5 things in your life you can reflect on

When you feel that everything falls apart all around you, or you feel hopeless, have you analyzed what’s wrong or have you just moved on thinking it’s better to go with the flow. If a problem heads your way, have you solved it? Is there something you want to do but are not doing anymore, or that you are missing something in your life,  the charisma you have always wanted and maybe even envied in others. If you answer these questions in the negative, go ahead and try this useful exercise.

1) Look back and think about when you were the happiest

When did you thrive the most in your life? Looking back, there must have been key joyous moments in your life:  your time growing up with Family; traveling to another country; dancing all night in a disco with friends; participating in school’s extra curricular activities? Notice a couple of themes here? Friends, family and travel.

2) Open your eyes and pay close attention to what goes by

Instead of automatically just moving through each day, be on the lookout for things that light you up, or spark an interest. What movies capture your interest or books move you the most? What would you love to try?

3) Notice what makes you irritated or upset

What do you resent the most in your life? If you’re having a particularly grumpy day, what set you off? What’s most likely to put you in a bad mood? If you find yourself feeling annoyed or jealous of something that someone else is doing, ask yourself why. Are they doing something you want to do? Are they preventing you from doing something you need to do? Emotions are great signposts if you’re willing to do the digging to find out what they’re really about.

Have you ever felt that you feel a  deep frustration after a day’s work or even on getting back from vacation even though you have everything you wanted?  Thinking back helps in a way that surprises us about what is really bothering us.

4) Keep a Note and write often

Writing about your “feelings” might seem lame but go ahead and give it a try. The real you will find the voice and it will turn your life upside down and might even make you happier. Writing sometimes brings forth dormant thoughts.

5) Watch the signs from your body

Your body will tell you what resonates most with the real you, and when you’ve gone off your path or are betraying yourself. What makes you feel lighter and full of energy? What leaves you feeling drained? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? (in a good way, and in a bad way) Pay attention to these physical clues – they will let you know when you’re getting closer to, or farther away from, yourself. Find some time each day to breathe deep and meditate on anything that might be bothering you. Work to resolve issues that are in your control and stop thinking about those that you cannot do anything about.

Start doing more of those things that you’ve noticed move you, make you feel alive again, or give you more energy. Begin to avoid or change things that drain you, tense you up, or deaden your spirit. Over time, you’ll be more and more what you thought you always were or meant to be. Grab that umbrella and fly away.

Life is waiting for you !!!


A “Series” of Quotes from One Tree Hill

I have always been fascinated by series that tackle a theme each week and strive (or so it seems)to send across a message. I particularly like the shows that are based around quotes. There are many such popular series that have used this concept to their advantage. The show wants you to think about every great quote there ever was and weave a story around it. Many characters from the show tend to portray the voice-overs or a specific person does the voice over, the voice of reason. Voice-over is often like narration but it provides a touch of insight into people’s lives and often addresses the moral dilemma a character is involved in. Ok, I stole that line from Wikipedia !! It does sound good though.

One Tree Hill was one of the first shows I watched which has theme based episodes. The title of each episode is coined after songs, bands or albums. Some of my favorite titles are

1. The Games That Play Us
2. You Gotta Go There to Come Back
3. The Desperate Kingdom of Love
4. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
5. Like You Like an Arsonist
6. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
7. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
8. Songs to Love and Die By
9. All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
10. For Tonight You’re Only Here to Know
11. Hate Is Safer Than Love
12. One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning
13. Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I Saw You
 
I like many other titles but these, I like the most. Some of my favorite voice-overs in no particular order are(that sounded like I was giving away the Oscars *grin*),
 
 
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Live your life like….

Life Love

You are down and out

Your courage has but dwindled

Your shoulders can no longer bear the weight of the world

Your feet are heavy with the burden of your mistakes and predicaments.

You will give up on it all

in many of your waking moments

and many more  sleepless ones

The gross injustice that is your life

But strength does exist.

It lives in weird places and sneaks in at unearthly hours.

