Gratitude Moment #1

 I’m grateful to walk, communicate, sit, eat, laugh, share, learn, surrender and relax comfortably.  I’m thankful to feel the gratitude within me for this moment, for this breath, for this life. ❤

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Happy people : Very rare species 

My work gets me to meet and associate with the researchers from various domains of engineering,  science, humanities and social sciences. 

They carry (most of them 99%) patent filed ‘seriousness’ on their face. Don’t agree? Just type any top institute profile (eg :I. I. T’S in India), and you will rarely find a smiling photograph of faculties/scholars! 

They aren’t (most of them) satisfied with the work, papers and patents. They want more and more! There is so much competition within the research groups and research people. 

In the past 1.5 years, I’ ve noticed that those pursuing higher degrees are SAD about where they have been and what they are doing! 😦 I rarely found symptoms of happiness/contentment in them. 

This is  not intended to be a negative post. I’m trying to write what I’m noticing around me. 

 Infact,  I’ve also missed this Jabbarr Happy and peaceful Buddha in me from past 15-20 days. A kind of negativity had slipped in, however, getting back to the centre by passing through the tunnel of creative exploration (travel, photography : my glucon D)! 

Personally, I know two people who are absolutely at peace and joy,my mother and younger brother. They are so strong in their mental framework that, nothing bothers them. They know how to be at ease with anything which encounters them. 

Why is it that we seek happiness, joy at the end of something? 

Why we are happy in fragments, in pieces? 

Why we hold onto negative quickly, when something unexpected uncertain catches us? 

Why?  

May be because we delve into the life style which is devoid of gratitude and thankfulness!

May be because we are too much into ‘I don’ t have enough’

May be because we don’t want to be happy at all. Becoming sadness and depression has ingrained into our routine. 

A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist

Sharing with you something which touched my heart! 

Quindlen begins:

I’ve never earned a doctorate, or even a master’s degree. I’m not an ethicist, or a philosopher, or an expert in any particular field… I can’t talk about the economy, or the universe, or academe, as academicians like to call where they work when they’re feeling kind of grand. I’m a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is really all I know.

Life & Work

Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That’s what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first. Don’t ever forget what a friend once wrote to Senator Paul Tsongas when the senator had decided not to run for reelection because he’d been diagnosed with cancer: “No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time at the office.”

Don’t ever forget the words on a postcard that my father sent me last year: “If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.”

There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

On Life, People and Love :

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.

Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your regular phone, for that matter. Keep still. Be present.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.

It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. We have more time than ever before to remember it. The men and women of generations past had to work long, long hours to support lots and lots of children in tiny, tiny houses. The women worked in factories and sweatshops and then at home, too, with two bosses, the one who paid them, and the one they were married to, who didn’t. . . . Our jobs take too much out of us and don’t pay enough.

She continues:

Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.

This is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get.

Source : Story Pick

Inspiring Quotes from Life of Pi

Sharing some touching quotes from the movie Life of Pi.

1. Doubt is good. In fact, we don’t know the strength of our faith until it’s tested.

2. Animals have souls, I’ve seen it in their eyes.

3.  God, I give myself to you. I’m your vessel. Whatever comes, show me.

4. Above all, don’t lose hope.

5. Patience!

6. Thank you for giving my life.