Tag: Enjoy Life

Life lessons during Lockdown

Life lessons during Lockdown

The past couple of months and the past few weeks in particular, have dramatically changed the world as we knew it. From free spirits who chased their dreams, demanded their rights, globe trotted without a care, suddenly life has come to a standstill or more correctly a lockdown. The irony of the lockdown was that it has spared no one, yet threatened everyone and forced the world to stop, pause, look inward and sacrifice freedom.

Perhaps now is the time to reflect on the following facts:

Life is short – For the very many, especially those who took ill suddenly and passed away due to the virus life ended rather unexpectedly. For the rest of us, the fear that life can be very short is the reason we are taking the self quarantine and lockdown seriously. For the migrants though it is not the same fear that is driving them back to their home towns. They fear shortages, lack of income and the need to be around loved ones during difficult times. Yes they too fear for their future and want to ensure their life is neither miserable nor short and hence the desperation to return back to their native land.

Time is fast – Ironic that in a lockdown, time moves slowly. Yet it is just the perfect reminder as to how busy a life we lead, with no time to stand and stare, as the poet would say. Perhaps now we realize how important it is to stop, pause, look around, appreciate what we have and respect what nature provided us.  Perhaps we also have a better appreciation of people at home, the need to act more responsibly and the truly value our time on this planet.

No replay – Hopefully we will overcome the current pandemic and lockdown and social distancing and never have a replay. For that matter, we rarely have a repeat day in our life; ever day is a new day with new hopes, challenges, successes, failures, pain and joy. How we would like to have a replay of our best moments in life; that is not going to happen. Fortunately that holds true for our worst moments too.

No rewind– We may rewind and watch a tape or a serial or a movie. Life is not going to give us that chance. So we must always put our best foot forward, grasp every opportunity, make amends for failures quickly and live life each moment. Life is boring when we do things as if rewinding and repeating our efforts with no commitment or love for what we do. Each day find a new motivation to do your job well. Enjoy the process, the company, the results. You will never want to rewind your life because you now know how to make tomorrow exciting.

So enjoy every moment as it comes – Lockdown is terrible; it is worse when you think of it that way. How about seeing lockdown time, as a very rare opportunity gifted to you, to spend more time at home, with people who matter most to you and for a cause that is in your best interest as well as that of the nation? You don’t have to sacrifice your life on the battle front or a medical frontline warrior or as a provider of essential services. You are simply called to remain home. Have you ever seen it as a privilege given to the very few during a very rare time? See it that way and now make the most of every moment that you are at home. Do things that you always wanted to do from home? Explore your talents. Make a list of things you appreciate about those around you. Make a list of things you would want to do once you are free from the lockdown. Utilize the time well and enjoy the process.

Try these:           

  • Call up a few people with whom you have not connected in a very long time but whose friendship/ relationship you value very much. E.g. a former colleague / classmate / a teacher / a distant relative
  • Make 5 goodie bags with whatever resources you currently have to give out free to an old age home / migrant workers / orphanage etc.
  • Pick out three of your most favorite things and decide whom you will gift it to. As soon as you can do take the effort to gift it away with a small note on why they deserve that gift.

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The child in us

20-The child in you

As we grow up there is a tendency to think more rationally, behave more maturely and respond more circumspectly. The fact is that with age comes responsibility, pragmaticism and the need for socially acceptable interaction. However, in the process we often end being artificial, contrived and awkward for we have lost our natural grace, spontaneity and exuberance. We curb our enthusiasm, react with restrain and seek to fit in. The adult in us desperately tries to hide the child in us, fetters us with chains of social norms and nearly suffocates us as we behave artificially to meet social norms. Apparently life is fun but it is a put on, we project it as fulfilling whilst in reality it is suffocating and beneath the surface we crave to express ourselves unfettered, carefree and joyously.

