Courage

There is one thing that is constant
And that is change…
The human beings resist it
And keep grumbling
That likes and dislikes
Cannot be changed.

Being stubborn
To see the natural flow of energy…
Failing to see
This is the change
That will change the life…
Hesitating
To jump to the other side
For fear of treading
An unknown path…
Always forgetting
That life is a mystery
And that it was easy
To walk along with it
During younger days…
But aging
Hardens the outlook
And the mind looks out
For stable and predefined paths.
Forgetting the most important
lesson…
That those paths
Will not lead to happiness!

For what is the purpose of this life?
If it is not as simple as being happy
In what ever the heart yearns to do
Whether its the job
Or is it simply the moments
That maketh our life
The biggest goal
Is happiness!

A self study
An introspection
Can tell the truth
Even though its bitter,
Of a life that is unhappy!

When the feeling of unhappiness
Is prominent,
Pause.
Analyze those feelings.
Shift focus.
Move in a different direction.
There is a world
Filled with possibilities
There are hundred and one ways
To feel happy again
This old path
Need not be the destined one.

Break out of the path
That doesn’t bring in happiness!

Trusting the instincts
Is a beginning.

Trying different things
Finding those ones
Which tingle the passion
And can bring in
A sense of calm
And a feeling of being happy.
Of making other mundane tasks
Invisible.

All that the soul needs is courage
The ability to accept
That the current path is not giving happiness.
The ability to move away
From what is giving unhappiness.
It is a known path…
It might be difficult
To break the routine…
To shake the bottom of that wall…
But it needs to be done…
The shifting away,
The moving forward
Towards something new
That will be a source of happiness!

That courage
Will become the inspiration
For many others
Who are struggling
With the feeling of unhappiness
Deep inside!

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A birthday wish!

“Ma, am in Ambattur now. How many more stations before I reach Chennai Central?”

“I don’t know the exact no. of stations but just look for Basin Bridge. Central is the next station”

“Maaaa, how can you not know? You are supposed to know everything” 😄

And that led to this:

To my dearest kutti daughter,

When you were a little girl, maybe I had answers to all your questions.

When you were a teenager, I answered many of your questions honestly but you didn’t know the enormity of your questions.

When you started staying all by yourself there were many questions of yours for which I had an answer but was unable to convince you with it.

So, my dear girl, your mom doesn’t know the answers to many questions you ask and to many questions of her own. But I don’t worry too much about not knowing them. I will know them when the time is right for me. Till such time, I will journey towards it.

And this is what I want to tell you today – your birthday – Just listen to your heart and move forward and the answers will be revealed at the right time. Explore your life and enjoy your experiences as you keep journeying towards your goal!

You don’t need to know the answers to move forward. Just trust the process and what your heart tells you!

A very happy birthday darling!

Lots of love

Ma.

Wonderful Wednesday!

This WW has always been my perfect muse! So, let the pictures do the talking today 😀

I have chosen the color pink for today to brighten me up!

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This picture was clicked outside the bus terminus!
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This was outside a restaurant while I waited to be seated! The tiniest pink flower so far!
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My love for mandala coloring in pink!
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The gentle spokes of the vrikshi poo!
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The favorite pink in bloom!
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The sky in pink!

When you are happy and you know it…

I remember those days when my girls were in kinder garden and we all used to sing all the nursery rhymes together! Its a funny disposition for the mother. I don’t remember any rhymes from my young age but I remember all the rhymes I learnt along with my daughters. And one of our favorite songs was this – when you are happy and you know it, clap your hands 😀

It is simple and it just makes you feel happy with simple gestures! After all, as grown ups all we want in life is happiness. Sometimes I wonder, why can’t we do just as this song says…clap your hands or stamp your feet or do whatever that makes you feel happy!

After I got my smartphone, I have become this obsessive clicker of clouds, flowers and anything that catches my eye or anything that makes me happy!

