“Change can be good but it’s always tough to let go of the past”
― Emily Giffin, Love the One You’re With
“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Time to thank the year for all its tests and lessons (not lessons and tests)!
Posted in Blessings, Celebrations, Life, Memories, Nostalgia, Uncategorized
Tagged Letting go, Memories, New Year, Photo, Photography, photos
I had no idea
That I had grown
Tethered too -
Never letting go,
I broke off,
Dreaming of new pastures
Now they haunt me -
The unseen ghosts
Of my Invisible Roots.
They blame me
They whisper out loud
Some day I must,
And try to reconnect
The severed roots
One by one,
Posted in Blessings, Emotions, Life, Memories, Nostalgia, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged connections, Life, Memories, Photo, Photography, Poem, Poetry, roots, ties, Tree, verse
“She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.”
― Patricia Briggs, Cry Wolf
“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on”
― Theodore Roosevelt
I feel happy!
Activated, I sense.
I want them to stay
Prospects are bright.
Cooking ‘successfully’ (!),
Lavishing stars and marks…
Don’t you think
It’s worth it?
But the minute
My HH’s get deactivated,
[Written in June when I was in a real happy mood.]
Who knows what made this unknown person so cheerful that day!
Posted in Blessings, Emotions, Life, Nostalgia, Uncategorized
Tagged Cheerful, Good mood, happiness, Happy, Hormones, Mood, Poem, Poetry
Let’s walk this way. You and me. The sun will shine bright for us. The shimmering water will add a glitter to our eyes. Take a look at the flowers meant for us. We won’t make them leave their homes for us, but we’ll be there to marvel at the thousand shades and fragrances they have arranged for us. Keep your ears open to the faint soothing music of the foliage and the birds, and your skin ready for the caressing breeze. Be keen - they only serve the most sensitive, you know. Won’t we accept their invitation? After all they are free!
The life – duties, worries, plans, money – is a light year away. They won’t come to disturb us unless we invite them and lose our minds to them. They make us sick. Consequently we end up fighting. And why should we take along with us resentment and the doubt who had had the last word, instead of the bliss , which is again free?
The sun will soon take leave but there will be the charming night. Thank God the moon is not another star. The pale light is just right for us as we glide down the smooth slopes of sleep reminiscing the blessings of the day that had seeped into us through our senses. Tomorrow is another day!
Posted in Blessings, Emotions, Life, Nature, Uncategorized
Tagged break, couple, leisure, Nature, outdoors, relaxation, relief, stroll, walk
I am on a swing-
The swing of moods
Up in a curve
Into unseen heights
Further into the firmament
Then the journey back -
Phew! I get down,
How peaceful, down here!
The heights were scary!
“Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?”
“It is if you first become a part of nature. You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally.”
― Haruki Murakami
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ”
― R.H. Heinlein
“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought –
But no, a butterfly.”
― Arakida Moritake
“You can only chase a butterfly for so long.”
― Jane Yolen
“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
How heartless of him!
Posted in Blessings, Life, Memories, Nostalgia, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged Aleppey, Butterflies, Flowers, Kerala, Nature, Photography, photos, Plants, Quotes
They once guarded
While the owners slept peacefully.
Though abandoned, lost, separated,
…lock somebody up(!)
But they no longer
… peep through.
Wonder what mystery
They may unlock,
I lock them up!
(Edited on 12/4/13)
“The bell is not ringing!” This was a frequent complaint during the last two days from the annoyed teachers.
To understand the extent of the problem you need to be a teacher. In a school the absence of bell means a standstill. This is how one teacher reported, “I came prepared for the 40 min class, but even after completing it, together with some activities I concocted just now, it’s not getting over. 40 minutes, this long? What’s going on?” I looked at the clock and sensed trouble. The bell!
The fed up teachers longed to flee the thoroughly enlightened class; the bored students awaited the next teacher for a different kind of replenishment.
Who was responsible? Who had been ringing the bell all these days? Kaka, a hapless victim of the new laws, used to do it. The bell had been punctual all these years and we never noticed the presence, the effort of a human being behind it. We took his service for granted. Now the person has left, leaving the bell dumb and the whole schedule upset.
* * *
The attendant is reminded once again, the bell goes and the each one heaves a sigh of relief.
The situation rings a bell and I recall O. Henry’s The Pendulum:
Nobody heard the click and rattle of the cog-wheels as the third-floor front of the Frogmore flats buzzed its machinery back into the Order of Things. A band slipped, a spring was touched, the gear was adjusted and the wheels revolve in their old orbit.
I reflect: We miss you Kaka. Grateful to you. May God keep you safe, wherever you are!
[Thank you, Julia, for the inspiration!]
Posted in Blessings, Education, Life, Nostalgia, Teaching/Teachers, Uncategorized, Worries
Tagged Bell, Duties, Gratitude, School, Students, Teachers, Thank you