Mystery Blogger’s Award

Mysteery blogger Award

Okoto Enigma

Hello friends, it was a plesant surprise to me that I was nominated for the ‘Mystery blogger award’ by our friend,a perfect gentleman Rev.Paul,who maintains an interesting blog,covering varieties of topics,from theology,philosophy,spiritualitiy to interfaith dialogue and much more.It’s a pleasure to read his posts.His posts are inspiring and also thought provoking adding to our knowledge pool And thank you Rev.Paul for nominating me.

Please do check his blog articles at Parallax

What is the “Mystery Blogger Award”? :

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for unique bloggers with witty messages. The blog not only captivates but inspires and motivates. They are one of the best bloggers that exist, and they deserve all the recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who have fun and inspire people in their blogs; and they do it with love and passion.”

Creator: Okoto Enigma

The prize is called ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ because the meaning of ‘Enigma’ is ‘mystery’, so it bears the name of its creator. In addition, it is a very appropriate name because there are many blogs that are still a mystery for all of us and when we know them, they result in being extraordinary.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  3. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate other bloggers.
  5. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog. Questions Asked by Parallax are
What got you started in blogging?

I developed interest in photography,though very late.As I was taking thousands of photos throughout the year ,I started wondering whether any of these photos able to express, the deeper meaning of Life and whether we are able to convey any philosophical meaning . At this point I thought of starting a blog and trying to find out whether the photos can give us some message
What do you avoid in blogging?

I try to avoid lengthy posts.I feel the post should not be more than 300-400 words.

Is there a style of writing you’d love to try?

I am not a great writer,neither I am a poet.I am n’t sure which style my writings fit !

Have you changed in the way you blog since starting?

Yeh, sure I changed quite a lot,As I interact and also learn many things from fellow blogger

What is your next move in blogging?

Just keep blogging !

 

My nominees are

Mandy

Wamboi

Sam Freeze

Jamie

Grit Flow

Anne Copleland

Carly

Preeti Gusain

Xfinite

The Flawddess

The nerdy lion

Paul Sunstone

Anne Copeland

Since it is impossible to mention the names of many of my fellow bloggers,I am nominating  all our wonderful WordPress bloggers,who richly deserve this award for the best efforts and the contribution to the community.And anybody happens read this article are also nominated for this encouraging award.Please accept the award on behalf of all the bloggers of wordpress.com

My questions-

  1. What makes you get angry fastest ?
  2. How bad you can become ? and Why ?
  3. What is the secret of your success story so far ?
  4. How selfish you can be ? And example ?
  5. What is your last wish ?

I take this opportunity to thank Rev Paul once again for this award.

Is there any such thing called positive addiction ?

Positive addiction,addiction,negative addiction

The word ADDICTION sends jitters down the spines.

I know you started thinking of drugs,smoking,alcohol,gambling,sex,pornography,food,video games…..and the list goes on.

Human being is not immune to ‘weakness’.The greatness lies making the weakness into positive Strength.

Have we to think of addiction only in negative term ?

Can addiction be ‘Positive’ ?

Can’t we have ‘positive addiction’ ?

Example- People in order to to maintain a healthy life style may indulge in having

1.Vitamins.2.Fruits.3.Regular exercises.4.Body building 5 .consumption of water.6.Taking up the job, you are passionate.7.Reading.8.Spending more of family time.9.Dancing.etc.etc

Positive addiction is supposed to bring health ,happiness,strength,famiy bond,contentment,appreciation of the magnanimity of the Almighty,improve the wisdom and spirituality,above all bring the ‘Feel good factor ‘.

Remember not to over do it.Otherwise it becomes negative addiction.

I feel one can have ‘positive addiction’ without the component of ‘Negative consequences

Finally a question to the readers….

Can you name ‘healthy behaviour’ as ‘Positive Addiction’ ?

Is not ‘positive addiction’ contradicting the very definition of addiction ?

According to Wikipedia Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences”.

