One of the greatest titles we can have is “old friend”. We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older. The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young. We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age when a busy life and changing geographies can cause us to neglect those friends. Today is the day to invest in those people we hope will call us ‘old friend” in the years to come.
~ Grant Fairley.
These tender moments make me realize that love and compassion is alive inside me.
Things I have learned
It’s been a long journey, with many ups and downs, every morning brought a new challenge, every night brought this exhausted body to bed but sleep eluded me.
My mind tries to allure me to all negative thoughts. Trying to search the scapegoat to put blame on it for my sickness and failures and to take the credit for whatever I have achieved. I did not succumb to its game. I started introspection and came up with a list of the things I have learned so far from life. From life means from everyone, every creature of this world. If we keep open mind we will find that every creature has some lesson to teach you.
The first and the most important lesson was,
Never abuse your body. It will never forgive you. You will have to bear the consequences if you don’t follow the rules of nature.
2- Anger, hatred and revenge only harm you so tread on this path cautiously.
3- Love, respect and compassion, the more you give the more you get.
4- Give lots of ‘benefits of doubt’ to others. They may not have any intention to hurt you. (It worked in my case.)
5- ‘Everything in moderation’ is a Mantra helped me most in every aspect of life.
6- You have all the right to like or dislike someone but never let hatred seep in to your heart. Don’t be too judgmental. Be lenient with others feelings.
7- Learn to hear, hear and hear. Be patient with others. Give others a chance to explain their views.
8- Plant trees wherever possible.
9- Always put duties before rights.
10- Count your blessings, be active and try learn new things.
11- You can never run away from you fears and negative thought. Face them and accept them. Then only you can resolve them. This is hard but not impossible.
12- Learn to take responsibility of your decisions, right or wrong. You are in this condition because of the choices you have made; no one else is responsible for that.
13- Appreciate and encourage others, everyone loves it.
14- Whatever you do it with whole heart so you don’t have to repent later.
15- Our most beloved friend and the most dangerous foe is our mind only unless you know how to use it. What games it plays with us and sometimes comes in a disguise so that we are not able to recognize it that it’s a friend or a foe.
!6- Breathing and other exercises really helped me to overcome my fears, sickness and negativity, and made me more compatible, compassionate and understanding person.
There are many more lessons I have learned but will leave them for the next task. One thing I would like to make clear that this is not just for the sake of writing, I have really benefited from them.
Writing 201: Trust– Day 3 is here — and so are questions of trust, acrostics, and internal rhymes.
Love, trust, compassion
Synonymous with friendship
True friends are a bliss
Long sessions of meditations, satsang( company of pious people seeking truth) and introspection made me think that all my inner conflicts have vanished , I have learned to control my anger, and peace and calmness dawned on me.
I accepted that God has given us so many ups and downs in life to make us tough.
I realized that all religions teach same virtues love, compassion, kindness, harmony and compatibility and only some intolerant of follower spread hate and disturbance for their personal gain and power.
I understood completely that anger and greed are the biggest enemies and empathy and forgiveness are our biggest friend and liberate us.
But…when I read about rapists, terrorists and people who commit heinous crimes, through acid on others, oppress weak and poor, all thoughts of forgiveness evaporated, I wished I could make them stand in a line and shoot them, some people don’t deserve to live.
Daily Prompt- Dust in the Wind– Have you made your bucket list? Now’s the time — write about the things you want to do and see before you become dust in the wind.
The Things I Want To Do
Whatever I’m today
Because of the choices I have made
By following decisions I took
By following the path I choose
And do whatever I could
In given circumstances.
Still some desires are there unfulfilled.
Though my age may not permit me,
I would like to climb the Himalayas
Travel around the world
Dance on the clouds
Go on a voyage
Fly with the birds.
But this is what I can still accomplish
Sing a lovely song of love and peace
Write a poem on friendship, compassion and compatibility
Give a smile to everyone I meet
Help someone living his/her dream
I pray to God please help me to fulfill
Whatever whimsy ideas come in my mind
Before I become dust in the wind.
Somewhere in life
There must be someone
To take your hand
And share the torrid day.
Without the touch of friendship
There is no life, and we must fade away.
– RUSKIN BOND
My take on friends and friendship
What are friends there for ?
1- Friendship can unite
Different species together
2- True friend and friendship
Most rare and valuable gift
Treasure it with care
3- Love, trust, compassion
Synonymous with friendship
True friends are a bliss
4- If all religions
Shed their animosity
Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.
The butterfly doesn’t know how long he has to live, but that doesn’t stop him from spreading his wings and his joy.
Ash Sweeney quotes