Soul Sunday #7

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend and there is never a better time to count your blessings and be thankful for what you have in life. So I thought of sharing a quote which supports the idea of expressing gratitude in daily aspects.

As all the small things that matter will always make us happy, I am thankful to God for making me smile every day.

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A sincere attitude of gratitude is a beatitude for secured altitudes. Appreciate what you have been given and you will be promoted higher.”
           ― Israelmore Ayivor

Do you believe in expressing gratitude??

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Soul Sunday #5

It is getting cold here in my area of living and as I am preparing myself for the coming months by layering into multiple woolen clothing, I am thinking of the winter break which I enjoyed during childhood.

The foggy mornings with a hot glass of milk and some healthy pinnis (laddoos) and reading some Dr. Seuss in cozy bed during the vacation are some of the cherished memories from those days.

This is a long weekend. Being at home and doing nothing is one of the pleasures which we never get amidst the hectic schedules. As I am planning to curl up in bed with a cup of ginger tea and a good book, leave away all the worries and enjoy the day.

We should do this often. What do you think??

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
      ― Guillaume Apollinaire

 

What are you up to this weekend??

Soul Sunday #4

As we all celebrate Diwali today, I share this quote on Soul Sunday in the spirit of the festive season.

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“Diwali (Lakshmi Pujan/Amavasya) is the darkest night of the year. And our ancestors have taught us to overcome darkness with light. 
When the moon is not shining, neither the sun, sky is dark; India glitters. Proud of being part of such a wise and one of the finest tradition.
Diwali is practicing “तमसोमा जोतिर्गमय” . . . 
Happy Diwali to all. May there belight in your life. . .”
                                     – Harihar D. Naik

How are you celebrating Diwali today??

 

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Those Little Things

 

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Sometimes the smallest of gestures go right to the heart.

A smile from a stranger when you are lost in a crowd;

An old friend calling from a distant land just to day I Miss You;

The touch of a mother’s hand on your brow when you are unable to sleep;

A message from a friend asking what’s wrong when you thought no one could notice;

A hand on your shoulder when it feels like the world is against you.

Sometimes it is the tiniest of things that bring a smile in hard times.


A friend had sent me this when I was facing some problem in life. Whenever I am low, simply reading this makes me SMILE 🙂

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Soul Sunday #3

I had a tough week at work and I was completely exhausted by the end of the week. I pondered over the question what can help me and I came across one quote.

I decided to share that here over a session  of Soul Sunday. Have you made yourself a cup of your favorite tea/coffee??If not, please go and make one before scrolling down.

I am hoping today, you start your day off with a smile 🙂

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
                                  ― Audrey Hepburn

 

Do you have a favorite quote which inspires you??

 

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OMG, Twins!!!

It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins.
The bond of twins is unique in different ways. To the world, it’s always so amazing and extremely weird too to be twins. People are naturally curious to talk to Twins.

I am that lucky one to have a twin sister. Being twins our growing up was a unique experience. At first, it was cute, getting all that attention and stuff. But this ongoing process gradually became incredibly predictable and included a series of repetitive questions, my sister and I were wondering why people make such a big deal about us being twins.

The most common question was always, “What’s it like to grow up as a twin?”
My answer was, and has been, the same “I don’t know.”

Here, I am putting down some of the questions, which were directed to us, too often.

“O-M-G! You look so similar! Are you twins?”

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This is exactly what people ask when they see twins together. Ummm,if we are dressed alike and look similar does not that mean we are twins??

“So, are you identical??”

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No, we don’t look alike. We are fraternal. But what difference does it really make?

“Do you wear the same clothes?”

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We are grown up now and we buy our clothes as per our preferences. It is true that our parents dressed us alike when we were young and it was cute, isn’t it?

How did your parents manage?

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We don’t know, to be honest. But they were never confused and could easily identify us.

“Can you feel it if the other person gets hurt?”

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Do you really want to know this?? To be fair, we never experienced this. Though, there are twins who say that they have experienced some kind of telepathy.

“Which one is the oldest?”

 

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Why does our five-minute age difference fascinate you? We are the same age.

“Do you ever switch places?”

 

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This is an especially stupid question if you are asking Fraternal Twins. No, I didn’t decide to take on my sister’s for a day and she never went to give my exams.

“How do you feel being a twin?”

