Honorable- What we strive for?

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WQ #21: May 24: HONORABLE

This quote reflects my feelings 100%. I too think that being honorable, kind, and helpful are the goals that we should strive for in life. Living to be the person that others admire and look up to would make not only our lives fulfilling but also make us a person who inspires others.

The road to success is paved with hard work, long hours, honorable intentions, and a humble heart. When you lose your humility, life becomes a steady decline from dreams to nightmares.

Carlos Wallace

Standing up for what’s right

Giving up your time to do the honorable thing

Working hard to achieve humility and kindness

These are the goals worth pursuing in life

Not everyone thinks like we do

No everyone has the same values as we do

We often feel let down, disappointed

When those we trust, betray our trust

Guard against this feeling of betrayal

Cultivate your own values deep within


In response to; WQ #21: Being Honorable –, hosted by Marsha



Heritage and museums, Pakistan, Türkiye and Washington state

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Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds. They are ecstasy machines. Follow your eyes to wherever they lead you…and the world should begin to change for you.”
– Jerry Saltz

As a kid I thought museums were boring. As an adult I find them mesmerizing. History preserved through objects, art and other mementos is just fascinating to explore.



When we own our culture and heritage, we admit to having roots that reach deep into the portals of time and connect us to several centuries of what we were, where we came from and in a way it shows us where we will go from here.

Lahore fort and Badshahi mosque. You can see a miniature model of Taj Mahal handcrafted by a local artist.

Relics of Buddhist culture in Taxila Museum near Rawalpindi.

AyaSofia in Istanbul, the famous blue mosque, and the topkapi palace museum in Türkiye. ( Previously known as Turkey)

A few pictures of historic places visited in the USA. A few shots of art in Port Angeles, Washington state, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, and Lady Liberty, New York.

In response to; WQ #20: May 17: HERITAGE/INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY, hosted by Marsha



Mothers are precious- Happy Mother’s Day


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Sweet mother

I remember

Your scent vaguely

Your face dimly

Yet in my heart

You’ll always stay

Forever young

Forever present

I am that mother

Always ready to impart wisdom

My daughters are wonderful moms

Yet they listen to my advice with patience

They may follow their own inclinations

But they do recognize that I’ve been a mother longer

Want to share – go to mom

Want to learn- go to mom

Want a hot meal- go to mom

Want a shoulder to cry on- go to mom

Want to have fun- go to mom

Mom is always there to give support

She can be whatever you need at the time


In response to;WQ #19: How Appropriate is Royal Purple for Mothers?, hosted by Marsha



When we grow

WEDNESDAY QUOTES Logo by Donna @ Retirement Reflections


  • (of a living thing) undergoing natural development by increasing in size and changing physically.
  • becoming greater or increasing in prevalence, popularity, or influence
  • of, relating to, or being the period during which something (such as a plant) grows or matures


Grow up

Grow bigger

Grow taller

Grow in wisdom

Grow in numbers

Just keep on growing as long as you live

We all grow older as time passes, ( that’s if we still live ) but not everyone matures or attains a wiser perspective. Maturity is recognizing that we really cannot/ do not, control everything that happens to us in life. Maturity is the wisdom to accept things as they are because we can’t change them.

In the wise words of Maya Angelou, we need to grow in wisdom as we age. Otherwise, it’s just aging, without harnessing the benefits of growing old. In my personal experience, growing older brings liberation from the shackles of following everyone. It makes us rise above the common opinions, latest trends, and expectations that people have of us.

In response to; WQ #18: May 3: GROWING, hosted by Marsha





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Art is the expression of the thoughts

The artist paints what they want us to see

The observer sees not what the artist wants

But what their mind perceives in that work

Abstract or realistic, art is what we make of it!

Every image, every sculpture, and every photograph

When presented to any viewer to view, access, and evaluate

Invokes a set of feelings, emotions quite distinct in each individual

The definition of art is what and how it’s projected

Beauty and its meaning always lie in the eyes of the beholder

Abstraction is the expression of the spirit

Breaking the rules set by the orthodox

Going free and wild to express feelings

An explosion of colors, speaking to the soul


Art made by my grandchildren

The art displayed above is not abstract art but every grandma would love to share the art made by her grandkids.

