Embrace the randomness – #Monday Musings

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It happens to be one of those days when I have too much on my plate and nothing seems to be moving at all. I woke up with a sore throat this morning and a slight touch of feverishness. I admit I did fantasise about curling up with a book and reading all day. But, of course, it wasn’t meant to be! A little while back, the maid came knocking after two days of absence, but instead of walking in, she stood by the door only to declare that she isn’t turning up for work at all for the next three days. I have a lot of things scheduled for the day. This is definitely going to upset my schedule, for sure.

I’m trying to make the best of the day, but there’s a question that’s popping up in my head  every now and then…what’s this with the day? Why aren’t things going to plan?

No, actually, there are two things that actually did make me feel good, today—the large mug of Assam tea that I had first thing in the morning, and the stretches and twists from my morning yoga session, that helped me get over the sluggishness. It was so relaxing to go into a trance while meditating, if not for the jarring sound of the door bell, with the security guard coming to deliver a package.

I am now persistent, ready to do anything to make my day a good one. As I grab my diary to chalk out the plans for the day, I realise I have not been able to complete my to-do action plans from last week, which means I have to somehow fit them in within my current week’s plans. Not an easy one, this!

At times like this, when I have too many things to do and can’t decide which one to tackle first, I’m going for something that always works. Another cup of Assam tea, this time with the luxury of adding some freshly grated ginger into it. Ah, bliss! Outside it looks so gloomy—I wouldn’t really wish to look out of the window at all! One glance at the days newspaper and I’m heading for the shower first, before sorting out breakfast.

And while in the shower, it dawns on me, perhaps the key to getting it right on a day like this is to embrace the randomness! Why do I need a plan always?—I ask myself. Why stress over how much I can do and why kill myself over it? Now, I feel light already. I’ll just do whatever I can to finish that to-do-list but I’ll keep aside an hour to do some random things that make me happy. Just about anything.

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Okay, the post that I was writing for today’s Monday Musings never got written eventually. Just like the many things in life that I set out to do never got done. Why am I even thinking of all the things I couldn’t do/cannot do/didn’t do? Okay I may not be good at one thing, but perhaps I have been better at others—why can’t I think of those, instead, today? Of course, I’m telling myself how I learnt it the hard way that there is no such thing as a perfect day. And, it isn’t possible to always focus on what others need or what makes others happy. But, what I can do, is to make myself happy, watch where my thoughts are leading me and take it along a happier path today. I’m sure I can do that.

I need to go now. I’m just beginning to see the light peeping out from the clouds outside just as the mist in my head is beginning to clear up. Let me get on with my day and leave you to get on with yours. Before I go, here is a short message for you:

Be brave. Do what you love. Find out what makes you happy. Go ahead and do what you’ve set out to do. Follow that wish. Get a job. Dance. Sing. Fall in love. Carve out your niche. But, most importantly, remember, its okay not to have any plans at times. Just go embrace the randomness that is life.

My Monday is not quite panning out the way I meant it to be but I’m embracing the randomness of it all and making the most of it. What about you? How is the day progressing so far? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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(Linking up with #Mondaymusings on Everyday Gyaan)

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Three Random Skyshots – SkywatchFriday #52

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Today for #SkywatchFriday, I bring you three different skies portraying three varying moods of Nature. On a beautiful sunny day, Nature can be so mellow and calm, and yet, so portent with foreboding in the face of a storm. Which of the three appeals to you? I’d love to know your reasons too.

The first is a sky shot from one of my recent trips to a beautiful town called Wellington located in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. The backdrop of the sky against the silhouette of the giant-leafed perennial created a bit of a drama as the setting sun went down, giving me a perfect photo-op. I was happy with the frame. What do you think?

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Once we were back to Ooty the next day, I captured another random shot of the sky from the hotel’s landing area, just in time before twilight. The tree got truncated in the shot because I was trying to get as much of the sky as I could. Not a great shot, but felt good that I was able to freeze the moment in the snapshot as the colours of the sky kept changing every couple of minutes. This is how it looked then. Soothing blue…balmy skies!

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The last image I’m sharing with you today is that of the city skyline in between torrential downpours of last week—a bank of dark, thunderous, ominous clouds!

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Linking this post with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world. You may catch my earlier #SkywatchFriday posts here.

Here’s wishing everyone an easy, chilled out weekend!

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Farewell – #FridayFictioneers

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Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a #100wordstory in response to a photo prompt. This week’s photo prompt is by the lady herself!

