Category Archives: Quotes

My kid in full form today

In the car as I complain that I could do without some people in my life, the kid says :You need them in your life amma.  You just don’t need them in your head.

Wise thing, the little one.


Caught in traffic jam and waiting endlessly for the green signal to fall, I muse “hmm..I wish I could have a glass of wine. It’s been so long…”

The kid quips “hmm..I wish I could go home.  It’s been so long….”.


Me, mostly musing aloud “You know, I actually love driving in full traffic”

Kid: “Yeah, because you can use all the swear words you know”.


Kid in the car at the traffic jam:  I am getting a headache..this car is too clean.

3-Quote Challenge: 3

“…waiting to see what’s going to call me next.”

Carol from Wanderings of an Elusive Mind

When I was young, in all my naivety, I strongly believed that we all had a single calling in life, and when we grew up, we’d know what it is and pursue it. When we have fulfilled that calling, we would die.  Perhaps this was my way of coming to terms with my mother’s early death – she had met her calling and her purpose in life was fulfilled.  I believed in this for very long, and was groping around for what my calling was.  Somewhere with the forties came the common sense (which is uncommon in me), that there is no such thing as a calling.  You find a calling if you choose to and you could choose your calling every day or even every second of your life.

The other side of the same coin is that you need not wait for a calling.  There may be no such thing as a calling.  This, despite its nihilistic approach to life, can be liberating in that you are free of the shackles of your own delusional expectations of achievement and this freedom could bring with it the experience of just being.

Thank you, Carol, for the quote.

Musician-blogger Rob from “For friends without borders” nominated me for the 3-quote challenge and this is my third quote.  The three people that I tag with this post are:

  1. Suchitra of Momlife
  2. UL of My yoga journey and
  3. Shall of Shail’s Nest

As always, there is no obligation to take up the tag.  If you choose to, you write on three consecutive days (or such like) about a quote that impressed you, and tag three others in each post, to do the same.  This is a nice way to share blogs you find interesting with others.

 

 

 

3-Quote Challenge: 2

A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
-Hugh Sidney, American Journalist, 1927-2005

I am emotionally fragile.  It is not something to be proud of.  At 44, loud noise still startles me.  I cannot tolerate rudeness. Arguments tire me.  I can perceive even hints of hostility in tone and demeanour and they bother me.  I worry a lot.

I’d be a wreck but for my sense of humour. Nothing cheers me like an intelligent joke (again, no crassness or meanness there – I cannot tolerate racist, sexist or personal jokes).  The form of humour I like best is self-deprecating.  P.G.Wodehouse is my God.  Erma Bombeck cheers me like no other.  I am known to tear up at Calvin and Hobbes. Most of the blogs I follow are of people who can laugh at themselves and make others laugh with them. The first thing that touched me about my now husband when I met him first was his sense of humour and the loud laugh that accompanied a joke.

When I can’t laugh at a joke, or perhaps make a joke, or make light of my situation, it is a sure sign that I need help.  Through most of 2016, after I had deleted my blog, I was in a rut.  The dark veil of hopelessness seemed impossible to lift.  Yet, the moment I started this blog two months ago, and started reading funny people on my reader, my sense of humour slowly returned and I could feel the veil lift.  I could smile, I could laugh at myself, I could even meditate in peace.

Both Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi are known to have said that their sense of humour was what had kept them alive.  I can completely relate to that sentiment.  The day I cannot laugh at myself would as well be the day I fall.

Musician-blogger Rob from “For friends without borders” nominated me for the 3-quote challenge and this is my second quote.  The three people that I tag with this post are:

Uma of Uma’s reflections

Hangaku Gozen

Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind

There is no obligation to take up the tag.  If you choose to, you write on three consecutive days about a quote that impressed you, and tag three others in each post, to do the same.  This is a nice way to share blogs you find interesting with others.

3-Quote Challenge: 1

Musician-blogger Rob from “For friends without borders“nominated me for the 3-quote challenge, which I accept with many thanks.  Rob’s FFWB and his personal blog site (which is restricted) are a relatively new discovery by me, and his warmth and fantastic sense of humour that borders irreverence (and often ahem!) show utter honesty-of-being, thereby instantly appealing to the friend beyond borders in me.

The first quote of the challenge is this:

Oneself is one’s own refuge

-Acharn Thawee

The quote has an interesting history.  Earlier this year, I was struggling to come to terms with my grandmother’s death, and a rather large personal issue that had hit me to pulp during the end of last year.  Not willing to go the medication way to deal with the emotional roller coaster, I chose to look at meditation.  I landed at a meditation blog site, run by Roger Wells, an Australian rock star-turned meditation aficionado (another friend beyond borders now), who was kind enough to give me a lot of study material.  Acharn Thawee was his teacher, and the above quote that I read in one of the books he sent me, made a lot of sense to me.  No one else could possibly lead my life, I need to lead it myself, and the solutions to my problems must come from within.  It has been a rough year, but as it nears its end,  I seem to have gained a semblance of sanity.  2017 will be another rough year  with lifestyle-decisions to be made, but I am sure that with my friends within and without borders, I will be able to meet them better than I met my travails of 2016.

I need to nominate three bloggers with each of my quotes.  My nominations are:

Mom to 2 cuddle bugs

Maha of Thoughts Unlimited

Lakshmi Iyer

No obligation to follow it through.  This is a nice way of sharing people I read with my readers (although I suspect that my readers are a subset of the readers of the above).

Thank you to Rob again.