Prepared?

Preparation can be of various kinds,

preparing for

Exams,

Marriage,

Interviews etc. etc.

But one preparation that most of us choose to ignore,

or

Are ignorant of,

Is the preparation for death,

As pessimistic as it might sound,

When the time comes,

most of us go in a state of shock,

knowing all through that the day would arrive,

when we will choose to take a leap of faith in a new arena altogether,

If we were just to remind ourselves

and

be cognizant of the only truth there is,

Guess life would become much more enjoyable and appreciable,

than what it is today!

The only question being,

Are we preparing ourselves for the eventuality?

Source for the Image: https://www.healthline.com/health/leading-causes-of-death

Promise Philosophy

You might have heard,

I don’t know who it was,

that promises are meant to be broken,

what an idiotic statement it might seem to be,

why I say so is because,

this very statement has brought our society to this point in time where,

words are thrown very carelessly,

with a chalta hai attitude,

where people are always distrusting what the other is saying,

for, in their experience, a big gap exists between the words uttered and the intention behind the same,

Once bitten twice shy, they stick on to,

So,

Rather than philosophizing about every thing and anything,

Guess, high time,

we start behaving in a sensible and responsible manner,

where we only utter what we really mean and intend to do!

Source for the image: https://www.carriermanagement.com/news/2018/04/05/177449.htm

Zaroorat

Few days back I was having this conversation with a friend of mine,

and here I am writing this piece:

There are needs and then there are deeds,

This life is an interplay among these needs,

Which in turn influence our deeds,

And one such need is that of a companion,

A person with whom,

You hope to share the beautiful moments in this lifetime,

But what if the hope is taken away,

because of some reason or the other,

whatever the reason might be,

if it becomes toxic enough,

best is to move out,

of course, easier said than done,

and one can keep on giving all kinds of fundas,

the only thing that one can possibly contemplate on,

whether that moment of inevitability has arrived or not in your lifetime with your companion!

Source for the Image: https://www.herculture.org/blog/2020/7/8/overcoming-loneliness-how-to-find-an-awesome-companion

Legacy

There are many legacies that we keep hearing about,

Be it the kingdoms and the associated kings,

Be it the political dynasties,

or

Be it the sportspersons and their sons or daughters,

But one legacy that was given to us Indians,

which, as a generation, we would love to forget about,

is this constant state of lethargy,

where,

Until and unless something goes wrong big time,

we don’t react or respond,

hoping that this hibernation will solve it all,

But time and again,

We have been looted inside out,

Be it the invaders who attacked our kingdoms in the past,

or

Be it the nature of corruption or bureaucracy that we tend to hold on to, courtesy British raj,

We tend to suffer hoping that some God will take care, no matter what,

It’s high time,

We start putting in efforts before we leave it all to our destinies!

Source for the Image: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249968

L-Style

The other day I happened to visit a Lifestyle store.

What such kind of stores promise is a life altering shopping experience,

Clothes and accessories,

which can make you look good,

which can change the very manner in which you are perceived by this world,

which can bring a transformation in your lifestyle,

But have you ever wondered,

What kind of effect it has on the very nature of life that we are supposed to live?

Well,

In order to buy such products,

One toils day-in-day-out,

Not just to fulfill their own desires,

But also the desires of their near and dear ones,

And in that very quest tend to drift away from the very essence of life,

Choice is of course ours to focus either on,

Life or lifestyle!

Source for the Image: https://www.thephotoargus.com/examples-of-lifestyle-photography/

S for….

They say only unsuccessful are the ones who delve into spiritual stuff,

For they are too busy doing what they are good at,

True?

Well, let us look at the likes of Amitabh Bacchan, Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar,

Yes,

They did what they were good at or became good at,

But haven’t they followed certain religious and spiritual fundamentals in their life,

Be it taking the first shot at a particular time on a movie set,

To

Wearing the right or the left pad first as a batsman in a cricket match,

No matter what S stands for in your life,

I guess spiritually forms such a core part of our lives,

Be it the successful or the not so successful ones,

That we all tend to delve or seek refuge in the same!

So, what does S stand for in your lives?

Source for the Image: https://d33x6c2gojonez.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/137/2016/04/27135908/business-success-tips.jpg

EV

Oh, what a polite and obedient girl, she is!

Oh, what a responsible man he has become!

Oh, what personality!

And it goes on and on,

These very adjectives are what we crave for day in day out,

An external validation (EV) of sorts from the who’s who of our society,

No matter what,

We want to look good in front of these very eyes that matter to us,

All our thoughts and actions get influenced,

And we end up becoming a conditioned being,

Anything wrong with that, you may ask?

Well,

Nothing wrong I would say,

Just that every thought and every act based on this thought has a consequence,

Considering, more often than not, we are under tremendous pressure seeking this EV,

We tend to get caught up in this web of social seeking, so much so,

That

We tend to drift far away from the very essence of what life might be,

Of course the choice is yours to let it happen to you or not!

Source for the Image: https://sterilebarrier.org/manufactures/validation-process/

ROA Zindagi!

Have you ever wondered about the kind of life we are leading,

The decisions we are making,

the basis of the same,

The actions that we are performing,

on what premise?

More often than not,

Whether we are conscious of it at all or not,

These actions evolve from some tendency to benefit from the same,

Be it becoming friends with a guy who might be able to help us in the future,

or

Be it go on compromising over and accepting things which we might not like at all,

It’s always ROA = return on actions

which we are trying to focus upon,

That’s another issue if our analysis goes all wrong 🙂

But how long can we go on living like this?

Have you ever given it a calm and composed thought?

If not,

and

If you are reading this,

Might be a good time to start!

Source for the Image: https://divethru.com/feeling-selfish-a-guide-to-your-emotions/

Raaz!

Secrets, we all have,

Deep down,

Somewhere,

We are threatened by them every now and then,

Fearing it might come out in the open,

Insecurity around which eats us all,

Not knowing how to deal with it,

And

In trying to hide these,

We create more secrets,

A never ending loop of sorts,

but what’s the way out? and is there one?

Well,

We fear our secrets,

for we are always looking for some kind of external validation,

an approval,

an image we are so concerned about,

a persona that we have invested all our life in,

yes, it’s not easy to just give it all up!

yes, it cannot happen in a day or two,

yes, we all need some kind of support,

and

yes, it all needs a belief to take that first step,

a belief which says,

it can be done,

and

slowly, we see ourselves getting rid of this fear,

to live a life of how it was meant to be,

free and fun!

Source for the image: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/09/hidden-world-secrets

Why Baby!

It’s not what you are thinking,

Nothing to do with the babies, gfs and bfs of the world,

But

Definitely has to do with the kids in our lives,

Courtesy the nature of curiosity,

Kids certainly ask umpteen questions,

Be it wondering about why a butterfly flies and an ant doesn’t,

or

Be it wanting to know the logic behind not jumping off the terrace like a superman,

The kids want to know it all,

Question being,

What kind of adults are we?

One,

Who shuts out all queries and tell kids to mind their own business,

or

One,

Who entertains the same queries and enable them to find answers,

No matter how one chooses to behave,

The way one acts will determine how and whom kids will become in the future,

And

If we are someone who wants to see this world prosper and grow in a sustainable fashion,

I guess it’s high time we make the right choice baby!

Source for the Image: https://artprojectsforkids.org/how-to-draw-a-butterfly/