STRINGS OF IMAGINATION

Instead of thinking you are in a mess. Think of how you are still ‘standing’ in the mess. Trigger your imagination. Use it to comfort you and to lift you up.
When your thoughts are right, your actions become right.
When your actions are right, the situation becomes right.
Its all about where you use your imagination to evaluate yourself.

“Imagination is a good servant but a bad master”- Hercule Poirot

‘Imagination’. The very word fills your mind with all kinds of images and memories. In a nutshell, imagination brings back to you a nostalgia that has its own novelty every time. Imagination is without a doubt, one of the most glorious faculties God has given to man. It is a gift every one has. We can all imagine. It shows to us the supernatural element in every human being. Our wanting to imagine the impossible.

We all have knowingly or unknowingly set apart a few minutes every day to dream and set a spark to our imagination. This is the time when we dream. We dream about people we lost in time. We dream about all kinds of possibilities our future may have in store for us. For me, it is the time before I go to sleep. During those few minutes, I dream and dream on.

The beauty of imagination is that when it leads you to dreaming, you lose track of all the other senses. You become like a dog in its sleep, with its one ear partly awake.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?

Remember that time when the teacher had to shout to wake you from a daydream? That’s just it. That’s when Imagination is the master. It takes control.

But when you sit down to paint or to write, you kick-start your imagination. You are in control. You are the master.

But let us not forget that many a revolutionary idea came from daydreams someone dreamed, somewhere on this planet.

For all we know, ‘blog’ must have been somebody’s daydream that turned true.

So why is imagination a bad master?  I’ll tell you why. . .

Imagination may not be so evident when it is at work. When you see someone. You imagine about them. You put them in different circumstances and evaluate what you see. But most of the time, you don’t even realize it. This is just a basic philosophy.

When I read the quote I have put in this post it made me think. Hercule Poirot, one of the greatest fictional detectives to rule the printed pages of a book, said imagination could be a bad master. Why did he say so?

It’s a simple explanation. Most of the time you get so carried away with your imagination, you fail to give more importance to the minute, and even the colossal evidences right under your nose.

When you see a person with a much more decent financial status and a well-to-do occupation than you, you imagine them living the ‘dream life’.  Your imagination compels you to forget the well-known proverb, ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’.

Many a time you let imagination rule your thoughts and how you evaluate others and yourself.

So how do you fix it?

Many things in life is an inverted parabola. You’ve got to keep imagination somewhere in the middle. Let it flow when you know that it will do you good. Pray about it.

God gave you imagination. Ask him to help you build it up and be its master.

Remember. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Use your imagination for others. Use your imagination to think positive.

For example,

When you’ve got a problem and you feel everyone around you is so lucky, remind yourself that the very fact that you are still standing like everybody else is because you were able to put in the effort. Because you received much grace from God.

Instead of thinking you are in a mess. Think of how you are stillstanding’ in the mess. Trigger your imagination. Use it to comfort you and to lift you up.

When your thoughts are right, your actions become right.

When your actions are right, the situation becomes right.

Its all about where you use your imagination to evaluate yourself.

So, good luck and may your imagination spark!

WHERE THE BEAUTY LIES.

You become beautiful when you make others around you feel beautiful.

All of us long to be beautiful. We believe it will gain us attention, praise and fame. If you show me a person who does not want to be beautiful, I will pay you. Seriously.

Our life is a highway. There are people who live on the fast lane, while there are people who keep to the side while others swish past them. There are people on great cars while there are people on lawn mowers. Well riding on a lawn mower is technically impossible, as is using it on a highway. Well, just humour me for a few minutes.

As I was saying, we define our pace based on the cars around us. You could be the fastest car on track until somebody else comes by, gives you a cheeky smile and overtakes your now ‘late 20th century’ car.

Keeping that in mind, let me tell you where the real beauty lies.

Imagine one of your friends is extraordinarily beautiful. He has just one problem – pride and a very domineering behavior. Another one of your friends is not a winner in looks  at all. But he’s always there for you and values you and your company.

Who will get the attention?

At first glance, the first friend will be the winner. But believe me when I say that in the long run, he’s going to get a lot of attention he doesn’t want.

The second friend, though he’s not good looking, will earn for himself many an ear. He will receive the positive attention many would give anything for. Because of his character, you will strive to find beautiful things in him, which will make him beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. In the case of the first guy, you will fight tooth and nail to convince yourself that he is not beautiful. Which will take away the beauty he already has in your eyes.

Well this is what it all comes down to:

You become beautiful when you make others around you feel beautiful.

