For visually challenged writers, the image shows two large swans and 3 smaller swans all swimming together.
Life is funny at times.
A tiff with your siblings or parent and you start thinking what a burden family is. And it is absolutely true that those who we love most have the greatest power to wound our hearts. But having said that, these same people do have the power to give us the best moments of our lives. Because joy comes through love!
Jessica was in a sullen and dark mood when she set out for her walk along the park track. She just had words with her mom. She usually went along well with her mother but one thing that always irritated her was when her mom would lecture her as if she was still 5 years old and not almost 17.
During her walk she saw the swan family in the pond. She saw how the parents were protectively floating around the little ones and would often help one or the other to keep them all together. She realized that what her own mother was doing was also the same. She wanted her to be safe and keep out of trouble. She felt sorry that she was rude to her mom.
“I think I’ll buy her some chocolate on the way back!” She thought.
Where would we be without the protective circle of our family?
We are always in a hurry to get where we want to, taking the shortest possible route and getting frustrated when we encounter traffic jams and delays.
It’s a well known saying to stop and smell the roses/flowers for we live just once, but we especially in today’s world disregard this as we think what we need to do is way more important and breaking the journey is only a waste of time.
Sometimes, fate steps in and gives us a detour that takes us on another route, different from where we planned to go, along the scenic route.
A blocked road, a flat tire, or a breakdown of the car cause hindrance to our travel but changes the time frame of our journey.
Who knows what dangers are averted when we travel in a different time frame or take a new route, for we cannot see the parallel timelines.
These detours of life sometimes brings very pleasant surprises along the way.
” I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it , until it begins to shine.”
Words, written or spoken can change our lives, thoughts, and perspectives. They indeed have more power than anything else.
While speaking, the correct choice is more important because once said, we can never unsay it. Most wise people advise us to think and weigh our words before we utter them.
The written word however has a bit of flexibility. We can write it, think about it, ponder its appropriateness, and then we can replace it with another or better word. A blogger has only one tool and those are the words they use. Choose them with care. Both in writing your post and in comments, because sometimes they convey a message we didn’t intend.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind”
Thank you Tanya for keeping this conversation alive.
Beneath the shade of Bunyan tree Away from the blazing hot summer sun The lily floating unconcernedly in the pond Invites me to reflect on the paradox of life Pure and exquisite it thrives in murky waters Sometimes even in the swamps of mud and slime Yet it remains pure, untouched by the muck around it Can we too remain pure, surrounded by the grime of immortality?
Today’s title, “What’s that smell?” comes from Vince’s response when he opened the refrigerator door when we got back. I wasn’t going to use it, but Terri Webster Schrandt and I had a good laugh about it, so there it is.
The smell of sweet memories Always has a place in my heart It takes me back to a happy place Reminding of joys of long ago
I remember I was 4 or 5 and we were living in Mangla, a place where American engineers were collaborating with the Pakistani government to build a huge hydroelectric dam.
The Americans had built a small residential complex over there and had a cinema, a bowling alley and a small restaurant. Whenever we had time we would go to the cinema with our parents and on the way back would have French fries at the restaurant. Whenever I smell freshly frying fries, my mind wanders back to those days of innocent pleasures.
The olfactory stimulus is a very powerful evoker of nostalgia. Nothing is more powerful than scent to bring back the memories. Smelling your mom’s perfume or your dad’s aftershave reminds you instantly of them. We forget incidents, conversations, and actions but we remember smells!
All through my life, There’s been one guiding light That showed me the way Through all the strife My faith It supported me when I was faltering It bolstered my confidence when it was shaky It lit up the path I needed to take in the dark Where would I be Without my faith, my guiding light?