living our best life – three/two wishes


My question this week is

By some weird twist of fate, you are given 2 wishes. What would you wish for?

Iam re-sharing this post that I wroteresponse



She asks;

Just like in a fairytale, a genie pops out of a bottle and you are instantly granted three wishes………..what would they be?

  • The rules: you can’t ask for more wishes, and you can’t ask anything for yourself.


This is a great question Wendi, the stipulation that we cannot ask anything for ourselves is the difference which will separate the selfish desires from the ones which we actually should be wishing for!

Three wishes;

• I would ask that the people of this world finally realize that we all are equal in every respect. So that we can learn to live in harmony and peace with each other.

I would ask for kindness to be a part of every human being’s personality. So that they are kind to themselves and each other too. And kind to the planet they are living on.

• Health and well-being for all, including that of my family, children, and friends.

If these wishes were granted, I am sure that the world would become a totally different place to live in. In fact, it would become as close to heaven as could be on earth.



Be Happy And Merry

I want to wish everyone happy holidays and those celebrating Christmas a merry Christmas.


It’s the season of kindness

It’s the time to share joy

Open your hearts with generosity


The more you give , the more you receive

Happiness, kindness and jubilation




Sunday Poser # 99

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

What criteria of behavior you set for yourself?

I’ve often felt that we are harder on ourselves than we are on others. When it comes to how we behave with others, we are more critical of even the slightest misstep than if the same thing is done by others.

It used to be true for me. That is a past tense that I’ve used. Now I’m more forgiving towards myself. Courtesy is a must, greeting others with a smile, keeping my anger in control, not blaming others when I can be ( and am) at fault, owning up to my faults and blunders, and trying to always be kind; these are some of my standards that are essential. But when, and I do, slip up, I don’t torture myself. I’d apologize for my mistakes and move on. We all are human and hence make mistakes, so we should forgive ourselves too.

Do you set the bar high? Or do you give yourself leeway as you’d give to a friend, family member or a stranger?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



Legacy of the dearly departed

A word prompt this week;



Someone dear to us has passed away

We mourn their death with sorrow and sadness

What we feel, sometimes is not what we show to the world

For not all those who leave this world, leave good memories behind

Some people make the lives of those caring for them, hell

And their passing away is at time a blessed release

From a burden that was becoming too much to carry

We can become unfriendly and cranky with illness and age

But one thing that always should be remembered by us all

What sort of legacy are we leaving in the hearts and minds

Of those who cared for us day and night till the end

Perhaps these thoughts can make our attitude softer, more generous

And our words kinder and more understanding!


Written for ;RXC PROMPT #249, hosted by Reena



It takes courage to keep silent too!

Mich, of Michnavs wrote this very moving post on Friday. Please do check it out!

Her theme was that people who endure heartbreak, violence and tragedies sometimes keep silent; because it is more heroic to do so. And we, the bystander can very easily say that they should share, talk about it or do something about the situation but it’s not always the best option or it can be more damaging for all concerned.

Consider a domestic abused mom who has to jeopardize the welfare of herself and her children if she speaks up or takes action against her spouse. There is always too much riding on this decision to report the abusive husband and if she doesn’t or cannot do this, we should also stand by her and give her the support she needs till she finally can have the courage to speak. Our society condemns these women because they don’t leave their homes immediately.

Our role as caring and supportive people should always be to understand the mental anguish and trauma of people/women facing abusive or other tragic situations and to be there for them in whatever decisions they take. We have to understand that a person in the circumstances can and does know better what they should do than a bystander.

We should stop the culture of blaming the victim!

Written in response to Mich’s post; The wounds we keep



How unique are you?

Unparalleled, unique and totally special

Never should you compare yourself to others

You’re special and there cannot be anyone like you

Even if you have a twin, triplet or more siblings

They all are different and unique in their own right

Savor this feeling of being one of a kind

And then be immensely kind to other around you

For they all are as special as you are!


Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is starts with “u.”Find a word that starts with the letter “u” and use it however you’d like. Bonus points if it’s the first word in your post. Enjoy!

Written for Linda’s SoCS- U



First Share of August 2022

These are the questions of Share Your World, posed by Melanie, our gracious host

Thanks to Sadje for the image today!


Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail, rather than the item that’s in it?

Once I had ordered a facial cleanser online and it got delayed. I was traveling back to Pakistan from Seattle that day and wanted to take it with me. It arrived 10 minutes before I had to leave for the airport. I was so excited. As for the cleanser, I still have it, partly used four years later. I think it must have gone bad by now and I should get rid of it!

What is the difference between your ideal self and your real self? (i.e. what attribute or physical feature would allow you feel the ideal ‘you’?)

I do try to match my ideal me to the real me that I am. There’s no doubt that the ideal me would be a slimmer, fitter, and healthier version of the real me. She would also be more patient and less impulsive. Otherwise, I’m okay with the real me.

If you found $2,000 on the ground and there were no witnesses, what would you do with it?

I would take it to the nearest police station and declare that I found it is such and such place. It wouldn’t feel right to keep it because God knows how badly the real owner would need that money.

Are you ever morally obliged to take action? Under what circumstances?

I think when I see a wrong being done, it’s my duty to speak up or take action against it.

If someone is being cruel towards humans or children, I should step in. The same goes if an animal is being abused, I should prevent the abuse.

Sometimes, we are obliged to step in albeit unwilling when we see a loved one in a difficult situation. We have to try to tell them that they aren’t making the right choices. This is the hardest of all situations as it can and does often backfires.

Please feel free to share how last week went for you. Bright or not so bright spots?

Last week was mostly stay at home, lazy week. My husband was away on official business and my youngest daughter and granddaughter gave me company and looked after my needs. It’s the hardest thing to do; to ask someone to do little chores for you that you aren’t able to do yourself. But she is so sweet that she asks me if I need anything many times a day.

Monsoon season has arrived and so have the best of mangoes. We are enjoying them daily.

Thanks Melanie for these thought provoking questions.



On the edge

There was a loud crash as the plate slipped from the edge of the table and broke into tiny pieces.

After a moment of stunned silence, everyone jumped into action, some trying to collect the broken pieces and others making sure the kids were out of harm’s way.

Operation clean-up didn’t take long as many hands were helping in the task.

Now was the time for the inquisition!

Who placed the plate there on the edge where it was sure to tumble down?”

Jack the youngest and the shortest came forward bravely, “I’m sorry granny but it was as high as I could reach” he said, his lips trembling in anticipation of a dressing down but what he got instead was a big hug from granny.

Image courtesy; Lady sighs


Written for Six Sentences Story-Edge, hosted by Girlie on the edge’s blog-Denise



My word of the year; Kindness

Being kind doesn’t come naturally to everybody. But kindness shown to anyone is always remembered and appreciated. Last night I was thinking about my family, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. Some of them were very kind and caring towards me when I lost my mother. Others, because it wasn’t inherent in their nature, were aloof. Though I loved the family of both my mom and dad, my gratitude to my paternal family is far greater than that towards my late mother’s family. I’m sure they also loved me and my siblings but there weren’t any overt signs of kindness there. So when I pray for my family, my prayers for those who were kinder are mixed with my heartfelt gratitude too!

I believe that one of our purpose in life is to be kind to whoever we can be. We may know them or not, but being kind doesn’t require any bonds of friendship or blood. Be kind just because you can be.

Kindness begets kindness. Caring for others, even in a small insignificant way can have a magnifying effect on their life and they can in turn initiate a cycle of paying it forward. How wonderful to be that precursor who starts this chain reaction.

Marsha, our host for WQW is traveling this week and is busy. She didn’t post a prompt on Wednesday but I have decided to write a post anyway as this was a topic I wanted to write about. I hope it’s okay.

Written for WQW # 17, Writers choice, hosted by Marsha