Profound words of wisdom flows through these words and makes us understand the necessity of cultivating certain skills and developing abilities in life… for these abilities can hold us in good stead, no matter how life treats us.
Ability to flow but with fortitude
Ability to decide when to take a stand
Ability to appreciate & share kindness
Ability to distinguish needs and wants
Ability to respond with discernment
Ability to assert without arrogance
Ability to empathize in understanding
Ability to forgive and let go…
Ability to be flexible yet firm
Ability to accept and acknowledge
Ability to own up to our limitations.
Ability to balance our own being
Ability to laugh at ourselves
Ability to see the good in others
Ability to see the larger purpose
And most of all…
Ability to live life lovingly!
What are your thoughts on this ..do share if there are any more abilities you can think of.
What boredom, no time for boredom!
says my seemingly exasperated friend in India on the phone.
With the complete lockdown and most on’ Work from home status ‘majority of families are struggling to cope with rising demands of the family be it the seniors at home, children and of course pets as well. The families are now suddenly having no house help, the quintessence of urban class living.
Compared to the Western world in India still, the lure of cheaper labor force makes a household helper available to all. But in the current scare, there are no maids, let alone cooks or gardeners. Except for those who may have a live-in helper which is not often the case.
Suddenly the ‘Work from home’ status actually registers the truth. For it is truly challenging for most families who have never bothered to make their own bed or do dishes or cook ever. In fact, there are many who wait for someone else to make their tea or coffee or get a glass of water.
In these hard-pressed times the major part of the work comes to the women of the household still, in spite of all those talks of women’s liberation that goes on doing the rounds every year around early March.
To all the women, who have suddenly vowed to prove themselves superwoman please take it easy.
A little dirty corner, neglected kitchen shelves, not a four course meal, everything is acceptable. But not at the cost of your own health. Remember your falling sick at these times will be disastrous especially if there is no one to take over from you !!
The women are left with no options as the demands keep on rising as those who are at home are hungrier than ever with time to kill.
There are, of course, some of those evolved households where all are contributing their bit. The onus of responsibility needs to be shared, else it will make every day a living hell.
If only more young parents of today teach all their children both sons and daughters equally to cook, clean and do housework as a part of life skills training so that they also know how to manage a home when they have one, the lives of so many future families will be truly much easier.
As we see it, the future is here with new challenges and unless we are all equipped with basic survival skills and takes into account, ownership, responsibility, and teamwork and move beyond gender biases, it is truly tough to live through times like these.
How are you and your families managing this interim period?
Stay safe and healthy!
Life changes and challenges
In the most unexpected of ways
In the midst of great obstacles
In the depth of obscurity lies clarity.
Like water is clouded when its muddy
But when allowed to settle in time
Water finds it’s purer form
It cleans itself beyond the impurities.
The passing clouds may darken the skies
But after the rain comes the sunshine
Dark and light play their games well
Hiding and seeking themselves.
Spinning and weaving through the web of time
Bouncing back and balancing itself gradually
Life senses and synchs itself in the moves.
All is well in the harmony of the flow.
The greatest depths is the soul within ….a spark of the divine!
As one deepens the focus inwards in a journey of awareness, greater empathy is felt for the world outside , and when the focus is towards the outer materialistic world the focus turns towards being more self centered than self aware.
A few ways to deepen self awareness
- Question your thoughts but try and be nonjudgemental.
- Check your actions and deeds in mindfulness
- Improve and keep inspiring the self.
- Let go the holding back and allow nature to manifest its flow
- Own up to a beginner’s mind and keep your sense of wonder alive!
Your intentions in your journey makes your choices along the way. All manifests as your intentions are.
A nation is proud
A hero is safely home
Gratitude to this day
Gratitude to his parents
For cultivating his fortitude
To his training
For his mental strength
To his experiences
That helped him stand tall
In the face of fear
For his inner spirit
That ultimately boosted the morale
Of this entire nation
Gratitude for your bravery
In face of calamity!
God bless you and your family!
A Salute to the sacrifices of all such bravehearts serving nations and their families!