Please enlighten me further.

Inspiration- William Glasser, Pixabay

Are you still in the ‘Rat race’ ?

Rat race,compition,survival

“People here are funny. They work so hard at living, they forget how to live.” ― Robert Riskin,derivative Pixabay

‘Rat Race’ according to Wikipedia

A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward such as cheese, to no avail. It may also refer to a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or routinely.

Do I remember,when I joined the rat race ?

I am not sure,but I can recollect 1.My school days. 2.My college days.3 As an employee/consultant & 4. As I am aging.
My school days

school days,rat race,competition

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I hate to get up early in the morning,but sadly that is the routine.With Heavy school bag and daily grinding,it used to be a tiresome job.
And remember plenty of examination schedules and so much pressure from parents,to get the first rank ,not in one subject but all the subjects and throughout schooling and the competition among students was heavy,as to who gets the first rank,so that one can be in good books of the teachers,principal etc.
Even in the school sports schedules, there is no let up.One has to get some medal without fail.
So much of rat race in schooling days.Why the rat race in schools ?Any idea ? It’s only for better ranking so that admission to my preferred colleges is easier.
My college days
Those days
Parents wished me to become a doctor since it was a respectable profession in the society and also better financial prospects.
To get an admission into the Medical college is the toughest compared to getting admission into the Engineering course.So To fulfill my parent’s wish I had to be part of the rat race and since I got selected in the Medical profession,I thought I have won the race.But,lo behold,still the process has not ended.
But just MBBS qualification( 5 yrs course) alone is not enough.We have to get admitted to the post graduation courses like MD/MS etc ( 3 yrs course),followed by specialized courses (radiology,neurosurgery etc) of another 3 to 5 yrs.
So the struggle continued.
At last I have got all the qualifications required + License to practice.But as a professional,freshly qualified,how I am going to be a successful practitioner ?Already ,the society is over saturated with Medical Practitioners. How I am ging to compete ? So the rat race saga continues.
As an employee/consultant
It was tough to get a decent job initially.
And to be accepted by the society…takes hell lot of time.
Then there is prestige issue.
Oh ! you are a doctor,how come you don’t have a car? Do you work in any prestigious hospital ? Are you Residing in small flat ? Are you in a rental house? shame on you ! Come on it is below your dignity….
These are the observations and comments from the friends,patients and well wishers.
To achieve some respectability I am supposed to own a bungalow,a car,a driver,and I should have my own hospital….what not ?
Added to this is a new addition to the family with the expenses sky rocketing …
So I have to work hard and harder,do extra duty hours, attend emergency calls,do regular night duties, to earn that little extra so that I can have my dignity and respect in the society.
Is this not all for the false prestige ?? What about family time ? Where is the happiness ?


As I am aging

My liabilities are increasing,due to reasonable or unreasonable demands,with commercial advertisement and new product release, adding to the agony and there is no chance of winning or coming out of rat race.So, more loans, mortgages,more liabilities become part and parcel of LIFE !
In Ilias Tisagklis words

A person entrenched into the “Rat Race” is the “proud” owner of a time consuming job which he desperately needs in order to be able to pay mortgage, rent, bills, credit card debt and all kinds of liabilities”

Eddie Murphy’s quote

Seventy-five years. That’s how much time you get if you’re lucky. Seventy-five years. Seventy-five winters, seventy-five springtimes, seventy-five summers, and seventy-five autumns. When you look at it like that, it’s not a lot of time, is it? Don’t waste them. Get your head out of the rat race and forget about the superficial things that pre-occupy your existence and get back to what’s important now.

Am I stuck in the quick sand ?

Probably one should remember the following quote in the early stages ……

rat race,compitition,struggle,human tendency

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Finally

Often, people work long hard hours at jobs they hate, to earn money to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like. — Nigel Marsh
My sincere thanks for reaching this point.Huh ! I am exhausted in the rat race.Let me have some supplements !

