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Trusting the Universe is hard

So lately I haven’t been feeling too happy. There is something missing in my days. Everything is a bland routine. The weekdays come and they go, the weekends come and yes I do have some fun, and they go by as well. The days go by but really what are they made of? What do I do that is meaningful? Lately, I have been harping on things a lot. All the things that I am dissatisfied about are coming up repeatedly. I suspect it’s these things that keep me unhappy. There is not much I can do right now to fix any of these things. Drastic actions and decisions have never helped. So I am not doing any of that. But the alternative is inaction, to do nothing while everything remains unsatisfactory. I am supposed to have faith in the Universe and trust that all things will fall into place at the right time and everything will turn out OK. But I am often afraid that this may not be true and that the end result will just be that I wasted time doing nothing. Does that even make sense?

Because at this point in Life, for certain situations I am facing now (I won’t go into the gory details now), I simply do not know what the right solution is. I am not sure what the right decision is.

I also have so much resentment and frustration. There have been a couple of things that have not been working out for me for the past 3-4 years and it’s all adding up. There is a constant ever-present conflict. I strive all the time to be content but it is a constant battle. They say you can make your Life out to be the way you want it to be. It is not true. We do not have the power to influence certain circumstances. We can only change our inner attitude towards our circumstances. This is the journey I am on. To constantly fight the resentments and frustrations that nose into my thoughts.

To be honest, I admit my issues are first world problems, and those living in poverty and starvation will not be impressed by my frustrations. But that is the problem with the human ego isn’t it? When our basic needs are met, we aspire towards higher fulfilment. And the more we have, the more we want, because there is always a next level to aspire to – it never ends. I so desperately want to be content with what I have. But I feel if I don’t keep aspiring to things, I will not grow and my life will stagnate. So I feel I must keep trying… And in this process, there is so much conflict and frustration…

Strangely, after writing all this, I feel better. Nothing has changed, but I feel better about it. No wonder they say writing is good for the spirit. I need to write more!

So… On that note….

Things that make me happy
Family
Well brewed coffee
Aromatherapy soap
Pasta
Moscato
Devious maids episodes – I am officially addicted
Time with friends
Getting dressed up and going out
Lazy Sunday afternoons (with Devious Maids episodes of course!)
Friends getting married!

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A little bit o’Inspiration

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Just thought I will quietly sneak back into my blog space with a bit of inspiration for everyone. I myself have not been greatly inspired recently to write much (told myself everyone else on WordPress is doing a fine job of it; let’s stick to reading). However, I have shamed myself into getting some writing done (what is the use of having a blog otherwise?!). 2015 is coming along and I reckon I should do something to inspire myself and others into having a better attitude all around about stuff.

Soooo… to start off on a rather-cynical-but-still-optimistic note, 2015 may not start off or pan out the way we all want, but that does not mean Life is bad. There will be good stuff and not-so-great stuff, but nevertheless it’s the stuff of Life and we just gotta roll along with the punches, ya know… Mainly, I am trying to convince myself, actually. 2014 has been better than 2013 and waaay better than 2012 – I will admit that much. So looking at the trend, I’d say things are looking up… Anyway I am not going to get ahead of myself – the ONLY resolution I have is to maintain an attitude of Gratefulness no matter what happens. Easier said than done, trust me. We will see how that goes… More on that next year, folks!

Happy New Year, fellow bloggers and readers! I wish all of you the very best of years and the strength and wisdom to take it all on.

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Inspire me Wednesdays -There is always hope…

Inspire me Wednesdays are about inspiring quotes or inspiring stories, to give us all a mid-week boost.

I came across this really inspiring story recently and thought I will share it to help inspire us all.

18-year old Patrick Henry Hughes, is blind and wheelchair bound. He also plays the piano beautifully and the trumpet as a member of a marching band. He has graduated from the University of Louisville magna cum laude with a BA in Spanish.

“I mean, God made me blind and didn’t give me the ability to walk. I mean, big deal.” he says. “He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff.”

He also says that being blind has opened up a complete world to him, because he cannot see skin colour or features, but instead he sees what’s inside the person. This is someone who has truly taken his challenges into stride and transformed it into a blessing – something that many of us with all our advantages in life find difficult to do. His view of life and his ability to take what he has been given in life and make the best out of it truly astounds me.

For the full story visit http://inspire21.com/stories/truestories/GodMadeMeBlind and http://www.patrickhenryhughes.com/

More of us should strive to view life this way. No matter our challenges in life, there is always a way for us to see it in positive light. We are rarely without resources in life. Most of us do have plenty, if only we stop to appreciate them, maximise on them and be contented along the way.

Thank you Patrick Hughes, for being such an inspiration to the rest of us!

What else has inspired you recently? Share with us!

Share your ideas and inspirations by leaving a comment or emailing me at mindurspirit@gmail.com. Every Wednesday , I will choose one inspiring idea/story to post.

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Give yourself an Optimism Boost today!

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

Ms Keller got it right. Though blind, deaf and mute, she achieved so much in life. We need to believe in ourselves more. A lot of the times I find that people (me!) think that certain dreams are beyond our reach, or that we should take the safer path. To be optimistic is easier said than done, I think. To believe is easier said than done. But it can be done, step by step, little by little.

Everyday, give yourself an Optimism Boost.

Is there something today that you want to get done, something you dread perhaps or you think is a difficult task? Look in the mirror and tell yourself – I can handle this. I can do it well. Feel the optimism in your bones for a minute. I promise it will help 🙂

Perhaps there is something you are trying to make happen in life, starting a new business, reaching a particular career goal, improving your relationships. There are uncertainties for sure. Say to yourself – Uncertainty will not stop me. I will give my best, follow a plan, and hope for the best. For our best weapon against uncertainty is Hope and Confidence.

Optimism (and the optimism boosts) doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome. Nothing guarantees a successful outcome. But what it does, though, is give us the courage and inner strength to carry on, to plough on with doing what needs to be done and to follow our dreams. Optimistic people don’t always succeed in everything, however, they do bounce back from failing better.

Let me declare here that I am not an optimist by nature. I want to be though and I am learning everyday. Believe in yourself and most importantly, be kind to yourself! If it doesn’t work first time around, or second time or third time, its OK, pat yourself on the back for trying and keep the optimism up. It’s the only way forward…

Here’s to an optimistic day!

I’d love to hear what you guys have to say about my insights, so do feel free to comment!

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