Friday, September 30, 2005


For each person living, there are quite a few times when he can simply cease to exist and start to live. Its basically about what you love to do and not what you need to.
Last time when I had been to the Oman dive center, I had a chance to talk to Ahmed, the diving instructor there. He used to be working at a place with a nice sedentary job with a decent salary. But once to diving and he was hooked to it. He joined the diving institute with a small job and learning the nitty gritties of the diving, he soon started as a instructor. Fours years in the trade and he still loves his job. Each day, each dive he enjoys every minute of it. It definitely makes a difference when you are doing what you love to do the best. Thats also the thing at which you offer your best.
Its about those times when the life seems to go in circles. It becomes so predictable that each step, each event seems to be predefined. It is at these points that you think about the option. Something which changes the course. Its the junction at which you need to choose the road ahead. It can be the continuations of the earthly shackles of the mundane rountine and responsibilities that we term as career (I guess thats what most of us run into), or it can be about following what you inner self says. Untying the bonds that keep to confined in the rudimentary system of thoughts. Its just about breaking free.

This change that your soul seeks, can be anything. As simple as spending more time with your family or something that would really trigger the likings. It can be even about pursuing an art or sport that you've always wanted to.Whatever you choose to do, it all boils down to a simple thing - To free your mind from the chains of the mundane chores of life. Its not the work, but the routine that gives us all the tensions that we have. All we need at the end of the day, is what we today call as - quality time. Its that some time that truely belongs to us; that we use to do whatever we desire. That time should not be bound by responsibilities or chores that decitate our daily lives.
William Henry Davies, a British poet puts this in some lovely rhymes -

What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich the smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Before we engulf ourselves into this monsterous thing called work & career, lets just glance back at what we are doing to ourselves. Cos just as William Henry Davies says, we need to have that time to stand and stare. Thats probably the time, when we just cease to exist and start to live... for our own self.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

My Best Friend - a beautiful poem

My Best Friend.
I never meant to love you,
It happened quite by chance.

I wanted just to be your friend,
not to share a new romance.

But something happened suddenly,
Before my heart could know.

I came to see a side of you,
that caused my love to grow.

The tender way you've touched me,
I pray will never end.

A miracle of circumstance my love,
you are my very best friend.

-- Anonymous