Moving On!

With heartbreaks seem to be a common notion these days, it’s really difficult to cope up with brokenness. With this poem, I wish to convey that one must let go of the past and move on. Don’t be stuck on the path. Just change your course. No one can help us better than ourselves, for we exactly know how we feel. 

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Heartbroken and stuck, 

Lost in the wilderness, 

Bewildered and shattered, 

On our way, all along, 

When future is now the past, 

With tears and despair, 

Lingering feelings seem to last, 

With no signs of repair, 

Break away from the shackles, 

Not let sadness curl on, 

For all we ought to do is, 

Just and simply move on! 

 

 

 

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The Happiness Advantage!

An interesting book that I found and took it up. It talks about the seven principles that can help us perform better in the workplace.

I couldn’t judge what the book might be about going by the title. I was smitten by the theme as I got started by the book. It is all about how ‘happiness’ can actually drive ‘performance’ and ‘success’ at work. It’s a common notion that we think we would be happy when successful. This book would make you think otherwise. And, I couldn’t agree more.

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As such, this book is a must read as to how we could imbibe these simple tricks in our lives and see making huge differences in how we see life and work.

This book is also a great tool for all the ‘would-be’ Managers who can actually try to understand the nuances and try them out with the team. Such experiments can truly boost the overall productivity of the team and improve work culture as well.

I strongly believe we need not limit these to just our workplace, but learn to put to use in our day-to-day lives as well.

Shawn lists out these seven principles in a wonderful way and talks about the strategies that could help us implement them. This book is always worth a revisit and such a pleasure to read.

A profound book, perfect for gifting!   

Highly recommended. 

Depression And Darkness!

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Captivated and entrapped,

Completely and wholly dejected,

The trails don’t seem to find a way,

I ponder, how can I run away ?!

With faltering patience,

Surprisingly dwindling faith,

And negativity looming all over,

I wonder, how do I fix this pain ?!

In spite of all the efforts,

Slinging back to the past,

Questioning my belief,

Will I ever find a sign of relief ?!

Seemingly upfront and strong,

Feeling like nothing but a weakling,

Looking for the lost shimmer of light,

Already have had enough of fight,

Lost over unreasonable bond,

How I emerge out of this,

Dreadful and unfathomable pond ?!

Lean In : Women, Work And The Will To Lead!

I couldn’t have imagined a better start to the year than taking up this amazing book from my shelf.

I had just an iota of things about Sheryl Sandberg, which this profound book helped shape my views about what a wonderful and inspirational model Sheryl is. As she mentions early in the book that this is not a philosophical book, nor is a self-help kind and neither is it a biography. It is an astounding amalgamation of all these and in fact, I wouldn’t be wrong to say “more”.

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I had never given much thought to the perception of feminism earlier until this book happened. Sheryl enlightens us with her exclusive thoughts on feminism, but then she does make it a point to not fall into the trap of gender bias. She talks about the issues women face in their lives while managing their personal lives which get intertwined with their professional world. She highlights how challenging it becomes for women to satisfy everyone in the myriad roles they play during the course of their time. She lists down excerpts from her own personal life [which in itself, is no less than worth admiration] and aligns them with the points she brings to the table. Her most important stressed point is working towards equality in the world and overcoming gender bias. With this book, she has set role models in the form of Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg, for their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Since charity begins at home, Sheryl urges everyone to work on equality and more communication.

I was influenced by one of the lines from her book. She says, “there won’t be more female leaders in the future, there will only be leaders”. There are more such instances and notes which will leave a deep impact on our thinking and mindset and help us come out of the boundaries we [especially, women] set around ourselves.

Truly, an intense and a must-read book for everyone out there.

Happy Reading! ❤

Introspectiveness!

It’s that time of the year yet again and we find ourselves looking back what has just gone by in a seeming whisker moment away while being hopeful for a better tomorrow.

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As though it just dawned by,

Can’t do anything but sigh,

How these days, weeks and months,

Apparently just flew by.

 

Many moments to cherish,

Of living with love and peace,

Adorned with happiness and bliss,

Grateful, for what few get to miss.

 

The tryst with myriad setbacks,

Dealing with sadness and pain,

Instead of giving into life’s gimmicks,

Turn them into a personal gain.

