Is stress required in life?  

Well, most of the readers will obviously say a big NO. I mean, why take stress and bring home all the diseases which accompany stress. Only a fool would believe stress is not bad. And mind you, such fools do exist. 

I am one among them. Personally, I believe that stress is as important in life as salt is in food. Just as food without salt is useless, so is life without stress. It is in moments of stress and pressure that the mind functions optimally. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that stress acts as a stimulus for greater efficiency. 

Take any list which contains influential people. You will not find even one person in that list, who reached where he/ she is now before undergoing a period of stress and utmost pressure. There is an old adage which goes: every carbon molecule can get converted into a diamond, but very few, which take on the pressure finally become one. 

However, just as a lot of salt can poison the entire food, similarly, a lot of stress can harm a person. One should not keep on taking stressful tasks one after the other. Stress is just a part of our life, and yet we tend to make it our life. This can have  serious implications across various dimensions of life. 

To conclude, I would like to urge the fellow readers to remove the perception that stress has a very negative connotation. We must learn to use stress to our advantage. We need to learn, how to use it to navigate through unfavourable situations and turnaround our losses into our gains. And be very sure, this is quite possible. In fact, not just possible but rather probable! 
Happy Reading !! 

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Reflections- the December kid.

A December born man (me) is someone who is truthful, freaky a little bit, seeking for freedom and a fan of diversity. Trips are his thing. Overall, he is someone you need to watch out for. The truth of the matter is a December born man is someone who is moody quite a bit. Sometimes he doesn’t care at all, other times he follows your every single move. There is a never ending desire in him to fix everything. Sometimes it is agitating even!
Another fact about this guy is that he is always surrounded by the creations of his own world, so if you want to contact him, you need to find your way through all of those creations. Don’t even be pessimistic when it comes to him. He is the most optimistic you will ever see in your life. You have my word. His rose eyed glasses work all the time. Even when his enemy does something to hurt him, he will think about many reasons why he is acting like this!

Of course, living for these people is pretty tough since they see the best in everything and they almost trust everyone. The only place where can be the safe zone for them is the family. Good thing is that he brings luck with himself wherever he goes. This luck follows him everywhere.

He is not the most sociable person on planet earth. He will not speak a word to you before you start to speak with him. But once if you begin speaking to him, you shall realise that it is pretty difficult to shut him out. Also, there is a collection of friends that he possesses in every single field, so you probably won’t have any problems pulling some strings here and there. These are surprisingly all true friends because before making friends, this guy makes sure that they are actual human beings deep down. He cares more about how people are personality wise rather than how they look outside.

He doesn’t even have many enemies and rivals. Sometimes his straightforwardness hurts people and he ends up turning his friends into enemies but soon they will realize that he wanted the best for them and that was the reason why he expressed the bitter truth and spoke his mind. That is just the way he is. He doesn’t think things through before saying them but he doesn’t mean bad. It just never occurs to his mind that maybe he will hurt the one with what he will say.

His words cut deeper than a knife. Without sugar coating or any background, bluntly he says what he thinks. To have a fine friendship with this guy, you need to cut him some slack and deal with all the thing he says because as it goes further, you will be so grateful for having someone in your life who is not fake and actually speaks his mind out.

Freedom is what he needs even if he is in a hopeless nightmare. If there is something that is worth mentioning, he will let you know so you can only trust him and learn to accept and love him the way that he is. Be sure that if he is with you, that means he cares for you and will try his best to save you from any impending disaster- personal or social.

Most of December born men are petrified when it comes to family. Just like any other month borns, he loves his family and cares about them but he never lets them interfere in his private, personal life. If you are friends with a December born, make sure that you are always packed and ready to go on a trip. Having said all that, as I always say, people’s way of living and their attitude changes according to the circumstances they are in.
(Okay, this is not 100% my creation but what is contained in it is 100% me and many others like me – the December kids) 😁 

Why do we fall?

There has been no person on this planet, since the day the sun first dawned upon humanity, who hasn’t fallen once. The Kings were dethroned and Dictators died. Governments were overturned and tyrants buried alive.  There are many variants in which people fall such as rise and fall, fall and rise, fall and keep falling, fall and rise and fall again. People are falling all the time –  from grace, from power, from prestige, and sometimes they simply fall on the ground while walking.😂

There is a universal truth that goes something like-try and try till you succeed and that if we keep practising, we will eventually succeed. And, till the time this world rotates around the sun, nobody can ever change these facts. This means that to achieve success, one has to fall and keeping falling until he eventually succeeds or gives up… And I can continue with this nonsense for as long as my battery dies. But we are not here for that .

The truth is- we fall because there is no one who gives us a firm support at times when we most require it. We fall because hatred and jealousies find their way between us and our support. We fall because we blindly believe- believe such false people who don’t want us to rise and shine. We fall because we weaken our strong old bonds for new attractive yet shallow bonds, so much so that the old bonds finally manifest themselves into no bonds.

However, all is not so grim as it appears to be. Falling has its good parts too. It is only during such testing times, that we are able to broaden our outlook towards life and living. We realise who our true well wishers are, the ones that really care.  Also, we are able to understand that life is not all butterflies and roses. Most of all falling gives us HOPE. And everyone knows it ‘ Hope is good thing, maybe the best of the things’.

Last but not the least- ” we fall so that we can learn to pick our selves up”.wy_do_we_fall_down,-127788.jpg

A different perspective

I wonder, I wonder ..what would you do, if you  had the power to dream, at night, any dream you wanted to dream..” -Alan Watts.

And from here, I would start all those different perspectives. 

An optimist would dream about success in his life. A  great man would dream about doing something greater that might earn him an ageless place in history. A satisfied man would dream of continued happiness and peace. A leader  would sweven about power and fame. A failure would dream about his glorious past and happy memories(if any). A sick man would  dream about a healthy life. A young man would dream about an adventurous life which is fulfilling to the core. Still some might create alternate universes in their dreams- a place where they rule (for however short time it may be before eventually waking up to the mediocrity of their daily lives).

However, the fundamental problem underlying this facade of dream world is that everyone ONLY dreams. Very few really pursue their dreams. But seriously speaking, has dreaming ever helped in reaching that future. Sure it gives the initial push, but there is no other alternative to capitalise on it other than Hard Work and only Hard Work.

Ironically, we live in a world where people earn their bread and butter by deciphering other people’s dreams(no offence). But I strongly believe that if dreams signify anything, then it is this that- wake up and start working towards it. Someone wonderfully summed it up – ” Sapna woh ho jo sone na  de ” which roughly translates to ‘ dreams should be such that they don’t let you sleep ‘.

If properly moulded, dreams have a power of connecting people. Take for example our freedom struggle. Hadn’t it been a dream of few people with independent thoughts, we would still be slaves to foreigners (there is some solace now- we are slaves of our own people😕). But the unquestioning point is – Dreams are a very potent measure for solving all the troubles of mankind. If one can dream it, he can surely attain it. 

To conclude, dreams are like those proverbial far away flames that helped the poor man to pass the night in the middle of the freezing river. They do have the power to create history, but very few know it and now you have been added to that illustrious list. Thank me later …PS. Day Dreaming is not Dreaming!!😂
Note- your thoughts may differ, and hence the title !