Moment

I was, for a moment, wow! I finished the task in one go. Was it due to intuition developed with experience? Or just my lucky day? I was able to pick onions from a collection equal to 1 kg!

Dreams

Some die without getting a chance to dream
Some die without getting a chance to pursue their dreams
Some cannot pursue their dream because of lack of resources
Some struggle so much to survive everyday that they do not find time to dream (or they too dream )
Some, who have all the resources, waste away their life not knowing how to pursue dreams
But, we must be thankful to
Those who go after their dreams with full fervour, whatever be the circumstances,
they fail or succeed,
But, leave something behind which makes the life more tolerable,
And should motivate us to meet the challenge of the absurdity of life.

Curiosity and Exploration

You ask a question
ok, that is a lie!
You ask many questions!!
Always curious!
Always fascinated!
Reminds me to look
Reminds me there is so much left to explore
What should one explore?
How to choose?
Life is finite,
I guess some are able to figure out, and some remain lost,
But lets keep exploring, this and that and more, before the end comes.

Decoding the word ‘discipline’

What is discipline? Is disciplined life the way to a better life? Was Mahatama Gandhi disciplined? Yes. Einstein? Don’t know. Were both successful? Yes, both believed in something and had courage to live their ideas.

I always thought discipline meant to have a structured life – rise early, do exercise, eat well, sleep early. Sounds boring! But most homo sapiens struggle through life without having the tools to live an enriched life.

As, M Scott says in , The Road less Traveled, inspired by Buddhism, ‘Life is difficult‘. And he goes on to say – ‘Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life’s problems‘. These words caught my attention. And, I continued reading with enthusiasm. He suggests 4 tools – delaying of gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth and balancing.

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live

We must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it. The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. The entirety of one’s adult life is a series of personal choices.

What does a life of total dedication to truth mean? It means, first of all, a life of continuous and never-ending stringent self-examination.

Balancing is the discipline that gives us flexibility. The essence of this discipline of balancing is ‘giving up’. The pain of giving up is the pain of death, but death of the old is birth of the new.

Two lovely quotes on marriage and children

I was reading ,’ The Road Less Traveled ‘, in the bookshop and came across these quotes.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts,
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you
cannot visit, even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of infinity, and
He bends you with His might that His arrows
may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also
the bow that is stable

Next quote –

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but not eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each
of you be alone.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though
they quiver with the same music

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping,
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not
in each other’s shadow.

Truth

Mr Truth, you trouble us a lot. Who are you? What is your character? Why are you dressed in morals? Or, is it not your reality? Are you same as honesty? We are bombarded with “honesty is the best policy”. Please clarify. Can you please stand up and reveal yourself naked? And, why verbs are added like “search for truth”? We have to search you. Why? Are you not present? Right here, right now. Maybe, we just want to fool ourselves and feign ignorance and deny your existence.

Human

Human.Death.Human.Struggle.Human.Survival.Human.Loss.Human.Hope.Human.Strength.Human.Smile.

Human.Compassionate.Human.Happy.Human.Joy.Human.Alive!!

Human

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech is a positive movie. It is about relationship between 2 people from very different backgrounds – one a King, and the other, a commoner. The ‘stammer’ represents the struggle. Each human faces various struggles in their life. Some of us find it difficult to overcome some of the impediments. And, we meet someone who helps us out as a mentor, or a friend. But, it is not enough meeting some good soul. Can we open up ourselves and allow the goodwill to reach us? Or, we just close our hearts and miss the opportunity?

The speech therapist did not have any certificate or a formal degree. His experience with World War I soldiers was his certificate. Many software companies, especially in India, insist on degrees or certificates. But, there are many who have done quality work but don’t have any formal stamp. So, dear companies seeking certified employees – wake up!!

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