Socializing- What others think

Meeting people, getting together for a meal or a game night are the sort of activities that have come to a grinding halt due to Covid. Those who thought that they were better off without people crowding into their personal space realized that socializing isn’t all bad. If nothing else, this pandemic has made us realize that we do need human company to some degree.

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung

All that is good or bad in human behavior 
Is only when we interact with others of our kind
Being a good person or a bad one
Loses its meaning if we are by ourselves
Meet another person, and you’ll know
How good or bad we actually are!
Humans need human connections 
A common thread that runs through us all
Our needs are similar, our fears and joys shared
Being solitary is fun for a little while
But ultimately we crave another human to talk with

Written for WQW # 2– Topic: Socializing, hosted by Marsha

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January 12th, 2022- Mistakes

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life”

Sophia Loren

Making mistakes is a part of living and learning. I make many mistakes and then regret eats at my heart till I come to terms with my blunder. Never let any mistake stop you from living to the full. Get over it, apologize for it and go on in life!

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan, and One Liner Wednesday

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Reflections of ourselves

Wonder how we all see something different, while looking at the same situation? The reason is that we see what we think we will see. Something that is inside ourself, sparks this thought.

Like a mirror we reflect 
What is inside our minds
Into what is around us

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Sometimes do this
Sit alone with your thoughts
Analyze your self and contemplate
What you really are
What are your values and goals
What makes you, uniquely you
This understanding will give you
A rare insight into your mind
That you weren’t aware of

A tool of great empowerment

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Written for WQWWC # 55, hosted by Marsha

WQWWC – Topic: Reflections/Memoirs

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What is joy?

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy”

Rumi

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Living, feeling and appreciating life is the true joy. Existing is not living. It takes away the joy from our hearts as we are not truly cognizant of what we are experiencing. In other words, it’s mindfulness that brings the joy of living to our souls. Be present, be mindful and remember to count your blessings.

In gratitude lies happiness 
In oblivion lies misery
Realizing and appreciating
Gladdens the heart and lifts the spirit

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Smiles bring joy
Not only to us but to others too
And joy brings smiles
To everyone around you

When you smile at someone
You pass on a precious gift
That makes their day, and yours too
Spreading happiness, mission complete

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This is such a beautiful quote! A pure mind is always ready to receive the gift of joy and pass it on.

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Written for WQWWC #53 – Topic: Joy, hosted by Marsha

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WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights

Written for;WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights, hosted by Marsha

“Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire”

– Rumi

The fire that burns brightly 
And lights up the worlds around you
It’s flame is lit by the spark
That lies in your spirit and not
Generated by a igniting a matchstick

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“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations”

George Bernard Shaw

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Making what we will of this life
Its power, and the strength of its brilliance
Is not dependent upon how this fire was created
But only on how we’ve cherished the flame

For the last quote of this post, I am sharing a couple of verses from my most favorite poet Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, called Allama Iqbal. This is the English translation;

“My longing comes to my lips as supplication of mine O God!

May like the candle be the life of mine!


May the world’s darkness disappear through the life of mine!

May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine!”

Allama Iqbal ( Urdu poet)

I learned this poem as a child, in school. I still love it though cannot sing it as well as I used to do in school.

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Celebrating the festive season

“The holiday season is about love! Share it. Spread it. Live it”

Amy Leigh Mercree

Unfortunately, the holiday season or festive season in any culture or country is now mostly about spending money. Money buying expensive gifts which leaves both the recipient and the one giving them mostly dissatisfied.

If instead we would be kind and spread love to those around us, family or friends or just strangers, we would be happier.

“Festivals are occasions to empower ourselves in the course of humanity – they are the occasions to rekindle the promise of humanity in our heart – the promise that we keep forgetting in the cacophony of manmade labels”

Abhijit Naskar,

It is Eid or Christmas 
Hanukkah Or Diwali
An occasion to celebrate
Don’t just celebrate alone
Include all those around you
Be more humane, be kinder
Celebrate humanity
Spread the message
Of love

We often pay lip service 
Empty words that carry no significance
Just wishing each other a happy holiday
Without entering into the spirit of giving
Include the excluded, love the unloved
Do something that makes a difference
Actually and really

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I realize that all my quotes essentially say the same thing this week. I wanted to share them because despite us spending millions or perhaps billions every holiday season, the level of happiness goes down. Maybe it’s time to not give material things but just spread kindness and joy. Make others feel included and erase divisions.

WQWWC # – Topic: Festive Celebrating

Written in response to WQWWC, hosted by Marsha

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Endings and Beginnings

As the year is coming to it’s end, I thought this quote is appropriate!

It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over”

Paulo Coelho

Written for Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

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Toys and playing

This week Marsha, the host of WQWWC has given us the topic; Toys/ play.

I love this quote. Grandparents are like putty in the hands of their grandkids. They are usually at the age where they have more free time to play with their grandchildren and to spoil them. They would also spend hours playing with their toys with them or reading to them.

“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included”

Bernard Manning

Kids are fascinated by things that are not toys. I love this quote because it is often the case. Small kids would play with the packaging instead of the toys or demand the batteries to put in their mouth instead of the actual toy. My granddaughter loves to play with her feeding bowl, cup and spoons, etc instead of the expensive toys her parents and grandparents get for her.

“If we were poor, we didn’t know it ’cause I guess you don’t miss what you never had. So, you know, we made do with whatever. We used to make our own toys, and we used to play with spinning tops and marbles. A pocket full of marbles, and you were rich – you didn’t worry about no money”

Aaron Neville

This reminds me of the time we, I and my siblings were kids. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend on toys and would play with marbles or makeshift toys. Often converting everyday objects into spaceships or planes, and having the time of our lives. Playing outside with a bat and a ball or hockey sticks was our afternoon routine. No fancy gadgets or electronic toys were available in our childhood. The best I could dream about was the “walkie-talkie” doll that someone bragged about having. It remained a dream till I grew out of it. But I think we still had more fun than the kids with more expensive toys and gadgets because we used our imagination too.

Written in response to WQWWC #51: Toys/Play, hosted by Marsha

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