I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
– E.E. Cummings
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
– E.E. Cummings
4 years ago, today – you came into my crazy world and changed my life forever. Wish you a very happy birthday ❤ Thank you for all the joy you bring to my days, for listening to my rants and stories, for every milestone I have reached and loved to celebrate with you.
In my last workplace, I was a member of the Social committee who’d be responsible for organizing events in the festive season – mainly Diwali and Christmas. For Christmas 2015, I was helping to arrange Secret Santa for the business finance team.
A few months back, I had started a new ritual – The Cold Coffee Thursdays 🙂 I would carry cold milk in my flask and have my morning breakfast at work. On Thursdays, I would make myself some frothy chilled strong coffee and kickstart the weekend eve morning and it would be extra special as I had newly started to fast on Thursdays. The cold coffee was a sort of distraction from the usual breakfast.
Indifference is easy, detachment is hard. To be happy with or without – nonetheless – is tricky. It is easy not to expect, but the tough part is to not let the expectations weigh your happyness down. Detachment is like the extra layer of icing on your already pretty and tasty cake – having which, would be delightful; but missing the extra frosting wouldn’t hurt either.
There are days, so strongly etched in your memory that you can never forget. That day, was one such day. It was the first day of Grade 11 – a day of new beginnings, making new friends and opening new chapters in the textbook of life. It was the day I met them, the RDS to my H!
I remember the way you looked at me when I woke up from my sleep, with my head resting on your shoulder. I could feel some ruffles around me, little did I know you were trying to take pictures of me asleep.
This post is a dedication to a dear friend of mine – Trudy, who is sunshine and warmth wrapped in a person. Trudy and I have been co-workers and thanks to the water cooler talks, we got to know each other as friends. She would talk to me about her day so far, her Christmas decor ideas and her passion for art and that’s how we connected and became friends. Although she is decades senior to me in experience, she is so respectful and shares so much of her wisdom. I love listening to her stories and asking her questions 😀
Over the past few days, flight #DecodingHappyness2711 had been running on auto-pilot mode.
A few weeks back, I found myself surrounded by struggle, stress, anxiety and uneventful circumstances. I was complaining about the bitter experiences I had to go through and why weren’t things easy and smooth for me? Continue reading
“…but just one glance through someone else’s eyes and I realized I had the extraordinary.”
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you – you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
– The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
“May our reunion be not a finding, but a sweet collision of destinies!”
― Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl
“I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.”
― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith
“Your strength doesn’t come from winning. It comes from struggles and hardship. Everything that you go through prepares you for the next level.”
― Germany Kent
Every time, I come back from a vacation, short or long – it is extremely difficult to get back to the routine of life, again!
18th Nov., 2018
For a long time, I had been reading and hearing about things like being ‘in perfect alignment with the Universe’, ‘asking the Universe for guidance’, trusting the ‘Synchronicity of events’ and tapping into our ‘Intuitive guidance system’ for answers.
There have been so many times in life when I’ve come across people who hold grudges against me, complaint, nag or make me feel guilty about something I was ‘ought-to-do’ and didn’t do. Continue reading
I’ve been lucky to spend some blissful time last week, soaking in the winter sun and enjoying ice-cream on rainy evenings. I wonder, if life could be more beautiful! Sharing some joy with my blogging family ❤ 🙂
In the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone there is this scene as below:
If you and I both are hungry
And we have just a piece of bread to share,
Every person we meet is a gift – meant to be loved and cherished. Let’s say thank you to the people who matter 🙂
A few weeks back, I was being incessantly bombarded with curve-balls from my best friend (let’s call my friend ‘Jay’) – whose life motto is to test my patience and wits; to the ends of planet Pluto. And mind you! I get no prior warnings too.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
– Og Mandino
If you stumble across a lover, who happens to be a poet; hold on tight. For you are on a journey so right.
If only you could see yourself from my eyes, would you know; what you mean to me – my world, my smile, my heartbeat – all of it, enveloped in the fragrance of your breath.
9th Nov., 2018 | 8:38 PM
Just noticed that Decoding Happyness has crossed the 50K milestone!
As a new found hobby, I picked up on running a few months back and it has grown to be more than just a hobby for me. It is my new found sense of self, my new love ❤ 🙂 Amongst many other health benefits of being physically active and healthy, it has taught me a few very important life lessons, I wish to carry for life.
I have always been a fan of writing, but there is something; which I discovered a few months back that has brought serenity and tranquility to my life. Continue reading
As much as we want things to run smoothly, sometimes we tend to forget that everything in life requires nurturing, love, care, and patience. Instead of taking things for granted, we ought to maintain them; to prevent their fragile beauty from whimpering away.
I’ve already looked at the empty night skies,
At least a 100 times by now…
Connecting with my last post on delayed gratification, just a little metaphor for life 🙂 Someone once told me, people might not remember how you looked; but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Let’s strive to be beautiful, inside out…
I began my weekend morning at 9 AM and immediately after I freshened up, I went to the kitchen to get done some long overdue chores and prep up our lunch. At times, I have infinite patience to do small stuff which would usually be put on the back burner when I have a busy, tiring day. Continue reading
Sometimes, we stand at such crossroads in life, where we are helpless in front of the circumstances around us. The below lines are an attempt to capture one such moment when even though words are said, their essence is failed to be noticed by the one for whom they were meant for… After all :
One thing I absolutely love to do is to amaze people. Sometimes, it is through a random surprise, or by remembering small things they once told me or doing something for them which makes them happy. I have always been a fan of treating people I wish to be (and also luckily I am) treated. After all, aren’t people meant to be spoilt with love and affection?
Focusing on the lack often attracts more lack, instead, when we choose to disassociate from lack, abundance flows freely. Detachment causes miracles to manifest . . . Do you have a story or experience to share? Write to me in the comments below!
There’s a Gujarati song I’ve been humming every morning ever since I first heard it – ‘ I love you re mari sawar ‘ which loosely translates to ‘I love you, O dear beloved mornings mine’. In the last 1 week, I had a few goosebump moments which made my mornings and day extra magical. I guess when we’re in synchronicity with the Universe, magic and miracles flow to us with ease.
I came across this beautiful song ‘Love in a photograph’ by Ed Sheeran from the movie ‘Me before you’ (suggested as a must watch by a very dear friend) and for the first time when I heard the lyrics very closely, my heart was captivated by the below lines:
ज़रा मुस्कुराया करते है. .
कौन समजाये उन्हे,
वो कहते है हमे,
हर बात पे मुस्कुराया करते हो तुम. .