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Come again?? I mean are you asking what it’s like to have a sister, brother, etc. Our lives are normal like you. But yes we are Lucky!!

There have been so many questions that I think If I will not stop here, my list would become another book.

Growing up together, I have realized that it’s indeed a blessing to have a twin sister. I feel thankful that my sister is the one person with whom I can share my true feelings without the fear of being judged.

I love my sister and I want to tell her that ” We’re twins and so we love each other more than other people.”

If you grew up as a twin and have faced any such questions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Smile Please !

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.”
― Charlie Chaplin

Last night, when I was scrolling down my Facebook Feed. I came across #World Smile Day.
It seemed interesting so I looked for more information 

I thought of  sharing the things which make me Smile when we are celebrating the World Smile Day Today.

Here goes the list 🙂

  1. Sunrise and Sunset.
  2. Blooming Flowers.
  3. Colorful pens, post-its and diaries.
  4. Books and My Kindle.
  5. Diwali Lights.
  6. Talking to my Niece.
  7. Shopping for our house.
  8. Looking at old albums and watching videos.
  9. Getting a call/message from an old friend, after a long time.
  10. A hot cup of ginger Tea.
  11. Comments on my blog posts.
  12. The Email/Text Message at the end of the every month, which says, Your Salary has been credited.
  13. Reading old cards/letters by Family and Friends.
  14. Getting Gifts from Mr. A.
  15. Chatting with my Twin Sister for long hours.
  16. Sitaphal Icecream from Naturals Parlour.
  17. Moon and Twinkling Stars.
  18. Birds at my Kitchen Window.
  19. Plants in my balcony.
  20. Gulabjamun with Vanilla Icecream.
  21. Buying Gifts for Family.
  22. Listening to my favourite songs when I commute for work.
  23. The smile on my parents’ face.
  24. Ticking off a task from my to-do list.
  25. Putting Kajal in my eyes.
  26. Booking Holiday Tickets.
  27. Sharing Happiness and Love.
  28. Seeing you smiling now, as you are reading this 🙂

What makes you smile??

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The Joy Of Giving

In the pursuit of happiness, we always try to do things which make us happy. We are always making conscious efforts to grow and achieve success.

Do you find the contentment at the end of the day, even after much struggle?

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. – Ben Carson

My mother told me that Life is not always about pleasing yourself. True Happiness lies in the Joy of Giving. If you can bring a smile to one child’s face, light up one house, feed one hungry soul or clothe one naked body, the happiness that you will feel will be unparalleled by anything else.

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I guess this must be the premise of the “JOY OF GIVING”  week or “ DAAN UTSAV” which is celebrated in India from October 2nd to October 8th. Please read more details about this here.

With the concept gaining popularity to spread Happiness all around, many celebrities are also coming forward to inspire people. Sachin Tendulkar, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and many others have been promoting the Joy Of Giving through digital mediums.

This reminds me that as children, we used to clean our rooms before Diwali and things which we shall be not be using were given away to those we are in need. When I heard about this campaign, it reminds me of the joy which I experience on seeing the smile on the faces of those underprivileged children.

The joy of giving week may be for a few days, but the happiness lasts forever.

This Festive Season, let’s experience the joy of giving. Start the celebrations by offering a hand to someone who needs it, giving away the things we don’t use to those who don’t have much or just sending a message to a distant friend/relative.

“Service is a smile.  It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug.It’s these simple acts that matter most because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.”

A loud shout to all the social media lovers,
You can share or spread the movement amongst your friend by Sporting a ‘Happy Dot’, taking a selfie and posting it on social media is the new trend to engage more and more people to celebrate #DaanUtsav.

A #HappyDot is a celebration of the joy that comes with giving without expecting anything in return. Like the black ink mark on your finger that means you are a responsible citizen, a ‘Happy Dot’ is symbolic of experiencing ‘giving’ in any form, however small or big.

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There are four simple steps to take a #HappyDot selfie ­-

  1. Do an act of giving during #DaanUtsav week from 2­-8 October.
  2. Put a Happy Dot sticker on your cheek/finger/hand. Alternatively, you could also draw the Happy Dot with simple marker pen.
  3. Take a selfie.
  4. Share it on social media ­ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, WhatsApp etc with the hashtags #DaanUtsav, #HappyDot etc, with one line on the act of giving that you did.

Have you shared the #JoyOfGiving yet??

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