WQWWC #35 Exciting

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The topic for Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writer’s Challenge this week is ; Exciting

Excitement can be a momentary thrill, a favorite memory, or an obsession. You might be a very calm person and people who don’t know you well don’t think you get excited, but you know inside of yourself what does it. Most likely it is a combination of events that excite you and give you the excitement of living.

Maybe it is seeing your children succeed at their most recent endeavor – smiling, walking, first word, riding their bike, first day at school, first date, first day of work, marriage, first grandchild. Couple those things with what’s happening with yourself – an ongoing project – building something or helping someone, a new relationship, your work, a future trip, learning a new skill, a move large or small,

It could be that every little thing excites you. 

  • having friends over,
  • cooking breakfast, 
  • going for a walk, 
  • reading a book, 
  • seeing the growth of your garden, 
  • meeting people at the store, 
  • finding a new accessory for your living room, 
  • discovering a bunny in your yard, 
  • sharing cookies with your neighbor, 
  • playing with your pets, 
  • learning a new word, 
  • video recording your life and sharing it on Facebook.

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Life without excitement becomes a boring, drudgery. we do need to keep the excitement alive to enjoy our life.

If we live our lives looking for the excitement and exhilaration that change can bring, we will be much happier than when we are eventually forced to accept it anyways.

Daniel Willey

As many people have often told us that life is all about perspective. If we seek new things to brighten our lives and get excited about them, believe me, you will enjoy them way more than if we had to reluctantly embrace them.

I had a distant relative who was quite old. She once told her daughter that though she had lived a long happy life, but she wasn’t ready to die just yet. Her daughter asked her in jest, what exactly was it that she was waiting for. She said that world had changed in so many way in her life and she wants to see what new inventions mankind would be making in coming years. This is the attitude that keeps us excited at every age.

The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning you’re not old.

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

We don’t need to go looking for the fountain of youth. It’s right here in our mind and heart. Just keep the desire to learn and the spirit to get excited about each new discovery, and you’ll be forever young.

No one know what tomorrow will bring. We can either be fearful of it or excited about it. Every morning, I get up with this excitement that something new, something good will happen today. This makes me start my day with a smile and a lift in my heart.

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I count my numerous blessings

Family, children, grandchildren all

These are flowers in the garden of my life

Their sweet perfume making my existence fragrant

Wondrous bounties that adorn my grateful heart

I rejoice in this exciting state of being

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writer’s Challenge # Relaxing

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The topic for this week is relaxing

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Life goes on a very fast and hectic pace these days. So sometimes we just need to pause for a while and take a deep breath. Even during any busy day, stop and inhale deeply and exhale. You’ll feel some of the stress leaving your body.

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

William S. Burroughs

I have experienced this many times that when we are in the midst of a chaotic situation, we cannot answer even the simple questions or find the most commonly used things. We just need to relax a bit and the answers will come to us automatically.

What is modern-day living, if not rushing from one situation to another. It can be due to our own self-imposed deadlines or those of work. But unless we take a breather, we are likely to keep on rushing without getting anywhere.

If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax.

Christian Louboutin

I love blogging, and reading. So I find maximum relaxation in these activities. Another favorite is listening to music. And these are my favorites ways to relax.

How do you relax?

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writer’s Challenge # 33 – Exploration

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This weeks topic is Exploration

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There’s a lot to explore in life. Both within and outside. My quote aim to explore both.

So I find words I never thought to speak

In streets I never thought I should revisit

When I left my body on a distant shore.

T.S. Eliot

This is such a beautiful, all-encompassing quote. Unless we step out of our comfort zone, we cannot find the wonders that are scattered around us. It’s here that we learn new thoughts, experience new wonderments, and embrace adventure.

This quote touches on the most important aspect of our material lives. Don’t hoard possession but collect experiences. Spend your money on exploring the world around you.

Simple step outside and explore. You’ll learn new things each time you try to look for them. Nature is not only soothing for our soul but a great teacher too. I, too, learn a new thing every time I go in nature.

Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least.

Santosh Kalwar

Exploring what lies inside is equally important in life. Get to know yourself, by focusing on what is inside your heart and mind. I promise you that it is a journey worth taking.

Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.”

Tim Fargo

Letting go of the harbor and pulling up the anchor, is the way to seek adventure. Leave the insecurities and venture with confidence into the unknown to seek and learn.

If we want to live our lives too their fullest potential, we should explore both the outside world and the one lies inside our minds and souls.

