The last few days and months were very tough and emotionally grueling! Fuzzy vision, choppy thoughts, and a gazillion questions racing through my mind. 

 **NO, this is definitely NOT a SELF PITY or a SYMPATHY post! Just a gentle reminder to all of us to value ourselves, our most valuable possession-our loved ones!

 Yes, I got hit while walking in the pedestrian crosswalk by a car, and it seemed my whole life crashed in a split second. Typical trauma scene, 911, paramedics, police statement, loud siren noises, lying on the stretcher, and finally land up in the emergency room.

Swollen face, all black and blue, bruised body, aches and pains, but most importantly, my bones, jaws, eyes, and brain all intact! My doctor was astounded somewhat perplexed at the MRI report and commented, ” Monika, you have no idea how fortunate you are. ” My puffed-up bulging left eye had a teardrop stuck in the corner, pleading to roll down my cheek. I was overwhelmed and did not know how to react. Now that was one big reason to be immensely thankful to almighty. I just knew that the angels were protecting me I was saved, yes was intact, unscathed, and in one full piece!

How can I forget the two godsend angels who witnessed the whole incident, appeased me, and helped me till the end, may sunshine and happiness always be along with you! My teary-eyed husband, innocent daughter, and son, who was unaware of the whole situation, were like a faint vision in my brain. Really, this happened to you, Monika? 

Our life is a sweet and sour amalgamation of the mundane, expected, and unexpected events. Martin Luther King Jr. claimed,’ A man is measured not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy’!

Do we take life for granted? Yes, we do! We tend to act as if life revolves solely around us and always want things our way, but does that happen? Of course not! We brood over trivial and inconsequential things that we have no control over and lose the true essence of why we were gifted ‘LIFE’!

We are responsible for our happiness and have the right to choose our path, which we want to tread on. To say we are grateful is merely acknowledging the blessings God has granted us! Twists and turns happen with all of us, and it seems that we are on a roller coaster ride, please deal with it, embrace it gracefully, and walk with a sense of contentment. Life is good and earned only once, yes only, ONCE!

 I am recovering well, happy to be all surrounded by my loved ones, my family, my close friends, and all of you! Deep inside, my inner voice resonates continuously to remind me to say THANK YOU to each and everyone who reached out to me personally on a regular basis!

Having my coffee, reading, writing, listening to my music, and being able to see all smiling faces around me is the most significant gift granted to me after my accident. The CREATOR blessed me with a MIRACLE!

Peep into your hearts, you all will have something to be thankful for, cherish your loved ones and always acknowledge their presence.

Life is a game, play it hard! Life is a challenge; accept it! Life is an opportunity, capture it!

Walter Anderson quotes, Bad things happen, how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – LIFE ITSELF!


Love, peace & blessings



  1. PRIYANKA says:
    SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 AT 5:01 PM
    Great going Mona. A very thought provoking article with a very simple yet deep and beautiful message. If we can learn, understand and incorporate this in our lives then we would be so much better as human beings.Great work. Keep writing and keep inspiring…..

  2. MEERA says:
    SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 AT 10:08 PM
    Loved it.. very inspiring.. you just made me think deeper .

  3. KIRTI says:
    SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT 11:25 AM
    What an elegant piece- tour de force for me ! Very well-written, definitely thought provoking!!
    I wish you all the success, my dear friend. Keep doing what you are doing-tons & tons of Love!!!

  4. CHARU GOHEL says:
    SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 AT 5:38 PM
    I am truly amazed. Truly eloquent. Very deep and thoughtful. Wishing you all the best. Looking forward to reading more keep writing.

  5. RITU says:
    SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 AT 8:40 AM
    Wow!! Really u r very right we as humans take this life,”GRANTED.” We should always love,admire and cherish this beautiful life and our loved ones..very inspirational ..stay bless my friend..

  6. TINA says:
    SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 AT 1:01 PM
    So true.. A simple truth right in front of us at all moments, one that gets clouded by worldly things. Great reminder of valuing and cherishing LOVE and LIFE. Good job Mona! Loved it!

    • OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT 9:21 PM
      Thank you so much dear Tina! Appreciate your warm comments and support as always!

  7. USHA GAIRA says:
    SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 AT 2:23 PM
    Loved reading your post, Monika. Felt like my story when I met with car accident few years back. That day made me realize how much we take our lives for granted. We feel so what’s great we get up everyday, breathe, walk and do all the chores. When normal life stops for some time, you realize the importance of every beautiful thing you took for granted. I felt it was nature’s way of telling me to slow down, appreciate good health, family and friends who are the backbone of our lives. Since then I feel every day how truly I am blessed. I have known you as a friend but didn’t know the depth you carry in your thoughts and feel I have known you deeply reading this post. Very well written, thoughtful, motivating people that you can always come out of any situation, no matter how difficult it feels at that moment. My mantra for coming out of hard times: The Darker the Night, the Nearer the Dawn”. Lots of love and wishing you speedy recovery. Keep writing and motivating us….

    • OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT 9:20 PM
      Usha, thank you much for your support dear! I had no idea about your journey, but respect for all that! Good wishes to you and appreciate your feedback!

    SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 AT 5:27 PM
    Very well written. Keep it going. So glad I bumped into you today. I had absolutely NO IDEA about what you have been going through over the past couple of weeks. First of all, BIG hug to you and so thankful to God that it is not worse than this. I have kept an appointment with death way back in 1996 when my car skidded down the highway for a length and toppled over the edge to go crashing down 70 feet. So I know exactly how you feel and what a life-changing moment you have been through. That and then my Dad’s death in 2009 changed my approach to life. No matter what the challenge and how bad it is, I have never let them affect me negatively. Will do lunch with you soon. Love and hugs always.

    • OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT 9:19 PM
      Shauli, am so happy that we croseed paths! I learn so much from you everytime as you are such a selfless human being…you are a very strong woman and I totally respect that! Thanks for all your support and encouragement!

  9. JANAKI KOWTHA says:
    SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 AT 6:12 PM

    Thank you for posting such awesome post. Keep writing as posts like these reminds me to be thankful for each and every day. I am profoundly grateful for the different perspectives and am moving these from ‘take for granted’ to ‘be grateful’ in my daily life. XOXO- Janaki Kowtha

    • SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 AT 9:09 PM
      Janaki, will keep writing for sure! Am glad that my writing can be of some help to you, thanks a lot!

  10. DIPAK AWASTHI says:
    SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 AT 8:10 PM
    Love reading your post Mona, very thoughtful, well written. Inspiring us all to be thankful to God for the wonderful life we have everyday. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to your next post.

    • SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 AT 9:04 PM
      Appreciate your reading the post Dipakji! Will keep sharing more posts and look forward to your comments and feedback! Thanks a lot!

  11. HARINDER says:
    OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT 9:53 PM
    Excellent blog Mona! So glad you took up writing…kudos to you for pouting your heart and sharing your deep and insightful thoughts.
    Life is but a gift that can be lost in a split second!

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