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Grateful to the Second Glass of Water

Yesterday, I was having a haircut at my Salon.

An aged semi-bald Uncle came—about 65 years of age.

Uncle sat beside my chair and started talking to the Stylist.

While getting his haircut done, Uncle shared his story: his son is settled in America, and his daughter lives 3 km away. That’s why he recently shifted to our society.

  1. Uncle is on Dialysis for the last six years;
  2. Uncle needs to get the Dialysis done three times a week;
  3. Uncle drinks less than a glass of water per day!
  4. After his kidney failed, he sold off his business which had a huge turnover and offices in 5 different cities;
  5. He got Kidney donners twice but it did not match;
  6. He observed that after the kidney transplant very few people live longer so he decided not to pursue it;
  7. He is doing Stockmarket investments now…Gujju, you see!
  8. Uncle had high spirits and talked now he spends time with his friends and music and lives the best life he can!

I was listening to Uncle’s tone and the talk. Uncle’s tone was confident, and he was upbeat about this phase of life despite having to do Dialysis three times a week.

Uncle’s spirit touched me. Inspiring!

We take so many things for granted. Uncle drinks just a glass of water every day. If he drinks more, he needs more frequent Dialysis!

I am grateful for the second glass of water I drink every day!

Note to self:
1. Most of us have an abundance of all such things: food, shelter, money, relationship, health … but we don’t pause to feel grateful about all that we have.

2. Uncle’s upbeat view of life teaches that no matter the challenges, one has the power to remain optimistic. That’s the power of choice in action.

3. If we embed being grateful in our life as a habit, we feel more celebrated.

4. No matter what, you continue to create value for yourself and your near ones (Uncle’s stockmarket activity!)

Why do we do what we do? To feel celebrated, isn’t it so?