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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
I write about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Parenting, Health, Inspiration & Life Lessons & enjoy showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com

Grateful for life every single day

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I treat my kids at my local welfare home to lunch, dinner, or breakfast on every occasion I get, which is quite often. Because who needs a special occasion to make sure kids eat well?

Decades ago, when I started, my career, one of my goals was to support underprivileged…


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Tom Fenske asks, in his post, what ignited your love for writing?

I was surprised to realize that sketching was my first step to writing. When I was four, I drew stories in pictures on our living room’s red floor. Figures, cups of coffee, cookies, people. I grew up in a family of readers. Soon, when I could read and write, I wrote essays, stories, and poetry about:

  • My day at school
  • My food, toys
  • My family and friends
  • Our garden
  • My imagination
  • Travel

I read. A lot. We had a coveted family library. Among other bizarre things, I dreamed of earning a living as a writer. Today I am doing exactly that, thanks to the constant encouragement and support of my folks.

What sparked your writing?

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Help me support underprivileged children. Buy me a coffee


Had I read these questions a few years ago I would have burst into tears and then looked at what I could change because I would have had to work on all seven questions. Today, I am happy to say I practice all of these. Well almost! Thank you for the wonderfully refreshing questions to reflect on, Sandra!


To calm your mind and body in two minutes

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  • Sit or stand straight, still, silent
  • Breathe softly
  • Place the side of your hand on your forehead, palm facing sideways.
  • Close your eyes
  • Slide your hand down your face starting at your forehead, nose, lips, chin, neck
  • As you slide your hand, say shhhhh
  • Now do this with your other hand
  • Repeat five times

How do you feel?

From the book Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress.

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles ❤ Did you smile today?


Morni Hills Fort, Panchkula, near Chandigarh, India — Photo by Vidya Sury ©

October Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Scary

Stone by day. Alive by night

This gorgeous exhibit is from the Morni Hills Fort. Morni Hills, fondly referred to as the Switzerland of Haryana, is a sleepy hill station in Panchkula, very close to Chandigarh, India. The Shivalik range of the Himalayas extends all the way to Morni.

We stopped here on our way back…


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Please join me in congratulating Jill (Conquering Cognitions) and Ali Hall who are Honorable Mention Winners for MWC Space on the Medium blog.

Here are the winning posts from these outstanding writers.

Ali Hall weaves a gripping story in “When Two Of My Worlds Collide In One Contained Space”… it’s amazing what happens when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations and challenge the antisocial and immoral behavior of others.

Jill’s “The Growing Space Between Us” made me cry buckets. Saying goodbye to your kid is never easy. I am going through it and I can identify!

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles ❤ Did you smile today?


At the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum in Port Blair — Photo by Vidya Sury ©

October Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Scary

Siren waiting to feed on souls.

During our visit to Port Blair, we visited pristine beaches, stunning ruins, national parks, and heritage museums. One of the museums was the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, run by the Indian Navy with the aim of creating awareness about various aspects of the oceanic environment.

The museum had a fantastic…


My mom taught me this, in the belief that we always have the solutions to any problems we can identify. This is my favorite method to work through my lows. I call my Devi (my mom's name). Thank you for an uplifting post, Trista!


Inside or outside the box

Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay

In Bali’s traditional culture, even though there are lots of artisans, poets and musicians, they have no word for “artist” or “creative” people. They consider all activities equally creative, equally of service.

They have no words to distinguish that a painter’s mural is more “creative” than a farmer’s crop.

Today, think about the different ways you are being creative in each moment. Forget any definitions of creativity. Instead, let yourself create with everything you do. Feel grateful for your wonderful creative abilities and the ways they can be expressed.

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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