Ask yourself when are you most happy. The weekends for sure especially when there is a policy to drop the veneer of power dressing. Picnics and outings come a close second for there are no shackles of do’s and dont’s. Informal social gatherings, where you are at  liberty to be your own person. Holidays, when you fully control your life and do pretty much as you please. When you are enjoying a social event be it a musical program, a theater event or a party with friends. Don’t forget the treks, the boys/ girls day out and the ever favorite class mates meets. Pause and ask yourself what makes these events special moments for me. The answer is obvious, you drop your mask of being someone you really are not and become the real you.

The challenge is to seamlessly integrate that child like enthusiasm, spontaneity and exuberance into daily life and balance it with the social norms and pressures imposed on you as a professional, an executive and an adult. It may look a tad difficult but in reality it is the child in us that we often curb that allows us to retain our sanity, allow us to cope with stress and most of all make life fun. We discuss the latest headlines with colleagues giving it our own touch of interpretation, we argue and differ with others, we plan a meal out with colleagues spontaneously and we get all agog when we talk about something passionately. We can do more; we can personalize our workstation to reflect our individuality, we can surprise others with a gift or a treat most unexpectedly, genuinely appreciate something about another person, personalize a sharing with individuals (example you know a person is an avid gardener and you come across an excellent article/ book / clipping on gardening and you make it a point to share that with the individual concerned).

One danger though, of bringing out the child in us, is our over enthusiasm that results us in misusing social media and irritating others. Mindlessly posting, forwarding and liking just to garner attention to ourselves, simply because of the ease of doing it, is a very real issue for then we are childish not childlike. There is definitely a need to balance our adult like maturity with our child like enthusiasm. Life out there is fun because the adult in us takes care of our future needs and the child in us allows us to experience the wonders around us that makes life colorful, magical and enjoyable.

Try these:

Revisit old photo albums and make a collage of the pictures that bring out the special moments from your life. Share it with family and friends at a special occasion like a milestone birthday or anniversary.

A week or two prior to your birthday, review and list out all the fun times, high points, special moments, awkward moments and people who made the year gone by special for you. If inclined to, share them with your friends and family.

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The secret to happiness

13-25-Happy days are around you...

The essential condition for being happy is enjoying the moment. The problem is that our mind tends to wander around and seeks to find real and imaginary problems to dwell upon and fret and fume over. The human tendency to scan around for problems is possibly a defense mechanism to protect our future for we are the only species that uses the higher intelligence to embrace progress. In effect this means that each day we want to get ahead of the previous day and this creates in us a fear of tomorrow for it has to be better than today and yesterday. Protecting our future and planning for it is important but it must never be at the cost of failing to enjoy the better part of our life. Stress is primarily an outcome or result of our obsession with the future and is a predominantly found in the human race.

To reduce our stress it is essential that we find a way to like each moment of our life and love our life. This means we need to create/ find/ invent / be happy. The challenge is to remain happy for as long as possible and that is possible only and only when we learn to enjoy whatever we have.  Here are some ways that we can continue to be happy moment to moment.

Appreciate what you have. We tend to take for granted whatever we are blessed with and on the rare times we are deprived of some of these blessings we notice the absence and react with alarm, fear, worry and exasperation. Look back at the time you sprained your ankle or suffered from flu or the time you misplaced a valuable thing. Your attitude and behavior is symptomatic of our tendency to take the good fro granted and the unwanted as a calamity. Remember the phrase; I complained because I had not shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.

Don’t compare. Nothing disturbs our peace of mind as much as our tendency to compare whatever we have with that of others who we perceive as having something better than what we have. In many ways our inability to appreciate what we have often has its roots in our weakness to focus on what others have. Pause for a moment and think about the possibility that ‘perhaps we are blessed with just the right mix leaving us enough opportunities to aspire, perspire and inspire us to achieve and attain more’ giving us the elation of achievement and success.

Be optimistic. Problems, hindrances, failures, fears and frustrations are part of everyday life. We are given the grace to be optimistic; to be hopeful, to visualize possibilities and to find creative ways to overcome and slay the demons of our negative imagination. It is when we are optimistic that we confront our fears and stop ourselves from running away from the problems we encounter.

