Nurturing Thursday: Pause

Practice the Pause!

When in doubt, pause.  When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause…pray ~Unknown to me.

On Thursday a very sad and unexpected news reached us. I decided to take pause. I feel sad for the family and pray for them.

For Nurturing Thursday would like to share this wonderful poem by Max Ehrmann

Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,                                                                                          and remember what peace there may be in silence.                                                                  As far as possible without surrender                                                                                             be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;                                                                                          and listen to others,                                                                                                                       even the dull and the ignorant;                                                                                                  they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Nurturing Thursday: Relax

Many suggested that I should take some time off. I should relax. I told myself. Yes it’s time to relax. But how…

I ordered two books while dreaming about “cosy autumn setting” and me. The first book I got was “the handmaid’s tale” by Margaret Atwood and the other was “Uncle Tom’s cabin; or life among the Lowly” by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The story in the first book is set in modern times where as the latter was first published in 1879.

The stories revlove around a particular class (though different in each book) of society subjected to/destined to serve others. These people are denied any right and are not considered as humans what so ever.

No need to say that I forgot the word relax when I started reading these books. I just learn one thing, I need to be a better person.

No two leaves are alike, and yet there is no antagonism between them or the branches on which they grow ~Mahatma Gandhi

Nurturing Thursday:  treat others mindfully and kindly

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If you are interested in knowing more about these book. Check the links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom%27s_Cabin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale

I would like to thank a fellow blogger who suggested Uncle Tom’s cabin to me a couple of months ago. I ordered it then, but something went wrong and I didnot see the book then I reordered and made sure that my name is in the list. I was fourth on the waiting list.

 

Nurturing Thursday: Kindness

My Paris trip was a last minute trip and so I decided to relax and spend time with my family instead of thinking much about photography. Though my family is supportive they are not photographers 🙂

Anyways, I am going to share my experience of talking with a stranger. One day my husband and I were eating breakfast. All tables were busy. An old lady (she was not very very old but old enough to be a granny) asked me if she can sit with us, which I accepted. Still we were busy in our own world, talking light. Suddenly something happened to me and

Me: “can I ask you a question”?

She: “Yes, sure”.

Me: “” We three are sitting on a table but my husband and I are talking to each other leaving you alone.  But then I am not sure if you like to talk to strangers. So do you like talking?”

She: Ohhhhhhh….. (hard for her to talk, she used her handkerchief), thank you so much for thinking about me. Actually I really wanted to talk to someone but…

I thought she will start sobbing. She took a few minutes to gather herself, then she explained her situation. She was in Paris with her friend for a week. First few days were fantastic and then suddenly her friend got sick. Her friend had been taken to emergency medical care. The appendix got ruptured  and spreaded infection. The hospital was not that near to the hotel and it was difficult for the lady to cope with this sudden situation. I tried to console her which she appreciated very kindly. She told us about her family in the US and how badly she was missing her husband. She said this was her first trip without her husband. Before saying goodbye she thanked us again and said she was feeling much better. She had a nice smile while saying goodbye. We felt good that we could be of some help to a stranger.

This incidence reminded me of the quote by Saunders

In 1957, Saunders wrote the line, “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans,” usually attributed to John Lennon. It appeared in a 1957 issue of the Reader’s Digest.

For Nurturing Thursday  I would like to share this quote:

Smile at strangers and you just might change a life ~Steve Maraboli

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Someone is posing for a shot near the Louvre palace.

Nurturing Thursday: Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ~William Arthur Ward

I take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog,  read my posts, write comments on my posts (even when I am not around), support me, inspire me  and appreciate my posts.

My Paris trip was not exactly as I thought but it was good nonetheless. I appreciate wonderful suggestions from fellow bloggers. Here is fresh set of images “Paris: a different angle”

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This post is inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday theme.

Nurturing Thursday: Move forward

Not every event/moment/person in our life turned up the way we expected but this does not define us. Let us try not have any grudges. In doing so we cure ourselves easily and move forward. Accept it and forget it.

Maturity is learning to walk away from poeple and situations that threatens your peace of mind, self respect, values moral and self worth~Unknown

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This post is inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

 

Nurturing Thursday: Don’t underestimate yourself

I would like to share two quotes for this week’s Nurturing Thursday.

  • Don’t underestimate yourself. You are capable of more than you can ever imagine ~Les Brown
  • Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique ~Unknown

This is so true even I have experienced it just “today”

It is raining continuously for more than 10 hours now and so there was no point in going on a hike today. The only option left was inside training. Due to heavy work load I could not manage to go early. One would expect many health enthusiats at the end of the day as our training facility is avaliable to every staff member in our building.

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I stood for a while at the entrance of training hall thinking shall I or shall I not enter. I saw some very serious trainers. These are the people who set every equipment at the maximum cutoff or very end. Leg press 150kg, lat pull 150 kg and so on. I really hestitated to go in.

I knew if I did not go in right now I shall be lazy later. With a big sigh I stepped in. From outside I could see only the unkown strong ones but of course there were some known faces inside. I was able to finish what I decided. I am happy and satisfied at the end for not under estimating myself.

Have a nice weekend friends!

Nurturing Thursday: You as a person

For todays Nurturing Thursday session, I would like to present two quotes. Last couple of days I was thinking on this topic and I wanted to put something related to health. I feel our physical health and mental health both are equally important.

According to Julie Parker

“Place your value as a person above your size, shape or weight. Your dress size is no more important than your shoe size.”

But then Buddha says, “To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Which one do you prefer?