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Gratitude

SLOW | BY HEERA

January 1st, 2021

 

Broader concepts often start as small details. As a child, on my return to Srinagar [Kashmir, India] after the completion of an advanced skiing course at HAWS [High Altitude Warfare School], Gulmarg [Kashmir, India], I sent—without adult direction or supervision—a thank you note to the HAWS commandant. Days later, I was ecstatic to receive a letter—still in my possession—from the commandant. It turns out that it was the first time a child had written a letter of gratitude to the commandant. For an individual in my formative years, this elegant acknowledgement (along with an invitation to ski, which I delightfully accepted) from an authority figure solidified that I was right in my feeling, thinking and action.

In hindsight, I know that the virtue of gratitude is my disposition, which naturally expresses itself in the spoken and written word and through gestures and gifts. Fact is in childhood, unbeknownst to me, I took permanent residency in a gratitude bubble; it helped tide over the harsh terrains of my life while facilitating my healing and fostering my growth.

 

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