at such close proximity, i have been forced to reevaluate my life. Its not like i haven’t seen death up close; in fact my father passed away early on in life and then my younger brother in a car accident in the peak of his youth. So, death doesn’t scare me, in the ‘oh God I’m going to die’ sense…I have come to terms with Gods plan, and don’t question his decisions. I know all those who do pass away go to better place and soon we all have to go there too.

I used to think i was living one day at a time..and making the most of life. But when i sit to reassess my life today; yes, I am living one day at a time, but i am living for myself…and taking all the credit, that life taught me blah blah….But, in reality its not Life that teaches you, its the people you meet in your life that do.

thank-you After that reality struck me, i went on a connecting frenzy. I managed to call all my near and dear friends and relatives, just to say hi and catch up. Some whom i hadn’t talked with in months. After the whole 3 day marathon of talking and emailing, i was feeling pretty good with myself. I felt all these people needed to be acknowledged and thanked for their contribution to making me the way i am and to helping me get here.

And then another conscience call hit me{this conscience has a way of creeping up on you suddenly!!}… What about all those people who you are not in touch with?? The teacher from 3rd Grade who helped you when that Fat bully Guy was harassing you or the bus driver who took you for an extra round when you were a sobby 10yr old just so that you could find your stop or the nurse who helped you go to the bathroom after your C-section. Also, What about all those who did genuinely hurt you all through your life? The rude and nasty people you have come across, in their nastiness i did end up learning as well. I learned the ways of the world. I have to give them that credit isnt it??

Now my dilemma is this, I want to acknowledge these people for being a part of my life and teaching me…but how do i go about doing it?? Thank the Lord for the internet, i found quite a few of them. Yes, even my teacher and even that bully who is now not such a bully. I did connect with them…had a heart to heart and felt good..and surprisingly made a friend out of the bully-turned-good guy.

I am not connecting with these people to tell them things like…’ there’s an epidemic and i am scared’, cause i truly wasn’t….. I am connecting with them cause i have realized that these are the people who have enhanced and added depth to the quality of my life and i just needed to thank them for it.

Every person you meet teaches you something about yourself you never knew before. Whether good or bad. This weird scare of an epidemic knocked some sense into me and made me take these steps to enhance my life even further. I also realized that in living one day at a time, if i am not thanking the people i meet today for their contribution to my life, I am surely going to regret it on my death bed or when i am truly Gone to the Lord.

So, from today onwards irrespective of the experience good or bad, irrespective of the person kind or nasty, I am going to be truly thankful to them all. Milkman, postman, cleaning lady, supermarket attendant, watchman, tailor, neighbor, driver, the mean neighbor who play the loudest music at 3a.m. everybody. Just one smile and  Thank you. Just say thank you and mean it from the bottom of your heart…you know why you’re thanking them. You don’t have to give them the explanation.

This is what i have done to enhance my life today.

“I shall journey through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now; Let me not neglect or defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~Jerry Lewis

Have you already enhanced you life with the virtue of Thank You? Or do you have another way of adding depth to your life? Please do share in the comment. Would love to know how else i can add depth to my life.

Also, I request you to please say a prayer for all the people who are suffering H1N1 virus and for those who arent as well so that they may remain safe.

Please share this post on the social media site of your choice.

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