Monday, 25 June 2018

Look for a reason to smile #WriteBravely #LiveHappily

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and - snap! - the job's a game!" - Mary Poppins



When Tom Sawyer got other boys to paint the fence for him, and made money out of it too, the secret was making the job fun. So, Mary Poppins certainly had that fact right.

From drinking milk to finishing the food, from cleaning the room to getting reading on time, from studying to helping in chores, I have many memories from my childhood, and then from my parenting days that corroborate Mary Poppins' shrewd words.

Do these words hold as true for the jobs that the grown-ups hold, is a point of contention now?
The important words to be noticed are 'must be done'. So, the message for each of us here is, if there is something in which you don't have a choice, look for the element of fun in it. There is bound to be something - the work itself, the ones you share it with, the reason that you are doing it - that would make you smile through it.

The bottom line - Smile.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Choose to live life #WriteBravely #LiveBravely

"The past can hurt. 
But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it" 
- Rafiki's wise words to Simba in The Lion King

You can either run from the past or learn from it.
Or maybe just accept it, and move on.

There are things one has no control over.

In the afternoon today, while driving for lunch with my family, I had stopped my car just before the pedestrian crossing at the traffic light.
Within a few seconds, other vehicles had passed mine to stop on the pedestrian crossing, or even farther up. 
Nothing new there. I experience it all the time.

And then a banner with faces of politicians - one big, multiple small - printed on it fell on my car.

Things fall on cars - I read about a crane falling and killing the driver of a car waiting at the traffic light.
One of the first things I heard this morning was about a midnight sprawl the night before that ended in the death of a 22-year-old.

That is what I thought of at that time. The uncertainty, that experience teaches us, is scary.

Learn from the past, yes.
Accept the fact that you have to choose not to be scared, even when you don't have control.

The past hurts. And it teaches.
Embrace it, with all its smiles and frowns.
And choose to live life.

#WriteBravely and #LiveBravely



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