Invictus

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I heard the poem first in an episode of The Blacklist. I went back and heard it again, and again and again….

I had to have it on my blog , for all the moments to go back and read the blog entries.

It gives me strength- the poem – it strengthens my will power to move forward, to take charge, make tough decisions and be brave enough to face the consequences. Afterall, i am the master of my fate, i am the captain of my soul!

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

~ William Ernest Henley

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#sunsets..

Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting – Richard Paul Evans

Wings of fire….

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“We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Wings of Fire

Fluffy Clouds…

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Do you ever wonder what clouds taste like?

In the sea of concrete, some mornings are just beautiful… all you have to do is just look up at the sky!

Smile, you’re beautiful!

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“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” ~ P.S. I Love You

Human expressions are beautiful. Scientifically based on the 6 basic expressions of happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust, they can be further combined into 20 sentiments – the 6 basic expressions, happily surprised, happily disgusted, sadly fearful, sadly angry, etc etc etc……

Well, i did type in the full list, but all 20 of them is too much to write on the blog. I couldn’t go through it myself. So, in all probability, no one else will. but you get an idea of the possible combos… any ideas on the balance 10 ? It can be a nice mind exercise! OR you can simply google it (as did i)..

Even if i am in any of these 6 basic expressions or 14 of the balance sentiments, i am trying, really hard to mask these expressions and show only one on my face. A smile…

Yes, there may be different kinds of smiles – happy smile, “i know” smile, loving smile, flirty smile, “i told you so” smile, sad smile, “what rubbish are you talking” smile, “i agree with you” smile, ” you look great” smile.., “Hey there stranger” smile (No, i didn’t google these… ).

When you smile, only those who are close to you will understand the sentiment behind it.. for everyone else, it may just compel them to smile back….

Why do I want to strive for it?

Well, stand in front of the mirror and see yourself. Now curve up those corners of your mouth and give your best smile – and look at yourself.

Imagine, seeing this beauty all around you. The world as is today needs us to do a lot of things to make it a better place. i think this one thing could be the easiest one we can contribute towards making it one.

Reflections

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Everything in your life is the reflection of the choices you’ve made.

Want a different result? Make a different choice……

~ from pinterest

 

Well, if only it was that simple.

I believe in choices. I believe in the fact that at any juncture in your life you do have a choice. However hard the options may be… you always have a choice

A few times, late in the night or very early in the morning, I get time to sit and reflect on life so far.. I stand by many choices that I made. But I have a few which – if only I could – I would go back and change. Life wouldn’t be dramatically different than it is today, but it could have helped forge stronger friendships, bruised fewer hearts, maybe made me a little wiser… but well… who knows?

Does everyone have these kinda choices in life – however small – that they wish to go back and change, or tweak a little so the consequence was different? May be not ‘life defining’ different, but in small ways that could have resulted in ‘happy-memorable’ moments in life..

For anyone who doesn’t, I am damn impressed!

Happy New Year!

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2016 has been a constant reminder that life is too short and can end in the blink of an eye. Be good and kind to people before you’re gone! ~via (Quotes ‘nd Notes)

Happy 2017! May the world see sanity, kindness, honesty and peace ~ yours truly 🙂