My 2014 - Sundari Venkatraman
The transformation of my life actually began on December 11, 2013.
I had attended a lecture by Dr. Sneh Desai, a guy in his late 20s or maybe early 30s (Arre, my daughter is as old as he is). He took a class on Bhagavat Gita on three consecutive mornings between 7-8 am. I go to sleep at 2 am or later in the night (or morning as you perceive it) and wake up earliest at around 9 am. I think my life was meant to be transformed. I attended Dr. Desai’s class on all three days and was never late.
Dr. Desai said:
“What is prayer? You stand before God and go on asking and asking and asking, like a beggar. Is that what prayer is? “The Divine knows what you require and He has already given it all to you. All you have to do is offer your gratitude.”
Well said! But how to cultivate this attitude of gratitude? He had an answer for that as well.
“We as people are neither negative nor positive. It is our attitude. That’s because we focus on a string of incidences that influences us. Create a diary where you make a note of every single thing that you can offer thanks to the Divine at the end of every day. What will happen over a period of time is that your focus will shift to all those good things that happen to you and your attitude changes to positive.”
And I began maintaining a Gratitude Journal beginning December 11, 2013. I have to mention here that I don’t offer any excuse. I work on writing this journal every night – whether I am home or out of town on a holiday in a hotel room; whether I have guests or whatever. They say that the brain catches our thoughts and transforms itself, in turn bringing about a change in world around us.
Writing words of thanks to The Almighty and to the people around me – day after day – changed my life forever. I, who had been chasing publishers from around the world for 13 years, decided to go the self-publishing way. Marketing help came in the form of Rubina Ramesh and The Book Club was formed. I am thrilled to say that the first book we promoted was mine.
I must say the whole Universe has since been conspiring to make my life easier and better. All because I decided to say “Thank You” for all that I already have. As the days pass, I realise that I do have PLENTY. 2014 has been a year of progress, by leaps and bounds. At the end of it, I can only say “Thank You” for the fantastic year that has been. I am sure 2015 will be even better as I have cultivated the attitude of gratitude – on a daily basis.
Wishing everyone a VERY HAPPY 2015!
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