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How often do you acknowledge what you really want…may be coz you think it’s too expensive, or coz people might think you’re such a loser if you can’t achieve what you set out to..  or coz you can’t have it yet or coz they’re married (teeheehee) I guess as we grow up we come to believe that it’s impossible to have all our wishes granted. And so we learn to carefully choose the ones that are nearest and dearest to us and choke them till their voice dies out. But, for one day, imagine that it doesn’t matter whether or not these wishes are granted ..or may be …if you write them down, just once… they might actually have a chance of happening!

So here’s my list (for today) :-
to have this … NOW

AND have a body like that, without having anything surgically removed or implanted (or photoshopped!)

to holiday in places like these with the man I love…without worrying about where my next paycheck is coming from (the curse of the freelancers :P)

to live in a house with a view like this…. with the man I wanna grow old with (preferably the same man from the previous point, teeheehee)

unconditional happiness

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to hear my folks say, “you make us proud”

As of today I want these things more than a pair of manolo blahniks…everyday isn’t the same 😉
what does your list look like?
Who knows, may be these dreams will find a way to come true, just coz you opened the gate!


Ever tried doing something? Of course you did! But then what happened? You did it? or you didn’t. Or you kept ‘trying’ to do it for a long long time. But here’s what matters:- while you were trying to do it, what was happening? What was the result? What happens when someone says they’ll try to make it for your party (or when you say it?!)

So what really counts is the result. Irrespective of the amount of effort you might be putting in, if it isn’t getting you where you wanna be, what’s the point? May be you need to change your tactics…or may be even change your goal. But, move…now! Coz the truth is, if you really want it, you’ll find a way to get it. And if you haven’t gotten it yet…hmmm.

So here’s an exercise for you:- take a pencil and place it on a table in front of you, now try lifting the pencil off the table with your hand. Go ahead, try it. NO, don’t pick it up, just ‘try’ to pick it up. Nah, come on! Don’t leave it on the table, ‘try’ to pick it up!! No?? So much for all the trying we fool ourselves into believing! Ah, well…. 😉

We usually crowd our minds with senseless ‘what ifs…’ Coz we’re conditioned to be ‘realists’ which is really just a code for ‘pessimists’ coz they don’t want you to get your hopes up too high, be prepared for the worst, blah blah. Seriously, what was your last ‘what if..’ thought? The worst one I’ve had “what if this is as good as it gets…” eeejuuuh! this one really gets me!
We all know that we have limited time and yet we choose to waste it.. imagining the worst, which, may I remind you, hasn’t happened and may not happen at all! Coz the truth is, if there’s a possibility of things going wrong, then there’s as much a chance that things will go right, right?!

Besides, how many people do you know who want to be around ‘realists’?

So populate your mind with these:-
What If….…you’re just one tiny step away from achieving your biggest goal yet!

…the love of your life is already in your life!

…your greatest talent hasn’t been discovered yet!

today is the day your life changed for the better!

Well, may be things are going to get bad, may be worse, but what if you’re going to make it anyway and surprise yourself and everyone else, in a shockingly short period of time…. you just don’t know it yet! 😉

I think my left brain is taking over!*  I seem to be developing a fondness for lists of late. Although making a list doesn’t guarantee getting the job done, it seems to trick my mind into believing that the work has at least begun! From regular simple to-do, gift, grocery, pros-n-cons lists to more complicated tables of two or more lists, I’ve got it all. So here’s another list, this one is about ‘the reasons for making lists’ 😉 wow, I think my left cerebral hemisphere just had a tiny orgasm!

1) Being a more “feeling” kinda person and inclined towards a haphazard way of functioning, I’ve realized that making lists has helped me structure my chaos. I’ m still a mess, but an organized mess 😀

2) Outsourcing memory! no need to put pressure on my walnut sized brain to remember anything anymore!

3) Looking at the list puts additional pressure on me to do what the list says instead of whiling away my time chasing butterflies ( oh, I’ve actually done that too..anything to escape!)

4) Lastly, and thankfully, I’ve actually managed to get things done, think clearer, and even sleep better knowing that my ‘guardian’ lists are watching over me.

ah! the gift of being organized…I know I won’t be ‘listless’ anymore 😉

*Although it doesn’t have “scientific validity” some researchers claim that despite being a part of a much larger cognitive system that produces unity of thought and action, the two hemispheres of the brain carry out specific functions differently. The dominance of the left hemisphere reflects in an analytical and logical way of functioning, whereas the so-called right brained people are more free-flowing and creative.

When was the last time you took a decision based more on your gut feeling than on the facts and figures available to you? Sometimes the road is pretty clear, some times we have to choose and at other times we have to make our own road.

So how do you go about it? May be you go with what you feel is right or may be you go the other way. i.e. with what you’re taught is right. But have you ever wondered why is it “either/or”? Why is it that, in a lot of situations, what we’re expected to do does not match what our instincts are telling us?

Case in point:- a friend of mine recently lost his father. Before uncle passed away, he fixed his son’s marriage to a girl of his choice. Now this friend of mine is caught between keeping his father’s word and marrying a girl of his own choice. Instinctively, he doesn’t want the arranged marriage. But his values, his love for his father, his responsibility towards his family… are pushing him to go ahead. It’s a tough decision. But it’s a matter of living with one’s choices.

And this isn’t the only scenario where there is a war between one’s instincts and responsibilities, there are so many situations in life where one would rather not be. Especially, in a culture where we are taught to think about what people might say, we are trained to undermine our own happiness. Unfortunately, we are educated to ignore our instincts repeatedly. And with enough practice we lose touch completely. But there is still hope. Your instincts don’t die..they just get muffled. All you have to do is listen. Calm your mind and listen to your heart. There is always a voice inside us telling us what we should do. We may not be in a position to take the “right call”. But then again, what is the right call? Learn to listen to your gut, and you will know. And once you’ve taken a decision, learn to trust it. Of course, it isn’t an easy road to take, coz your instincts are only yours, no one else can feel or understand them. Just the way your life is only your life. No one else is gonna live it for you. It’s yours .. to suffer or to thrive!

And one thing I know for certain, every single time I listen to my instincts, even if it’s tough initially, the result is always good. I believe that if we all listened to our instincts more, we would make better decisions and have lesser regrets.

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