I think the world would become a better place when we all stop taking people for granted. There is something between ego and self-respect called self-worth or dignity, which we should wisely mentor.
I was talking to a 75-year-old close relative of mine this morning, and in the middle of a normal conversation, she became emotional. Living alone for two years, ever since her husband passed away, away from her children, who are busy hoarding wealth in other parts of the world, the poor woman was dreading the Onam festival due to arrive in mid-September. She didn’t know what to do about it; she was uneasy about being a misfit amidst the festivities around. Onam traditionally brings the whole family together in the southern state of India, and here she was, alone, and lonely.
I told her I would send some friends over and she should prepare the Onam feast for them. She seemed somewhat satisfied, only for a while.
Then she spilt her worries and fears, unintentionally, against her best efforts to hide. She said, “Why can’t my granddaughter come and live with me for a while?”
I thought that was a good idea. Why didn’t anyone think about it? In fact, that was a great idea. Considering this was a grandmother, who had once spent a few years away from her husband and her own old mother – who was around the same age she is now – to look after this girl who was then a baby; so she wouldn’t be alone with a nanny while her mother could study, and later work; this was the right thing to do. It is a natural and humane payback, more so when she is the one person her grandma gets along famously and whose company she so badly longs for. I would have done it, if I were her.
I wish to thank all of you who have checked out my book ‘Past Life’ and for those genuine feed backs. I am especially moved by those touching comments (something I never got for my previous books). I know why this book was special for the reader in spite of it being a one woman show written and put together in a span of less than three hours – it is a story told from my heart. Besides, we humans know how to see real from fake instinctively, intuitively rather.
At one point when I checked my Amazon rank I found myself in #7 in my category, qualifying me to call myself Amazon bestseller, I guess. I was not constantly checking my sales rank, so maybe I missed a point in time when I possibly could have been on the #1. I don’t know much about marketing or algorithms etc. So I won’t claim any fame.
My gratitude to one and all who downloaded and read my book, and my prayers to all those who have gone through similar feelings at some point in their lives. I didn’t mean to make you sad, recall your lost loved ones. Forgive me if I have unintentionally made you relive sad times. My intention was not it, honestly.
In gratitude, I have made the book a free download today (June 22). Those who haven’t read ‘Past Life’ yet, please do.
The links are: (and so on according to your region of purchase)
P.S. While you are there, please do check out my contemporary fiction work ‘Meantime Girl’. It is a love story and a lot of work, time and money was invested in the production of it. And honestly I think, I have done a good job with it. You might differ, but do check it out. Or, alternatively, you might love it. I hope you will.
I didn’t know today was going to be father’s day until this moment! Isn’t it a strange coincidence I am promoting my shortread book (Kindle book) ‘Past Life’ dedicated to my late father today, a decision I took last evening! It goes with the theme of my book though.
I should admit, I haven’t got my book edited, for I really had this terrible urge to write and publish this book in one day. Do let me know if you spot blunders, or even minor errors.
This book is a tribute to my father, my guide, guardian, philosopher.
Amazon.com link: https://www.amazon.com/Past-life-Journey-my-Soul-ebook/dp/B01H941XA0
Call it Ikigai (reason for being) or life purpose, I am consciously, subconsciously and unconsciously working on it, finding mine, Path.
As a blueprint, I am putting together a personal code of conduct, based on my inclinations, intuitions and strongest desires.
On top of my core values I place Spirituality, NOT RELIGION.
Then comes happiness, NOT OVERWHELM.
Affection, not ATTACHMENT.
Commitment, not CONTRACT.
Dedication, NOT OBSESSION.
Empathy, NOT CHARITY.
Self realisation, NOT SELF LOVE.
P.S. This is a work in progress. Suggestions and corrections are welcome.
It’s early Tuesday morning and I’m sitting at my mother-in-laws bedside at the local community hospital. It seems as though this is the hundredth time I’ve found myself in…
Source: Lessons From The Elderly.
Now that I have been introduced to the teachings of the great Wayne Dyer, I am a better person for sure. Sad, he had to go so soon, at 75! He could have easily lived for at least 10 more years. But I know he wanted to go, and so he went. It cannot be any other way.
Thank you Sir. RESPECT.
Those who haven’t met him yet: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/
Some people’s minds are out to lunch from breakfast to dinner….
I know death is not the end of life, soul life. But I am not sure where we go after the soul leaves the current body. If we have a choice to decide what life to take next, or to REST!
I would want to REST.
If I have to be reborn, my spirit would choose to be a bird, an unassuming sparrow. And you?