Thursday, 30 April 2015

ZEAL


Dear Diary,

I can't believe this is my last A- Z Post. For Z, I have chosen the beautiful word ZEAL.

It is defined as a great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

Zeal is exceedingly important in all that we do. I remember reading a book whose name I have forgotten where the author defines it as that raging fire in the belly which makes one get up every morning and do the things one loves best.



When you have a purpose, zeal and hard work will surely get you there.

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Young


Dear Diary,



I really liked this quote and I thought that it matches my word for the day : Young. Everyone grows older, slowly with each passing day but I believe, those who have a young spirit and soul, no matter their physical age always stay young and this reflects in their thoughts and deeds.

The Sunday Visitor. 

Xenia


Dear Diary,

Once again, I apologize for not writing yesterday. Out of the alphabets, X worries me the most but I did  manage to find something. Take a look :




               Xenia, not just a beautiful name but a beautiful concept too. What do you think?

The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 27 April 2015

What If?


Dear Diary,

What If, are two words that I have heard a lot, in my own life and while talking to others. These two words are often followed by a negative thought, ending with a question, something along the lines of : What if I don't succeed? What if I don't win?

What and If in themselves are two harmless words, when they come together they are still not dangerous, when followed by a negative thought, that's when they are lethal. Thinking very hard over it, I found a solution too.

Instead of the negative, put in a positive statement after it. What if I succeed? What if I do it in a different way? What if the answer is correct? Now, that's not too bad. Is it?


Don't let What If's dictate your life.

The Sunday Visitor.

VARIETY


Dear Diary,

I apologize for not writing, I was a bit occupied with a few things. I found this quote, which is why I chose the word Variety.


Innumerable times, we tend to look at those things that are different from our normal view of things as weird, strange and bizarre, I like how this person looks it as 'another variety'. What is your view on variety?


The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Utility.

Dear Diary,

A few days ago, I was teaching my cousin a chapter in Economics entitled Utility. So we discussed total utility, marginal utility, diminishing marginal utility.

It had me reminiscing on how when I studied the same concepts, I found absolutely no utility in them and they did not make sense to me.


That's when I realized, sometimes we need to look beyond the utility of things and do them just for the love of it, something like 'Art for Arr's sake.' Utility is important but it's not everything.

The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

THANKYOU


Dear Diary,

T is for Thankyou.

Today try and say Thank you to everyone who does anything for you, no matter how big or small it may be. Say Thank you to the shopkeeper, bus conductor, lift man, watchman and anybody else who offers their services. You don't lose anything but will gain something valuable. A smile on the other person's face, to find that their service is acknowledged.


Thank you for reading this :)

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Strength


Dear Diary,

S reminds me of many things but above all strength. Strength is mostly seen as a physical thing, but I admire those, who possess that quiet resilient strength which enables them, to keep persisting and continue their task till they reach the end, no matter how many obstacles they face.

The people who have the strength to get up and start again, every time they fall and those who start anew, every time they find themselves unsuccessful.  Your physical size does not matter if you have a strong heart and mind. You are stronger than you can imagine.



Be strong.

The Sunday Visitor

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ruin


Dear Diary,

As I travel by train, I can see a chimney, one from the many mills that contributed to the textile revolution in my city. Today, that area is under ruins but I still look out for it, every time the train passes that place.

History has taught me to value ruins because each and everyone of them, tell a story of a past that we were unable to see but can imagine, thanks to their existence. Ruins show us where we were and how far we have come.  Ruins can be those of empires and monuments but also those of plans and goals.

Some people find it frustrating and annoying when their plans are ruined, I feel the same but sooner or later good sense prevails and I find that, from the ruins a path emerges and this one leads to better prospects.


The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Quick


Dear Diary,

The word for today is inspired by a quick mail sent to me by my pen pal. We usually write long mails to each other but since April is a hectic month for both of us, the correspondences have been relatively short.

Time passes so quickly, before you know it the day is over. One minute you lay your head down and the next moment when you open you eyes, it's morning. In this scheme of things, it's impossible to get back to each and every one and spend adequate time with all.

I think a quick note,  letter, text message, email or phone call are a good way of letting people know what you are up to. I'm all for long phone calls, letters and emails but sometimes a quick message or an email also works. They may seem brusque but it's the thought that counts. Someone took time out of their busy schedule, to get in touch with you even if it were to write 2 sentences. I think that should be appreciated.


That's the quick post for today.

The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Prize

Dear Diary,

Yesterday the mail brought something unexpected. Two weeks ago, I had taken part in an online contest, where we had to tweet a love story in 140 words or less. I tweeted and then forgot all about it,  till I was informed that my tweet was selected and the prize would reach me shortly.

This is my prize.
So for P, I chose the word Prize. Competitions and contests are fun when you take them in the right spirit. If you participate with the sole intention of winning, then you aren't really having fun. Give it your best shot and don't worry about the result. The prize is the joy that you get in participation, and if you win then it's just the cherry on the top :)

The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 17 April 2015

OPEN


Dear Diary,

For O, All I will write is Open your heart to everything today. To new experiences, people, cuisine, emotions. Open your eyes and let yourself be awed, amazed and awe stricken. Open your ears and see if you can find music, in the noise and chatter that seems so overwhelming. Open your mind and allow the peace and quiet of the day, to fill you before you plunge yourself, headfirst into the activities that await.



