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. . . … 

 

 

Extraordinary Passion

Make this world a better place to live by showing that everybody can be a prodigy.

Am I ordinary? Or am I something extra?

This is the crazy question around 99.99999999999999% members of the human race torture themselves with every day( more like every minute),

Whew!!!!!

So , today I would like to talk to you about this global killer.

The one fact I  always try to get through is the uniqueness of every person walking on this planet. We are all part of the one man show by planet earth in the solar system.

I would like to start this discussion with a small statement.

There are no extraordinary people. There are only people with extraordinary passion and determination.

You would probably be wondering if I have ever seen the YouTube homepage.

Yes, yes I’ve seen all those videos about child prodigies.

But the thing is, are you sure you are not a prodigy too?

We all have things we do best. As a kid if we were brought into contact with the talents we have now or are still hidden, who knows if the world will have any more prodigies.

The key is passion.

There are some things we love, even if we may not be good at it. And there are some things we don’t like even though we may be really good at it. These are what I call passion. If you keep loving something even though you keep on failing that is absolutely passion. But the things you love, and are good at too, are also a part of this amazing word. It just means that you were able to find that part of you were passion and talent comes together. You my friend, can be a prodigy.

But what about those times when you love it so much and you still can’t get the hang of it?

There may be something you have not yet found. The key info.

Or the real passion may be just a part of what you really love.

Let’s put it like this.

This may not be a practical example. But it may help you understand what I am saying.

Suppose you try to play football but you can’t seem to get the hang of it. You play basketball and you see that you love it and that you are good at it too. So basically your talent was playing basketball. But your passion was simply playing with a ball.

So, in my theory, talent and passion are related. I don’t know how to give you a Venn diagram on it but I hope you get the idea.

I know this idea may be crazy and I hope you will respond with your ideas and opinions as well.

God bless you, have a wonderful week and may unlock your hidden talents.

Make this world a better place to live by showing that everybody can be a prodigy.

 

The coloured question. . .

Enjoy the beauty around you today and thank God for making it in a way that surpasses your understanding and imagination.  Science has helped us to stare with wonder at the magnificent blueprints of life. But the purest form of enjoyment lies in the simple and humble beauty. 

For the last few days, I was trying to figure out the answer to a very silly question.

Why is almost every plant on our planet green? Why wasn’t it all blue?

I am not asking you why we see it as green, I am asking you why it was made green in the first place.

Really??!!!

I know it’s a crazy question but for every silly question, there is a probability for an equally reactive answer that may be incredibly deep.

Though I am strong Christian and absolutely a theist, I decided to think about this rationally. Just to see where it leads.

Want to know my answer?

I would love to tell you what it is in a short sentence, but it was a picture. It was a picture of different textures. Some of it was done in watercolour, some in pencil, some in oil. But it created many layers.

My first approach was imagining an earth were all the green plants were replaced with an other colour. Man, I just wanted to run away. Let’s just describe it as disturbing.

One thought led to another.

Green for me, was one of the best colours that would fit for nature.

Well, I was born into green nature, so it could just be that I am so used to it. But there are things we are born into, colours we don’t like even though it may have been a part of our lives for a long time.

Here, came the first train of thoughts I took.

It doesn’t matter what theory you believe in. It doesn’t matter if it’s evolution or the Big Bang. Or maybe you are a theist like me.

The question is can you explain the love of one creation for another.

If it was just a big bang or a long process of evolution, what possibility is there that the end products will still be able to appreciate each other’s beauty?

There has to be a predesigned plan.

For a long time, we have been throwing God out of the equation. We like to think of ourselves as independent.

When I thought about this, I was amazed. I was able to enjoy nature to an extent that I could not explain it. Wow!!!

The emotional stability and the unknown equation that helps us to respond in a way that others can understand our feelings is in itself a miracle.

Science has helped us to stare with wonder at the magnificent blueprints of life. But the purest form of enjoyment lies in the simple and humble beauty.

I don’t know if I am able to completely convey to you everything I learnt from this one truth. I hope you got something. God bless you. Enjoy the beauty around you today and thank God for making it in a way that surpasses your understanding and imagination.

The wild side.

Perhaps you may be the first person to ever walk on the face of the earth with a gift like that.

