Second chance or rebirth

The prompt is a theme again…

Rebirth

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What is rebirth?

A second chance at life?

A chance to do better than before

Or to be born in a form totally different from the first one?

Intriguing questions that perhaps no one can answer with any certainty. For even if people are reborn, they don’t come back with memories of a previous life lived on this earth.

Though I don’t believe that we are given different forms on rebirth on this earth, I do believe that in one lifetime, we are sometimes given a chance to become a better person. A person who has decided to take a new form, abandoning their old traits.

That’s why this phenomenon is often referred to as turning a new page or reinventing oneself. In fact, it is for many, a part of growing. To learn from past mistakes and experiences and do better. It would not be an apparent revolutionary change in the person’s appearance, but rather insidious. They will perhaps look the same but act and behave differently.

To my way of thinking, it would denote a newer and improved version of the old self, or to use modern lingo, version 2.0!

Do you believe in reincarnation or rebirth in the traditional sense?

Written for RXC # 236- Rebirth, hosted by Reena

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My mind

We have a collage this week.

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My mind thinks
Thoughts aplenty
Zooming around
Like fish in a bowl


Sometimes they are
All positive
And sometimes
Negativity strikes


Sometimes gratitude
Is overwhelming
But at others
Self-pity dominates


My mind is a maze
And even I don’t know
The full potential
Of this remarkable engine

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Written for RXC PROMPT #235, hosted by Reena

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I need to talk to you!

The theme for RXC#234 is 

Isolation, Communication, Conversations

You get the drift. Come up with wherever your thought process takes you.

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( I wrote this post in October’18 and it fits perfectly with this week’s theme, so I sharing it again with a few changes!)

How many times in a week/ month, does it happen? We are planning to talk to a loved one and then get caught up in something and either forget or postpone it for tomorrow!

Time seems to be the enemy of family ties! There is work, studies, or social commitments. It is like a race that we are constantly running and the time usually wins.

It’s usually okay with our immediate family where through constant reminders and struggle with schedules we manage to make that ballet practice or the little league match. Anniversaries and birthdays are often remembered with the help of phone reminders. And I did say”usually ” as some people have trouble with those too, due to their hectic schedules.

But with long-distance relationships we often flounder! Be it siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins….. and the list goes on. Childhood friends are often in this group of people that we “always mean to call but something came up”.

Another reason that hinders inter-family communication is the small misunderstandings that have occurred over some long forgotten and trivial issues. Lay aside these differences and you will find that the other side has either forgotten about it or has grown above it.

The wake-up call sometimes comes when for some inevitable reason it is too late to talk to our loved one! The regret that strikes at our hearts at such a time is usually very sharp. We are assailed by ” if only” scenarios. And then we do realize that calling someone doesn’t take such a big effort. As little as 5 spare minutes can connect us to a person with whom we haven’t spoken in a long ( ish) while.

So the time to make that call or write that email/ letter is now. Don’t remain silent. Don’t put it off. Don’t procrastinate.

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Connect and reap the reward of making your loved ones and yourself happy. Remember if you stay Silent, you may regret it later.

Written for RXC # 234, hosted by Reena

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Weathering the storm of time

RXC PROMPT#233

ravaged inner space
unable to account for
entries and exits
who came, who destroyed, who left?
a soul transformed forever

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The sands of time are relentless

The grains tumbling down without ceasing

What changes, what stays the same, it doesn’t concern it

Slowly the scenario changes, focus shifts

Lives are built, fortunes rise and fall

Time passes uncaring and unconcerned

Insidiously, it changes us all within and without

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Written for:RXC PROMPT #233, hosted by Reena

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Stress keeps me awake!

Reena has provided some prompt lines for us to write this week. I have chosen this one;

Not trying to brag or anything, but I can wake up without an alarm clock now simply due to my crippling and overwhelming anxiety, so…

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It is always wise to be well-rested when you have something important coming up. At least that’s how it should be. But I blame it on my desire to do things well in advance, that I don’t need an alarm clock to wake me up on the big day. My anxiety does it by itself.

The day we were moving, I knew it would be a long and tiring day so I set my alarm for 9:30 am. But I got up at 4;30 am and was on my feet and tired by the time the movers arrived at 10:00 am. Already stressed out and anxious.

My brain keeps on giving me sage and wise advice, however, my hyperactive mind keeps on nudging me to do this and that so that nothing gets left behind or undone. I guess I still have a way to go before I achieve that level of “cool-mindedness” that I wish I had.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep on stressing when I have something important or big to handle. And walking up in the middle of the night due to undue stress!

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Written for RXC # 232, hosted by Reena

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Am I alone?

PROMPT #231

“I ask you for two minutes of your valuable time. Listen to the poem in this insightful video.”

I await your reflections on whatever thoughts arise in you.

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Being alone is different from loneliness

I am never lonely, because I’m always with myself

But being alone is a state that I cherish sometimes

At times, company is good, and family or friends welcomed

But then too much noise, too much hustle-bustle

Makes me crave a bit of solitude and a bit of quietude

Where I can hear myself think

Where my heart, my soul talks to my Creator

If I don’t get my much-desired me-time, I make it for myself

By sitting alone in the quiet of the night and thinking, deep thoughts!

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Written for RXC # 231, hosted by Reena

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Collaboration

Treat the two images as two stages, and write about what happened in between. You can change the order as you wish, or even add more stages in between.

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He had questions 
I had the answers
He wanted answers
I had bright ideas
Bright ideas that
We together made work



Collaboration is the key
A key that unlocks success
Takes a bit of this and a bit of that
The whole is something better than
The original idea and its solution

Written for RXC # 230, hosted by Reena

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We are our strength

My heart was broken beyond repair

The one responsible had no remorse

My child clinging to my dragging dupatta

Her eyes asking a thousand unanswered questions

In her eyes I find the pain that tears me apart

But in her tear filled eyes I find my courage too

I will rise to this challenge

I will rebuild my self that has been demolished

It took me years, effort that often broke me

But whenever I looked into her eyes, I found my courage

Now I stand tall and proud

I have crossed the barriers erected in my way

I now stand with pride

With my daughter by my side

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Written for;RXC; PROMPT #229

The prompt line for this week is

“I have untapped abilities waiting to be discovered.”

( I submitted this poem for the anthology, The wounds I healed but it wasn’t accepted. I think it fits well with this prompt)

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All things big and small- Choices

The theme is “Assortment”

The image given above is your prompt for the week. Write whatever comes to mind.

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A tray presented with an assortment of things on it
Things big and small
Things similar and different
Things related and unrelated
You get a choice to pick some, reject others
To embrace a few and shun the others
Life is that tray of assorted choices
We by our circumstances are forced into some choices
Why we pick or reject something, is sometimes fated
Sometimes we have the autonomy to make this choice by free will
Whatever we end up with on our plate
Is then what we have to make the best of
For we cannot go back and demand a different choice

Gladly accepting our lot is one important key
To have a life free of regrets

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Written for RXC # 228, hosted by Reena

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In the sea of humanity

The image given above is your prompt for the week. Write whatever comes to mind.

In the sea of humanity 

Milling around like directionless molecules,
We each try to find our identity, our place
Realizing our insignificance, yet knowing our uniqueness
Each of us is cognizant of our importance, real or imagined
Like tiny ants we go about purposefully on our missions


Are we, each of us


Making any difference?


Or are we deluding ourselves
That we are doing something worthwhile?

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Written for RXC PROMPT #227, hosted by Reena

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