Daily Prompt: Priceless

Life will always remain priceless, regardless of who we are and who we become.

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Priceless. The word that we often overestimate and underestimate at the same time.

Since civilization began, we have always tried to categorize ‘stuff’, which is a synonym for the unlimited things around us.

We did accomplish that to a certain extent. Which led to what we see around us. Jobs, taxes, shops. Everything. This urge to categorize was stimulated by the ‘first list’.

What in the world is the first list?

The first list is that in which everything is priceless. I believe when man started his journey everything was priceless. But as time went on many of the things that were ‘priceless’ became a daily part of our lives and new things replaced them.

As time went on, globalization thrived and individuality became fashion. Somewhere along the way, we started to look back and develop the past. The past, which we had kept at the back of our closet in our pursuit of success, suddenly became ‘priceless’. A classic example of how our priorities change with time.

Human development occurs in what I call the expansion to the peripheries. We learn something, experiment it, and then move on to the next. We don’t collect the info and then develop it. This creates fluctuation in what we term as priceless. What is priceless today may not be priceless tomorrow.

But what really stands out as priceless in today’s world, is peace, love, trust and all the valuable things that came to our attention when the words ‘society’ and ‘community’ became unavoidable.

I heard someone say, you become depressed at two points in your life. When you have nothing and when you have everything. When you have everything, you become weary of pleasure. You realize what really constitutes human nutrition.

For the beggar, what is priceless to him is food, clothing and a decent home. To the celebrity, it is peace and purpose in life that is priceless.

In a world like today, what is priceless is a moral standard. Something that will hold our emotions together. But when it comes down to it I know what is priceless and will remain priceless- life. No matter who we are or who we become it will always remain so. This one point is what everything I said comes down to. So, this week love the life you have. Value it. Treasure it. I found life when I found Jesus. It’s been a ride ever since. I’ve realized there is so much more to life than we see on the outside. We often complain about life. I know it is hard to take advice from a 17-year-old but life is happening right now and you have to live it to love it.

God bless. . . .
Priceless

Ticking hope.

The very fact that time is an unlimited measurement of uncertain possibilty keeps mankind filled with hope and open to oppurtunity.

It’s blog time.

It’s time for blogging.

I just said that.

I am sitting in front of my laptop, my headphones blaring with music, waiting for inspiration to strike.

Nada .. .

I look around the room. A waste paper basket? Pen holder? Ipod?

I rack my head for that creative brainstorm I had on the way back from my dad’s place. Remember just then that I did not have scribbly(my jot-down-your-ideas notebook) on me then. Well, that’s gone, for now.

My clock is ticking. Feels like a wicked laugh to me😒. There is this hidden element that makes me love analog watches more than digital watches. The dials keep going round in the same circle and it makes you much more conscious of time. Like right now. Maybe I should come back later.

A spider is making a web outside. She seems to be making a lot more  progress. Time changes things. ☹

Wait!!

Time. Hope. Change. My ticking clock.😂

And then I came up with this sentence:

As long as there is time, change is possible.

We all live around this clock. I get this picture of a clock with me moving round in circles instead of the hands. This clock tells us time is running and that he’s a pretty good runner. He’s the standard. The funny part of life is that, though not always, a disadvantage can be an advantage too. For us, time is the measuring scale. So, we get mad at it often. We love the word ‘unlimited’. It’s not our fault,. We work with a brain with unlimited imagination. But the combination is what makes life so special.

Something I like about Newton’s laws is that he always put the factor of time into them. Galileo is another great example. They thought of time as a factor instead of an imaginary field in which we are embedded.

Look at a photograph. It’s a still.

Photography is the one way we learned to stop time and keep on moving. 

Inside that photograph everything is a still. You can hit it and nothing will change. You can make all these crazy faces and nothing in that picture going to respond. There will never be a change. But in real life, there’s a difference. There is this beautiful factor of time. Wherever you are right now, be it in the worse possible place on earth, this beautiful factor of promises change.

Time is God’s canvas for painting miracles.

Time can change anything, because it is open to everything, every possibility and every opportunity.

So, if you are staring back at the screen waiting for inspiration or if you staring glumly at the ceiling because of a setback that hit you hard in the face, remember that as long as there is time, change is possible.

I love making background pictures for my desktop. And something I often do is, when I get a new sentence that motivates me, I pick a picture and put that sentence on it and put it on as my new desktop background. when you’re at work and you don’t know what to do and deadlines are shotting arrows at you, do something like this. It might take away a few minutes. But it’s worth it.

The very fact that time is an unlimited measurement of uncertain possibilty keeps mankind filled with hope and open to oppurtunity.

Got time?

You’ve got change .. . . . . . . 😉

 

It/He/She

What you do becomes much more when you put a part of you into it.

Got a dog?

Those of us who do will have a lot of stories to talk about. About that day you walked in with a face that said out loud- ‘Ruminating on the Unfairness of Life’ and how your dog came running to you and put his head on your lap and said out loud without making a sound- ‘Can I cry too?’

Whether you are a dog person or not, you will surely be able to point out the difference between these two statements.

‘My dog? He’s doing great.’