I just finished my tests today and I thought I would share some of my latest thoughts with you. We all have gifts. The people around may not realise that gift because they don’t classify it as talent or as something worth noting. Perhaps you may be the first person to ever walk on the face of the earth with a gift like that. Many of us try to hide our ‘hidden revelations’ as I like to call it just because others don’t see it as unique.

In the past few months I have come across a line of thinking that I always had but never recognised.

I don’t know how to explain it but it’s something like this.

I might be sitting at home reading something when I see the neighbourhood cat making his routine visit and when I see all the jumping and mewing it does and the way it goes around corners like an international spy, a whole Tom and Jerry show just forms in my mind. I can just imagine that cat with a coat and a tie with sunglasses with its own ‘Batmobile’. Just like that.

And sometimes I share it with my friends. But believe me that’s not exactly what a 17-year-old teenager wants to hear. They would laugh and tell me to grow up. But the thing is I don’t what they mean by ‘growing up’. Besides I know better than to just trash something I just realised I had without analysing it and seeing whether it’s good for me.

When Walt Disney was a kid, he would talk to the ducks and the cows on his farm. They were his ‘friends’. It was entirely natural for him. The thing his, he ended up living his whole life bringing those creatures to life. Now, we read his biography and think about how creative he was. But think what his peers would have thought of him and his peculiar character such a long time ago years ago. Such form of creativity was still fresh then. They would have laughed. Today, we don’t laugh at a kid who does that(many still do) because we know Walt Disney was like that and now we know that it is a gift, that it is a talent.

Maybe you can bring junk together to make useful things. Maybe you can make a musical instrument with the cans and bottles lying around.

There may never always be people around who will appreciate that talent.

My question to you is this:

When others laugh at you and tell you it’s a waste of time, are you going to drop it, put a blanket over it, put it under your bed and fake yourself in front of others, giving them your signature  ‘I-don’t-know-what-you’re-talking-about’ look or are you going to stand up and build that talent and help make this world a better and happier place?

These ‘they’ laughed when the Wright brothers’ model planes jumped and hobbled in the air. They laughed at the teenage Einstein’s theory on a better education. They laughed at the determination of Thomas Alva Edison but in the end, they ended up drafting his patents.

Today, many talents are given recognition because somebody else proved that it was valuable and worthy of praise. Maybe you have something to give.

God made us to be who we are as an individual, doing our best for others and for the places where we live.

We all have parts in our life that have to be plucked and thrown away. We try to improve character. But there are also parts in our life that need nourishment encouragement and practice. So go out there and do what you do best!!!!!

Where there’s a shadow

The greater the intensity of the shadow, the greater the intensity of the light.

I just had a great and fabulous Sunday and despite me having a test tomorrow, I decided to talk to you. First of all I would like to thank all of you who supported my blog for the past 2 months. Sharing my life with you has been a great experience.

We all know Newton’s law- ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’

Sometimes I think of how this applies to the abstract things in our lives. We all know the saying- ‘One man’s gain is another man’s loss.’

Not a saying you would always like to talk about but true to an amazing extent.

But I would like to bring it into a picture that maybe you can look back to when you feel like you’ve got no hope.

We’ve all been in the dark rooms of life. Sometimes wherever you look, shadows surround you and haunt you. But this is what I’d like to tell you.

Where there’s a shadow, there’s a light. I heard this line in a song that always moves me- ‘Road to Zion’ by Petra.

When I hear that line. Newton’s law passes my mind. If every reaction had an equal and opposite reaction. .. . .

I tried to put it into perspective.

I’d like to put it like this.

The greater the intensity of the shadow, the greater the intensity of the light.

When you feel like you are going through hell, know that there’s something before you that God has put into place that will balance out the bends and bruises you are facing. God might be letting you face it so that he can polish you, mould you and help you to enjoy the light before you with a much greater perspective and joy. But in the meantime, he will be by your side, guiding you.

So, don’t give up hope. Keep pushing on.

This planet will never be the same without you in it. Because you are unique and you have a unique influence.

Sometimes, the vastness and the large number of people walking on our planet makes us think of how ordinary we are. But the truth is that the larger the number, the more valuable your uniqueness is.

So know that you are valuable.

Lots of love and God bless you indeed. .. .

The diary entry in the cupboard

So often life can be like a white blank room with only you and your shadow. But that shadow will tell you that somewhere in the blankness of life, there is a light shining.

