Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Get, Set, Go!

Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.
— Mark Zuckerberg in his Commencement Address at Harvard in May 2017

When you start something you never know how it is going to end. But you have to start somewhere and then just keep going forward – one day at a time. You have an idea within you and a vision before you. You just need to keep working towards it, learning new things as you go along and improvising with every new step you take. Fear of falling cannot keep you from walking.

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. But that’s not the point of having a ship. Ships are meant for sailing, for venturing out into the open sea and bracing the storms.

Starting something new or taking a new direction in life is never easy. There will always be someone telling you that you can’t do it. There will always be people raising questions and offering skepticism. But it’s your life. Nobody makes decisions for you but you. You own up to yourselves and to your decisions, and make your way through the world.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Little By Little

A poem I find really inspiring..

“Little by little,” an acorn said,
As it slowly sank in its mossy bed,
“I am improving every day,
Hidden deep in the earth away.”

Little by little, each day it grew;
Little by little, it sipped the dew;
Downward it sent out a thread-like root;
Up in the air sprung a tiny shoot.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 Quotes to Remember

1.    It is what it is. Not good, not bad. It is what it is. (John Watson, BBC Sherlock)

2.   It is a choice between what is right and what is easy. (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter)

3.   There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened. My courage rises at every attempt to intimidate me. (Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Come, Speak, Leave

In a world where food is fast and coffee is instant, you really don’t have time for long lectures and endless discourses. I personally don’t read the first paragraphs of any article that I read on the internet. (It’s just an introduction, slowly trying to sweep in to the main point. Some of them just beat about the bush.) I just skip to the main points and skim through the text looking for words that sum up the whole point.

There was a time when people used long sentences and big words to sound important (read Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes; you will know what I mean). But today our attention span is too short and our patience is too little to hold on to lengthy, extensive write ups/ videos/ blogs. So the key mantra these days is: Come, make your point and leave.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Beauty of Just Being There!

Sometimes, we get so busy with life that we forget to notice the little things. We fail to notice the beauty of just being there and to fathom the significance of the seemingly insignificant.

On a day off from work, staring out of my window, I was stuck by the beauty of the sun. It just stuck me that simply how glorious the sun was and how soothing the breeze was. It is then that I realized that in the race of life, I had forgotten to slow down and to appreciate the beauty of small things. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Small Hands, Big Deeds!

It’s been quite some time since I showed up here. It’s not because I had been short of things to share, it’s because I had been short of time to write. It took me some time to settle down in my new job and adjust with the shift in my daily routine. Now, that I am settled – or as settled as I ever could be – I have decided that it’s time to get back in action. As somebody reminded me at work yesterday, you always need to do something which you do just for yourself and your personal happiness. Well, for me it’s my blog, said I!

A lot has happened in the last couple of months – the tiny tot who inspired me to write my first blog post has turned two now and is now rapidly developing into a chatter box; I am enjoying my profession to the core; my students love me and I love my students (talking about them would take a whole new blog page!); I have made some new friends; I have learnt and am learning many new things each day; my most favorite teacher passed away last week, it was horrible; I had a talk with an old teacher of mine, it was lovely; I have learnt to handle work pressure better, thanks to my confessor’s rebuke; I have learnt to calm down; I have learnt not to worry too much, no matter what; I have learnt to be detached; I have learnt not to be attached – whether to work or a person; I have learnt that life goes on, as it always would.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Your Happiness is in You

“It’s good to have a job you like. But let not your happiness depend on your job or anything else.”

The words that changed the way I look at everything!

We so naively think that achieving a certain “something” in life will make us happy. Getting a dream job, buying a fancy car, having the perfect wedding, living in a sprawling manor…those are the things, we imagine, would bring us happiness. But do they indeed?

Think about it. You get a job you had always wished to have. This makes you happy. You start working. It’s exciting and you are eager to do your best. What then? As time passes, the excitement slowly starts to wane. It becomes a routine, and now you need something else to break your routine. So off you go on a vacation to recharge yourself and to have a fresh look at things. You come back, and get back to your work. What then? The routine starts all over again. Where exactly is your happiness then?