An Old Book

Certainly, one cannot feel lonely when there are good books to read. There are books we read once and still love to read a second , third or fourth time. Took out one of my favourite books from the shelf today and it was just as wonderful a feeling reading it today as was the first time.

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” There is no friend as loyal as a book ” – Ernest Hemingway

 

In this book , the author narrates a story through which he shows how one should adapt to changes in life and how to deal with them. It is the story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese . Cheese is a metaphor for what we desire to have in life and the maze is the place in the story where the characters look for what they want. The entire book has some pictures with quotes written on it that work as a summary of the point that the author tries to convey step by step as the story progresses. I am sharing a few of them here :

1  ) ” When you stop being afraid , you feel good ! “ – We all at some point of time or the other in our lives would have tried to conquer our fears and to overcome them . And certainly whenever we succeed it brings a lot of happiness to us.

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2 ) ” If you do not change , you can become extinct “ – Someone has rightly said that great things never came from comfort zones. Change is inevitable and the sooner we accept this fact the better it is .20180818_1233212.jpg

 

3 ) ” Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come “ – It is never easy to absorb any change in life quickly. It takes time , a slow transition to be able to mould ourselves to the new circumstances or a new place. But all we need to do is to be steady in our efforts to adapt to that change , if we stay determined then slowly and gradually we acquire the strength to face the bigger changes .20180818_123414.jpg

If you have read this book anytime i am sure you too must have felt great reading it and if you haven’t yet then maybe sometime when you get to read it you shall feel good too.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ” – Wayne Dyer

” If you always do what you’ve always done, you ‘ll always get what you’ve always got ” – Henry Ford

 

 

 

 

The Break of Dawn

Sometimes , we are left so spellbound by the scenic beauty of a place that it feels like leaving the camera , stop clicking photos and to just enjoy the view and calmness that the place has to offer. Went to such a peaceful place this weekend and how enthralling was it to have watched the break of dawn and the beautiful birds. At moments like this one definitely feels that each of God’s creation is so majestic.

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” Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. ” – Louie Schwartzberg
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” One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ” – William Shakespeare
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” Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better .” – Albert Einstein

The amount of freshness that one feels after returning from a beautiful place cannot be described in words .  No matter how tiring the drive to reach the place may be , the experience there makes it worth the while. Its always great to take out some time to observe nature closely.

It reminded me of the poem ” Out Of The Morning ” by Emily Dickinson –

Will there really be a morning ?

Is there such a thing as day ?

Could i see it from the mountains

If i were as tall as they ?

 

Has it feet like water-lillies ?

Has it feathers like a bird ?

Is it brought from famous countries

Of which i have never heard ?

 

Oh, some scholar ! Oh, some sailor !

Oh, some wise men from the skies !

Please to tell a little pilgrim

Where the place called morning lies !

Learn and Grow

This morning i was just going through a few quotes when i came across this one and that’s how i thought of writing this blog :

” The purpose of learning is growth , and our minds ,unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.”

Simple yet beautiful , these lines certainly carry a powerful message. Nothing is unattainable for the one who is willing to put in sincere and relentless efforts and nothing that one learns ever goes waste. Its just a matter of the right application of what you have learnt at the right place , in the right manner.

Since the time of our birth we keep learning things as we continue to grow. Few of them come to us naturally like a pre-programmed function in a computer system that is inbuilt , for example infants cry to draw attention towards their needs, likewise a child learns to sit on his own, later as a child keeps growing then things like crawling and babbling, efforts to stand up and learning to walk . And then there are things we learn from people we are surrounded by ,like our parents , teachers and friends. As kids we are very curious and inquisitive by nature and quickly grasp new things . Upto a certain age, there is a very fixed pattern or schedule that we follow to learn things,  we follow a routine and adhere to it but unfortunately few of us lose the enthusiasm to learn things after a certain age . This is so because we start associating learning with age.

Many of us live with this pre-conceived notion in our minds that after crossing a certain age it might not be possible to learn a particular thing.  This is true to some extent but it depends on a large extent upon our willpower and the strength of our mind. To the one who is resolute , age is not a barrier. If we look around , we might be able to find people in our lives who we can take example from , the ones who channelise their energy and continue to learn irrespective of their age. It could be anything , learning to play a musical instrument , enrolling for a course, reading a book, learning to play some sport we had been thinking for a long time or going to some destination we had been wanting to explore, in all of these ways there is some or the other thing we learn and discover , in some or the other way.

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

One should be driven by the force to make one’s life meaningful . And believe me , in our endeavour to utilise our time to do constructive things lies one of the biggest satisfaction of our lives. Each one of us have been blessed with the same amount of time in a day , i.e., 24 hours. Its our choices that determines the schedule that we set for ourselves for the day. Slow growth our gradual progression is not something to worry about as long as we continue moving forward in a steady manner.

Just as we keep gaining experience through all that we learn we keep evolving because of that. Every obstacle that we overcome to learn something and all the challenges that we face to achieve something provide opportunity to us to grow and become a better person. When we thrive , survive and succeed in achieving something it boosts our confidence and increases our capacity to deal with circumstances we otherwise never thought of handling.

So lets stay positive and lets continue to learn and grow.