Inspirational quotes, inspiring stories


Learn to Enjoy Life

The beauty of life is in small things. We don’t need to wait for miracles to consider our life worthwhile. If you look around, you can find small things that give us maximum delight. It is important to have a positive outlook towards life to enjoy the best that life has to offer to you. Positivity begets positivity and that also means, we need to have company of good people, positive friends, co-workers and family members. Having negative people in your surroundings can pull you down. Try to keep clear of noticeably negative situations.

Positive outlook can be reinforced with healthy diet. It has been proved again and again that a good diet is vital to maintaining energy, alertness, and a positive attitude. Eat properly and feel good. It does not get simpler than that. Food is not the only thing here. You also need to have a healthy dose of sleep. Your body and mind demand adequate rest after a day of hard work. Without rest, you will feel fatigued and will be prone to mood swings and pessimistic views. Make sure you get the sleep you need each night.

Whenever you feel frustrated, try imagining the bigger picture. Look at the world around you. There are chances of you finding someone who is in a worse situation that you. Feel good that you are still in a far better position than millions of poor, underprivileged and hungry people.

Always have a fun hobby or activity that will help you distress. Life becomes much more beautiful if you have a hobby like reading, writing, collecting or music etc. Just be in the moment and try to enjoy whatever you are doing. Finally, be an optimist and life will always appear positive and beautiful. We have got just one life so why not just enjoy it!

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Asking For Forgiveness

We humans are prone to making mistakes. It is no crime to make a mistake. Sometimes, in the flow of life we hurt others. Often we sleep over it and some other times we like to say sorry but move on. But, as the song goes, ‘sorry seems to be the hardest word’ and that is so true. Asking for forgiveness is a tough thing because it involves suppressing your ego. At the same time, forgiveness must be heartfelt because there is no felt saying sorry if you don’t mean that. One can also be not sure of forgiveness even if regret is expressed. But one should have heart pure and clean while apologizing.

 Before taking the initiative, one must be pretty sure of why he is sorry. Go behind the reasons and realize your mistake. Then only, the expression will be genuine. Fake apology mostly worsens the case so be very genuine about what you feel. There is one suggestion of writing down your apology. This will make you more comfortable. Writing also helps if the person is feeling embarrassed. One can send this written apology where it is intended. But its always better to meet person one to one and then apologize. One strong suggestion is to never to make any excuse while saying sorry. It does not really give a positive vibe. Avoid blame game and just be sincere. Rest assured, things will fall into place.



Carry On
February 18, 2009, 5:19 am
Filed under: Musings Of Life | Tags: , ,

Life never turns out the way we plan. In fact it always takes a different route. Sometimes, We don’t like the way life turns out because we feel sad, depressed and devastated when things turn out differently. But then what’s the meaning of life that takes place as per our plans. Then life will be termed as repetitive and predictable. We human thrive on unpredictability and sudden changes witnessed in life give us the real fun. So instead of moaning and cribbing out the life, lets just chant ‘carry on’ even when things are not exactly very rosy and colorful. It’s always easier to give up but it’s always a sign of strength when we stand up and carry on. Let’s share this fascinating poem that tells us the virtue of carrying on even during adverse conditions.

 

Carry On!!

 

It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,

And you’re mad with the thrill and the glory;

It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,

And wallow in fields that are gory.

It’s a different song when everything’s wrong.

When you’re feeling infernally mortal;

When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,

Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

 

Carry on! Carry on!

There isn’t much punch in your blow.

You’re glaring and staring and hitting out blind;

You’re muddy and bloody, but never mind.

Carry on! Carry on!

You haven’t the ghost of a show.

It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,

Carry on, my son! Carry on!

 

And so in the strife of the battle of life

It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;

It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,

When the dawn of success is beginning.

But the man who can meet despair and defeat

With a cheer, there’s a man of God’s choosing;

The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height

Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

 

Carry on! Carry on!

Things never were looming so black.

But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,

And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.

Carry on! Carry on!

Brace up for another attack.

It’s looking like hell, but – you never can tell;

Carry on, old man! Carry on!

 

There are some who drift out in the deserts of doubt,

And some who in brutishness wallow;

There are others, I know, who in piety go

Because of a Heaven to follow.

But to labor with zest, and to give of your best,

For the sweetness and joy of the giving;

To help folks along with a hand and a song;

Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

 

Carry on! Carry on!

Fight the good fight and true;

Believe in you mission, greet life with a cheer;

There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.

Carry on! Carry on!

Let the world be the better for you;

And at last when you die, let this be your cry:

Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

 

By- Robert W. Service.

 



Collective Voice of Common People
December 3, 2008, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life | Tags: , ,

rules_photo1Recently Mumbai face the burnt of terrorism and was held hostage for almost 57 hours. Terrorism has no religions and the only people who suffer are innocents’ people who had nothing to do with all the mess surrounding religious fanatics. But human ability of moving ahead despite all the losses incurred in the journey of life again came to the fore.

I came across a poem written by lyricist and famous ad personality which is dedicated to all the victims. He wrote this after the Mumbai terror attacks. This is a poem which reflects our collective voice and pain. I am sharing this poem with all the people.

 

Is baar nahin

Is baar jab woh choti si bachchi mere paas apni kharonch le kar aayegi

Main usey phoo phoo kar nahin behlaoonga

Panapney doonga uski tees ko

Is baar nahin

 

(This time when that little girl comes to me with her bruises, I will not blow gently at her wound, nor distract her, I will let her pain grow.