Seek positives. When in difficulties, pain or trouble our reaction is to alleviate the suffering. The challenge thereafter is to be calm, have a clear head and to think logically so that we not only overcome our difficulties but come out unscathed. Almost all the prisoner of war (POW) escapes can be attributed to seeking out the positives even in the most inescapable circumstances. Ask yourself if you are a POW of your making; your defeatist attitude, your weak will and/ or your inability to confront reality.

Have fun. Have you seen people in casts displaying a variety of messages written on the cast by friends and well wishers? Have you seen people with a big smile hobble on crutches to a party or come on a wheel chair to the party? Ever notice that the best jokes are the ones people tell about themselves and the embarrassing situations they found themselves in?  The ability to laugh, to have fun, to find a reason to smile is perhaps the greatest gift you can bestow yourself.

Try this:

  • Prepare a funny paragraph containing the words. Each paragraph must have 5 sentences at least and must contain 7 -10 words from the list given below. The paragraphs need not be logical but must be coherent and humorous.

Man, socks, dog, green, TV, nail, Egg, elephant, hook, water, clock, TV, bucket, Adam, Ram, Flag, blue, wheel, cycle, eat, run, scream.

  • Prepare a list (laughs that you can have) of at least 5 each of the following
  1. Jokes
  2. Limericks
  3. Comedy Movies
  4. You tube clips
  5. Cartoons
  6. Sayings / Phrases

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Making your life simple

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”  Charles Dudley Warner

Are you one of those who is forever complaining, someone who is constantly stressed, a person who never seems to have enough and an individual in the quest of his / her individuality? Our source of dissatisfaction, restlessness and irritation can be stymied and possibly got rid off by learning to avoid complicating our thinking and by focusing on simplifying our living. How do we complicate our thinking? How can we simplify our living? The answers to these questions are the essence of today’s post.

How do we complicate our thinking?

Comparisons. A common human bane is our invariable impulsive need to compare with others. Be it our own physical personality or mental abilities or wealth and riches; the urge to surpass the other creates in us need to compare and this leads us to warped thinking, skewed logic and insatiable wants.

Desires. Coveting what catches our fancy is perhaps a logical extension of our sin of comparison. However this goes deeper in as much as we pay no attention to our need but cave into our greed and lust and this blinds us to the consequences or price of our actions.

Jealousy.  Our insatiable urge for things manifests itself in desires whilst our ego is largely responsible for inability to restrain ourselves from comparing with those around. Alas, the combination of these two evils sparks of a third bigger evil jealousy. Jealousy unfortunately has no antidote and the best way to stem the rot is by learning to appreciate  all that we posses.

Lack of appreciation. By failing to acknowledge all that we are blessed with, we tend to take things for granted. If you have sprained any part of your body or you have had a hand or leg in cast you would understand how much we have taken our physical body for granted. Do we really appreciate the blessings of a loving family the power we have in the form of an intimate friends circle or the blessings of good health?

How can we simplify our living?

Acceptance: We have to make the best use of the cards that have been given us in this life. The first step then is to accept the reality and then begin to make the best of what we have. What we really need to watch out for are excuses that we spew out when we fail to grasp the opportunities that come our way. Acceptance is no license either to stop striving for one can steadily progress by aiming higher.

Be grateful : If you are reading this just be grateful for your education, your eyesight, the fortune of being able to access the computer and for the good fortune of coming across this site. Perhaps there are many more things to be grateful for. In reality do we value all the triumphs, the trails, the pain and the pleasure that we have experienced. The trails and pains are invaluable experiences that teach us a lot while the pain and the pleasure makes our life more fulfilling.

Enjoy the moment: Far too often we plan, strategize, anticipate, imagine and visualize in order to protect our future. Alas in this scramble to enjoy the future we miss out on relishing the present, the reality of now and the ecstasy of living. While it is essential to also think of the future that must never be at the cost of not having a great laugh, indulging in some tomfoolery caressing a loved one or enjoying the affectation of loved ones.

