As part of the birthday wisdom series, I bring you the second post.
I am sharing with you the quotes, the words from others and my near and dear ones, that have been the guiding light of my life. I have grown up reading these words over and again and gaining strength, wisdom and solace from them.
These quotes are like my virtual mentor. At times it feels as if these were written specifically for me – they are so true to my feelings. It provides a different kind of peace when we see someone else describing our emotions better than we ever could. It is such a relief to see that we are not alone. Somebody else has been through that time experiencing exactly the emotions that we can’t even begin to decipher.
I hope you find a connection with these words too. They have inspired me, enlightened me and encouraged me in my times of distress and lowliness and unhappiness. I hope they do the same to you.
Lessons of Life
1. “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” ― Agatha Christie
2. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
3. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
This is the quote that motivates me to share my stories with friends, with you guys. I can’t hold my story inside me leading to an agony.
Lessons of Hope
1. “Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone” ― Shah Rukh Khan
2. “Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” ― Kālidāsa, The complete works of Kalidasa
3. “Everything will be okay in the end, if it is not okay it is not the end.” ― John Lennon
This one line is my favorite quote of all times. I believe that in the end peace shall prevail. Thus, it has to be fine in the end. This quote is the one that pulls me out from my darker times. Every. Single.Time.
Lessons of Love
1. “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” ― Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe sounds like the girl-next-door with her practical quotes. This and the one below the next one, always remind me that I shouldn’t complicate my love. That I simply want an easy love that can accept me with my flaws.
2. “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
‘When I fall asleep, your eyes close’ – can there be any love more intimate than this? Probably not. Such love is found not in red roses or diamonds but in just being there for the person. It lies in mutual understanding when other person’s happiness becomes essential to your own.
Lessons of Happiness
1. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is one book that always gives the required boost to my spirits. My ultimate goal of life is to be happy. I don’t care if I sound foolish to others. If they feel I must always do the right without failing. My simple goal of life is to be happy. For only when I am happy, I can make others happy.
2. “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne
This quote has stayed with me since teenage. In times when I chase happiness and fail mercilessly, this quote reminds me that happiness is not a destination. It is a journey. It is a place inside us. Happiness lies within.
Lessons Of Grief
The lessons of grief have taught me the art to handle grief and darker periods rightfully. These words tell me exactly what I need to hear in times of despair.
1. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost
Lessons From People Around Me
1. “Tell them that you are a blogger.” ― Pahal, My Daughter
In late 2015, Pahal was admitted to hospital for removal of inserted nails. She was taken to the operation theatre where a small surgery was performed upon her leg. This was around a time when I was constantly complaining about being SAHM and felt that I must take up blogging seriously to be able to earn money.
So that day when Pahal came out of the theatre, she looked upset. I asked her why and she replied, ‘why didn’t you come inside?’
I said, ‘the doctor didn’t allow me to enter. I am not a doctor that’s why.’
To which she replied, ‘you should have told him that you are a blogger.’
I looked at her and saw immense love and pride in her eyes. There is this little girl who believes being a blogger is equivalent to being a doctor. To her, her mommy is no less than anybody.
Since that day, whenever I fall short of self-confidence or feel the stress of finding my foot in this world, I tell myself that I am a blogger. I am the mother of a lovely 5 yr old and that is my biggest achievement.
4. “Your self-esteem is your biggest asset. Always keep it high. Do not ever let anyone compromise or play with it.” ― Papa
And this is my father in the picture!