Demons

I’m in love with this song by Imagine Dragons. Really gets you thinking. Specially the part where he says:

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

And this part too:

Don’t want to let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t want to hide the truth

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Being a virtuous person is a lot harder than I thought it was. Sometimes, there is no right answer.

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It’s me!

It's me!

This is one of the most empowering statements that I have come across. Just a simple reminder that you never HAVE TO do, think or feel anything. You CHOOSE to.

Being happy is easier than we think. We don’t need reasons to be happy. We need reasons to be unhappy, stressed out, disappointed.

When you take a step back, and breathe and let it go – all the happiness in the world will be yours!

Have a great day!

The most beautiful traffic jam

I was damn irritated. It was Eid, a holiday for almost everyone in my country, but my boss had decided that since no one on our team is a Muslim, we didn’t need the day off. So here I was, early in the morning, trying to get to work on time – with this festive atmosphere around me.

And that was when it happened. The huge mosque started the prayer. The cars and bikes infront of me started to slow down, and the thousands of men and boys – made their way to the mosque for prayers.

I was weaving my way through traffic – ‘DON’T GET STUCK. DON’T SLOW DOWN. JUST KEEP MOVING.’

Finally, there was no hope and there I was. The irritated little me – stuck in a traffic jam. The mosque was full, and the devout believers started to lay down their mats on the road and started praying. And, then – the way I look at traffic jams changed for ever.

An old man, had a walking stick in one hand, and the hand of a little toddler in the other. They stopped in front of my bike – and then, this little boy took their mat out from under his arm and laid it on the floor, took his grandfather’s walking stick and leaned it against my bike, and helped his grandfather kneel on the floor so they could pray together.

It was beautiful.  It put a smile on my face that even a whole day of working on a holiday couldn’t wipe off.

That was the only time I have found so much of beauty in a thing that makes me cringe. Sometimes, its all about seeing with different eyes. The world is so full of love. We just need to look for it.

spend time not money

Spend Time, not money

A while ago, and it got me thinking about time. Time is the most valuable asset we have. We have so much and so little all at once.

I decided to make a conscious effort to spend a little bit more time with the people that matter to me the most – even if it is just to ask them how their day was, or if they need a little help. And the results have been phenomenal.

Yesterday, I spent a little time with a friend – I picked her up – we drove to the gym together. Normally I would have switched on the radio, but I turned it off. We had a great conversation. At the gym, I helped her out with a few exercises. And the smile on her face just said it all – and now, I found myself a gym buddy.

I came home after a long day and asked my mom if she wanted help with dinner. She asked me to put the tomatos away and add a little pepper to the soup. It wasn’t much – but it gave me the opportunity to ask her about her day- and she was really excited to talk about a performance she attended.

It may not seem like a lot, but one conversation like this a day and everyone in my life started to feel so much more special and less taken for granted.

I expected people to know they meant a lot to me – now that I try to show them – I can feel the difference. They have brighter smiles when they see me, there is more joy and happiness in the way they speak to me, and those little accomplishments – have started to become a part of the conversation!

I’m sure this is one of the keys to love, joy and happiness.

Last Minute Frenzy

Last Minute Frenzy

I have always been a true lover of the last minute. There is always so much to do, so much going on and it is absolutely exciting….. or used to be till recently.

Going back in time – there was this book that my dad gifted to me while I was in school – “The seven habits of highly effective teens” by Sean Coovey. In that book, he categorized people into 4 categories:

1. The Slacker
2. The “Yes” Man
3. The Procrastinator
4. The Prioritizer

As I read through the descriptions – I had a choice to make – weather I’d rather live the crazy, fun filled, too much to do life of the procrastinator; or the neat, organized life of the prioritizer.

Well, the choice was easy. Who wants to have everything in order and never get to feel the rush of the last minute? So – the decision was made- and I was living the perfect procrastinator’s life – but now. It has caught up with me.

My schedule really has too many things in it – and I can’t make the time for all those things I love. Maybe its time to change quadrants.

The life of the prioritizer seems like more fun now – I can get everything done without the stress.

Now – I am going to get my life in order. Plan. Organize. Execute.

Any suggestions on how?