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WQWWC – Writer’s choice # 3 – Inspiration to write

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For Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, the sky is the limit. Especially this week as it is writer’s choice—that’s YOU, the writer.

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My choice this week is;

How we are inspired to write;

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it” ~Neil Gaiman

I love this quote about how we get inspired to write. Just sitting at the cafe, people watching at the mall or walking by myself, I suddenly get an idea that I think would make a good blog post.

Sometimes, we don’t need something dramatic to inspire us. The situations and the circumstances around us inspire us to write. Political climate is a great motivator. People should rise their voices or pick up their pens if they want to change the world around them.

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”

Robert Frost

Although, I don’t consider myself a poet, I love this quote as it is absolutely true for me too. Whenever I write a poem, I never think it out or bother to find rhyming words for it. I let it come directly from my mind to my paper ( metaphorically). Afterwards, I might edit the mistakes but nothing much.

It sounds easy, but it really isn’t! But those who write, and have the talent for storytelling, they would find it easy! For the rest of us, it is hard work.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

This quote brings us back a full circle back to the first quote. It’s all about the imagination to notice happenings around us and the courage to write about them.

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I hope you find the topic for this week’s WQWWC interesting.

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WQWWC #31: Freedom

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Topic for this week is : Freedom

We celebrate freedom in many ways.

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

Virginia Woolf

Freedom of thought and imagination is one gift that no one can take from us. The body is a prisoner of the humdrum daily grind but the flight of imagination can soar high any time and anywhere.

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

Ralph Ellison

The freedom to be oneself! Something that is hard-won oftentimes. Not to conform to the expectations of of what others think about you, or expect of you!

Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.

C. JoyBell

Freedom, or liberation from the opinion of the society. From my personal experience, this is a freedom that requires a lot of willpower and sustained effort. But once you’ve achieved this freedom, you are really and totally free. Then it won’t matter to you that so and so thinks that you dress oddly or a certain friend or family member is disappointed by your refusal to do something for them.

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Oh to be truly free, let go of useless emotions like anger and anxiety. Shed your burdens and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.

Savor being free, because not everyone is!

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WQWWC # 30: Vacation

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This week we are going to explore your favorite vacations, whether they are just in the planning or happened years ago.

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us”

Maya Angelou

As kids, we would go to our grandparent’s home during summer break. My father was very attached to his parents and would take every opportunity to visit them. There would be at least one of his other siblings with their kids and we would enjoy the company of our cousins. There was very little to do but play outside, climb trees and steal the juicy mangoes from them. Those were fun days and simple pleasures.

After I got married, my husband would take a few days off from work and we would drive to the northern mountainous resort of Murree. It used to be a fun place to visit. The weather was cool and we would explore the mountains. The place catered to tourist from all over the country and we could buy lovely handmade local stuff. It was our routine for many years till my kids grew up.

The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.”–

Augustine of Hippo

When my daughter shifted to the USA for her studies, I got to see quite a bit of America whenever I visited her. She learned to drive and bought a car. Whenever I visited her, she would plan a trip someplace near and took me driving. She is truly fond of traveling and would always be planning her next vacation. One year, we flew to east coast, to Washington DC, New York and Pennsylvania and stayed there for a few days.

In summer 2019, my daughter took me to various places in Washington state for short vaccination trips. I wrote about my whale watching trip here!

In 2020 we were planning another trip, this time to Disney land in California. But as you all know, all travel plans were abandoned in 2020.

Though I wasn’t very fond of traveling, I have benefited such a lot from seeing the world. My knowledge and mind have broadened. I have met so many people from different cultures and countries and learned a lot from them. I am thankful for all the opportunities that I got to see this world and to meet so many wonderful people.

Let’s hope that travel restrictions ease up soon and we all are able to vacation safely again.

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writer’s Challenge # Heat

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The list of definitions of the word heat would reach to the end of this post without any quotes. Here’s a start

  • warmth
  • passion
  • height of stress (battle)
  • a game ( played in heats)
  • pungency of flavor
  • intense law-enforcement activity
  • pressure, coercion
  • abuse, criticism

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Heat is a blessing in winters but a trial to be tolerated in summers.

The thing with heat is, no matter how cold you are, no matter how much you need warmth, it always, eventually, becomes too much.

Victoria Aveyard

It Heat either actual or metaphorical, can be too much at times. But it’s the resolve to finish what we started that keeps us hanging in there.

As Truman said; Face the heat or get out of the Kitchen.

Ice is most welcome in a cold drink on a hot day.

But in the heart of winter, you want a warm hot mug with your favorite soothing brew to keep the chill away.

