Do you want to be happy? Try this.

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“Doing what you love is freedom.

Loving  what you do is happiness.”

― Lana Del Rey

This quote relates exactly to my philosophy of life.

I wanted happiness in my life. So I learnt to love everything that came my way: Tedious electrical engineering books during my college,  tiresome software job and  everyday cooking at home.

Once I started loving whatever work I was doing, I was able to concentrate better on my task and I got wonderful results. I got top scores in Engineering, had spent some wonderful years in IT industry and learnt to cook tasty food. Enjoying the task at hand made all the difference.

I wish you discover happiness in your work. Have a great week ahead.

Making depression my friend!

Dear Depression,

Why did you come into my life?

It’s true that I was lonely and looking for a company.

But I never asked you to join me.

I look around and see everyone else hanging with’Happiness’

While they are enjoying the warm sunshine,

We both are sitting here in this cold, dark place.

When you are with me, no one else wants to be with me.

I struggled to get rid off you by dreaming about ‘Happiness’,

But you were always there with me, the moment I woke up.

Slowly, I understood, you are never going to leave me.

If that’s what it is, then I have made up my mind.

I will treat you like a bitter medicine for my aching life.

The pain you give me, will make me stronger.

The agony you bestow upon me will make me resilient.

I will turn you from a foe to a friend.

P.S: In response to #DearDepression blogging event.

Here is the event organiser’s link https://lex1992site.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/deardepression/

You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

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Today morning, I was feeling awful. I didn’t want to get up from the bed. I hate those days when I don’t have a specific plan for the day. Lately, my life has been going  through a series of changes and nothing is happening as I had planned.

On such days when I feel confused about whether my life is going in the correct direction or not, I do two things: reading & writing

1.Reading :

We all know that we should be calm and approach life with a positive attitude. But once in a while, we need someone to tell us that everything is going to be fine.

Today when I was searching for such reassurance, I found a great post by Iva Beranek.This is the first time I came across her blog and I was surprised to see how her post was just the right one to comfort me.

In her latest post ‘Perhaps there is a pearl ..’  she writes that even if we don’t completely understand what’s going on in our life now, there might be a blessing, a pearl as she calls it, hidden for us, Now, that’s exactly what I needed.

Here is the link to her post:

https://ivaberanek.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/perhaps-there-is-a-pearl/

After reading that post, I was reminded of Steve Job’s quote:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.

I read this quote several times before, but when I re-read it in my troubled times, I get the confidence to face the day ahead.

Today, the post by Iva Beranek and Steve Job’s quote soothed my troubled mind.

2.  Writing :

When I feel stressed, I not only read inspirational posts, I write them. Writing, for me, is a way of committing the information into my mind. Writing helps me to share the information that I learnt in turbulent times.  Therefore, here I am, posting my learning.

Therefore, here I am, posting my learning:

Don’t worry! Everything happens for a reason. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Blurb of my debut book : “Ctrl+Alt+Del (Transform your problems into accomplishments)”

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What do you do when your computer is not responding? You press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Can you apply Ctrl+Alt+Del to your life?

Jahnavi’s book “Ctrl+Alt+Del(Transform your problems into Accomplishments)” is about a path breaking, innovative, 3 step process which explains about Controlling your emotions, Altering your perception and  Deleting the problem. She derived this unique philosophy while she was struggling to overcome her own problems in career and life. She claims that this new outlook for life has transformed her life magically – from a dissatisfied corporate employee to a successful leader, veteran toastmaster and a writer.

This book, with its simple practical tips and dozens of anecdotes, is an easy read yet it presents an effective approach to life. It alters your perception of life and motivates you to get the best out of your life. It gives you the confidence to thrive in your life irrespective of your current situation. However tough your situations may be, as you begin looking with this new perspective, you will not only begin to appreciate your life, but you will also find a way to emerge as a winner.

Your life will be never the same after you read this book. Go for it.

P.S: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/byobookworm/

Inspiration for Writers : When things go wrong, make good art

Today I had a particularly bad day. I failed in a test needed for my promotion, ever after working hard. Disappointed and dejected, when I reached home and started cooking, I burnt the curry. My TV stopped working due to some issue. It is a day when everything was going wrong and I thought of skipping the blog. But then, I came across this cartoon which says when things go wrong, make good art 🙂

http://zenpencils.com/comic/50-neil-gaiman-make-good-art/

Thank you Gavin (http://zenpencils.com/author/Gavin/) for posting such wonderful cartoon and thanks a ton Neil Gaiman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman) for inspring us. You made my day.

And the result is : while trying to distract myself from the uneasiness of the terrible day, I wrote not one but two blogs 🙂

‘Writer’s Block’ vs ‘Daily Prompt’

Writer’s block : The archrival of every writer. Who wouldn’t have experienced the agony bestowed by the writer’s block when we stare at a blank page and have nothing to write?

I used to run into this pathetic situation whenever I pondered for hours, to choose a perfect topic which will shower hundreds of likes and encouraging comments from the writing community. Most of the days , I used to spend all my precious time searching for topics and discarding one after the other, until I ran out of my time and had to rush to complete my errands for the day.  I used to look closely at every object in my vicinity, study every person I met, observe my surroundings every waking moment; hoping that I will get a topic for my next post. What a pity!!! I could not write even one page a day after all this googling, soul searching and brain racking.

But it’s said that to be a good writer, you have to write daily.  So, I was determined to write daily.

That’s when I came across this ‘daily prompt’.  No wonder, it’s a blessing for me. !! Now with the topic readily available, all I have to do is , to craft my thoughts into an interesting post.  Now, daily I wake up with a confidence that someone else out there has taken the burden of providing me a topic and I need to just write my thoughts about that.

In this battle of ‘Writer’s Block’ Vs ‘Daily prompt’, in my case, the ‘Daily Prompt’ won unanimously and thereby it is helping me to achieve my goal of writing daily.  Thanks a ton to all the contributors of ‘Daily Prompt’ who have saved me from going crazy searching for topics to write.

PS: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/writers-block-party/