‘It’s a dog!’

Yeah. The first person says ‘he’ while the other says ‘it’.

I was just looking out the car window one day, thinking about this when I realised how great an example this is to the way we address a new idea or a new resolution.

Why do some people call a dog ‘it’ and some others call it he/she.

Every pet dog  has a name. It is the first step we take in recognising the personality inside. We put a face to it and a heart to it but most importantly we put in a part of us. When you first talk to a dog, you are partly talking to yourself. You ask the question and you put together an answer from its expressions.

Man always wants another version of himself, the very reason why we try to change everybody around us before changing ourselves. Don’t believe me?

Bring a dog home and observe the way you train it.

But somewhere along the way, we realise that you have to adjust a bit too. You realise that that dog is trying to train you too and somehow you work out a system where you  and he can coexist.

But that’s what creates a relationship.

We all try out new hobbies from time to time. But something we always forget to do is to call it Johnny(the best doggy name I could come up with).

We  forget to see it as a person.

I still remember a few months back, when I started blogging, I was so excited. But I had to try out new things, sacrifice things I had going on, to make it work. But I still do it. I was not trying to be a teenage millionaire when I started blogging and I was not looking for fame. I was trying to build a relationship.( for your clarification, I am not a millionaire. I work on a 10 year old laptop to keep it short). The point is, you enjoy what you do a lot more when you look at a hobby like you look at a friend.

It’s been a few years since the day I first took a guitar in my hands. It’s not like I’m an expert or anything. I was a rebel, I think. I never wanted to learn it the scientific way, though I could have. I did not imagine myself with the London Philharmonic. I imagined myself by my bedroom window, looking out into the rain and singing to myself. I wanted to put a part of me into the instrument. but that’s what I think kept me at it. I look back and I often think why I kept on playing. I was horrible at first. But because guitar was a ‘he’ to me, I didn’t care what others thought.

So, what is the conclusion? You have a better shot at whatever you do when you see it as a real person. You put a part of you in it and before you know it, it becomes an inseparable part of your life.

I’d like to end this post with that cliché question part of all my posts,

New hobby? Is it an it/a he/a she?

 

Your life (the movie)

Value each and every moment God has given you and make it important!!!

Wow! It’s been a really hectic week. It’s 6 a.m. in the morning. I’ve never wrote on my blog at 6 a.m. in the morning. I prefer the night sky when it comes to writing.

I know I’ve asked this same question a million times but. . .

Do you love movies?

I do.

We especially like movies that motivate us and can relate to.

So, I got to thinking why we all love movies.

Here are some possible answers :

It takes you to places you can never be in.

It gives you the courage to dream for an interesting life.

It broadens the territorial bounds of your human imagination.

The fact that we all have to remember when we give these statements is that all movies are not about superheroes and fighter jets, many of the movies we cherish and watch again and again are those that are simple and set up in our ‘daily life background’.

Why do we love movies?

We love movies because it brings out the mundane parts of life we find uninteresting and includes them in the story. When we see that as human beings striving to bring a change into the drill that is the same everyday, we love it.

Why?

Because it gives us the impression that daily life can be interesting and filled with adventure. That coffee you have at 4’o’clock can be interesting and part of an amazing story. Take all that out and the story becomes dull.

Don’t believe me?

Take out all those coffee shop conversations and ‘simply driving’ scenes and see if a movie is still the same.

It will never be the same, bro.

There is an other reason why we have those scenes.

They bring out the subtle human expressions that can only be portrayed in such a change of scenery. But that also tells us something else. It is these moments in our daily lives that help us enjoy the subtle parts of the human mind. 

And it is possible to do so.

You may have to unplug from the daily drill though. At least a couple of times. You just have to take the time to enjoy the small and unimportant things in life. The important things are important on their own. It’s the unimportant and overlooked things that need help.

And when you do that, you become more friendly, you learn to value the life you have and nothing, not even a bad hair day or a late train is going to make you mad or bore you.

Human beings created boredom. He just wants to plug into the life of all the animals around him, so organised and efficient. So, when he gets free time, he tries to remind himself on what he might be losing out on. I am not saying that organising is bad. Organising is great. In fact I have never been able to master the art of being organised. The thing is, when you learn to enjoy each moment, you don’t have to be organised, because you will enjoy life and when you love something it turns your efficiency up a notch.

Do you want your every day life to be a movie?

Value each and every moment God has given you and make it important!!!

 

Can’t stop laughing. . .

Just laugh. It doesn’t always have to be funny.

It’s been a hectic week for me. What with all the exams and tuition classes, I just could not find time to be where I am right now, before my computer, just spilling my heart out. There are many things that fascinate me in this life I am so thankful for. So, here I am to share with you something I’ve been thinking about for the past few days. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope this helps you in some way.

Have you ever had this experience?

You’re sitting in your room. Your head is hanging above an array of diagrams and equations. You are reading about the Pauli Exclusion principle when you hear something that clearly does not fit into the picture.

And that ‘something’ is what I am going to talk to you about today.

Guess what it is:

Laughter!!!!

I had this experience last week. I was busy doing my work when I heard laughter from the other room, where the rest of my family was busy watching a comedy show.

