Monday Motivation

   Life is not equal parts happiness and equal parts sorrow…more often than not, sorrow somehow seems to have an upper hand. It rattles our peace and toys with emotions, smiles at the misfortune and maybe even revels in pulling us down to the abyss of hopelessness, testing the levels of our endurance and pushing us to our limits. We are probably all too familiar with this, unfortunately. And may be we, sometimes, come dangerously close to giving up. Yet, as if by some miracle , we go on. We must. We learn from missteps and we try to put the right foot forward. We breathe through the pain, breathe through the tears but keep our chins up and keep looking for that path forward. We cling on to hope and make that our chalice when darkness looms large. There are, maybe, people we know who are going through similar unhappy patches at the moment. Often just being there for them helps. With or without giving ‘advice’. Just listening and letting them know that they are not alone. It helps. So, if you know someone who maybe is going through a hard time, I hope you reach out to that person to let them know that you are there. The world is a much better place when we look out for each other.  And, if anyone reading this is going through an uneven stretch, I hope it passes soon and you come out stronger.

 

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This made me smile on a day that was not particularly a bright one.

 

Thanks for stopping by and keep believing.

Monday Motivation

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“Allow yourself to be a beginner. Not everyone starts off being excellent”. (Wendy Flynn).

 

This is true for all of us isn’t it? And yet, fear of failing, among other insecurities,  stops us from taking that first step.

I have been making tiny changes, tiny beginnings of sorts.  It does take a combination of ‘ I should give this a try’, ‘So what if I look funny’, ‘ There’s no shame in trying’, ‘ If I don’t do well, I will try again’ and similar mini monologues to help get through  but hey, so what! For me, it has been strangely liberating.

From interviews to trying salsa or even something as simple as carving a pumpkin… there always has to be a starting point. As I mentioned, I have recently taken that first step for a couple of new things,  while am yet to shake off the nerves and go for others. But I will be pushing myself! Have you done something recently that took some ‘you can do it’ from yourself? Or  is there something that you have been thinking of trying for some time now but a ‘what if’ has been stopping you? Would love to hear from you!

While some acts require serious preparation ( for example running a marathon), others like singing at a karaoke bar in front of others, in spite of being a terrible singer, should not! Life is way too stressful to lose our nerves on fun stuff, for the simple reason- they are supposed to be ‘fun’. I hope we all try something similar, something special that we have been putting off because of a bunch of silly excuses, and even if we fail miserably, at least we get to have a laugh thinking about it few years down the line!

Thanks for stopping by!  The jack o’ lantern, our first, was carved by my husband while our son cheered! Simple acts can sometimes bring a great amount of happiness and it is probably up to us to celebrate such tiny moments!

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It has been a little busier than usual and I am missing out on posts- writing as well as reading! But I hope to be more regular soon and catch up on the photos and stories that you all have been sharing😊

We are well into Fall and it seems that trees have been set aflame in riotous colors… and set against the bright blue sky, they sure add a cheery color to the soul🧡🧡

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are making the day count❤️

Monday Motivation

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“Sometimes it feels like there is no magic in a world where the bad guys always seem to win. But there is. In every act of kindness and bravery, there is the magic we all seek” – Nikita Gill.

 

Keep believing, keep looking out for those magicians and let’s keep spinning some magic ourselves! Thanks for stopping by🧡

Monday Motivation

 

On Beauty (Khalil Gibran)

And a poet said, Speak to us of Beauty.
     And he answered:
     Where shall you seek beauty, and how
shall you find her unless she herself be your
way and your guide?
     And how shall you speak of her except
she be the weaver of your speech?
     The aggrieved and the injured say,
“Beauty is kind and gentle.
     Like a young mother half-shy of her
own glory she walks among us.”
     And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is
a thing of might and dread.
     Like the tempest she shakes the earth
beneath us and the sky above us.”
     The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is
of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.
     Her voice yields to our silences like a faint
light that quivers in fear of the shadow.”
     But the restless say, “We have heard her
shouting among the mountains,
     And with her cries came the sound of
hoofs, and the beating of wings and
the roaring of lions.”
     At night the watchmen of the city say,
“Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the
east.”
     And at noontide the toilers and the way-
farers say, “We have seen her leaning over
the earth from the windows of the sunset.”
     In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall
come with the spring leaping upon the hills.”
     And in the summer heat the reapers say,
“We have seen her dancing with the autumn
leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her
hair.”
     All these things have you said of beauty,
     Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of
needs unsatisfied,
     And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
     It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty
hand stretched forth,
     But rather a heart enflamed and a soul en-
chanted.
     It is not the image you would see nor the
song you would hear,
     But rather an image you see though you
close your eyes and a song you hear though
you shut your ears.
     It is not the sap within the furrowed bark,
nor a wing attached to a claw,
     But rather a garden for ever in bloom and
a flock of angels for ever in flight.
     People of Orphalese, beauty is life when
life unveils her holy face.
     But you are life and you are the veil.
     Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mir-
ror.
     But you are eternity and you are the mir-
ror.
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You are strong and courageous and amazing. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

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“In all things of Nature, there is something of the marvelous”- Aristotle

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Let’s take better care of the only place we can call home and enable our future generations to marvel at our incredible planet.

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Monday Motivation

   “Don’t allow someone make you feel like you’re not good enough”Anonymous

   There’s no use denying that we live in a world that at many times appears to be harsh, unnecessarily untruthful and full of negativity. While it is not true always, it unfortunately is a huge part of our daily living and that can be tiring. To continuously have to strive to find the good in people, to keep on being optimistic, to having the courage to deal with the negative- can be taxing. Yet, we focus on the good…we must. The good, the bad and the ugly coexist and it is up to us how we respond to these.

   How we choose to view the world around us is probably a ‘choice’ and while it may sound utopian, I believe that we can decide to focus on the good that is also found in plenitude. ‘Choose to be kind in an unkind world‘ is more than a print on a coffee mug or a T shirt. It can be a wonderful way of living, albeit frustrating at times and difficult to maintain but nonetheless doable. Everyday people, things, circumstances will work in inexplicable ways to make us feel bad about ourselves, about the choices we make in life; they will work tirelessly to bring us down and fill us with self doubt- do not let them. The power lies within us to not respond to such pettiness. My Ma always says that anyone who behaves in this manner is already beneath us and I couldn’t agree more. I understand that it is easier said than done but it is upon us to not let the weight of other people’s malicious behavior, their inanity and their overall disregard for anyone else but themselves, their hollow judgments take us down. Our convictions and inner strength can lead us in our own journeys that we each take and we meet an equal number of, if not more, people who enrich our lives with love, generosity, humility and awesomeness which brightens the gloom negative energy brings. Random acts or spoken words by strangers and acquaintances make us smile a bit and breathe easy and we know that love continues to grow and even if we are unable to see it, the world is still a beautiful place.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a happy week!

 

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