Reflecting the sky
The water turns lovely blue
Sun brightly approves.
Reflecting the sky
Reflecting the sky
The water turns lovely blue
Sun brightly approves.
And then the calmness of rain
Are we cleansed again?
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Thank you for making fun of my glasses, my obesity and my hair,
for you taught me how to love myself for who I am.
I will teach my son to never in his life about such things care,
as the people’s obsession with vanity is quite an elaborate scam.
Thank you for spreading those random rumors about me,
for you taught me that I have no control over what others say.
I will teach my son to always truthful and honest be,
and not partake in, nor believe any unfounded hearsay.
Thank you for humiliating me on that Instagram reel,
for you taught me to separate true friends from those who were merely a farce.
I will teach my son to never hurt and always help heal,
for what seems like harmless banter can leave behind a lifetime of scars.
Thank you for those snide comments on the color of my skin,
for you taught me to be proud of my culture and identity.
I will teach my son to understand and remember his roots and origin,
and that the beauty of this world truly lies in its diversity.
Thank you for all the bullying I had to ever endure,
for without it I wouldn’t be who I grew up to become.
I will teach my son to remember that Karma will ensure,
that life in the end is a game of zero-sum.
We live in a world that revolves around Social Media. The US President announces policy decisions on Twitter before an official press release. We run campaigns and petitions “online” and address the biggest social issues via Twitter revolutions. We define “celebrities” not by the excellence in their fields, but the number of “followers” they have on Instagram. But have we gone so far, that we’ve forgotten the basics of society and of human interaction? Is social media really giving birth to anti-social generations?
Let us not let social media take away from us the very fundamental that is is based on, the need for social interaction – defined as an exchange between two or more individuals that is a building block of society.
We’re living through unprecedented times, and the loss and harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is irreversible. However, there are some meaningful positives that will come out of all of this if and when the world returns to normal again.
Seven times have I despised my soul:
The first time when I saw her being meek that she might attain height.
The second time when I saw her limping before the crippled.
The third time when she was given to choose between the hard and the easy, and she chose the easy.
The fourth time when she committed a wrong, and comforted herself that others also commit wrong.
The fifth time when she forbore for weakness, and attributed her patience to strength.
The sixth time when she despised the ugliness of a face, and knew not that it was one of her own masks.
And the seventh time when she sang a song of praise, and deemed it a virtue.Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
2. One of my favorite authors, who also happens to be the author of my favorite book The Fountainhead, wrote this quote as a part of one of her other famous works – Atlas Shrugged. For any of you looking at the best reads around the ideology of individualism over collectivism, Ayn Rand is the go-to author.
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
3. “Eloisa to Abelard” by Alexander Pope is one of the most beautiful tales of love and longing and also includes some of the most beautifully written lines. The title of the famous movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is one of the most complex, yet beautiful movies!
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’dAlexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard
4. Abraham Lincoln probably has to his credit the most number of quotes that are each better than the previous. So I’ve clubbed a few of my favorites quotes from him. As an aside, if you’re looking for some great reads, his famous letter to his son’s teacher is indeed also a masterpiece.
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Those who deny others freedom, deserve it not for themselves.Abraham Lincoln
5. Albert Einstein was a great physicist, but also a great thinker and philosopher, and one of my favorite quotes comes from him, and is so relevant in the context of our lives.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.Albert Einstein
These are of course only a handful among a treasure of great quotes and words of wisdom by great men and women. I’d love to hear from you about your favorite quotes as well!
Drop of dew sparkles
like a little pearl on grass,
marks fresh beginnings.
You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.Napoleon Hill
While that remains one of the most motivational and encouraging quotes ever, it may not fundamentally be based on facts. Chance or Fate or Destiny is what really determines an outsized amount of what your life is and you have little control over it.
I know the first instinct is to revolt against this very idea (as was my own) but let me explain why that is the truth. I will look at some of the factors that truly define who we are, and see how much of these do we really control.
I will further divide these factors into two very broad categories – Default Characteristics and Characteristics of Choice.
Default Characteristics – determined for us by virtue of birth.
Characteristics of Choice – the things we choose or the part we control, or do we?
OK, fine! You get it! A big part of who we are is determined by birth, and we don’t have control over it. But we surely make choices that determine a lot more than these birth characteristics. Ummm…, not really, no.
But I won’t go into the details of this. If you thought you really fully chose your life partner, or your career, or the things you achieve in life, I’d refer you to the butterfly effect. Every little incident in our lives, whether a result of our own choice, or a chance occurrence, has a non-linear and often outsized impact on everything that follows.
The fact that you broke up with your ex, and ended up at the same club or common friend’s party as the man / woman who’d end up being your spouse, has more to do with chance than anything else. You being so successful at your current job, has probably as much to do with you being rejected in those previous four interviews, or that other candidate having to miss their interview due to a personal emergency, than it does with your actions and the fact that you earned it with your hard work.
You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.Kody Keplinger
And while Kody Kelinger may not be half as well known as Napoleon Hill and most of you (including myself) hadn’t heard of her until you read this, her quote, potentially not as powerful, is probably more pertinent to our lives.
Life essentially just happens to us, but what we can do is control the handful of variables that are in our control – make the choices that we want ourselves to be defined by, act in a way that makes the best of the circumstances that are given to us, and have faith and hope for the best!
After all it isn’t always about the cards you’re dealt, but often how you play the hand that determines the winner. So even if it may feel like you were dealt a shitty hand, I’ve seen pocket aces fold to 2-7 offsuit if you play the field right! So, in this lottery called life I’ll leave you with this quote, and lots of good luck!
Life is a lottery that we’ve already won. But most people have not cashed in their tickets.Louise L. Hay
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