When you look at a flower, you define its beauty by what you see. It’s not the same with a human being. A flower can’t think the way we think. It can’t talk to us like others do. This is why we define its beauty by what we see. But in our case, we can talk. We can hurt others or lift each other up with our words as we choose. We have the freedom to think and act and it impacts the way others see us. In other words, it impacts our beauty.

God made us to love others like he loved us. His creation shows his love for us. Wherever you look, you see beauty and the ‘genius’ behind it. Why should we be the ones to disrupt the beauty around us? Why should we be left out of the beautiful beings God intented us to be? Our happiness itself will give us beauty. Why is it that when you laugh, lots of good hormones are released in your body? It could have been the other way round. Why not some bad hormones? Why were we not created so? It is possible, though you may say I’m crazy. Someone up above intended us to be happy. Someone wanted us to laugh. Someone wanted us to be beautiful. 

In the Bible, Jesus says, ‘By this the world will know that you are my disciples, when you love one another as I have loved you’.

Love one another. Be beautiful. Show the world where the real beauty lies.

WHEN YOU HOLD BACK

“Nothing great happens when you hold back”.
When you are not being you, it means you are trying to be somebody else, somebody around you. You think you are being the better you. But the truth is that there is only one you. You are the only person who will ever be the best for you because you are unique. You can’t put your face on somebody else’s mind.

Imagine this for me:

You go into your classroom with a brush and a palette. You are having art right now. One of your classmates is sprawled on his desk doing something with the greatest attention. You walk over to investigate. You see that he has been painting. Your look of surprise is unique as you see one of the best works in art you’ve ever seen under your classroom. You look at his face to tell him it’s amazing, when you realize it’s that wimpy kid who everyone makes fun of, or that bully who made fun of you years back. Everyone in the classroom has their eyes on you. You are confused. You literally just walk away without an other word. The boy’s eyes follows you and a vague pinch of disappointment is seen in his eyes but no one notices it.

Has this ever happened in your life. You hold back from who you should have been right then because you were afraid of what others may think. You let other people around you define you in a way that put you in pressure to turn away from doing the right thing! Who knows? Maybe that one act of care and kindness would have let him know that you’ve forgiven him or that you care about him.

When Jesus came into the world, people expected much more from what He said He was. They thought that to be the Messiah He had to be a King, not a poor carpenter. When He talked with sinners( whom the priests said were sinners) and ate with them, He was criticized. But he was King. He was the Son of the living God. That is why he was King. He came to save, not to judge.

When you are not being you, it means you are trying to be somebody else, somebody around you. You think you are being the better you. But the truth is that there is only one you. You are the only person who will ever be the best for you because you are unique. You can’t put your face on somebody else’s mind.

God made you unique. He did not want you to be somebody else.

You can change  though. For the better. But not like in the first paragraph of this post.

You can only change for the better by making decisions based on your morals and values. By doing what you know is right. But most of the time, even your morals suck. That is why we all need somebody greater than our own to guide us. In fact,we need God.

Let me tell you, those people around you, they won’t be there or even remember you 20 years from now. But that kind word will last until that person dies and he will remember you as a someone who held out a hand when others enjoyed him drowning in loneliness and regret.

Today, encourage someone. Lend a helping hand.

As someone said, “Nothing great happens when you hold back”.

MY UTOPIAN DREAM

The world is losing many of its bests because it is trying to evaluate  people based on a poor standard. The best is what helps the world to be its best. Everyone is best at something. If we don’t respect that and make them believe that they will only be the best by doing something else, you’ve wronged them and you’ve literally killed their unique talents.

I am still a student at school. I love my school and thank God every day for the opportunities it gives me. But there are times when I dream about a world where there are no schools. Why? I am not a bad student. I can be good at studies if I want to. But the reason I sometimes think about a school-free-world is because I think that sometimes it kills people. What are you talking about? You are crazy! Well, please don’t stop reading. By the end of this post I believe you will see what I mean.

Before I go any further I would like to ask you a simple question.

Which is the most interesting subject?

Now before I give you my answer, I would like to clarify one of my recent posts. In my post ‘Science and Philosophy’, I implied that Philosophy is more interesting and deserving more greatness because that was how I felt. It does not mean that everyone else should think so. In other words, it was not a generalized statement.

You can never say in general that one subject is greater than another.  Because you don’t have a perfect standard to evaluate them. The very factor that we are all different prevents this standardization.

Well, what does all this have to do with our education systems?

Actually, its not our education systems that are at fault. It’s us. . .