The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Nice


Dear Diary,

Today as my friend and I went shopping, she pointed at something and asked me "It looks nice, doesn't it?" I replied in the affirmative because it looked good, but her question set me thinking. Nice in relation to things is common what about nice in relation to people?

Do we look at people as nice? When was the last time you met somebody nice and actually told that person so? I firmly believe that everybody has niceness within them and whenever you see that niceness in action, make it a point to acknowledge it.

I know nice people are often taken for granted and people take advantage of them but one must learn where to draw the line. Being nice never hurt anyone and only makes the world better but keep the following quote in mind.


Trying to be nice,

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mistakes


Dear Diary,

I remember as a kid on open house day, when I used to go with my mum to collect my report card, parents chastising their kids for losing marks in Maths or social sciences. The girl would invariably walk with her head low, ashamed that was unable to match up to her parents expectations.

It saddens my heart when parents are hard on their children for small mistakes. Mistakes after all are human and above all they are a proof of the effort that has been put in. It is necessary that we learn from our mistakes and never repeat them, but allowing ourselves to be defined by our mistakes is absolutely wrong.

Some of the best inventions were made through mistakes, Edison tried innumerable times before he finally got the bulb right. He saw his mistakes as stepping stones rather than a burden. We should do that too.

Some food for thought.

The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Leave it behind.



Dear Diary,

As a student of History, I know the value of the past and the important role it plays in our lives. Like this author once wrote,  "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." We don't want history to repeat itself, but neither do we want the past to hamper our present.

I'm one of those who believe, that it's better to extract the lessons from the events and remember that, rather than carry the unnecessary burden around, which is futile. Once you have understood what the purpose of a particular event in your past was, you have drawn the lesson from it,  take that and move forward, leave the rest behind.



Let the past be where it belongs, because only then will you be able to make future moment into memories.

The Sunday Visitor.

Keep your Cool


Dear Diary,

This post is inspired by an incident that took place today. I had entered the library as I was searching for a book and the librarian rudely yelled at me to leave as apparently the library was closed (with it's doors open)

I know venting anger and frustration are excellent ways to maintain mental sanity but sometimes we should be more careful of the way we do it. Rude or harsh words cut deeper than sharpened knives and swords.

Keep your cool as far as you can. Sometimes that's all that is needed. You don't have to scream, shout or yell, a few polite words will do the trick. Keep your cool as much as possible, in all circumstances and if you are driven up the wall, unable to handle it any more then lose it  :)

This then is my earnest plea to everyone who reads this diary post today,


Don't let some poor undeserving soul suffer your wrath.  Instead go backwards from Z-A and by the time your reach L, you will have forgotten what your anger was about.

The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Just Breathe.


Dear Diary,

So many times in life, we are surrounded by problems that we think are insurmountable, tensions which never show any signs of leaving, we find the world closing in on us, these are the times when we need to close our eyes and just breathe,

I know it's easier said than done but it's essential for us to remember that nothing is beyond our control and sometimes just the simple act of taking a deep breath is a step towards solving the problem at hand.

It's a great reminder that you are alive and breathing, that is the most important thing, Everything else will follow. So close your eyes and just breathe,



The Sunday Visitor.

In Time


Dear Diary,

For I, I choose In Time.

Confession : I'm not a very patient person.

The one thing my mother keeps repeating that no matter how much I try to hurry, things will always take their own pace, so it's better to go with the flow.

Everything has a time and it would do us immense good to learn that as fast as possible. Sure it is annoying when we can't fathom what is going on, but when the master plan is revealed in due course of time, all the little pieces of the puzzle start making sense.

I'm learning this slowly and I hope to be more patient someday.



The Sunday Visitor.

Hope

Dear Diary,

I'm really sorry for not being so regular this year with the challenge, it's just that I'm trying to grapple with multiple things at the same time like a juggler, trying my best to finish everything entrusted to me.

For H, I choose Hope.

Hope is my favorite word. I cannot imagine the world without it. Whenever things go awry, our plans don't often materialize, when nothing is going our way, there is always hope. Hope for  better tomorrow, hope for a better future, hope for a better time.

I feel so bad when I read or hear about people committing suicide. Life is so precious and there is nothing worse that wasting it. If Anne Frank could have hope in the times and conditions that she lived in, it's a lesson to all of us I believe. Have hope, smile, tomorrow will be better than today.



The Sunday Visitor

Friday, 10 April 2015

G - Guest

Dear Diary,

I am so sorry for not posting for the past few days. I had guests at home and I was occupied in playing host.

The chosen word for G is Guest.