In response to; WQ #17: “Abstract, Really? Interesting”, hosted by Marsha



Inspiring garden


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Flowers from my garden!

When we put a seed in the ground

We, in fact, plant hope for our tomorrow

A fruit tree takes years to grow, bear fruit

Yet we plant it with the hope of someday enjoying it

A mighty oak takes more years than one lifetime to grow

We bury acorn in soil so that someone else may sit in its shade

A garden

A refuge

A safe haven

Calming and relaxing

Nurturing the nurturer

So many life lessons

We learn from nature

Important and momentous

Educative and enriching

Let nature be your guide

Let it’s gentle ways teach you how to live!


In response to; WQ #16: How Does YOUR Garden Grow?, hosted by Marsha



A tour guide to the world of stories

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Being a tour guide in the physical world is a role that I might aspire to but would find it difficult to fulfill. So I’ve chosen quotes regarding being a tour guide to the world of imagination.

There is a world that we live in physically

And then there is a world created in our imagination

Both have their important roles to play in our lives

The physical world, we explore each and every day

The world of imagination is sometimes neglected by us

Explore this realm for it contains treasures unknown, unimagined

I have slipped on the mantle of a writer

I have the goal to show you the sights

Of a world that exists inside the covers

Pages that come alive with excitement and adventure

Together we will go on a journey of discovery

And explore the world of possibilities yet unexplored

Remember the small rectangle card that was the passport

That took you inside a library and gave you access

To thousands of books in dozens of bookshelves

And a kind libertarian always there to help and guide you

Towards the books best suited to your age and interests

With nostalgia I remember the excitement I used to feel

When it was my day to visit the library and to check out books

Every week without fail I got four new books in exchange

For the ones I already had read and experienced the adventures of


Written in response to;WQ #15: Be a Tour Guide, hosted by Marsha



The awakening of nature and renewal


A newly blooming Amaryllis in my home

Spring comes bringing with it

A fervent hope of renewal

We want nature to bloom

We hope that nature wears

Bright new colors to delight us

What we don’t think about

How to renew and remake ourselves

Why it’s necessary to rethink our priorities

If we want to survive and our home to prosper

We need to renew our relationship with

The nature that’s been sustaining us

For the last so many millenniums

With the blessing of Almighty

We all can renew our outlook and faith

We all can find happiness in the tiniest of joys

Every new day is a brand new opportunity

To start life afresh, to forget the failures of yesterday

And live today as the first day of the rest of our life!


In response to; WQ #14: Awakening Our Hearts Is Beyond Our Power, hosted by Marsha





Donna @ Retirement Reflections

Nobody is perfect

We all need to change

To become better version

Of what we are born with

We need to recognize this wisdom

To fight this the height of folly

To achieve the best we can offer

Change always in the right direction


What’s life, if not a constant state of change

Both physically and mentally we keep on evolving

Going from one stage to the next is inevitable

Choosing to change for the better, our best option


Nature, like life

Shows us a changing face

Seasons and climates forever

Switching gears, evertransforming

No two days are exactly alike

No boredom, nothing passé here

Something new something fresh

Each and ever day here!


A beautiful shaded rose

Written in response to; #WQ #13: Embrace the Change, hosted by Marsha



The vivid colors of the spring

WQ #12: March 22: SPRING/VIVID

Photo from my garden ; Ernest Hemingway

The gloomy and gray winter finally left

Little green shoots made their presence felt

The profusion of spring flowers came as a gift

To cheer up our souls and to revive our spirit

Photo from my garden ; Luther Burbank

This year, both I and my husband took some initiative and went flower shopping in our nearest garden center. He brought roses in a variety of shades and colors while I got a couple of citrus trees and some creepers. The trees promise to bear fruit in a year or so and the creepers are growing nicely. The need is to maintain a balance between too much care and neglect. 🤩

Spring is that time of the year

That invites us to venture out

See the greenery sparkling in the sun

And flowers blooming in the garden

Come out, step out in the outdoors

Enjoy this exhibit from nature before it fades away!


Green leaves making their presence felt
The April lily has decided to bloom in March
Nasturtium? No these are Daisies

In response to WQ# 12- Spring/ Vivid, hosted by Marsha