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Haplessly, he watched her slipping away, bit by bit, as days slipped into weeks. Nothing he did could change the course of things. The bubbly woman he loved once, was shriveling before his eyes— sinking into an abyss.

Her sunken eyes said everything.

Every now and then, his anguish gave in, but she remained emotionless. For her, he had long ceased to exist. Today, perhaps he knew the truth. Letting go was always hard but he steeled himself over it. 

Leaving the closet door ajar, he left quietly, just as he came, treading over their broken dreams, now lost into oblivion.

(100 words)

Linking this with #FridayFictioneers hosted by the amazing Rochelle Wiseoff.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers every week. Bloggers post their stories here and everyone ends up reading one another, including Rochelle who visits every post written— a fantastic encouragement for all the writers. If you’re interested, click here to read the amazing variety of narratives and storylines, inspired by the photo prompt.

How to be a good listener – #WritingWednesdays

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It is said that 80 percent of our success in learning from other people, is based on how well we listen. Ironically, however, most people think listening is passive. They think they are supposed to just sit there and ‘hear someone out’.

Often considered as ‘the easiest thing to do’, listening actively might sound like a fallacy, especially when we are told that many of our interpersonal problems at home or in the work place stem from the fact that we do not listen and do not think before we speak.

 

Guilty as charged! But, we have our reasons too.

It seems at times too many stressors are working on our lives, and we seem to run out of the patience to listen, when arguments erupt. Often, the first thing we do is to lash out, and within seconds, we have a crisis of miscommunication on our hands that could have been avoided.

Not everyone has the ability to listen, but every individual has the potential to become good listeners. You may ask, how. Well, when we talk about effective communication, we often infer it has everything to do with how we speak. But we forget the fact that effective communication is a  two-way process and therefore, we do need to listen effectively, and, in equal measure, to get the most out of it.

So, how do we become good listeners?

Here are a few simple techniques to follow, in order to listen effectively:

  • Give your full attention to the speaker and do not interrupt.
  • Do not finish the other person’s sentences.
  • Refrain from the temptation of saying -“I knew that.”
  • You need not agree with the other person.
  • Avoid getting distracted or letting your eyes or attention wander elsewhere while the other person is talking.
  • It is always a good practice to maintain the dialogue by asking intelligent questions that show you’re paying attention, and at the same time, moving the conversation forward.

There is a simple truth behind why we ought to listen twice as much as we talk – God has given us two ears but only one mouth.

To listen, we must try to learn tranquility. Only then can we be ready to quieten our mind. It is not enough just to have the will to listen to people. One must really listen. Only then does the magic begin.

Do you have any interesting experience to share about a time when you listened to someone with undivided attention or when someone gave you theirs? 

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Linking up with #WritingWednesdays hosted on Write Tribe.

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Where life meets death – #WordlessWednesday 35

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‘Where life meets death.’

(At the War Cemetery, Kohima.)

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Beating the Uncertainty – #MondayMusings

I often wonder why it happens this way—Just when you’ve been working hard to set things right and finally they all seem to come together and fall in place, life suddenly throws a volley at you, grounding you like never before. Just why? Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee… #WTFOW#6 #Writebravely

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Today is Day 7 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words and the prompt today is to do a post on—’If We Were Having Coffee’.

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It is a Friday and almost the end of the week! And what better way to catch up with you, dear reader, than meeting over coffee? Continue reading

Ooty skyscapes – #SkywatchFriday 51

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Somebody once asked me, What do you like most about traveling?

I didn’t have an answer then But I do now. I think travel pushes me beyond my comfort zone and makes me look at myself with new eyes. Continue reading

On the rocks – #Friday Fictioneers

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Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word-story in response to a photo prompt.

PHOTO PROMPT© CEAyr

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With trepidation in her heart, she walked up the slope and reached the clearing. The giant piece of rock with holes in it suddenly showed up. She stopped right there.

He came, as promised. He had to do it. It would be now or never! Continue reading

The Easy Way to Zentangle – #WTFOW#6 Day 6 #Writebravely

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Today is Day 6 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words and the prompt today is to do a guest post/an interview.

The idea of a guest post on the blog was something that I had been harbouring for a very long time. Finding a perfect opportunity today, I bring you Rajlakshmi H Boruah, one of the most inspiring bloggers of Write tribe— Software Engineer, talented Zentangle Artist, ace photographer, poet, Yoga exponent—besides being an amazing travel and lifestyle blogger!  Continue reading