Worry less: The one thing that we overlook when trying to simplify life is minimizing stress. Stress is nothing but worry working overtime and overtaking our happiness. The way to minimize worry is by assessing the source and the consequence and then reconcile to it. This requires a lot of grit to confront the problem and a healthy dose of positivity to appreciate the worst case scenario. Worrying won’t solve problems but by minimizing our worrying we will have peace of mind, clarity of thought and ample time to enjoy the moment.

Remember: “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Try this:

  1. Out of the 4 points listed in the first part of this write up  and  the 4 points listed in the second part which 2 are u most guilty of violating?
  2. Think of one person who annoys you a lot. Now list out 2 things you admire in him/ her.
  3. Think of 2 things that worry you a lot. Now list out 3 reasons for each which you believe makes the worry less irksome.
  4. Name one person who gives you positive feedback and compliments. How often have you appreciated him/her? Have you tried to emulate him/her?

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Life is a romance…

Life is a romantic business, but you have to make the romance. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Romance is all about adoring the flowers, gazing at the sunrise in the early morning, walking the seashore, soaking in the sunset and being one with the moonlight and twinkling stars, all the while skipping a heat beat in ecstasy and enjoying life to the fullest. Most times these emotions overwhelm a person particularly when in love, or in the company of  a beloved or at a very significant occasion as in winning a prize / an award/ recognition, possibly when thrilled to bits with some momentous news or when in the wondrous lap of nature. When one looks at life in general from a similar angle it suddenly dawns on us that life despite its ups and downs, despite the problems, the tears, the worries and the tragedies has plenty of laughter, cheer, victories, successes and happy moments that merit us romancing life every living moment.

One has to decide if life is to be enjoyed for what it offers or if one wants to bemoan the absence of what we would ideally covet. When we decide to see our life in the right perspective, we discover that there is so much that life has given us which we have often taken for granted. A good family, good health, a fair amount of monetary cushion, the blessing of education and learning abilities, scope for ample personal growth etc are invaluable gifts of life to each one of us. Some of us have in larger measure and some others may be challenged in some areas but compensated in other areas. It is the perspective that we take that will determine how we embrace life and endear it to ourselves.

It is important to be aware that we can dance only when we get up and move and similarly life can be romanced only if we are prepare to caress it gently, hold it lightly and sway to the rhythm that is being played. We must resist all temptation of forcing life to keep time to our beat, for life is dispassionate. It neither takes pleasure in our joys nor feels the pain of our hurt but like a referee in a match remains neutral to the teams at play but controls the game with help of the rule book. We may not really agree with the interpretation of the rules and may feel let down too but when the game is over, we shake hands and if victorious exude but otherwise, take pleasure in the joy of having played a great game. The best way to romance life therefore is to embrace it with open arms and try and keep in step with the beat that is on. While most times it will be the wedding march or the waltz, there are time when the funeral march is the one that echoes loud.

Every romance has its share of saying sorry, shedding tears and having to be magnanimous lovers.  So it is with life too. We need to be flexible, large hearted, humble and generous with our emotions, our communication and our spirit if we are to truly savor the romance of life. There are times when one has to open out and express our pain, grief and disappointments and there are times when we have to listen to the same woes of life. Ultimately, we may even have to take those ginger steps that could be an antithesis to our ego, our pride and our temperament but it is when we bend and blend with life that we can experience the joy of love, the tenderness of affection and the romance of LIFE which coos into our ears every waking hour.

Remember: “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”

Try this:

  1. Recollect the 3 happiest moments of your life. Ask yourself what made it so special. Did any of those events preceded by self doubt, pain, sorrow or fear which made the moment even more special? Eg. You messed up one question which you knew very well in one of the papers yet you stood first in your exam.
  2. Poetry provides us the perfect spirit of romance. You are invited to read the following poems to experience the romance of life as penned by the poets.

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