TODAY I AM THANKFUL! I am thankful that I managed to wake up out of bed this Sunday morning to feel the warmth of the sun. I am thankful that I have my father by my side having a cup of morning tea as he reads the morning papers. I am thankful for the pets that give me enough of a workout by running around after them…I could list many more mundane trivial things that I am thankful for but that’s me stretching it too much and I wouldn’t want to bore you reading it. The reason I wrote this entry based on this concept of being “Thankful” is because I feel that we as people have lost the ability to be thankful for the little things and are too concerned with the bigger details. We complain and worry over every single detail- our bodies, our clothes, our houses, our cars, our food, our jobs, our families, our friends, our relationships, school, college…the list is endless till how you hate your chipped nail. We don’t take the time to “breathe” and say I am grateful that I woke up. I am alive. We are so caught up in the darker details of our lives that we fail to see the light. Human beings are on this continuous cycle of always complaining. Dumping our problems is more of a regular habit than “actually” dumping the garbage. We would rather comment on the drawbacks than see the positives. Our social environment is no better. In a democratic world where power seems but the ultimate prize, as a country, we fail to be thankful that we are actually “Free” yet the fetters of greed and power ties us like a slave.
Its a Sunday morning, no one wants to wake up feeling like the world will suck them dry. So take the time to relax. Enjoy the day for what it is. Even God took time to not work and worry on this day. Rest. You may not be able to turn off your over-thinking mind but you can put it on pause for awhile. No matter how miserable you think your life maybe realize one definite truth YOU are ALIVE to live another day to change the OUTCOME. Be thankful for that. Life isn’t definite. What you feel today may change tomorrow. So take the opportunity to be Thankful. To say “up yours” negativity and hello beautiful morning. The world swallows you up when you allow it. For all I see today is a sunny morning and my neighbourhood kids ready for their Sunday school. I am thankful for the miseries, drawbacks and colossal mistakes that have enveloped my life for if not for them I won’t be here writing this. Spin it! That’s what I do. You know that saying when life gives you lemons you make lemonade well believe in it. All you got to do is see the light in the “darker details” ….. I am thankful for many things above all I am thankful for you (yes you) even if its one person reading this…
THANK YOU! <N
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~~Ansel Adams
“But privately when things got very bad I often looked into books to see whether I could find some helpful words, and one day I read, “The forgiveness of sins is perpetual and righteousness first is not required.” This impressed me so deeply that I went around saying it to myself. But then I forgot which book it was.”
Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King
So I came across this quote while I was aimlessly browsing the net for some pictures. The quote kind of spoke to me. I don’t know about you, and to you maybe this is just another one of those “inspirational” mumbo-jumbo that people sprout out in order to say “Hey you with the sad frown its all right.” Or something like that. Well to me its one of those happy coincidences where one is actually glad to take in some of this positive talk. I’m not much for preaching let alone practice, sometimes one gets too lazy in one’s sad existence be it frustration or anger in the end we are too lazy to do anything to change. Hence, when your alone during a gloomy cold winter afternoon and you stumble upon such quotes it kinda hits you and you notice. I’m not saying life is going to be all rainbows and butterflies and tears will turn into laughter but what I’m trying to share with you guys is that its ok to not be ok sometimes. For like the quote says,” it doesn’t need to be perfect to be wonderful”. We all are messes. Human beings are placed on Earth to screw up and make all the wrong decisions only to repent and regret. Most of us frown some well laugh. Some are bitter pills to swallow while others are sweet as candy. Life is an endless cycle of good and bad. And we humans are programmed round it.
So, as a fellow screw up I say to you (yes you) who probably feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulder- don’t beat yourself up. Drop the load if its too heavy. Cry if you want to. Scream, throw things, and maybe even scorn but don’t blame and shift your problems to somebody else. For trust me one day, you will stare at that mirror and realize the one staring back is your biggest enemy. Life cannot be all to cheery how else will you know to enjoy it more if you do not go through the ugly side of it. Its how you build it that matters.So, cut yourself some slack. We all have been hated, mocked, bullied and envied. In whatever category you feel placed in know one simple truth- ” You make YOU and no one else”. So smile. Cry. Learn to cope and adapt. Life isn’t perfect. Its a salad bowl. So enjoy it. For if you fail to enjoy the good and the bad you fail life itself and that my friend is an atrocity to the gift of life itself.
So, dear reader thank you for reading and in return I hope you see this as not some inspirational crap but well a fellow struggler swaying to the bittersweet symphony that is-life.
“What of Art?
-It is a malady.
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
–You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
–What are you?
-To define is to limit.”
“Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.”
~~~Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ~~~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre