Friday, June 15, 2018

My Papa - My Inspiration!

Almost everyone has a role model in their life.  They could be your parent, friend, writer, actor, sports person, or maybe an influencer.  Anyone at some point in time may inspire us depending on their unique qualities.

A role model can be different for everyone and for me it’s my papa (dad) or I would rather say, my parents.  They never told me or my siblings how to live in every situation; in fact, they lived and let us watch them doing it.  They had to make sacrifices while we were growing up.  They have done so much for us that I can’t even pen-down all the things over here.  I will really run out of words to pen my feelings of love and respect that I have for my parents.

I can’t even thank them enough and no one can either for what parents do and did for us, but still, I would like to take the opportunity to thank them.  I would like to thank them for not only giving me this beautiful life but for making it worth living; for not only giving me love but making it unconditional.  There are no words in the universe that could describe their selfless love and care.  I will always be grateful for hammering those ethics, morals, values, mannerisms, and principles that they have given me.  These are the important lifetime lessons that have shaped my life in its entirety.  I attribute much of who I am as a person to my parents.

My Papa (dad) is personally a writer and I give him credit for instilling the same spirit of writing in me.  He has been writing for his whole life.  He has composed countless articles, edited numerous books, and translated a number of books so far. He used to write “ghazals” (an Arabic poetry) too.  The prejudication in the world, the battle people are fighting within their soul, and the thoughts and emotions of his own are the things that make his pen writes words full of wonders.

He has always been my source of inspiration when it comes to writing and of course for everything I do in life.  He is always been there for me through thick and thin.  He has been my idol so everything that you see in my writing, it’s all because of him.  He is the sole reason that I can call myself a blogger today.  His acceptance of my writing skills was a sign for me that I was doing something good, that I was on the right path and things have been going well with my blog now.

My papa (dad) always says that “if you can read and learn then you can become anything you want to” and “you can’t do anything if you fear the failure.”  He always encourages me and has taught me that with enough determination in what you do; you can definitely create something out of nothing.  My papa's never-give-up attitude has always stayed with me.  Every one of us has the power within us to overcome adversity and come out stronger on the other side.

Just like a floret would never bloom without the elements that surround it, I would never have grown like this without you, Papa.  I may not always express my love for you, but I do love you and you mean so much to me.  And, I am really sorry for the times I have hurt you and taken you for granted, I really am.  But hopefully, I can make up for it.

On this Father’s Day, I would like to give a tribute to all the fathers out there, especially mine by sharing one of his small written piece of work which is in Hindi. 

अंधेरों में हैं तो उजालों की बात कीजिये
रौशनी पर पड़े तालों की बात कीजिये

भूखे को मिले रोटी, प्यासे को मिले पानी
महफ़िल में इन ख़यालों की बात कीजिये

भटके हैं आज जो कभी निकले थे सफर पे
रास्तों के अंतर-जालों की बात कीजिये

विकास की गलियों में भटके लोगों से कहो
सीना तान खड़े सवालों की बात कीजिये

क्या पता कल की सुबह निकले नहीं सूरज
रात भर बस उजालों की बात कीजिये
रा भर बस उजालों की बात कीजिये..!!

-- मनोहर गौर 

Let me know how you like the “ghazal?”  What’s your dad model for you? What did he teach you? How has he impacted you?  I would love to hear your inputs.

Wishing all the Dads a very special Father's Day.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Little Things that Matter Most in Life

Guest post by Deeksha Tripathi

Life is a gift of God to all of us. Whatever be its challenges, we have to face them all. Life is not the same always. Happiness and sadness are inseparable parts of life. Nobody has got a perfect life. Everyone faces ups and downs. Now, what’s important here is how we take things that come in our life every day.  Big things whether good or bad don’t happen every day. So life is basically made up of "Little Things". These little things matter most for our general happiness.

So, let’s take a look at some of the little things which matter most in our life.

Be Thankful to God

The first thing that is of utmost importance is being thankful for everything we have got in our life. If we are getting food to eat every day, clothes to wear, a permanent roof on our head to protect us from all types of weather we are luckier than 50% of the world’s population! So, need I give you more reasons to feel yourself truly blessed? You are extremely lucky if you have friends and family to look after you. Just look around you there are so many people who sleep on the roadside, hungry and thirsty. There are kids who unlike our kids live unprotected lives earning their bread on their own; deprived of education. Be thankful to God for all His gifts. Stop taking things for granted which you have got without much pain.

Think Positively

Depression, stress, frustration are parts of today’s life. These ultimately lead to negative thinking. We often start feeling that we are the unlucky ones, born to suffer. To avoid this negative thinking, we must focus on the things that make us happy. For instance, spending time with our loved ones, pursuing a hobby, doing some social work whatever makes us feel our worth we must do that. Moreover, as I said earlier we are luckier than 50% of world population who are actually leading a miserable life. So, bring positivity in your life by seeing the brighter aspect of life.

Be Generous

So, now we know that we are the lucky ones to have got whatever we possess! What we need to do after this realization is being generous in sharing what we have. Things which are useless to us can be of great value to others. So donate generously your old clothes, shoes, home furnishing, toys, edibles whatever you can. You can donate your things to anyone who is in need; your poor relatives, friends, servants or anyone around you.

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Be Honest to Yourself

Don’t ever lie to yourself. If you love something; admit and do it [provided it’s legal ;)] For example, if you love to listen to loud music or dance crazily do it whenever you can. Give due importance to your own space and enjoy it when you have it. When you are honest with yourself, you will be able to keep your promises to others too. It will increase your belief and esteem in yourself.

Have Pets

Having a pet is like having an unselfish and a loving friend by your side always. They don’t expect or complain about anything. They give you what you need the most- love! They bring happiness and positivity in your life by making you feel how important you are for them. Innocence and dedication of pets are incomparable. They make us smile even in the saddest days of our life.

Love Yourself

If you love yourself, only then you can love others. Self -respect and self-care are very essential. Look good, keep yourself fit, dress up well, put on a little make-up, carry right accessories and laugh a lot. These things gonna boost your self-confidence cheer you up always. Talk to your friends and family who bring positive vibes in your life. Have a positive self-image ’cause this same image gonna be reflected others. Enjoy going out and spending some time all alone.

Keep Your Surroundings Beautiful

If you live in a place which is messy, you start feeling low whether it’s your home or workplace. So, one very important though little, thing to feel good is keeping our place tidy and beautiful. Decorate your place the way you like, it surely gonna pep you up.

These little things definitely gonna bring some very positive changes in your life. So go ahead and enjoy all the shades of life and do make these little things a part of your life.

About the Author

Deeksha Tripathi is a blogger from India. She is a teacher, mom of a toddler and owner of "Wonderful Women" where she writes inspirational stories of real women who have made a difference to the world.
Blog:  Wonderful Women

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