And it creeps up on you…Listen to your heart..

Listen to those who matter to you.

We have but one life to live

One life to be brave…

What do you look for in a movie ?

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I was just thinking aloud today about what people look for in any movie ? We obviously all don’t look for the same things. So, what moves us, what takes us to tears?  Does what we expect from a movie change with different languages ? Is what we expect from a French film different from an English movie ? What are you ready to overlook ? What makes any movie, a great movie.

I jotted down a few things that I look  forward to in a movie. There must some formula a director follows to ensure that his movie succeeds, like a checklist.(like a code developer’s checklist  – that’s the geek in me talking). Here, they are :

1.  A decent storyline. The plot needs to have some sort of direction.

2.  The characters should be well etched out. Or at least have personality.

3. I rate acting after characters because if the role you are playing is muddled, nothing can really save you. People will simply not identify with the said characters. But the flip side is, that the audience throngs the theatre if some or all the cast is famous. It works well for marketing.  Dhobi Ghat, also known as Mumbai diaries(Hindi) is one such example. Aamir Khan‘s presence drew the audience and once there the film did a fine job of drawing one into its intricacies.

4.  However subtle, humour is an onus in any film. Cheesy and recycled jokes are not funny.

5.  If it’s thought-provoking, all the more better. Sometimes, a movie that puts forth a message strikes a chord with its audience. Life is Beautiful (Italian) was a fantastic film in that respect.

Sometimes, even a bad storyline with a good message makes one have a feel-good factor about it. So, people tend to forgive some if not all the jarring mess some movies are.

6. Dialogues make a movie so much more memorable.  When I watched “When Harry met Sally“, apart from the strong characters and the actors who played them, the movie was memorable for its dialogues . Click here to see them.

7.  A beautiful picturesque scene in a film certainly stays with you long after you watch it. It’s what makes a good movie better.  The Lord of the Rings has such beautiful scenic locations that it made New Zealand the new tourist destination that everyone wanted to visit.

8.  A carefully edited film ensures that the viewer’s attention is held through its  length unlike a film with choppy editing.  Jodha Akbar (Hindi) is a lovely film that is badly in need of some editing.

Jodha Akbar

So what do you look for in a movie ?

Food for thought:I was looking for movie posters and found this –>http://inspiredology.com/minimalist-movie-posters/ .Let me know if you can figure out why each symbol is as it is.

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Few of My Favourite Quotes

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One of my all time favourite quotes is by Ayn Rand – truly inspiring lines. Has always made me sit up and notice where I am..

Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.

“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”
— Ayn Rand

Another one of my author quotes and verses has been of the Late J.R.R.Tolkien. His stories always manage to transport me to his land of elven kings and queens, men and hobbits 🙂

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

This was my favourite verse describing Aragorn *sigh* 🙂

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by frost.
From the ashes a fire shall waken,A light from shadows shall spring,
Renewed will be the sword that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.

Its rain, beautiful rain…it haunts me, it takes me to turmoil, it calms my soul, its sweetness takes my breadth away, and its rage scares me, rain beautiful rain

There are many more I have saved. Will post them another day 🙂 .

 

Clarity….

What would you do for a moment of clarity in your life. How sacrifices could you make to know where you have to go, who you need to be. What are you doing now to find the means to that end ? Does your life, if you measured it, really have any meaning or are you just living because you do not know what else you can do.

Where do we go from here. Where is that light that we constantly look for ?What is our purpose here.

WHO ARe YoU …Are you like everybody else. ..Who do you have to live up to… What is that you live unto ?

Dont these questions keep running in your mind..there are moments when you think how you wasted the years of your life…Have you achieved something real.. LIke thinking that if someone measured your life, would you think you did something substantial ??

The very fact that i have categorized it under random thoughts when I all I seek is clarity is an example :).

Is your life a purpose in itself, Is it a quest or do you get through each day thinking waiting for the end of the day….or do you live it like there is no tomorrow.

Do you take the easy way out in life. Would you take the easy way out ..