When I had published Small Joys Tag with 15 day to day small things which bring me joy, Sujata had mentioned a few small things which bring her joy. I had realised that those things brought me joy too but I hadn’t mentioned those: I had to list 15 things only and my list was hundreds! But more significantly: I think of many such joys with gratefulness. I am grateful for πŸ’― things everyday πŸ™

And this realisation made me think: how closely related Joy is to our feeling of Gratitude. Once we become grateful for every circumstance, every situation, every happening in our life: we shall always be joyous and at peace. And that this gratitude should not be kept only for big and momentous happenings of our lives, but should be expressed in our day to day blessings. We take so many of our blessings for granted, as our birthright!

Always be Grateful to everyone, everything and every circumstance. That’s what our Holy Books say too:

Every living entity, especially persons in the human race, must feel grateful for the benedictions offered by the grace of the Supreme Lord β€” Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.36

If you give thanks, I will give you more; but if you are thankless, My punishment is dire β€” Quran 14:7

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christβ€” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pic of last October near Toronto. Am Filled with joy and gratitude πŸ’–πŸ™

HAPPY THANKSGIVING β€” It is Thanksgiving time in Canada!! Being thankful to God all the time would always keep us happy πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ˜Š

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement and love πŸ’• πŸ€—πŸ™

Stay happy. Stay grateful. Stay loved πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

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  1. very true:) the moment we are grateful for every experience and we are open to learn from it, it makes it so hard to be sorrowful. Joy is in being present and finding meaning in every moment of our lives:)

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    β€œThe heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” β€” Douglas Wood

  3. Thank you so much Ambika. Toronto must be divine with fall colours; or has it started to snow?

    Stay safe. Stay grateful 😊

  4. Ashok, what a lovely reminder. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite holidays precisely because of the gratitude part. Also surprised to see that you mentioned the Srimad Bhagavatam as it’s definitely one of the lesser known known spiritual texts.

    P.S. – loved the fall colours! Happy writing πŸ™‚

  5. BeautifulπŸ‘Œβ€

    On Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 10:09 Musings of a Wanderer wrote:

    > ashok posted: ” When I had published Small Joys Tag with 15 day to day > small things which bring me joy, Sujata had mentioned a few small things > which bring her joy. I had realised that those things brought me joy too > but I hadn’t mentioned those: I had to list 15 things” >

  6. All the souls are beautiful Amy. I know yours is πŸ’•
    Thank you so much

    Stay safe. Enjoy the enchanting season πŸ€—

  7. “We take so many of our blessings for granted, as our birthright!” So true. We do realize the blessings we have within and all around us.

    A person who is always grateful for the little things in life is the happiest person.

    Wonderful post as always.

  8. Thank you so much Cheryl. You are so kind and supportive. It means a lot to me.

    Stay safe. Stay loved πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

  9. You are so kind to me Kamal. Thank you so much for these kind words, they mean so much to me.

    Stay loved. Stay safe. Stay grateful

  10. Thank God and thank you so much my dearest princess πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

    There is no end to His grace πŸ’–πŸ™

    Stay safe. Stay loved. Stay grateful

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Ashok! ❀ The interfaith quotes are so inspiring!. You are such a wise and kind man! Your photo of autumn leaves is beautiful! πŸ™‚

    May you have a year of blessings to be thankful for next Thanksgiving! Cheryl

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Ashok πŸ‚πŸand thank you for the reminder. Sometimes I get so bogged down by what I don’t have I forget to be grateful for what I do have.

  13. Thank you so much for being an excellent person, Ashok. You always inspire us with all your profound posts. Happy Thanksgiving to you too and let us all be grateful for what life our God has given us. Be Joyous and Happy at all times.

  14. Let’s keep our tongues moisten with gratitude (Shuk’r’ guzaree’)
    Shuk’r Alhamdulillah πŸ’–for everything I have and the ones which I don’t have, because only Allah knows what is best for me.
    May HE bless us all with HIS love and remembrance and gratitude, Ameen ❀
    And am much more grateful for being with my only beloved Uncle whose presence I can feel from across the border, Shuk’r Alhamdulillah πŸ’–

  15. Delighted to see my name in the post 😁 As always the topics you choose to write on set me thinking and the photographs are a real feast!!! Thank you

  16. Thank you so much Kinya- am tied up a little with a personal project and might take a while to respond.

    Stay loved. Stay grateful πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

  17. Looking forward to it Rishika. I can well imagine the anxiety and the excitement. Please do let me know the result 😊🌹

  18. Thank you so much Rishika. So true – we have so much to be thankful for.

    When you qualify for your medical studies – I shall thank God for that. And if, God forbid, you don’t – I shall thank Him for that would mean He has better plans for you πŸ™

    Stay safe. Stay loved. Stay grateful. Stay joyous πŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ€—

  19. A beautiful and heartwarming post! Truly, joy and gratitude are closely wound together. There is so much we all have been given, so much to be grateful for. Thank you for this post, Uncle. ✨✨

  20. Ashokji, thank you for such an amazing post.I always waits for you writeups..its includes powerful thoughts and purpose oriented descriptions.

  21. You have such a good point here that often the things that being us a lot of Joy are things that we are so grateful for.
    Thank you for sharing this πŸ™πŸ½

  22. Thank you so much Joanna. I had so enjoyed the fall colours in Canada last year. And more than that the hospitality and love of friends. God, for me, remains Love. Can’t thank Him enough πŸ™

    Am so glad that you start the day with gratitude. That is the way.

    Love and blessings πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

  23. Thank you, Ashok, for the poignant post and such a beautiful photo of the fall in Canada. Thank you, also for being so inclusive, as it can be only one God, called by different names. Every morning I say thank you for being alive another day, especially in the difficult and uncertain times we have now. Gratitude is the most important as it leads to kindness, compassion, and humility. Thank you again.


  24. Thank you so much Ramya. So true – core of all religions teachings is similar but so very few go to the heart and the core.

    Stay safe. Stay grateful πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  25. Your mother is so wise Samreen. Thank you so much for your kind words and your love πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—

    Stay safe. Stay grateful

  26. Loved the quotes. There is always a reminder how alike, the preachings are, although many choose to ignore them due to their preconceived notions.

  27. Lovely post as always Ashok Uncle.πŸ’–πŸ˜Š We indeed should be grateful and happy for whatever we have, it may appear small (and it perhaps would at every step of our life even though how much we have) but we should think of those who doesn’t even have that. As my mother says always look upto those who are below you and never upto those who are above and as such your eyes and your proud will be grounded. May lord always bless us all and you keep sharing and spreading kindness and happiness. πŸ€—πŸ’–

  28. It is such a joy to see your smiling face always. Thank you so much for your kind words πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—

    Keep smiling. Stay safe

  29. It is so pleasing to read this post when one gets up not only brings a smile to your face but gives one life a direction to follow .

    Thank you Uncle Wahi for sharing this with us .

  30. Thank you for being an awesome human being and I am full of gratitude that I could connect with you at WP… Gratitude and salute to your vibrant Spirit πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸŒΌ

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