Not this time.)

 

Is baar jab main chehron par dard likha dekhoonga

Nahin gaoonga geet peeda bhula dene wale

Dard ko risney doonga,utarney doonga andar gehrey

Is baar nahin

 

(This time when I see pain on faces

I will not sing the song that eases pain

I will let the pain seep in, deep.

Not this time.)

Is baar main na marham lagaoonga

Na hi uthaoonga rui ke phahey

Aur na hi kahoonga ki tum aankein band karlo,

gardan udhar kar lo main dawa lagata hoon

Dekhney doonga sabko hum sabko khuley nangey ghaav

Is baar nahin

 

(This time I won’t apply any balm

Nor will I ask you to shut your eyes

and turn your head

While I gingerly apply medicine

I will let everyone see the open, naked wounds

Not this time.)

Is baar jab uljhaney dekhoonga,chatpatahat dekhoonga

Nahin daudoonga uljhee door lapetney

Uljhaney doonga jab tak ulajh sake

Is baar nahin

 

(This time when I see difficulty, uneasiness

I will not run to solve the problems

I will let them become complicated

Not this time.)

Is baar karm ka hawala de kar nahin uthaoonga auzaar

 

Nahin karoonga phir se ek nayee shuruaat

Nahin banoonga misaal ek karmyogi ki

Nahin aaney doonga zindagi ko aasani se patri par

Utarney doonga usey keechad main,tedhey medhey raston pe

Nahin sookhney doonga deewaron par laga khoon

Halka nahin padney doonga uska rang

Is baar nahin banney doonga usey itna laachaar

Ki paan ki peek aur khoon ka fark hi khatm ho jaye

Is baar nahin

 

(This time I won’t pick up my tools as a matter of duty

I will not make a new beginning

Nor will I stand as an example of one dedicated to my job

I will not let life easily return to normalcy

I will let it descend into muck, on the twisting paths

I will not let the blood on the walls dry out

Nor will I let its colour fade away

This time I won’t let it become so helpless

That you can’t tell blood from paan-spit

Not this time.)

 

Is baar ghawon ko dekhna hai

Gaur se

Thoda  lambe  wakt  tak

Kuch  faisley

Aur uskey baad hausley

Kahin toh shuruat karni hi hogi

Is baar yahi tay kiya hai

 

(This time the wounds need to be watched

Carefully

For a long time

Some decisions are needed

And then some brave moves to be made

We have to begin somewhere

This time this is what I have resolved)

 

… By Prasoon Joshi

 




Revisiting childhood
September 30, 2008, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life | Tags: , ,

Have you ever wondered about the innocence of childhood? How beautiful things were when we were kids. Looking at world with hope, optimism and curiosity and not with cynicism. Making friends easily. Simplifying things. Life was not at all complicated. So often, I have met people reminiscing about that golden era amidst the quagmire of adult life. Well, I think it’s never too late actually. We can’t replicate those things. We can’t go back to that period. But yes, we can always learn from that stage of life. We can always revisit that kindergarten atmosphere. We can still be simple, take great pleasures in small things of life, making friends easily. We can still trust people. The choice is ours.

 

First Knowing

 

That second day of kindergarten, I ditched

while Miss Clemens bent at the sink,

helping Peter Farley wash the paint off his hands.

I scurried across the wide green fields that led

to the road where our row

of white townhouses awaited me.

 

I wanted no more days without my mother

placed in the center of every hour.

I wanted her voice, the scent of the perfume

she dabbed on her writst each morning

before we watched my father walk away.

We stood at her dresser while she released

the stopper from a crystal bottle so blue

it rivalled sunlight staining the ocean surface.

 

I wanted to travel with her

from supermarked to bank, dry cleaners

to drugstore, wherever the days life took her.

As if sensing some hunger to come,

I craved her with a fierceness that made me run,

as if knowing I would soon lose her to a sadness

vaster than any of these fields I could cover

with the pace of my own feet.

 

Poem by – Andrea Potos

 



Be The Best of Whatever You Are
June 16, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life

Danny Kaye had once said, “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” The poem I would be sharing today emphasizes on intrinsic human strengths. If any human wishes to excel in his or her chosen field, he or she can. Life is a thing to be lived fully. As it has been said “There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” So one should always strive to fulfill one’s capabilities. Lets enjoy this poem and start believing our capabilities.

 

Be The Best of Whatever You Are

 

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,

Be a scrub in the valley-but be

The best little scrub by the side of the rill;

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

 

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,

And some highway happier make;

If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass-

But the liveliest bass in the lake!

 

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,

There’s something for all of us here,

There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,

And the task you must do is the near.

 

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,

If you can’t be the sun be a star;

It isn’t by size that you win or you fail-

Be the best of whatever you are!

 

By: – Douglas Malloch

 



Sculptor’s Attitude – Part One
June 9, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life

This was one of those articles you come across once in a while and get hooked on to it. When you read articles like these, the first immediate reaction is you start thinking. You get immersed in the ocean of thoughts wondering about the relevance of the mindset and deep convictions lying within. We think of our values and wonder are we living our life the way always wished to? Sometimes it better to stop for a while, reflect on the things happening around us, happening to us and then moving on.

 

Today, I would be sharing one such thought pattern which we must think about and try to learn something. It has been said that, most difficult of the times can be more readily endured if we strive to retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. For the time being lets pursue that sculptor’s attitude.

 

Sculptor’s Attitude

 

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

 

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

To Be Continued—