A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A day in my present life…

I was going through a blog today and came across a nice article. The blogger wanted to start working out and get in shape. The article was quite long and it took a good time to complete reading it. You can also read it here.

While going through, the part where the blogger talked about a day in her life attracted me and made me write this. A day in your life – how is it? How do you spend a regular day in your life? That changes quite often and for some, I agree that it changes every month, when their shift changes in office. Anyways, it has been long that I have looked back and thought something like this – my own day. In retrospect, when I look at a working day in my life, it would be nice to know. Let’s see how much I can recollect…

I start the day at about 11 AM or earlier, as I wake up. Next two hours, is the part of the day when I LIVE at home and laze around. This includes freshening up, having breakfast, browsing the internet and watching TV at times. I would like to get up and go to take bath at 1 PM, but recently, I cannot think of a day when I was able to do that. I end up leaving the computer seat by 1:30 and get into the bathroom. By 2 PM, I get dressed and almost ready for office. Within another 15 minutes, I would finish my lunch and board the cab to office. Then, till 1 AM, when I normally return home, the day slips away and the night awaits me. I get to be awake only for an hour or so, when I take dinner and watch TV, before I go to sleep. This cycle repeats when I work in this shift at office. May be things will change when I change the shift, again.

Now that I have written it all, let me read it once…

…hmm… not much happening!

I want to incorporate reading and doing some kind of freehand exercises in this regime. I want some time to write regularly too. I want some time to play on the piano and some time to just sit idle and admire the world and the happenings around me. I want some more time to… well, no point talking about that, you see. I am already running short of time!

There are many things on the cards. I hope for a better tomorrow to come – soon! Hope I will be able to make some time then and do, at least a few of the things that I want to do. Home – office – home is something that I would not have encouraged myself to do, had I been given a choice. Life has become like that and is actually a boring one.

Need to shake a leg or move a stone or two to get my life lifted to something, which I will not call a boring one… hope that happens!

I am waiting…


Friday, February 17, 2012

Carry a calm head on your shoulders

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. ~ Sylvia Boorstein

It happens in time when you are very stressed out. There are lots of things to do and you do not know where to start. There are lots of decisions to take, and you do not know which one to make. There are lots of issues around you and you have no idea what can resolve those. Those are the times when we feel most stressed and do things that mostly sound weird, seem bizarre and are actually the creepiest ones!

What to do when you find yourself in such a situation?

Well, I am not sure myself and I am not the person (as of now) who can tell that too. But the quote above is nice and has attracted me to end up writing this.

They say, time will let you know. Yes, it will! We need to look at things that are our control and do what we can do, rather than speculating about things that are done by someone else. We have no control over that – why should we waste our energy thinking about what that ‘someone else’ can and would do, and get stressed? Let time tell.

Let us take it as it comes – this moment, this smallest unit of time is there to be lived. It may be unpleasant and unwelcomed one, but live it. Face it and learn from it, for this is all that you can do.

Global warming? I can’t help it much, other than planting trees in my back yard. Do that part, which is under your control. If it is needed to blast a nuclear bomb in some weird place of the desert to reverse global warming, certainly you yourself cannot help it. So, plant a tree; grow a herb, switch off your refrigerator when not in use and turn of the engine when you are stuck in the red light. And? And enjoy that moment, live it and learn from it.

Do not reject the moment you are dumped into. You would not have controlled it anyways. It had to come and it had – you just move on! Take whatever you would love to take from it – at least a learning that would make you know what to do the next time you experience the same situation.

Take a deep breath. Let time come to you with news, with ideas and with resolution. Do your bit religiously and with dedication. Leave all else to time and just wait and watch. I am sure there are more interesting, evolving and astounding things that are coming to you, brought to you exclusively by TIME!

Chill out and go fishing. Cheers!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Water problem in our apartment

There is no water today. There was no water yesterday, almost for the entire day. Not only in our flat, but this situation is also present in all of the flats in the apartment. It has been like this for some days now. At times, water would come flowing and then the taps will get dried up.

I talked with the supervisors here. They said work is going on and showed me a group of people working. They also added that the motor was conked out and it would take about 30 minutes to get it to working.

I was a little more curious and I was strolled down to talk to those who were working on the motor. They surprised me, when they said that they are checking if there is water in the bore well! They said that it is a possibility that there is no water, and the water level might have gone down and hence, the motor is not able to pull the water up to the tanks on the terrace. They are checking the water level and then, they might start pulling water to the tanks situated near that place, in the basement. May be from there, another pump will pull water to the overhead tanks!

I asked them how this happened. They were smiling. They said the well was not dug as much as it should have been...

If whatever they said is TRUE, then we are in huge problem. This is not a temporary problem that can be solved without digging further into the earth, to reach to a safe depth. Hope this does not turn out to be so...



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