Ten Things of Thankful – To Hope, Friendship and Belief (#2)

Written as part of Ten Things of Thankful.


Ten Things of Thankful (#2)

To Hope, Friendship and Belief

Dear ME,

It has been a wonderful week, hasn’t it? Yes, I know you feel it has been long, and tiring, and I wouldn’t disagree.

You know, it’s a blessing that you are a writer. To take a thought and turn it into words is so satisfying. Did you realize you’ve written for four days in a row after four months? It’s a start, given that next month is April and you’re going to be writing the entire month. Yes, you might still have a doubt about that, but trust me, you’re going to. You love doing that A to Z challenge. And you’re doing it for the sixth time. So let’s be thankful for April and hope you complete it for the fourth time.

You know God isn’t in an idol, but wasn’t it kind of satisfying to see him being adorned by almonds that you gave? I know you’re thankful for His presence, and this week wouldn’t have turned out this way but for His guidance. Not that you need a temple to know that, because He’s in your heart.

Not that you need reminding, but you are thankful for books. But more importantly, you are thankful for that happiness which comes from seeing a friend happy because you sent them a book. You are happy to see the pictures they send or post of the books they got from you, and know that the books which you love hold a wonderful place in their shelf now. It’s a memory you cherish now, and you will always.

This week, a dear one held something back from you. And I know you are hurt because of that, because you trust them so much, and wish they’d share that news with you. It makes you feel they don’t trust you with it. And you’re right to be hurt. It’s not a secret that’ll end the world if they share it with you. But be thankful for that pain which came now, because you know that it’ll come in the future too and that you will be prepared for it then. Be thankful that you have the heart to take it, survive it and move on. You have faced worse, and come out of it. Tell yourself, “This is nothing.”

I know you know this, but you have two wonderful parents. They love you a lot, more than you could ever give back. This week, they’ve tried to help you with your future. Maybe the future will not end up where they have tried to guide you to this week, or maybe it will. That’s something you don’t know. But be thankful, and I know you are, that they cared enough to do it. Their dream for you is for you to make your dreams come true. So be thankful for their belief, and put your best foot forward to get there.

Not every team leader will be as relaxed with the project as yours is. Be thankful for that trust he has in your skill and your ability to ensure that the project reaches where it has to. I know you’re giving it your best. Be thankful for that space he gives you to shape the project your way than his way, and make sure you don’t let him down.

This week has had its fair share of trials, fair share of things to pull you down. But it’s a blessing that there are people around you who know you’re in the dumps and don’t leave you alone till they know you’re almost okay. I’m talking of course about your friends. I still can’t figure out how they look past the smile you paste on your face, and the “I’m fine” you tell for their satisfaction, and tell you, “You ain’t fooling me, bud. You’re not fine, and I intend to do something about it.” And when you are looking to make excuses to avoid becoming cheerful, they go bossy and make you do what you have to do realize you have things to be happy about. Be thankful that you have such people around you, or you wouldn’t have been around to realize this.

It might be silly, but you are thankful for chocolate. Charles M. Schulz once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” And boy was he right! It’s a sweet miracle to keep you happy when you are happy, and make you happy when you aren’t. Cheers to chocolate. Be it an éclair, a dairy milk or that ebony & ivory dessert at Pizza Hut. Without it, your life would be a whole lot less sweet. And that’d be a travesty, right?

You’re thankful for hope. It’s something you have in you that no one can take away. And it is something you believe in. It’s something that resurfaces even if you sink it, and something that you find easy to write out. It’s what makes a story happen at a moment’s notice and a rhyme happen without a reason. Things like #1000Speak also help to keep it alive, not just within you but in the world. The little things do matter.

Oh. Last but not least, this week, you’re thankful to that person who got you into TToT. Not just for TToT, which helps you to look back at a week gone by, but also for that guest post poem you wrote for her world, Iliria. To share a small poem there not only got a smile on your face, but on hers too. And a smile does matter, does it not?

And I know you really are thankful for all these things, because you are me, and I am you. And talking to yourself isn’t that sad either, is it? There you go. You have an eleventh thing to be thankful about. Though that doesn’t need to be counted, because you do that every time, eh?

Have a terrific weekend, and may you have things to be thankful about next Friday too.

Take care of yourself, because otherwise, I will.

Wordfully yours,

(© 13th March 2015)


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.

20 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – To Hope, Friendship and Belief (#2)”

  1. Beautiful list Leo 🙂

    I loved the way you wove all that into a letter to yourself. Beautifully written 🙂

    I do hope that that dear one does share whatever it was, with you and that your bond grows deeper.

    A smile does matter. A great deal 🙂

    Wish you an amazing weekend and and an even more beautiful new week ahead! 🙂 🙂

    • Glad you felt the list was beautiful, Pooj 🙂 I had fun writing it.

      I don’t think that dear person will reveal it to me. The secretiveness has been going on for a bit now. Though it doesn’t stunt our bond growing, it does feel odd.

      Wishing you a happy weekend 🙂 I know you’re looking forward to it.
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  2. I’m loving the first person take on the TToT! Thank you for your wonderfully written post. And please, do not ever think it’s silly to be thankful for chocolate!

  3. What a beautiful list of thankfuls and a great format! I really like that. Glad you’re joining us in the TToT – that’s kind of how it happens. Friends bring friends and it becomes such a lovely community of wonderful people. I’m kind of guessing you must be the friend that sent Poojah the books? Such a wonderful gift to give.
    Have a great week!
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  4. Im always amazed at how well my friends can read me even when I think I am totally covering up… How did Clark Kent get away with just a pair of horn rimmed glasses.

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