Hidden In My Tomorrow

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“I’ll start tomorrow, I’ll do it tomorrow” I’ve been saying for years. Tomorrow sure seems to be too busy to arrive, for all the things I want to do tomorrow, often stays in tomorrow forever. So I decided to rummage through my tomorrows, and like a treasure stored in a dusty corner, I found treasures of my own, that had been hiding in my tomorrows. Hidden in my tomorrows, I found…

1. That leap of faith I decided to take. Tomorrow never came, and I remained stuck in the same place.

2. That diet I was supposed to start. Tomorrow never came, and I kept finding solace in junk food.

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The Beauty of Festivals

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“What is it about festivals, that tends to humble us down?” I wonder, as India celebrates the much loved festival of lights today, tonight, to be precise.

An air of happiness and simplicity — despite the display of fireworks and elaborate efforts put into adding lights and beauty in each house and street—surrounds me as I write this. People seem happier, as if they never had any sorrows, they seem excited about things, from firecrackers to savories, get togethers to celebrations, so much, that it almost seems like they’re excited for life in all its glory. It’s as if one day negates every other day that may not have been as pleasant. It’s beautiful to see people putting their ego, unhappiness, doubts and tragedies aside, for one happy day that is magical enough to seem like the beginning of similar days ahead.

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Things You Aren’t…

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The world can be a real cruel place to live in. Sinners judge other sinners here, for sinning differently. Self appointed judges are always waiting to pass judgements on lives they have absolutely no idea about. Trolls seem to have given themselves an elite social status. Bullies don’t seem to be turning a new leaf anytime soon. In a world filled with several do’s and don’ts here’s a kind reminder, that you aren’t…

You aren’t dumb if you don’t score well in class. The education system needs to learn better ways to judge your IQ.

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Things I Wish Were Taught In School

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“You would have done well in life, had you concentrated in that algebra class back in school” said no one ever.

With each passing year, school fees get more expensive, school bags get heavier, school activities get more hectic, yet one thing that remains the same, is what they teach! I’m in no way dismissing all that I’ve learned in school, although I do wish school had taught me more about life, than it taught me about X’s relationship with Y, and Pythagoras’s obsession with theories. As I stumble through life, learning something new each day, finding my place in the world and getting a hold of some unavoidable rules, I wonder how easy life would be for adults now and in the future, if schools looked beyond textbooks and schedules, and taught children these things too:

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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Enveloped in greenery and blooming flowers around me, a cup of tea next to my laptop patiently awaits my attention. The weather is pleasantly beautiful. Sunshine has been playing peek-a-boo with a yellow rose fluttering in the breeze, for quite a while now. I hear sparrows chirping, as i do every morning, I see pigeons taking flight and a honeybee seems way too interested in what I’m doing right now, for I possibly cannot explain why it keeps coming back to check on me often. Sitting in the balcony that was carefully done to be my dreamy getaway spot, I’m filled with gratitude, to be able to enjoy mornings like these. I’m thankful that we still have birds visiting us, the plants blooming, the colors of flowers around me, and the solace I find here. I’m grateful, grateful to be able to cherish these little things, grateful to find joy in it.

We’re all too busy leading ideal lives, checking things off our list, chasing perfection and keeping up with the times, that we just can’t afford to look around and be thankful for things anymore. We have our eyes on the next big promotion, the next house to buy, and the next war to discuss, that we forget to notice the simple things around us, and the simple joys they bring.

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Toxic Much? How to Deal With Toxic Relationships

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Like it or not, toxic people do exist, and more often, they exist too close to us, right in our circles; it could be a friend, a colleague, a partner or a family member. Relationships that are supposed to nurture and build you, can sometimes do just the opposite, and bring you down instead.

Surprisingly, a lot of us put up with toxic relationships, because we don’t find a way out, or we don’t realize that we’re stuck in a toxic bind.

How do you recognize toxic people?

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Self Love, and Why It’s Important

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Would you treat a friend, like you treat yourself?

If we could rate the people we are unkind to, we’d be the first to top our own list. “Love yourself”, we often hear, but why is it so difficult to follow such a positive thought?

Kindness, I believe, should begin at home, and let that home, begin with your heart. Our conditioning to be humble, sometimes affects us negatively, when we misunderstand self love for arrogance. We are too shy to take compliments, too humble to applaud our own achievements and too harsh on our mistakes. We fail to recognize the wonderful beings that we are, and are most times looking for reminders from the outside. We’re quick to become our own critic, but we take our time to be our own cheerleaders.

Self love isn’t merely a cool, overused word on the internet. In fact, if anything, I think it’s the most unused element. We get so busy dealing with life, that we forget the first person who needs our attention, our own self! Working out, having a good warm beverage on a cold day, spending time doing what we love, are all forms of self care, but self love goes a step ahead.

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