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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…. 😉

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Ok, which one is it? Is it that when you open your mind, decide to allow things into your life…that your stars change? Or is it that coz your stars are aligned differently that you change your mind? Which one happens first?

I wouldn’t say I’m much of a believer in astrology, but I am open minded about most things in life. How can one know if it works, unless one tries it? So I think that if you are willing, the universe follows. Which kinda reminds me of a Jim Carrey movie called Yes Man.  It’s about a guy who says no to everything and then after attending a “Yes Seminar” with a motivational coach, decides to say yes to anything that comes his way. Exciting concept I think 😉

I say yes to everything too…with a few exceptions, of course..like …letting my 2 year old niece drive 😛 But I guess I’m mostly a yes girl 🙂 because of which I’ve had so many awesome experiences! I dont know whether it’ll work out or not or what is there in store for me, but I’m always willing to try it. Having said that, it’s obvious that one is expected to say yes sensibly. You can’t possibly give away everything in your wallet (you can if you’re adventurous!) But the key is to go with your instincts. Unfortuately, more often than not our judgement is clouded by our so-called rational thinking. So pushing yourself a little, just a little beyond your comfort zone doesn’t hurt.

But a lot of people ask me how do you differentiate? Well here’s how :- If you’re contemplating doing something, close your eyes and breathe. Focus on the question at hand and ask it to yourself. The very first response that you get is from your gut. Do this twice or thrice at different times, coz your state of mind will vary, but your answer will be the same. After a while, you’ll just know! I ended up seeing the Taj Mahal on my birthday! A trip which seemed impossible to pull off coz it was planned at the last minute, literally, but only coz we said yes! Honestly, I don’t recall a single incident that I might have regretted coz of saying yes. Life is a buffet of opportunities and choices.And it’s amazing that when we expect wonderful things to happen, they actually do. All we have to do is say yes!

So, do you wanna try it?


Honestly, after I cracked my back and dislocated an ankle playing kabaddi in school, I haven’t gone back to sports. Not that I was very athletic to begin with, but kabaddi was exciting! It was a thrill to bruise, sprain, fracture and dislocate different parts of your body and yet beat the unbeatables. But now, I prefer to sit back and watch people play the games they do. 😉 And I feel that a lot of “rules” apply to life as well…

“In Boxing the ability to bounce back determines the winner”
The sport of boxing intrigues me. We take pleasure in watching two perfectly sane and fit men break each other’s ribs, noses and wills till one of em cant stand up any more! Having said that I do enjoy a good match 😉 And as it is in boxing, it is in life. Once you are in the ring, you are on your own, and how good you are at defending yourself determines your ability to keep your head above water. But sometimes the tide takes over..we get hit by unforeseen circumstances,and that is when our ability to bounce back pulls us through!
If you can stand up every single time you get punched and find the strength to attack with twice the power, it’s a K.O!

“Where the arrow goes depends more on where the archer’s mind sees it going”
Archery seems to be one helluva mindbending sport, coz unless your mind is calm your body wont follow and the arrow is an extension of your arm. It’s like.. you need to learn to be slow in a hurry! And so it is in life, we have deadlines for everything, performing under pressure isn’t a new concept. But it’s only when you see your goal clearly in your mind, that you will know how you can achieve it.Focus, eliminating distractions… eyes on the prize…isn’t that what makes winners? and doesn’t it all begin in your mind? 

 

“Life is like a game of scrabble sometimes, you have a bingo but no place to use it!”
I was playing scrabble the other day and I had a bingo (a word that uses all 7 tiles and hence scores big) but no place on the board to use it! So I passed a turn…and waited, no luck. I had to let go of my bingo and so I did. Next turn I had another bingo! But the same thing happened! I eventually ended up letting go of 4 and scored only one bingo in that game. But what I learnt was… with practice, I had developed a bingo mindest …I would attempt using all the tiles in every turn and the more I did it, the more bingos I could make! Isn’t it the same in life? Step 1- use everything we’ve got..our talents, skills and passions to construct a bingo. 
Step 2-To train our minds to seek the opportunities to score that bingo!

 

“when the wind dies down, enjoy the calm sea”
Ever been sailing? I have..only once..too bad I’m seasick coz it’s scarily beautiful to lose sight of the shore. And by sailing I mean the proper ‘adjusting your sails and knowing the starboard from the port side’ kinda sailing. So, when you are at sea and the wind dies down, what do you do? do you curse it or wonder if it’ll ever pick up again? No, you simply wait. Coz you know it’s just a passing phase. And as you wait, you breathe easy and enjoy the peaceful ocean, coz when it swells, you are going to miss the calm! And so it is in life, the ups and downs alternate, so enjoy the lull before your overwhelming success takes over… you know it will. Just like the wind, it is guaranteed to pick up!

Life is also like a game of cricket at times, but we’ll face that googly some other day! 😉

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