Today, we have this common belief that all those who are not academically ‘well to do’ are idiots and brainless. Well not everyone believes this and the  graph changes from place to place. But it still exists. What led to this conclusion. Are these kids really brainless?

No!!!!

We are all God’s creation and no human being is a waste or in any way inferior. Even the people we see around us who are disabled in some way, they are all valuable and they make a great difference in this world. It’s our conclusions that are wrong.

Look around you. Are all the people who changed the world for the better, kids who got through with straight As?

Nope!

Their situations or their mental composition did not let them to be one.

Most of the people who turned out to be the best in what they do were people who had to take risks and develop what they did best, even when the situations around them discouraged them. They had to take a giant leap of faith even when they did not have any guarantee that it would give them a secure and bright future. They knew they could only be the best by doing what they do best.

And believe me, the world is losing many of its bests because it is trying to evaluate  people based on a poor standard. The best is what helps the world to be its best. Everyone is best at something. If we don’t respect that, and make them believe that they will only be the best by doing something else, you’ve wronged them and you’ve literally killed their unique talents.

So what is my dream?

My dream is of a world where people will be able to do what they do best. A world where people are not labelled as brainless and inferior, but as unique and different. Let us see people for what they are than for what they are not.

Wrong Conclusions

You can’t buy happiness. Why ever not? Well, it’s just because you just can’t sell it. Even if you want to.

We all live in a world where God put us to enjoy lives the right way. We all strive to earn for ourselves a life that will give us satisfaction and happiness. We Homo sapiens literally hate regret and are evidently scared to death of its possibilities. Sometimes we even go as far as to believe that we are better off than somebody else just because we have money, beauty, talents or positions. We come to conclusions so fast. Many leading to regrets that tend to stay on for a long, long time.

That man you see every day by your door selling fruits , could be just as happy and proud of his fruit cart, as the richest man in the world is of his billion dollar business. In fact he could be having much more happiness in his life. And here we are looking at him thinking how better off we are.

You can’t buy happiness. Why ever not? Well, it’s just because you just can’t sell it. Even if you want to. Happiness is a choice sometimes. You have to trust God to heal you and just let go of your past. The very picture of the sun rising above us everyday reminds us that yesterday is no more. Why in the world should we hold on to it?

We are all in the same boat. Some of us have gone through much more pain and sorrow. But we still are in the same boat. It’s just that somebody got a better seat with a good view.

When you are in first grade Math is so hard, when really its so easy. Our situations and what we’ve seen and gone through sometimes has a great role to play in how we respond to life. You could be devastated about you losing your only job, only to come home and see your 5-year-old kid just as devastated because he cannot find his teddy bear. We are all in the same boat. Sometimes we who have the best seats and the good views should look around our boat to see if there’s someone who needs it much more than you do.

You can’t sell happiness but you could be one in somebody else’s life. So look around today. Give somebody a compliment and be happy to give up your seat to somebody who needs it more than you do.

God bless you.

Silent Music

Have you ever felt yourself humming to a tune while doing something? Well, I believe something about the pace at which you were working triggered a rhythm already recorded in your brain. It’s possible.

I can’t imagine a world without music. I can’t even imagine seeing a movie with no background music. Why? Because it is what gives the essence to many of the things we see around us. Sometimes I think about how all those things would have been without the music. It would be like sitting in a café and drinking coffee while everything around you was stuck in mundane atmosphere of a black and white picture. Well that was a bit over the top, even for me. Lets just say it would be like a rock band without their drummer.

I sat and thought about such a situation for a long time and that’s when the thought of a silent music came to me. Well, before I explain, I would like to give you a picture of what I am talking about.

Imagine you wake up everyday to the sound of one of those really old gigantic alarm clocks. You go the bathroom and you put the shower on and hear the crisp familiar sound of water. You go downstairs and you hear the sound of the toaster.

Now imagine all these sounds put into an arrangement with a nice good rhythm. Well, there you go. You technically just made your own music. Every sound you hear and just let go everyday is a musical note. Fantastic isn’t it?

Now here’s what is really interesting. Imagine they were not sounds at all.

Look at a pendulum or a kid on a swing at your local playground. They swing at a constant speed and though not completely, reach back to the point from where they began. In other words they have put into action a silent rhythm in their brain and in the brains around them watching.

Well, that is really weird.