 

A scintilla of dreams coming true,

An iota joining the shattered crew,

A hell of a roller-coaster ride,

Paving way to probably unknown strides.

 

With new connections and new people,

Reliving the memories with the fellas,

Let’s take in the positivism with glee,

Letting all the negativism flee.

 

As we reflect back,

Take the lessons forward,

Make the most of the moment,

Work on the flaws and not torment.

 

To this amazing life and people,

Not letting our hearts cripple,

Let hopes and wishes cohere,

Towards this yet another New Year! 🙂 ❤ 

How Emotions Are Made : The Secret Life Of The Brain!

Humans are probably one of the most interesting creations of life on earth. And even more intriguing is the human brain. To a person who is easily enticed by Neuroscience, this book is an easy catch. I picked this up the other day for I had this in mind since long.

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This book is a very different book, for it is medical yet very simply and succinctly explained. Lisa Barrett has presented the facts and figures in such a pleasant way that it doesn’t take a medical degree [or, an extensive medical knowledge for that matter] to get through this. For someone who takes pleasure in the study of medicine and related concepts, this book is a treasure. Explained in layman terms, Lisa beautifully weaves her words through the medical terminology and study to finally talk about how emotions define us ultimately.

I recall a small instance of my experiences in life. I was visiting a dentist for my root canal treatment. I have had few dental cases in the past and having borne through the pain that a decayed tooth can put one through, thinking specifically about the pain that might be caused due to the treatment, was pretty obvious. Note that the dentists are professionals enough who take due care in not causing any discomfort to their patients. And I found myself there in the dental chair getting treated with all sorts of needles, drilling machines and the like. I had been under anesthesia effect and I could no longer feel any sensation in the affected area. In spite of all this and the medical efficiency during the course of my treatment, I found myself cringing out of a ‘probable’ pain that the procedure might cause me, based on my earlier experiences. But then, it never really occurred. I realized I have been fooled by the probable pain that had got imbibed in my mind.

This realization made me ponder but with no conclusions. It was when I started absorbing what this wonderful book had to offer, I found myself relating to what I had experienced earlier. There is a concept that our brain works us through based on what is termed as ‘prediction’. Lisa says the brain tries to predict things/facts based on our earlier experiences and tries to build a picture for us and this results in developing the associated emotion which makes us feel what we feel. As such, in my case, my brain seems to have tricked me into believing that I am likely to be caused pain, which in fact was not the case. In such cases where in the result is something different, the brain tries to correct that up based on our experience.

There are a lot of such concepts explained beautifully by Lisa on how emotions are caused and what different emotions can impact us. This leads to a sort of introspection and has the capacity to;

  • Alter our thought processes.
  • Understand the intricacies of our thinking.
  • Apprise us about the impact of an emotion on us and its consequences.
  • Understand how our brain works.
  • Make us understand as to what exactly happens to us as we think.
  • Fathom the potential of this most amazing gift of life.

This book is highly recommended for it is in itself a great piece of work.

Happy Reading! ❤ 

Childhood!

This post was meant for Children’s Day that just passed by, but then childhood holds a special place in the lives of each one of us. This is a phase that implies a lot of lessons to be remembered for a lifetime. We wish we could be kids again at some junctures in our lives. Probably, this is why we tend to kids even when we don’t know them personally. They are always a great stressbuster. A simple smile would make our day. To everyone out there, have the child in you make your life lively always!

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Showcasing the purest of human emotions,
In spite of all the commotions,
Sheer innocence being the virtue,
Rarely found anywhere else..

Did we ever realize,
When did we actually grow up?

Reflecting back brings in a thousand thoughts,
We seemed so real and upfront,
Curiosity was so much welcome,
With our hearts so warm,
And full of unbiased love, life, joy, and bliss,
Spreading smiles all around,
Genuineness was a rarity to be found..

Did we ever think upon,
Why have we left all that behind?

We slowly gave in to the,
Wilderness of the adult lives,
Never ever were we so concerned,
For the unknown future,
Digging the past wasn’t a ritual,
All we knew was living in the moment,
Enjoying the present to the fullest.. 

Childhood gave us a lot of memories,
And lessons for a lifetime,
Which can simplify the man-made complexities,
Pangs of adulthood and its anxieties!