As a parent, it seems one has to constantly battle the internal conflict between wanting certainty; despite knowing well that uncertainty always wins and is unavoidable.
In the words I find Joy,
The self sours high,
Life has no meaning,
Death is the only ending,
Conquer the absurdity of being alive,
By doing what helps you escape from wondering ‘what to do in life’?
The justification game runs like this –
Our film is great, a super-hit; look at the box-office numbers
Democracy is thriving; look at the election turnout
IPL is great; look at the crowd in the stadium
Economy is doing great; watch the rising bull market
We are the best in media; look at the number of awards/readers
We run the best coaching institute; look at our number of students in IIT!!
Flow with the spirit of the child, and you will be uplifted,
Let the child flow and see them glow,
Feel their unburdened Joy!!
And, keep your spirits high!
The lost time,
The lost memories,
The lost opportunities,
The lost relationships,
The lost knowledge,
The lost compassion,
The lost innocence,
Never coming back!
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!
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.
You ask a question
ok, that is a lie!
You ask many questions!!
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.
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.