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Dear Gy, As you set foot into a new month, let’s begin with something that we’ve spoken about many times in the past. Attention. More specifically, the art of paying attention. It’s a valuable, beautiful and wonderful quality to have.
I’ve already seen it in some parts of your life and I urge you to cultivate it in other areas as well. This is important and I hope you’re paying attention (pun intended!).
This month is special to me in so many ways, Gy. You already know it’s my birthday month but did you know this was the month, 17 years ago, that your dad and I had our engagement ceremony? I still remember the colour of the saree I was wearing and the way your Appa looked at me from across a crowded room. There must have been over 200 people there, but he looked only at me.
As we stood on stage, greeting people after the event was over, he reached over to ask if I needed a glass of water. As I winced a bit, after standing for over an hour, he suggested that we sit down and rest.
Today, 17 years later, do you notice if he is attentive? You may not realise it, but he is, in inconspicuous ways. Have you observed how he doesn’t wake me up on days that I feel exhausted? Or the ways he explains something that he watches on TV? Or the way he concentrates when he is hard at work?
You have that quality too. When you pay attention to a task, your brow furrows and you stick your tongue out, much like he does. When you lose yourself in a book, you are wholly attentive to the act.
Please don’t lose this. It’s a gift you have and I hope you nurture it.
It is the gift that will help you be an empathetic person, sensitive to other people’s concerns. It will make you a good listener and a warm friend.
Stay attentive and stay blessed.
Lots of love,
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For the months of April and May, I will be writing short notes to my daughter on some aspects that I hold very dear. This was originally planned as part of the A to Z Challenge, but due to time constraints I have decided to write the posts over a two-month period.
I hope you enjoy these snippets as much as I love writing them.
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Thank you for being part of my journey.