Just around the corner

Each dawn I embark upon this journey.
The journey of my eternal hunt for happiness.

Today it took me for a walk
pounds i thought i would shed,
stress i thought that would melt
with the distance that i traverse on the path.

Spurts of speed and brisk
spaced with some slow down
is what the guideline said.

we humans follow guidelines to the tee, don’t we?

breathe in, breathe out
the final lap of the walk.

Today with each breathe i savoured something more than clean air.
the giggle of a street urchin
the smile of a mother
the laughter of the Gen Old
the rustle of the leaves
the dew on the grass
the whiff from the flowers.

Today, did the journey  get over even before it started?
Did I just end my hunt today ?
Nah!

I suppose, it usually waits for me each day
Just around the corner!

Things ‘just happen’

Pocket watch, savonette-type.

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I belong to that school of thought which strongly believes that,

There are no good or bad people. There are only incompatible individuals.”

This no where presumes that an individual’s actions may not cause hurt to another individual. ( Let’s leave terrorists and criminals out of this conversation..I am talking about human beings like you and meūüôā

What is most important here is that the intention behind the action was not one which had an agenda for causing hurt or pain to the other individual.

I am told that the hurt or pain ‘just happens’ due to expectations .

Agree, that the root cause for most moments of hurt¬† is ‘expectations’.

But, never really understood how things ‘just happen’.

Every action is initiated by a thought, and when a thought arises one has the option either to exercise the thought into an action or let the thought be.

The moment we choose to exercise either of the two , we are making a conscious choice and things are not ‘just happening’. We have chosen to respond to the situation a particular manner.

During a conversation session a friend had stated something very powerful, which resurfaces each day in my mind.He had stated that responsibility is “the ability to respond”.

The question that I face today is –

How am I going to respond when things ‘just happen’ ?

baby steps

the journey of life begins with one taking ‘baby steps’¬† towards ‘growing up’!

but once you are a ‘grown-up’ , the concept of baby steps seem to dissolve in the crazy frenzy of a hectic life.

there comes a time when you pause and stop,then turn around and see that you have a come a long way.

Little did you realise that there were many other tiny paths which you missed while you were on the sprint.

the road is still long and unwinding.

the slopes are steep, the bumps are many.

isn’t¬† it time to ask… is there where you really want to go?

may be…just may be you need to tread a different path , explore a newer route , enjoy the journey¬† rather than worry about reaching the destination…you never know, may be these ‘baby steps’ that you take, leads to an unimagined newer pasture !

Aladdin’s Magic Lamp & Jasmine

the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp from the Arabian nights always fascinated me as it took Aladdin to another place whenever he wanted(sometimes where he had to) and could still comeback to familiar surroundings . All this ,thanks to his magic lamp and the loyal genie…. Jasmine did tag along at times.

related more to Jasmine ….as she would be in awe, sometimes confused and at times bewildered by the different places and situations she was in..but at the end…the journey and exploration would be worthwhile

my shift from classroom teaching to curriculum development to training teachers and defining how teachers could use technology in classroom and how the whole learning community can stay connected with technology and add more value to the educational process and now landed in a place where I am surrounded by technology .

but what strings all of them together is the goal to create a difference in the way education is delivered.

needed to be on this roller coaster ride to understand and figure out that even in my very first teaching assignment what excited me was not the content but the methods of delivery and the challenge that there weren’t any “fixed textbook” from which I had to teach “chapters” . there was only a “framework” which one had to follow.

almost a decade now since I first stepped into the big world of education…what keeps me going is the dynamic nature of the way curriculum can be delivered.

friends , family and well-wishers were perplexed when I decided to plunge into making a career in education technology.

thanks to “gut instinct” or what I call my “forward thinking mind” realised that I wouldn’t be happy doing the same things day in an out that had zero challenge and where the intellectual growth would stagnate.

glad that I decided to use the”magic lamp” and “the magic carpet” and start of on the journey into the world of educational technology.

almost three months now on this journey and have been learning a new aspect of technology almost every single day and the beauty is how all of these can come together to serve goal i.e.to Educate.

yes..the challenges are many..but the ‘will’ to overcome them is way too high!

moments of delight

daily mundane routine.

‘Travel’ – nothing dramatically different for most office goers¬† in the city .

for me, another normal office goer,each day is different.

some days travel to work happens on a “cost saving” mode…the privilege of a company bus !

it has its moments of delight… early start for the work day….casual youth talk…sleepy heads…chomp chomp chomp noises of crispy khakras being chewed….games on the return journey…and returning back home on time !

most days travel to work happens on “personal time” extending mode…the autoride !

it has its moments of sheer pleasure….chatting with friends…sms to family…and the most fascinating part…. the lush green patch .

a country road in a city!

the trees on both sides of the roads seem to bend forward in a gentle embrace.

the gentle breeze seems to whisper sweet nothings in the ears of the farm animals.

the thick foliage …a perfect cover for the¬† migratory birds.

the calm and still lake …a stark contrast to the passing vehicles.

the open fields ….caressing the hills

the mud houses and kids who are still kids and not wannabe adults.

a quaint temple…with a sole pujari

the winding road seems to call the unknown traveller.

these are my moments of delight while  travelling on a road less travelled by!

and as they rightly say….for a traveller the journey is more important than the destination !

the learning never stops

meandering thoughts.

frenzy of people.

crazy lifestyles.

entangled relations.

confused emotions.

productive work.

difficult realisations.

happy moments.

tough decisions.

innovative ideas.

pleasures of life.

the only constant and continuous ingredient that binds all of it together…. learning!

the quest

 

logged on to the office infoweb today…and right there flashed today’s quote for the day:-

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends on the tides of mind- Alice  Meynell

that got me thinking….

what is happiness? and what is that makes the human mind happy?

too many replies surfacing in my head…so asked others what makes them happy….

response:-

chocolates… hubby… kids… books…sunrise… sleep… food… friends… family…

but the resounding essence of all the answers¬† was revolving¬† around the SELF(a very dear friend’s definition of SELF.. Supreme Evocation of Life Force)

pop up (oh there comes the questioning mind!)

what is self?¬† or should i ask who is this ‘self’…:)

why do we give so much importance to ‘self’ ?

how does manage this ‘self’ manage to control¬†the happiness meter of¬†our lives….

the duality in the nature of¬†an individual arises when one alienates the Self with the other Self…(¬†am¬†I rambling…)

the ‘self’ is the EGO…the other ‘real self’ is YOU (hmm ..interesting)

in the quest to identify the ‘real self’¬† we walk through the journey ,striving to fulfill the never-ending demands of the ‘self’.

the search for happiness goes on…be it the ‘self’ or the ‘real self’