Here are a few shots to make you smile, feel happy and feel bliss. These are the Firangipani flowers which always look like as though they are smiling at me. Naturally, I smile back at them 🙂

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Smile and be happy…its quite simple 🙂

The shooting star story

Just imagine this – for as human beings we have this innate quality to imagine things, sometimes out of proportion too, anyway – there is this window in my kitchen which faces the western sky. There are no huge buildings as of now that could possibly block my view of the sunset. This is the place where I stand with my cup of tea or generally stand there sipping water and watch the sun go down in the evenings. Many of you would have seen those dramatic sunset pictures which I have shared or keep sharing everyday!

The view from my kitchen window!

There are many towers which are visible to the eye when I look out of the window.  They could be for the electricity or the mobile phone service.

One evening, as the sun was setting and as it became dusk, I noticed a blinking light. I got excited and called my daughter. Together we stared at it, made a wish – it was a shooting star! Both of us were so elated that we could even spot a shooting star.

Days went by. And we saw the shooting star again. At the same place and around the same time. We were happy with our coincidental spotting of the shooting star. It was quite a feeling, I tell you!

Another day we saw a blinking red light in that same place. We wondered if that blinking light could be on top of a tower or something. But it went off after sometime. Now, if that tower is stationery then the light too should blink at the same place, right?

We were asking each other questions in a way to find an answer to this blinking white (sometimes red) light! It was one single light only!

One fine day, illumination happened. As we thought hard, we realized that it is the direction of the airport from my home. And the blinking white light is that of an aircraft that moves towards my direction. The blinking red light is when they turn around for landing. We could come to this conclusion only when we happened to see an aircraft during the daylight.

As I normally stand near the window for a long time only during sunsets, I had failed to observe this aircraft during the day.

Anyway, all is well – shooting star or aircraft, my wish has been fulfilled 😀

Intentions for social media

I think it is a great idea to go with writing sparks from instagram! Here is another one of my favorites!

We are all surrounded by social media or rather we live inside the bubble called social media. There are only a very few who consciously don’t get into it.

The others are out there in the field of twitter, facebook, instagram, whatsapp and what not! And its becoming a tad fashionable to post each and everything out there for others to see, read and comment.

There are plenty of rubbish data that goes on in circles, fraudulent news that keeps getting forwarded, people trolling others accounts, commenting with hurtful words and generating enmity. When I come across such accounts, I first block them without any hesitation. I come out of groups when I can’t stand the stupid forwards that people keep sharing in the group without even reading it fully. I just make sure that they are not part of my circle in any way.

There is also a side to this social media which gives me so much of positive vibes. There are accounts that help people to talk themselves out of depressing thoughts. There are accounts that inspire, motivate through healthy interactions. Some people’s art bring us happiness. And then some people’s music soothes our souls. There are true stories of good work done by people which greatly inspires others. And then there are accounts which make us laugh, smile and be happy.

The main point is that it is not a bad place if you have eyes for only good and positive content. Look for the good and it will come to you. The proof of this is the amazing friends I have made through this social media. They are real people with a beautiful heart and I found them all online. And their reality is heartwarming.

Be inspired
Engage in meaningful conversations
Travel in pictures
Learn from experts
Make your virtual social circle to mean something worthwhile!

Solitude

Somehow my instagram stories are giving me the spark to write everyday.

As much as I love the crowded streets of Ranganathan street in T.Nagar, I love the solitude of sipping my tea and enjoying that moment with myself. The early morning cup of coffee before the whole house is up is something so special and it energizes me a lot! I can actually spend the whole day without talking to anyone and just be contented with my thoughts. A book will help surely, if I need a break.

I also enjoy soothing Rafi songs in the background giving me the comfort of those moments where only me and the voice of Rafi exists! I can go about doing something or other inside my home and without watching that idiot box.

And my new found love is mandala coloring, which is helping me to bring clarity to my thoughts which sometimes runs in eight different directions.

I used to be so lost in my thoughts about what I did and what I didn’t do and that used to lead to self-criticism and it was stressing me too much. But the past year has taught me many lessons and one among that is not to be self-critical in any situation.

As my insta story goes, that is not loneliness for me, its absolute freedom to do what I want, to think what I want.

So, what about you? Do you love your solitude? 😀