Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017-28 - Fill your life...

I lost my own taste for owning stuff when a house fire in the middle of the night destroyed everything my family owned when I was only eleven years old. The only thing I had left was the underwear I was wearing. Yet, our whole family had awakened in time to escape.

In the weeks that followed friends and family gave us a lot of stuff to get us back on our feet, but none of it seemed as important any more. What was important was seeing my Mom's smile, giving my Nana a hug and a kiss, and watching my Dad snooze in his chair after a hard day's work. What was important was the stuff of the soul, not the stuff of this world.

Since then I have tried to limit the things I purchase. I didn't want too much stuff crowding up my life. I wanted to only buy what I needed and to spend my days in learning, growing, and loving others.

In this life we are given a limited amount of time. We can spend it loving each other, enjoying this beautiful world made for us, and making it a better place or we can spend it acquiring stuff. One gives us joy. The other gives us work. One fills our lives with peace, kindness, and happiness. The other fills our days with worry, fear, and regret.

Make your choice wisely then. Fill your life with love not with stuff.

~ Author Unknown



Back home, people had everything in the materialistic sense and were surrounded with abundance, but they were not happy.

~ Goldie Hawn

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017-27 - Facing Society

How often have we been under the shackles of the society. How often have we thought, just cos someone else told  us that it is not possible for us, how often have we dared to believe that they might be right? How often have we dared to doubt ourselves, our own capacities, our faculties, our strengths and our weaknesses? How often have we felt bad that we even doubted ourselves?

I know the answer for most of us is more than one. The society does have a dominating role in shaping us because that is what we are as a part of while growing up. But something we often tend to forget as we grow up is that somewhere along the line we give the society too much of power, too much of importance to the extent that it starts dictating us on a few terms. I am sure we all have faced it at some point of time.

But the real question is – do we have to?

Just cos someone thinks something, does it necessarily have to mean something?

~ Clair Oliver




“Society may predict but only I will determine my destiny.”

~ Clair Oliver

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017-26 - Do What You Can…

Have you ever been in a place where you have told yourself, I could have made it… If only?!

If only the board was a little friendly, if only the examiner gave me a little more marks, if only I had studied this one topic, if only I had access to more resources like magazines, classes, question papers, answer booklets and so on…. 

Well I guess there will always be such reasons, some we give to others and some we give to ourselves. The thought is that there shall always be ones, the ones that can hold us back from our pursuit. But there is a larger question to be asked. What if not?

Does that still affect the larger picture? Does that change your goal or do you still want to go ahead and do it?

The only thing that matters is whether your goals or stronger or your reasons?!

~ Theodore Roosevelt



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017-25 - Life is...

A friend's grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe.


After being processed at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order. Of course nobody did.


Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and informed him how a cafeteria worked.


"Start out at that end," she said. "Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they'll tell you how much you have to pay."


"I soon learned that's how everything works in America," the grandfather told a friend. "Life is like a cafeteria. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success, but you'll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself."


~ Brian Cavanaugh






"Don't just bargain for success. Pay the price!"

~ Israelmore Ayivor

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017-23 - Don't judge…

Once on my way to meet my newly wedded husband, I had to travel thru a park full of bridges, each one different, in length, or in height. I was to meet him somewhere near the middle of the park and had to cross many of these bridges to get there.

As I neared our meeting point, I noticed that the last bridge I would have to cross was a rope bridge, a bit higher than the rest. I was a bit nervous being the only one crossing over, and about midway got a bit scared by the swaying. I noticed my husband waiting for me at the end of the bridge and called out to him to come and help me. He shouted back saying he was doing something more important which he could not drop that I should learn to manage my way.

I felt bad, but with tears streaming down my face, I somehow managed to cross the bridge. There I saw my husband… holding the end of the broken bridge.

~ Author Unknown



Things are not always as they seem.

~ Phaedrus