When you don’t have anything warm at hand, even a memory can be a small substitute.

Remember a searing look of intimate eyes.

Receive the inner fire.

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

I love this quote. Good memories warm up the heart on cold days. They bring a nostalgic smile on our face and cheer us up no end.

Hahaha! This gives a whole new meaning to heat wave. It’s good to joke about it when it has otherwise the potential to ruin our summer vacation!

Now this is human nature in a nutshell. We complain when we don’t have something and we complain when we have too much of it.

The summer generally is getting hotter all over the globe with each passing year. This is the result of how we are treating our home. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our attitude towards the planet and it’s environment.

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WQWWC #28: Summer 2021

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For Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge for the past weeks we have discussed topics that add to our well-being – nutrition, hope, faith, exercise. Starting this month we are going to switch to a new series of topics that are more seasonal. We start with summer.

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First of all I must tell you that the meaning of summer differs widely in the Asian countries and that of Europe or the USA!

Summer for us means a long and very hot season, where we venture out only when we have to. In the school summer break, we usually head to the mountains in the north of the country or the coastal cities in the south. So, yes summer for us means an entirely different season than it is for those living in cooler regions.

Having set the mood, let’s see what summer is in the eyes of some of the famous writers;

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”

John Steinbeck

This holds true for any season, anywhere in the world. Without the contrasting temperatures, we would never really appreciate what we have. The summer is the season of growth and greenery. If we never experienced winter, we wouldn’t appreciate the summer either.

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter”

Henry David Thoreau

Here we are talking about the spirit of summer, the freedom from school when we are free to roam the blooming nature without being encumbered with heavy woolies! So maintaining that feeling of freedom in our hearts and minds all through the year is a way to keep on experiencing summer!

Again the feeling, the principal point of the summer experience is what we should try to maintain all through the year. Choose what is the thing we like best about summer and hold on to that feeling.

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance”

Yoko Ono

I love this beautiful quote from Yoko Ono. All seasons of the year and life have special significance. Being mindful of this and appreciating this change as it happens gives us great insight into life.

Another exceptional expression of what summer represents from Steinbeck! It’s such a beautiful way to describe summer.

Enjoy the summer, be careful about exposing yourself to too much of it. And for those of us in the equatorial regions, enjoy the coolness of air-conditioned rooms, mangoes, and melons.

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WQWWC #27: Writer’s Choice

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Since today’s choice of #WQWWC is Writer’s Choice, I have chosen……

A funny look at weight loss

How easy it is to gain weight. A few pounds gain can happen in a few days. As if we are made of air, and just blow more and we expand! While losing weight is a Herculean task. The math doesn’t adds up even. The number of calories burned never equals the number of pounds lost!!!!

Why!

I’ve heard through credible sources that people lose weight when they are stressed or depressed. I am not one of those. I gain weight if I’m sad, or happy or stressed or depressed. It works just one in direction for me. Never in the other direction!

Maybe if a grow a foot taller, I will be okay for my weight. It used to be good till I was growing up, but since that stopped, it hasn’t gone in my favor at all. Even 8” would do.

If I hated anyone that much, it would indeed work for me. But I never hate anyone with that much passion that I’d go through the pain of dieting for them.

That’s the last resort! I would be lost in a crowd of overweight friends! And then we will all eat and diet together!

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WQWWC # 26 – Hope

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Welcome to Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writer’s Challenge.

The topic for today Writer’s Quotes is Hope.

I feel that I am very lucky to be born an optimist. I am always hopeful that things will get better if they already aren’t.

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly”

Langston Hughes

Hope is that one emotion that stands between utter despair and us. If we didn’t have hope, what would we have? Hope is what makes us get up in the morning with a smile on our faces.

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Hope flutters it’s wings lifting our spirits and letting us dream. Without hope of good things coming our way, we would be in a frozen tundra of hopelessness.

If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is”

Chad Sugg

Being able to open our eyes to a brand new day every morning and realizing that we are alive is the feeling that we should carry through out our day. Mindful gratitude, multiplies the positive vibes and we face life with a smile on our face and a lightness in our soul.

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too”

Paulo Coelho

Love keeps hope alive. Love of life, or family or that someone special, it makes us more positive. It keeps us hopeful and optimistic about tomorrow!

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming”

Pablo Neruda

We all know someone who is a pessimist. They are always dreading the worst to happen. But good things do happen to them and despite what they may think, life goes on.

Always remember;

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Thanks Marsha for another inspiring topic.

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