2:01 PM Priyanka 10 Comments

This post is about gratitude. Something so simple, yet so rare.

We have a canteen system in our university. Each one having stalls representing different cuisines. Over the years of feasting at your favorite canteens, you grow familiar with the stall owners. In return they start recognizing you too, often to the extent of catching on with your taste and preparing your order in advance, and if kind and trusting enough, they might sometimes let you pay them later or round up your bills and spare you from rummaging your pockets for change.

Some of them however make you wonder.

There's this old chap who mans his stall with the help of an assistant and a cook. If I didn't know any better I'd say he was the reincarnation of grumpy the dwarf. The only thing that makes me look past that perpetual frown on his face, is the mouth-watering assortment of dishes on display at his stall. These few weeks I've been visiting his stall on a regular basis and each day seems to lay on him fresh griefs and miseries. He would be stingy in the portions he gives, would haggle over the prices and always sound pathetic, forgetful and miserable. Almost enough to make you lose your appetite even before the start of your meal. My first reaction towards his behavior was pity. I figured the guy had a lot of troubles to deal with and the least I could do was not hate him for that, but sometimes his insolence would cross the line and I would wonder if things are really that bad or if it's just him.

They say with gratitude the universe is infinitely abundant.

There's a metaphysical idea (as showcased in the movie happythankyoumoreplease) that the universe is listening to you, it's always hearing you and so if something great is happening, you can say, "I'm happy! Thank you! n yea yea yea I'll take more of that, I'll order more of that you hear me?" Gratitude is this really powerful force that so few have ever really felt. Like that old guy we're all a little restless and dissatisfied with what we have because everything culturally is trying to show us what we don't -"if only I had that I would be happier" but even after getting that, we wake up the next morning, still unhappy.

The only worthwhile prayer is a prayer of thanks. To be grateful for what you have and not sad or angry for what you don't. I wish he'd realize that.

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sanam! said...

What if you are regretting for what you did not do? :O

sanam! said...

You could have had something only if you had valued time! :/

Priyanka said...

Regret is always for the past, so what you no longer have in this case is 'time'. Instead of grieving over lost time then you can be grateful for the present and its ample possibilities :)

Sriti Yadav said...

Precious yet rare...!!! Soo true...!!

Agee with you . Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Emily Meyers said...

Hey there! I found you via the friday hop and just added myself to your followers! Maybe you could follow back? :) Also I wanted to invite you to come enter a huge Steve Madden giveaway I'm having right now!!
Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!


an attitude of gratitude is the best perspective in life.

ApplePie said...

Thanks for the tips! I followed you and I just started a blog, it's dutch. But you could use translate of course. Following me would mean alot to me!

Hi there! I found you on the Blog Hop and am now a new follower. I'd love a follow back at sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com and on Pinterest. I follow back all my Pinterest followers :)

Novelist said...

Hey Priyanka. First off, thanks for the great writing. I really enjoyed reading your posts, particularly the one about the yellow highlighter.

By the way, I randomly chanced across your blog when I was looking for a different blog (also called 'Girl on the Move') - got interested, kept reading, and then when I got to the post on the food court, I realised you're in Singapore - just like me! coincidence? (or maybe, Google is tracking my location).

Anyway, thought that was kinda cool. Good luck with everything!