Take a minute of your life. Stand out there and look up at the sky. Watch out in silence. You will find within you, all the peace that your heart can hold.
(Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)
Sometimes, life lessons can come from the most unlikely places. It is strange now when I think of it how as an after-thought so many nuggets of wisdom have come to me in life, those which I cherish and pass on to my son who is going to be thirteen soon. Continue reading
It’s time for the #A-Z Blogging Challenge and for all those who are participating, preparations are already under way. This is going to be my second year of participation and even though I was not going to participate even until yesterday, I’ve had some inspiration and am now on it (much to my own surprise!!) Continue reading
Spring is here. As I stepped out for a walk yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice that the trees that were bare until a few days back, have tender leaves and pink blossoms on their branches. As you can see in the image, the topmost branches are still bare, which means we will have to wait a few more days to see the tree in full bloom. Continue reading
“Keep Going. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” -Roy T. Bennett.
When the going gets tough, I often ask myself, “Why is this happening to me?”. At times, I know I have the answers, mostly I don’t. Continue reading
There are days when we wake up feeling nothing is right with what we do, say or think. We are unhappy being who we are and tend to compare ourselves with everyone else. If we look into the mirror, we see too many flaws and remember too many past wounds and failings to love ourselves unconditionally. In fact, it leads us down a spiraling course of negativity.
Do you have days like that? Continue reading
I’m happy to join in for #FridayReflections after a longish break. The prompt was very interesting and since I hadn’t done anything like this before, I jumped in, excitedly. It isn’t always that you get to do this as a grown-up and I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed compiling this list.
As I started jotting things down, I went down memory lane and recalled the school years, when we wrote totally random little-known facts about ourselves in what we called memory books of our friends, before we left to pursue higher studies in different cities, hoping we would be remembered and perhaps someday, meet again. This was a sort of keepsake those days before the advent of social media or mobile phones to help us stay connected. Except for the snail mail, we had no connection whatsoever during those days. We’ve certainly come a long way since those days. Today, thanks to social media, that keeps a tab on us 24/7, people know a great deal more about us. And, yet, I guess, there are things that are worth sharing with others so that we get to know each other a little better. Anyway, without digressing further, let me get on with the facts.
These 21 random facts are so typically me. Read on, laugh if you will, or be amused, but, this is me, warts and all, far from perfect.
- Born in a little town called Digboi in Assam, I’ve lived in so many places all my life, that I cannot say I belong to any one place in particular.
- I always see myself as an ‘individual’ first and a ‘woman’ later.
- One thing I can’t live without is my independence.
- I love being close to nature and am at my happiest when I’m close to the ‘terra firma’.
- For someone with two left feet, I’ve always dreamt of being a ballet dancer as a child. (Funny, no?)
- I’ve never been drunk, though I have been tipsy once (and I loved it! :D)
- I usually always end my meal with something savoury, as I’m not a great fan of anything sweet. (Shocking, right? That’s typically me!)
- I always prefer to live in a west-facing house/apartment, which lets me have a view of the sky at sunset! (You have no idea what house-hunting means for someone like me. Jay could tell you more on this :D)
- Water is my favourite drink. Surprised? (Can easily do 14-16 glasses happily a day. 🙂
- I suffer from a severe case of claustrophobia and it gets worse when I’m traveling. (Don’t ever mention the middle berth in a three-tier compartment of a train !!)
- I do enjoy my moments of solitude, whenever I find them.
- I love to gift books to people, even when I know they don’t read, with the hope of converting non-readers into readers (rarely works !!!)
- A messy house always throws me into a tizzy!
- I find great joy in de-cluttering and even greater joy in giving away things to people who might have some use for them.
- My first love has always been the one and only Gregory Peck. (Can’t believe I just put that in!).
- I have a terrible fear of driving, which I hope to overcome someday.(See, I never give up hope :D)
- I start off with many great ideas but do not always see them through completion.(Realising this is easy, the tough part is changing!)
- I cannot stand people who talk down to others, are rude, have vile tempers or interfere in other people’s lives. The last category in particular.
- I am very possessive of my humble collection of books.
- I’d prefer to have a few good friends to spend an evening with, rather than go partying with a crowd. (No hesitation confessing to this!)
- I never get bored of watching the old films – especially the Black and White and sepia prints of the Hollywood and Indian classics.
Felt great jotting down this list. Wouldn’t you wish to have some fun too? Go ahead. It’s very simple. Write your post on 21 random things about yourself and share it with the rest of us! 🙂
Pitch dark outside and very quiet. The only sound being the gently ticking clock by my bedside table. I must have been awake since long. When I checked the time it was almost 4 am. I was waiting for daylight to break. There was still time for the first rays of the sun to filter in through the windows. I did my morning stretches and headed to the kitchen to get my cup of tea.
As I prepared to set off for my morning walk, I felt a rising sense of pressure within me. Feeling overwhelmed, almost like a gigantic wave was hitting me and I was going to be swept away. The feeling of not being in control was unsettling.
However much I tried, I could not meditate today because I think I wasn’t able to concentrate. So, I let go. The sun never showed up. There were incessant drizzles and an overbearing sense of greyness that made me feel like I was mourning something.
I know I must be careful today. I know I’ll be plagued with self-doubts today if anything goes wrong and almost certainly, will be harsh on myself and sink into a depressive state. But, being aware helps. My awareness of where my thoughts are leading me makes me careful and take note of that moment from where things might spiral for the worse.
I don’t wish to, but I’m losing my grip. I do not wish to, but, I’m finding myself giving in. I know it is ‘normal’ to experience some degree of anxiety when stressors are unfamiliar, unpredictable, or imminent.
I have no clue how to resolve my situation but I know I’m not going to let negative thinking get me down. I need some time for deep breathing and actually do something about it.
But, first, I must find a way to deal with the stressors that triggered all this in the first place.
When things are not in your control and you find yourself drowning in it, how do you deal with it?