Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!



Today am sharing a Poem by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist.
One of the founders of Brazilian modernism.

All the Images are curated by me.


I counted my years
& realized that I have
Less time to live by,
Than I have lived so far.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure
But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings
where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed,
knowing that nothing will be done.

I no longer have the patience
To stand absurd people who,
despite their chronological age,
have not grown up.

My time is too short:
I want the essence,
my spirit is in a hurry.
I do not have much candy
In the package anymore.

I want to live next to humans,
very realistic people who know
How to laugh at their mistakes,
Who are not inflated by their own triumphs
& who take responsibility for their actions.
In this way, human dignity is defended
and we live in truth and honesty.

It is the essentials that make life useful.
I want to surround myself with people
who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life
have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes, I’m in a hurry.
I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.

I am sure they will be exquisite,
much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

We have two lives
& the second begins when you realize you only have one. 😊😊

The above poem poses some truths of life as it evolves .

  • The value of it increases in time. In knowing there are lesser years ahead life increases in value.
  • Priorities change .You may begin to realize what matters more to you.
  • You start to question what you are doing with life and how you spend your life .
  • You choose to live with intentions if you haven’t already done so before.
  • Most importantly peace of mind and a clear conscience is what you seek to have in the evening stage of life.

While the need to transform life from mundane to meaningful may be common to humans…

I wonder how many people actually feel this way and when do such thoughts and musings begin to occur? Does age or occupation have much to do with these reflections? Is it possible to cultivate a attitude of values much earlier and how?

How much does nature and nurture influence your perspectives in life.

Do share your thoughts.


Author: Savvy Raj

Dance Educator, Writer, Artist, Designer, Wellness Mentor & Consultant

18 thoughts on “MY SOUL HAS A HAT

  1. beautiful poem…and thought-provoking questions at the end! This just reminds me of Pink Floyd’s Time – –

    “And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”

    It’s said everyday one spends, our stock of candies (the pleasure of living our life) gets depleted fast.

    It’s said in Srimad Bhagavatham that the rising and setting of sun reduces the life span of everyone except those involved in self-realisation and cultivating God consciousness…and surely peace of mind and a clear conscience follows on doing that!

    Constant running after the day to day pursuits of life and leaving this realisation at the very end…no one knows their “Time”.

    These thoughts have more to do with what God determines and the predisposition of the soul over its eternal existence. No one determine the transition of the soul towards being afflicted with materialistic domination to realise it as a free spirit not bound with anything.

    Giving our natural inquisitiveness an upper hand and start trying to seek an answer to these questions at an early age through proper means- our ancient spiritual wisdom provides ample opportunities to cultivate these – So it’s not a question of age, occupation, intention etc., it’s just the change of heart…

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    • Well said indeed! Thank you for sharing your perspectives here. Appreciate your thoughtful reflections on cultivation of self awareness .Great examples. I do believe this sense of wonder must be encouraged whatever the age.

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  2. Thank you very much for the appreciation. This is surely very valuable to me!

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  3. Awesome post – so much to think about. The beginning is so powerful. It drew me right in – and there was no stopping. Your questions are so thought provoking as well, dear Savvy. Thank you. 🙂

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    • Yes when I came across this poem I just went into contemplation mode for a while … Deeply appreciative of your kind words as well for my questions at the end. Thank you Krishnapriya. Let’s all have a wonderful new day and week ahead!💙🌻💙

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  4. Beautiful poem Savvy… As always the pictures says a lot..

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  5. You are doing very well…..

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  6. Life, such a mysterious thing, never to be explained…

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  7. The hour Glass picture is a reminder to us. No ill feelings towards the other soul. The positive thinking gives us a blissful life in remaining days. A thought provoking poem followed by thought provoking questions .Thank you for the post Savvy dear.

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  8. My dear Shoba yes indeed… our positive thoughts and intentions pave the way for bliss in life and living.
    Thank you for your thoughtful response and appreciation. 💙🤗💙


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