My dad always says we are guests in this world. Nothing is permanent. Here one day, gone the next that is why one must not take anything to heart. There is always something to do, something to learn and something to teach.I believe guests teach us a lot and it's up to us whether we want to take those as lessons or choose to forget them. I prefer the former.

Sometimes we know the guests, sometimes we don't but if by the end of the evening or their stay, if the unknown guest goes home as a nameless stranger, something is incredibly wrong.

Here's a little something, I wish for all.



The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Freedom

Dear Diary,

For F, I choose the word 'Freedom.'

My History teacher always tells us how lucky we are to be born in an era where we have every freedom imaginable. History is only replete with examples of events and circumstances where freedoms were clamped upon.

We might live in a free society but are our thoughts free? We we are constantly bothered about what people might say or think. This traps us and we are unable to do the things we really want to, the things we long for.

So today is dedicated to freedom. Freedom to be oneself, freedom to make mistakes, freedom to let others opinions go unheard and do exactly what you feel like doing, when you fell like doing it. Gibe yourself that freedom today. Live sans regrets.



The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Empty

Dear Diary,

Happy Easter!

Taking inspiration from our lords resurrection yesterday, I chose the word Empty for E. Now you may wonder what is the connection between the two. I'll explain it.

I always so emptiness as something that is really scary and frightening then yesterday something the priest says made me rethink it. He said that the empty tomb scared Mary Magdalene and the apostles but it was a sign that Jesus had risen.

In one of the episodes of Desperate Housewives Susan is seeing sitting in the garden all alone, enjoying the solitude. Sometimes we need that emptiness to evaluate our current position in life and where we want to go further. Emptiness is good because sometimes

The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : Don't wallow in the emptiness for long, :P


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Dance


Dear Diary,

For D, I choose ‘Dance.’

Confession : I’m not a good dancer. I cannot dance.

When it comes to dancing, I have two left feet. My body is absolutely uncoordinated. It’s like my feet don’t get the message my brain is sending. So moral of the story,I  usually sit passively during parties and avoid dancing.

Until a few years back, an aunt told me after having watched me dance that dancing is not about following steps and routines, it’s about expressing your emotions. It does not matter if you are not a good dancer. You have one life, make as many mistakes as you want, dance as badly as you want. Anybody can be a good dancer but it takes courage to break the monotony.

That day, I learnt the meaning of the phrase ‘Dance like no one is watching’ because only then, will you be free and let your emotions flow with the music.


Dance with your heart,

The Sunday Visitor.

Connections.


Dear Diary,

Forgive me for not blogging yesterday. In my family, we believe that Good Friday is a day for prayer and abstinence so I did not write anything yesterday.

For C, I choose the word ‘Connections’ while travelling by train to college every morning, if I’m not reading a book, I’m people watching. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. More often than not, I find people with their heads buried in their phones, surfing Facebook, skimming through Twitter feed, looking at Snapchats and Whatsapps.

It made me ponder, Internet has heped mankind to stay connected but what about the Human connection? Does one neighbor know what is the plight of the other? Do we really talk to our neighbours anymore? We might be friends on Facebook but are we friends in real life? Do we say Hello and go beyond that or a virtual Poke is the extent of our Connections ?

I think it’s time to build the connections that have been severed. While the Internet is excellent to maintain connections that are long distance, face to face or letters and calls work wonders for short distances.


It’s time to disconnect from the virtual world and connect in the real one. 


The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Beauty.

Dear Diary,

For B, I have chosen Beauty.

The other day, I was watching Desperate Housewives and Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) said something that caught my attention. Beauty is only skin deep, what is essential is that what is within.

I found what she said extremely relevant. Everyone spends so much money on creams, lotions and makeup but the simplest secret to being beautiful, is being beautiful within, this is manifested in the deeds one does.

Beauty, is not about having the perfect skin or a perfectly placed mole, on the chin. Beauty is the way you feel, when you look at your self in the mirror and see that you are a strong, independent and amazing person. 

Leaving you with something I thought was beautiful,



Be Beautiful and help others find their beauty,

The Sunday Visitor.




Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A New Beginning.

Dear Diary,

April is here and so is The A - Z Challenge. A virtual hug to Arlee Bird from Tossing it out, and all the co - hosts. You guys are absolutely the best.

For A this year, I choose A New Beginning.

I am at that point in my life where one phase is over. Two days back I wrote the last paper of my college life. Five years have passed in a jiffy and looking back, I'm unsure as to what happened in the middle.

I still remember, the first day I entered college and second week of coming June, will see me walk up the stage and collect my convocation certificate. While many of my friends look at it as the end, for me it's a new beginning.

I don't know what is store for me, but I do know that it will be something good and something worthwhile. New friends, new people, new places, new things to learn, new things to explore,new discoveries to be made.

I know that a new beginning comes with it's own burden of  : 'what if's' and ' i'm not too sure' but that does not mean, that you chicken out and don't give it a shot. If you are at that point in your life, where you find that you are about to make a new beginning,  don't worry, it's for the good. Seize it and make the best use of it. You will look back at the end and realize that it was all worth it.



Looking forward to my new beginning.

The Sunday Visitor.

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