But it’s true. Have you ever felt yourself humming to a tune while doing something? Well, I believe something about the pace at which you were working triggered a rhythm already recorded in your brain. It’s possible. I myself used to try this to give my work a rhythm. I just reversed the concept. When I had to finish up notes I missed at school, I would put a really good song with a great rhythm and give my writing a pace. This really worked for me because I used to get lost in my own thoughts every time I wrote about three sentences.

There is another form of silent music. If you are a trained musician, which unfortunately I am not, when you look at a music sheet, at least some of you will hear the music being played in your head. I strongly believe in this because Beethoven himself wrote his best compositions after he became almost deaf. He knew how those would sound like when he transferred it from the paper to the keys beneath his fingers.

Even if you can’t hear music and even if you are not a trained musician you can still enjoy it. It’s everywhere around you. Hidden. It’s different. That’s all. It’s just as enjoyable as real music because the curiosity you feel when you look for it, already makes it an enjoyable and unique experience. For those of us who really can hear, looking for the silent music around us is a great way to widen our perspective and bring into our music the enjoyable and hidden part which, I believe is in itself a part of the human being.

You’ve been a part of this hidden music for a long time. The same heart beat a baby hears in its mothers womb, sends it to sleep in its mother’s arms . Silent music is all around us. We just need to stop and listen to it.

Science or Philosophy?

My grandfather taught me the difference between Science and Philosophy. He defined Science as the number of petals in a flower and Philosophy as the beauty of the petals

Which is greater? Science or Philosophy?

My grandfather taught me the difference between Science and Philosophy. He defined Science as the number of petals in a flower and Philosophy as the beauty of the petals.

According to me, Philosophy is much greater than Science. I believe that our mind has two  parts, a scientific one and a philosophical one.

When we are met with a choice of cool drinks, suppose you have diet coke and the normal coke. Your scientific mind will point out the ‘diet’ part of the coke. But then your Philosophical mind kicks in and tells you to stick with a glass of water and the feeling that you did good to your money and your body.

That was just a joke. Well, maybe.

But here’s another point. I believe you wouldn’t have the curiosity to find out and search for answers if you did not have a philosophical mind. Philosophy shows you the importance of finding the answer to a particular question. I believe it even makes you aware of the importance of science as a way to find answers.

We all live in a 3 dimensional world where we are given the ability to feel something beyond what we see, things that are in a fourth dimension. This may be one of the many reasons why we feel them without limits. Faith, love, happiness, we all feel them not knowing whether or not they have a limit. Being just a 16-year-old, I don’t know all the Physics and Chemistry to give a very scientific explanation. But I would like to point out one small factor we often forget when we evaluate something we can’t see but do feel. We try to define it by dimensions we see. We measure distances, tracks of land, water tanks and big huge buildings because we can see it, its length, breadth and height. Well, here’s the breaking news. We have to define the  things we can’t see with dimensions we can’t see. Well, then you would probably ask me, what about the wind. You don’t see it. Do you? But you see its effect in your surroundings. Take the example of love. When you  give your children a hug and a goodnight, you don’t see the love that passes from you to them. But you see its effect. The kid goes to sleep with a smile. This is what usually helps you to evaluate the potential of an act of kindness, care and love.

You can never define to a complete extent, the love a mother has for her children with science. You can never describe feelings either. Science will tell you how those tears came but philosophy will tell you why it came.

But this doesn’t mean Science is nothing. It is an amazing subject. It allows you to experience life to a greater extent.

Imagine yourself listening to a classical piece by Bach. You will never be able to enjoy the twists and turns in the musical notes to the extent a musician does.

But for me the greatest reason why I love philosophy is because it shows me there is a God.

I learned this during youth group at Church

No animal around us develops using its resources. The nest a bird made a thousand years ago is the same nest it makes today. But humans have changed. Why?

The Bible tells us God made us in His image. God is somebody who created the whole universe. This could be the only reason.

Consider this:

You look at a picture of millions of stars in the night sky and you say: Wow!

A 4-year-old kid looks at the same picture and utters the ‘wow’ with the same awe and wonder with which you do. In fact you both feel an equal wonder about the picture.This is because it is beyond the understanding of you both.

Now consider something that a human being brought about. Take a painting by Pablo Picasso or the Theory of Relativity. You and that kid, believe me, will utter different ‘WOW’s.

Everything around us that we never made, all of that is enjoyed by everyone, the blind, the child, the adult to the same extent. This itself is the proof for a master planner, a creator who is way beyond us.

Everything around us is greater than what we could ever make up on our own.

But the funny thing is we can still enjoy it. Why?

Because somebody made it to be like that, so that we could enjoy it without knowing everything about it.