3 Days 3 Quotes, Day 1: David Bowie’s Quotes

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A few days back  Vikram Bishla, author of the blog ‘Blogmaniac’, nominated me for  3 days 3 quotes challenge. Vikram’s blog is interesting covering varied topics such as spirituality,philosophy, science. Do check it out.

Coming to the challenge, I want to share quotes by David Bowie. one of the most influential musicians. Continue reading

Memorable quotes from ‘Norwegian Wood’

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Recently I read the book ‘Norwegian Wood’ written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It is a nostalgic story about love, loss and sexuality.  It is a first person narration of the Protagonist Toru Watanabe, a college student, who reflects on his love for  beautiful yet emotionally troubled girl Naoko. While Toru yearns for Naoko who stays miles away from him in a rehabilitation center , he meets a lively, outgoing, Midori who falls in love with him. This novel written in 1987 was quite popular in Japan and it was later adapted into a movie. Continue reading

A remarkable quote that changed my life

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Did a quote influence you so much that it changed your mindset?

Is there any philosophy that is at the core of your every decision?

Well, I have one. A quote from the legendary Steve jobs’ commencement address at the Standford University in 2005 resonates in my mind every day.

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

From the past few years, I made some major decisions that were inspired by the above words. This sense of mortality questioned the purpose of my existence.

If I were to die today, what will be my contribution to this world? Will I perish away unremembered?. Continue reading

‘Forgive’ because ..

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Global Forgiveness day is on July 7th 2015. I don’t have many details about how this day originated or how it is celebrated but lately, I realized the importance of forgiveness.

Few weeks ago, me and my close friend were in a strong disagreement over one particular issue. We each had our own opinions and we were not willing to accept each other’s view. We exchanged tough words and stopped talking to each other. During that period, I was not able to concentrate on my work; I lost my peace of mind and though I was trying hard to act as if everything was normal, I was continuously stressed. When I was browsing the internet for something to soothe my mind, I came across this wonderful quote:.

Forgive those who have injured you –
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It really made a lot of sense. I wanted a peaceful, happy life and if the only way to get that was to forgive my friend, then I thought I will try that. Immediately, I took the initiative to end this cold war between us and sent out a detailed email to her proposing a solution which we both can agree upon. When she accepted, I felt the burden lift off my shoulders. On that day, I felt as free as a bird and I slept peacefully after several days.

Also, I started applying this philosophy to myself. I started accepting my failures, my mistakes, and my wrong decisions. When I started forgiving myself, I was able to accept who I was and it brought back the serenity in my life.

Lesson learnt: ‘Forgive’ because you want to be happy.

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.

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.

Quote of the day

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“Your life is a book; make it a bestseller.”
― Shanon Grey

I came across this quote in ‘good reads’ website. Comparing life to a book and then inspiring us to make it a best seller is marvelous.

I haven’t read any of Shanon Grey’s novels. She writes books on Paranormal, suspense and romance genres, none of the genres that I read. But this quote inspired me and here it is in my blog. 🙂