Just now, as I was rummaging in my cupboard, I came across a piece of paper. I had written this more than a year back when my grandpa died. I wanted to share it with all of you. I wrote this when he died, sitting on my bed after returning from the hospital. I want to dedicate this to every grandpa and grandchild and I hope you will build up on that relationship more after reading this.

 

‘Life has given man a lot of mysteries to solve. But the simplest, and yet, the most complicated of them all is the strong bond between a father and a son, a daughter and her mother, grandparents and grandchildren and the relationship among siblings. Walk into a hospital that so often takes away the mundane mist of life. A tear drops from the eyes of the wounded relative of a deceased soul and makes its mark on the shining hospital floors, but its life lasts only a few glistening moments as it is trodden upon by another, declaring the arrival of a new soul into their family. The tear is no more, neutralised by another tear of joy. This is life. These thoughts passed my mind as I waited outside the emergency ICU, waiting for information. My mother crying, not able to stop the pictures of her father from lifetime that was ebbing away showing that life is transient. Me and my mother were the last people to see him alive. I could not believe it. When I was a toddler, grandpa was an immortal, someone who would be there for everything. He was one of the most influential people in my life. He was an evangelist who stood up for what he believed in, no matter what others said. Their mocking laughs would bounce of him with such ease that I was sometimes surprised. To me, even today, nearing the end of my teenage years, his life is still the greatest legend. I was his only grandson and the eldest and I had such a wonderful relationship with him. Mother used to say I was his prince. He really did see me like a prince and he used to say it too. He was the greatest entertainer and the greatest thinker I’ve known. My grandpa passed down a lot of priceless things to me. Finding them has been the greatest of all experiences. He wanted me to know God and live a life worth living. He was a man of status but he used to bend down and take in people others tend to avoid. He was an inspiration. A man of tremendous patience, love, honour and humour, kindness, principles and value, we’ll never forget him for who he was.’

I am sharing this with you so that you will realise how great a relationship can be. It is the greatest philosophy.

So often life can be like a white blank room with only you and your shadow. But that shadow will tell you that somewhere in the blankness of life, there is a light shining. That is what relationships can do. It will be that part of you that will stick close by you and point you to the light. It will give you hope and lead you to the right place. In my case, it led me to God. It was the people around me that made me realise that God is no myth. God is a living truth. And today,  he is my best friend. He loved me by giving his life for me and he taught me to learn to give my life for others. That’s what Jesus did for me.

So spend your time on building up your relationships more this week. Ask God to bring into your life more people you can touch and heal. God bless you!!!!!

The Third Person Watching.

As the person watching the movie, you were able to see that person in places and circumstances that the other characters in the movie( suppose they were real) were not able to.

Love movies?

Me too!!!

Today, I am going to give you movie lovers, something to think about.

Have you ever seen one of those movies where there has a been a misunderstanding and a relationship is broken because one of them made a mistake?

Remember how you kept hoping for them to come back together. Remember how you thought the person who messed it up deserved another chance? How you kept telling the other person to forgive.

Deja vu. Right?

Do you know why?

Because you were able to see that person in places and circumstances that the other characters in the movie( suppose they were real) were not able to. This made you much more sympathetic to that character. Much more sympathetic than the other characters in the movie. You had a better picture of what it would be like to be in their shoes.

So what?

Well, like Shakespeare did, let us imagine our life to be a movie, or a play. We get mad at many people. We all go through situations where we misunderstand people.

Are we going to think about what that third person would say? That person who knows the whole movie and every step along the way?

According to me that would be God.

I am a Christian and sometimes when I get angry at people I try to ask myself the question, “What would Jesus say?”.

We don’t know what it’s like to be in their shoes. Maybe we would look at them in a different way if we knew each and every part of the movie. It may not always be the reasonable thing to do. But one thing is true. If we would all ask ourselves that question, we may start a revolution of forgiveness and love.

We live in a world that is based on equations. A world where every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. It always balances. But change occurs when we get a different result. When you forgive and accept somebody who has wronged you, an imbalance is created for the better. Something that makes them think and helps them to forgive somebody else.

So next time you have a chance, think of that third person.

And advertising your view helps to make a difference. When you do something remarkable for somebody you think doesn’t deserve it and others ask you,

” What are you doing, bro?” 

Tell them, “I’m thinking about the third person!!!!”