The Little Things- Part 1 

I was driving home today and while sitting in traffic, I saw a little girl get filled with excitement when the flurries started coming down. Somehow, in some weird way- her excitement and innocence made me realize that we often overlook the little things in life. And that somehow, prompted me to think about the times I may have taken people for granted in my life ( How did my brain jump from watching a little girl enjoy flurries to thinking about being ungrateful- I have no idea). The entire drive back, my mind was bombarded with moments I have taken for granted. So, here I am making a list of things/people that I have taken for granted in the past few weeks but am now making a conscious decision to be grateful for them and the little things they do. I will be sure to tell them in person since some of them may not read this.

1) When my co-worker was genuinely interested in hearing me ramble on- Thanks, Jhanvi!
2) Coming home and having dinner ready for me - Thanks, Mom! 
3) Falling asleep with lights on and dad turning them off for me at night - Thanks, Dad!
4) Brother going out of his way to bring me Starbucks- Thanks, Bro!
5) Grandma listening to me talk to mom about how I wanted to eat a particular dish and cooking it the next day - Thanks, Ba!
6) Grandpa driving in the cold to drop off the food at my house - Thanks, Dadu! 
7) Boyfriend going to the gym early for me, even though he hates it when it's packed - Thanks, Babe! 
8) Being greeted with the most genuine smile and hello from the security guard every morning without fail - Thanks, Mr. Wallace!
9) The lunch ladies at Jay's cafe for making my veggie burger just the way I like without me saying anything - Thanks, ladies! 
10) My baby cousins asking me for advice, thus making me feel important - Thanks, Suchi & Brianna! 
11) My friends for having to receive essays in the form of text messages, then going on to read them and respond to them - Thanks, Hina, Jenie, Fal & Karen! 
12) The cleaning lady at work always asking me how I am doing while she cleans out my bin - Thanks, Mrs. Chung! 

More to come, when I can go back and recollect all the other times I have been ungrateful. I have never been good with words but I am hoping as I write more on here, I will develop the skill of getting better at expressing my emotions and feelings through words. For the time being,this quote below explains how I feel at the moment and something I want to remind myself everyday.

- Dhara 

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