Me, People, That one time

A New Me!

I know I’ve been away from my blog for quite some time, but for the first time I can truly confess that I didn’t miss being here. How? Why? Well, writing something only for the heck of it is quite a chore and the end result is almost always dissatisfactory (at least for me), so until I had something worth sharing I was procrastinating.

Although I was lying low online, my real life was anything but. There was loads of activity and tons of things needed immediate attention. All this involved a week long trip to my native as well as my in-laws. Since my itinerary was jam-packed and everything was planned to perfection there was never a dull moment! 🙂

I’m not going to bore you guys by giving an elaborate account of what all transpired in these two weeks. I want you to come back to my blog after all! 😀 There are some things though which merit a special mention and which I’d like to lock into memory in my own words.

I mentioned in my earlier mails that I’m getting a professional degree, and on account of that there was a training session I had to compulsorily attend. Frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to it. I didn’t know what to expect from it. For me it was just a job that needed to be done. Strangely, I refused to take a waiver for it when I easily could.

Being on the same platform as college kids (some of whom were almost a decade younger to me) and attending lectures with them wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought. Even in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t imagine doing something like this and would like to believe that with age I’m showing signs of maturity. 😛 In fact I enjoyed being called Didi and looked upon for answers that no one else could manage to get! 🙂

Amongst the many people who spoke to us there was one particular elderly gentleman who impressed me. Let me tell you a bit about him first.

Soon after completing his studies he got his dream job and within 5 years he had a salary and lifestyle that people would give an eye for. He worked incessantly round the clock, took his family and health for granted until one day without any warning he crashed. He was hardly in his early thirties that time.

To cut a long story short, this whole thing made him realise the deeper meanings of our life, something that no amount of work or money can get for us. He turned to spirituality. Not that he stopped working. Only, he tried and managed to create a balance between work and life.

The lecture he gave us was on Stress Management.

He had a lot to say about our Facebook addicted generation. He said that by the looks of it, everyone is out there putting up pictures or sharing the details of their enviable and very happening life with their friends and family. Can we assume what we see is true always? If a person is truly happy, why’d he waste his time sitting in front of a screen rather than living up the moment? If everyone is so gung-ho about everything, who’s unhappy? Has unhappiness disappeared somewhere or we’re fooling ourselves?

One more thing that he said and which I’ve always believed myself is, a person can’t live his life through a camera. In the quest to get the perfect shot, the entire purpose of visiting a beautiful place is lost (unless of course you’re a photographer simply doing your job) since you want to simply capture the beauty, not absorb it.

Being in touch with your spiritual side is very liberating. There’s no age or rule for it. How many of us actually try to sit alone and listen to our own thoughts? Have we tried to find out if we’re interesting to ourselves? How much of me and how much of others form a part of our thoughts?

I enjoyed listening to him and am going to act on it myself. I’ve realised that I can get a lot of work can be done if I can restrict my FB time. Time is truly a luxury we take for granted, since forever. Can’t we sacrifice a little bit of our television/computer time and meditate instead? 🙂

Hope I haven’t sounded preachy. I do stand by every word I said.

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    Yes, your blog is not on stress mgt but looks like its on psycho and socio..The statement on FB and happiness etc is really touching..Good one..

    1. Thank you! This is the first time you’ve commented although I make you read all my posts! 😀
      Like I said I really liked what he said. Thank you! 🙂

  2. I liked this question How many of us actually try to sit alone and listen to our own thoughts?

    nice thoughts here!

    1. This is just a glimpse of what he shared with us. He spoke so well. It was well worth the 3 hours. Little bit of introspection is necessary, isn’t it? 🙂

      Missed you here! 🙂

      1. introspection certainly is necessary 🙂 it helps a great deal !

        Oh is missed being the blog world all this while..was away for quiet some time 🙂 now back !!

  3. debajyoti says:

    absolutely. and i have mentioned something similar to it in my new post in a lousy manner as usual :D, which i ll publish tomorrow. lovely post 🙂

    how many times i visited ur blog to see if u have written something new. i thought u lost ur user id and password. u write so well just like me 😎

    1. I feel like going awww right now, but since it seems highly inappropriate, I’ll suffice with a big THANKS for checking up on my blog!! 😀 I’m going to note down my id and password somewhere now. You scared me!!
      Ok…lets clear one thing first…you say you write lousy and then you say I write well just like you. Am I supposed to be glad or offended here? I wonder 🙁
      Will definitely come to read your post. Publish soon.

  4. I had stopped using FB and Twitter some time ago. Lack of time was one thing, and the second was that it was getting too inane and addictive for all the wrong reasons. Though some swear by their efficacy, I have my reservations. Like an alcoholic claiming that he drinks because alcohol is good for the heart 🙂 Good for you, the lecture found its mark. Do read Alone or Lonely, which I had written some months ago. Hugs.

    1. Sometimes I found myself trying to find something interesting to write only to update my status, can you believe it? People have a big misconception that the more number of followers they have and the more active they are online, they’re being socially very active. Which in fact is quite the opposite! And the reasons we try to find to support our addiction, wow! 😀
      Yes the lecture did find its mark on me, though I feel sad many others found it boring. Young kids, they’ll come around sometime I hope. I read your post Aunty. I think I even commented on it. It was wonderful! 🙂

  5. How much of me and how much of others form a part of our thoughts? – This is so awesome 🙂
    Welcome back new-Varsh 🙂

    1. Thanks Swaram…seeing you here after a looooong time!! 🙂 🙂
      Nice thoughts na…acting on them can certainly do us good 🙂

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