A relaxing moment

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We all are running so fast in our lives that sometimes we do not take out enough time to just sit back, relax and reflect.

We must realise that living on fast lane also means the time we have on earth is slipping away just as grains drops in a sand clock.

Nothing wrong is pursuing career but take out some time for yourself, family, friends. Pursue a hobby that you love to do, share a laugh with loved ones, enjoy a lazy day doing nothing.

Life is too short to live it seriously. have fun and enjoy yourself everyday 🙂

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Patience is a virtue!

Waiting

A patient ray of sun awaits

behind the thunderous clouds

 Calm water is hopeful

beneath the fierce surface

Success is ready to ride

the wave of debacles

 and

a seed of hope smiles

behind the shroud of despair

knowing

all changes in an instant

in the blink of an eye

storm recedes and

life basks in sunshine!

Posted for Daily Prompt ”Frame of mind”

When Everything is Going Opposite – Check Your Own Direction!

It happened on one of fine spring morning when the sun was crisp and cool refreshing breeze was a bonus. The weather, which people always complaint about, was just too perfect. However, unsurprisingly, London tube stations were extremely busy and the uptight pilgrims of capitalism were ready to start their day by their very first ritual; tube travel to Square Mile or Canary Warf.

He lives in east London and takes central line from Gants Hill, followed by a change over at Stratford for Jubilee line to reach business district in Tower Hamlet. Like every other day, he left home in a rush ignoring the spring springing in Valentine’s park, playful birds in the pond, a swan arching her neck and flapping majestic wings, a group of Canadian geese pruning themselves and energy radiating joggers fulfilling their commitment to healthy life. He even ignored someone he himself resembles, nature wise. He was more like greedy gulls, more interested in the snapping up at the bread.

At the station he bolted on the escalator flights but that was not enough to penetrate through the closing doors of west bound train to Ealing Broadway. He had to wait another five minutes to get on the next train. As soon as Leyton station was passed, he warm up himself for a sprint to catch another train which will take him to his office, a 26th floor desk in a skyscraper. ”We are now approaching Stratford, please change here for National rail, Jubilee line and Dockland Light Railway”, announced the tube driver. The doors were open with a thud and he leaped out with lighting speed. It was not easy to navigate through the morning rush but he somehow overtook as many as fellow passengers he can and reached stairs at platform five which will take him to Jubilee line platforms.

His first step on the stair was a head on blow to a gentleman coming in opposite direction. What an idiot, he thought. In a few steps he tried and successfully dodge a mid-aged woman but situation visibly annoyed both of them. By the time he was downstairs, dozens were emotionally hurt and he was boiling with anger. He was upset as it seems everyone in the world is blocking his way to success. Everything that could go wrong was going wrong. He turned around to curse shameless, manner less, rude illiterates who do not have direction sense. But as soon as he turned back, the very same moment he froze. His brain cells processed the information gathered through his eyes and sent a signal back. The brain signal moved few muscles and carved a smile on his face. He realised that when everything seems against you, blocking your way, making your efforts fail; one must look back to check if he is going in wrong direction, check if one going down on a stairs that is supposed to be used by upstairs traffic.

Written for The Daily Post: Blog your Block!

Focus – The Irony Analysed!

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Focus: the most important virtue but the most difficult to achieve.

Mahabharta, an ancient Indian epic, explains the importance of focus in life through a story. Once guru Drona was teaching his disciples (Pandavas and Kauravas) the art of archery. He placed a wooden bird as the target and asked each of them to aim at the eye of the bird and was asked to describe what they see. Most of them said that they can see the trees, the branches, the leaves, the sky, the bird and its eye. The sage asked these disciples to wait. Then he asked his favourite disciple Arjuna the same question and he replied, “I only see the eye of the bird.” The sage said, “Very good, then shoot.” The arrow went straight and hit the eye of the bird.

Another inspiration story is about Spencer West. He is a Canadian who achieved something extraordinary only by the virtue of his commitment and willpower. At a very early age he lost both of his legs below pelvis to a spinal disorder and doctors assured him that he will never be able to walk and be able to lead an active life. But he proved doctors wrong.

He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro!

He trained hard for 12 months to be physically fit for the ordeals of tough African terrain. But I am sure his mental training in these 12 months would have been even more daunting. There must be thoughts of failure cracking whips on his nerves, chilling his bones. But in the end he achieved what he strived for only through FOCUS.

These two stories, both fictional and real life, elucidate the moral that we cannot achieve our goals until we are focused.

But is it really as simple as it sounds?

We focus on a task by concentrating our mind at it. Hence, one cannot achieve focus until he has full control over his mind. But our mind is fickle. It never stays at one thought. One moment we think about one thing and very next another beautiful thought replaces it. One moment a task is most important and within no time another takes priority. Forget about material/non-material things; we are not even able to focus on human relationships.

Several ancient Indian scriptures talk about difficulty of controlling mind but the most appreciated text comes from Bhagwat Gita. In one of the verse, protagonist Arjuna explains his frailty about controlling his mind, ‘’O Krisna, the flickering mind is certainly turbulent strong and obstinate; I think that subduing the mind is more difficult than the wind.’’(Gita chapter 6 verse 29).

Controlling mind is difficult, but it has to be achieved because?

It is not just to have materialistic success but to have harmony in life. Power of mind, thoughts and concentration can be understood but Charles F. Haanel’s quote that says ‘’Thought is energy; Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power.’’

Hence once we have focus, we can concentrate all our positive energy in the task at hand. We can think about more possible ways of removing hurdles and identify new opportunities. This is a stage where even failures become a stepping stones and nothing can come between you and your success.

Please share your thoughts about importance of being focused, situation where it helped, difficulties you may have faced or any other relevant point that I may have missed 🙂

 

Daily Prompt: Our House

Our house, it was not built of bricks and mortar but was made of people. Every morning Grandpa’s Sanskrit chanting in my deep sleep was bliss. There was Grandma giving instruction to virtually everyone while plucking flowers for worship. I can still imagine Mom in the kitchen, preparing breakfast and tea at the same time helping my Dad find his stuff before he starts his arduous day. Every morning there was clamoring of utensils and people speaking simultaneously. All this commotion was never a turn down but a sweet music to the ears. Our house still holds these sound vibrations. 

Every festival, small or big, was yet another excuse for uncles, aunts, cousins to get together not just to celebrate but to catch up on latest in their respective lives. Our house was not just full of guests but also with sweet smell of delicacies which were unique for each festival. There was no telephone, internet, facebook or any other modern communication paraphernalia but still our house was witness of a connection between all of us.

Now time has passed and our house is changed so is our life. Now the entire globe is our house. The medium to express love has changed but our house still witnesses the same warmth.            

This post is my contribution in Daily Prompt: Our House challenge