I felt miserable. Unable to join in the fun, I just sat there. It took all my will power to coerce my mind into focusing on my work again.

The point is:

There is something about laughter that attracts us. 

Take an example from our day-to-day life. Ever noticed how much we like people who laugh a lot? It’s amazing. You just love to be around them. It’s like they’ve got a rusty motor working again.

We all live life like it’s a struggle every step of the way. We want to laugh. It’s just that the atmosphere around us is just not going along with it.

Laughter tells us a lot of things. It is a living thing. It talks of confidence, happiness, love, acceptance and warmth. A few of the many things we seem to be losing out on these days. So, when we see somebody laughing, all these emotions come flooding into our mind. And it’s contagious. So we find solace in their presence.

The funny thing is, they may be just as fed up with life as we are. Laughing is something innate for them. So, they laugh. And it helps them too.

Love Mr. Bean?

Ever noticed the invisible audience laughing all the time in his episodes?

Though we may not realize it, that invisible audience makes that episode so much more interesting for us to watch. I’ve noticed how they laugh at some things he does that may not be funny at all for me. So, what do I do? I try to find out what was so funny about that scene and sure enough, in the end, I sympathize with the invisible audience with regard to the humor quality of that scene. So, it makes Mr. Bean much more interesting for me. Even if I don’t find something funny, I still laugh because I don’t want to be left out of the fun. And sure enough that meaningless laugh makes me feel better.

Just laugh. It doesn’t always have to be funny. 

When your friend makes a joke and it’s a fail, just laugh like you’ve really enjoyed it.

What’s your gain?

A happy friend and a healthier body and mind.

Sometimes it’s worth it to laugh at nothing. We sure need it.

There is a verse in the Bible that talks of how we should seek peace and pursue it.

Many good things in life are hidden treasures. You’ve got to get out there and claim it. Or it’s going to stay there. And believe me, if you don’t take the time to try to find it and make it your own, you’re losing out on something priceless, something unlimited!!

So laugh and then laugh again. . . … 

 

 

When leaves bow. . .

What makes you sleep when it’s raining outside?

Today, I am going to talk to you from the eyes of a poet.

Do you like to sleep?

Oh yeah!!!!

You don’t know the number of times I’ve longed to get just 2 more minutes of sleep. At school I am the ‘sleepy guy’. Whenever I am learning something uninteresting, my mind starts to wander and before I know it, I am asleep, sitting.

Okay, that’s not the kind of sleep I like. That is what I call my ’embarrassing moment of the day’.

Coming back to the topic, I was in a similar situation learning something I felt so boring and my gaze shifted to the windows of my classroom. It was raining outside and as I looked at the drops of water that adorned the green clothing of the trees outside the pane of glass, I noticed something.

A tree was sleeping!

Yeah, I am talking from the view of a child, the greatest of all poets.

Scientifically, the drops of water on the leaves had caused it to bow down like a person dropping into a peaceful sleep.

It was so wonderful that I praised God for that moment.

Many a time I have wondered why I felt sleepy when it rained outside.🤔

Was it the cold breeze that drifted into my room, making the curtains flutter and embrace me?

Was it the clean life outside making it look like the earth had been put into a washing machine?

Or was it the peace, the beauty that has put an exclamation mark in front of man for a long time?

Or was it the sleep of nature, the trees sleeping and the birds looking on in wonder as they cuddled their resting young ones under their wings that moved me to sleep?

Well, I will not answer that for you because I just don’t know what words will describe this beautiful phenomenon.

I would like to end this short post with one simple question:

What makes you sleep when it’s raining outside?😉

 

 

 

Planning Conversations

Plan everything keeping in mind that God has the eraser. . . . 

Many of you would be wondering about this title. It has nothing to do with the scientific side of the world of conversations though.

Hmmm. . . 

How in the world should I start this post.

Well, let’s just say, I am talking about planning for the future.

From this simple start, all you mathematical supercomputers out there( which I unfortunately am not, yet) can figure out the whole post. Put the title of this post along with what I just said and you get:

Planning conversations= Planning the future.

Bingo!

But this necessarily does not mean what you may have deducted by the standard rules of mathematics. Which is why I want you to  keep on reading.

Funny right?

A great psychologist once said that a conversation is like a game of catch. You throw a ball to someone and he/ she throws it back to you.

There is one point that stood out from the many thoughts that passed my mind when I read this.

The success of this ancient game lies in how well you are able to catch an incoming ball and how well you are able to throw it back. The first part is usually the harder one.

So what does this have to do with planning for the future?

Well let me tell you.
Imagine future is a person. You and this imaginary person is having a conversation. You had played this moment in your mind for the past many years. Let’s just say it’s an interview for your dream job. You have practiced the lines. But at the interview, future asks you questions you never thought he would. You stammer.

The End.

Well this is what the future turns out for most of us. We try to plan everything not realizing that the future has some things planned out too.

So what do we do?

Well, that is where God comes in. He knows the full picture. Trusting him can give you a guarantee that no other thing in this world can give.

So, plan everything keeping in mind that God has the eraser. . . .