Hope… Ten Things of Thankful

There’s this gal I barely know. I found her blog first, and then saw that, by a happy coincidence, she was a member at a book group I frequent on FB. The first post I read of hers was about a book that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on, and the way she wrote about it, as if the book was a person, I thought, “Here’s a fellow bookworm who I can be friends with.” She doesn’t write poems or fiction (or so she says) but what she writes, I feel she writes honestly and happily. “Write not because you have to say something but because you have something to say.” That’s what she tells. She talks a lot (which is a good thing) and she’s very fun to talk with. And well, as of this post, she’s given me a promotion from acquaintance to friend. One thing I love reading at her blog is her post on Ten Things of Thankful, so I asked her if she’d share her next TToT here at my little blog. She agreed, and here she is, The Ilirian Wanderer, with ten things she’s thankful for this week in her life.

The Saturday Spotlight – The Ilirian Wanderer

Yet another week has flown by and here I sit, tapping away at my keyboard wondering what exactly to write.

Admittedly this week will be etched in the hearts of my entire family (which comprises of my parents and two brothers) as a horrid one. The week in which a dream that had been nurtured for 26 years wilted and died.

That said, TTOT is all about goodness and not about counting the negatives in our lives is it?

Like how a friend taught me, no matter what happens in life, always GET UP, DRESS UP and SHOW UP!

Life has to and WILL go on. It is your choice whether to walk that walk smiling and basking in the sunshine of Hope and good times or frowning and wilting under the burden of pain and agony!

So, here I go!


Ten Things of Thankful 06!



  • First up on the list, of course is the sheer thrill of being able to witness the long cherished dream of my dear friend blossom! A short film made by my friend has reached YouTube and I am PROUD of him. I know fully well the challenges he faced and the hard work he poured into his little dream.

    The subject of the film- LISTEN is also a valuable one.

    Thank you dear friend for letting me be a part of your team. For giving me the opportunity to learn so much and for the beautiful memories the making of this film gifted me with πŸ™‚

    May this and all other ventures you set out on meet with success. May Good Luck keep you company at all times πŸ™‚


    p style=”text-align: justify;”>P.S. The short film will be my theme for #1000speak

  • I keep reading about people with serious illnesses and other issues and I am overpowered with a deep and profound sense of gratitude for the fact that my parents, brothers, friends, loved ones and myself are all in good health.

    Good health is something all of us or rather, many of us take for granted.

    It is more precious than we acknowledge.

    Thank you…

  • My teacher and writer, Manu Remakant had gone for an expedition in the wild recently. He encountered a tiger in the while and not only was he lucky to stay alive to tell the story but he also managed to get over 15mins to sit and click away to glory! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thank you for keeping him in one piece and for giving him the amazing pics and for making his dream of seeing a Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat come true! πŸ™‚

    Here is the video of his first hand encounter with the Royal Bengal Tiger.

  • I am grateful; ever so grateful for that intangible thing we have named Hope.

    It makes you keep walking no matter what. Even when what faces you is a wall of inky black darkness, that spark of Hope that shines in your heart will light your way.

  • Just before Ted was to leave for home, he called a few mutual friends and myself for lunch. I had already had lunch by the time he called. But since he was going to be away for at least a month and a half. I figured I’d drop by any way.

    I am grateful that he called me coz it turned out to be a get-together that kindled in my heart that soothing warmth of love and affection which radiates out to build around you an aura of peaceful joy.

    Thank you… πŸ™‚

    He has landed himself an opening in Cinema. Film making is his passion. I am ever so grateful that he is able to be where he wants to be and not where the people around him want him to be. Thank you…

    And Thank God for giving me a tummy big enough to squeeze in a second lunch that day!! πŸ˜›

  • I have said this before and I will say this again. My bunch of friends is an amazing group of people. Yet again they have come to my rescue with mental, emotional and fiscal support. I have never been of any use to them yet the way they are there for me and albeit unknowingly, for my family… Blessed.

  • I was home for 3-4 days together over the last week and have spent the time with my family. It showed me that relationships are not custom made to work.

    It takes time and consistent efforts to make a relationship work in the long run. It is a question of what your priorities are and how much you WANT a relationship to work.

    It is the same for all relationships. Be it among married couples, parents and children, siblings, friends, and so on…

    It’s easy to write off people and bonds. It is easier to give up on people.

    What is hard is to take the time and effort to nurture a bond and let a relationship grow slowly and tenderly, letting its roots of trust grow and run deep.

    I suck at building and maintaining relationships. This is something I need to learn and make a part of my life.

    I need to let myself trust people.

    But when you see so many β€œfakes” around you…. :/

  • Sid called me last night and we talked for a bit. He is happy with his new job and is well settled at the moment. He has got himself a job as a social worker and spends his time helping children live better lives. I am proud of him and the dedication he pours into his work.

    Thank you for keeping my friend happy. For blessing him with the exact kind of job he wished to get. He is happy. I could feel it in the passion in his voice when he described to me the details of his work.

    I am on the lookout for an entry as a social worker myself and he said he will get in touch with me the minute he comes to know of one.

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  • My parents are going through the toughest time in their life. Mentally and emotionally they are so drained that it is a torture to just stand stare. If I were in their place I would never have had the strength they are showing now. But I guess you become stronger than you ever knew you could be when you have no other option but to be strong.

    Thank you…for the positivity and strength you are imbuing my parents hearts with every day, every moment….

  • There’s this guy I barely know. He eggs me on to keep writing. He himself is an excellent writer who can make words giggle and dance to his tunes πŸ˜‰

    He makes me smile everyday when he, through a tiny window that pops up at a corner of my computer screen, wishes me a β€œGood morning” πŸ™‚

    The little green dot beside his name makes me happy because he is a friend my pen gifted me with.

    And believe it or not, that guy ACTUALLY asked me to write in HIS blog!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    Thank you Leo for having me over! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I have never been asked by anyone to write anywhere so this little invite from you made my day!

    It means far more than you know.


    p style=”text-align: justify;”>Thank you πŸ™‚

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    Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

    14 thoughts on “Hope… Ten Things of Thankful”

    1. πŸ˜€ That was a sweet intro!!

      You ACTUALLY read that”book review”?!!?

      I didn’t think anyone did! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

      Thank you so much for having me over Leo! πŸ™‚

    2. an excellent TToT list, your host is rightly happy to have you on his blog as a guest writer.

      I certainly identify with #7. the ‘non-knowability’ of people can be rather daunting and, once in a relationship, it seems that the dynamic is not always what we anticipate and therefore can feel at a loss (of knowing the correct action).

      the TToT (‘the bloghop that Lizzi built’) is all that it is, in part, because we recognize that the negative is an inextricable part of the whole (not going so far as to say that the negative is positive), but as you note in #9, the strength within sometimes in manifested only in times of very non-positive circumstances. as a bloghop, the TToT is quite exceptional that way and, imo, would totally triumph if we ever chose to compete in the Annual World bloghop SmackDown competition! I know that your posts (at the TToT) are very much a part of what makes it the thing that it is!

      enjoyable postifying, Iliria!

      Lee oo! good call for a Guest Post!! nice work!
      (clark recently posted… TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- (this far from throwing the computer out the window!* grateful that I did not have to**))My Profile

    3. πŸ™‚ thank you Clark!

      TTOT sure is an amazing thing to be a part of. Makes me practice “count your blessings” instead of just preaching it πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading!

    4. Leo, I forgot to mention to you that my TTOT looks prettier on your page πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for having me over! πŸ™‚

      You should join in for TTOT too! It’s AWESOME! πŸ™‚

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