How to escape Rat race ? Do you have any solutions or suggestions?

Please share your thoughts.

Inspiration-Ilias Tisagklis

Are you a ‘wanting’ or a ‘giving’ personality?

Not enough,greedy

“Enough of any thing is plenty.but plenty to some people is not enough”Sophie Irene Loeb

First let us talk about ‘Wanting’ personalities-

More money ,more popularity,more pleasure,more likes in social media,more than 1000 friends/follows in social media,more achievements ( though positive ),more power one can go on… and remember, we are never tired of ‘wanting’ more.This has become a human trait.

Why you want more and more …..and even more ?

Probably you fear the ‘uncertain’ future, probably you are ‘greedy’.

These things make you develop desire, lust and finally,frustration if not successful and you may go into a dejection/depression/revengeful mode.

As the ‘ wanting’ personality,you are always obsessed with more and more demands and quick & positive outcome.

You are restless.

Can you survive a good relationship?( Wife,relatives and friends ).

The relationship can go sour since you are not getting what you wanted and when you get,it becomes incomplete since you have newer demands cropping up.

You are unhappy all the time.Neither you make people around you happy.

So you make yours and other’s lives miserable.

The point I am stressing is that you lost your commonsense and fail to know the difference between ‘love’ and ‘desire

“Love lasts a longtime but burning desire lasts two to three weeks” Carla Bruni

At the end who is happy?


Now let us talk of ‘Giving’ personalities…

Let us say, now that you, the ‘giving’ type,and we all know naturally,you are the happiest person on the earth.

But note down.’Giving’ personalities are of different types because their ‘giving’ pattern depends on factors like faith,Fear,self serving and spontaneous

  1. Faith- These people have faith in God, and depending upon their religion philosophy,they donate some percentage of their earnings.and become the givers.
  2. Fear- comes to some,since many bad things happening in their lives,they make commitments to do some charity,hoping to get compensated by the Almighty and may derive some satisfaction.
  3. Self serving- these are greedy people in real sense and they indulge in ‘giving’, since they expect returns.Some say one can continue  one’s sins by religiously donating some percentage of one’s illegal earnings to temples,churches etc.
  4. Spontaneous-These ‘givers’ are emotional type and they don’t hesitate to donate (even if they are poor),whenever they come across emotional incidences,which require monetary help.

If you are a ‘giving’ person,you are said to be guy with a kind heart,you enjoy the ‘feel good’ factor,you have a fulfillment and finally total satisfaction .Wait…….

Are you sure whom to give,when to give and how much to give ?

My feeling is…. the ‘giver’ must be judicious.

1.If you belong to too much ‘giving’ type-people may take advantage and even misuse your kindness.

2. Your continuous ‘giving’ habit can bring down motivation among the ‘takers’ and they may become lazy.

3.If you happen to be ‘giving’ to the ‘wanting’ personalities,then you are doing a great harm to your philosophy.

So there is some ‘ART’ which you have to follow if you belong to ‘giving’ trait.

Thank you so much for taking your time to reach this point.

Do you agree that  most of us belong  to both categories with variation in intensity?

Please share your thoughts on this.

Inspiration- Swami Sukhabodhananda,Michele, Roya Rad,Guy Hatcher,pixabay

Monkey Lessons

Monkey lessons

Taming my Monkey mind is a full-time job

Don’t think of yourself as an ugly person,

Think of yourself as a Beautiful Monkey -Soojie

Always I wonder How we are different from Animals.

As you can see in the above photo ,the big monkey( I presume ,the teacher ) with its back facing us, seems to be busy teaching its first morning lesson to the students.

You can also notice that three student monkeys are very attentive & disciplined and one monkey is a bit unhappy & restless .The baby monkey of course has a long time to go to learn the ropes.

This one reminded me of my school days ,where some students gel well with some teachers and not too happy with some other teachers even name calling etc.

I feel the whole thing depends on to what extent the teacher can ‘inspire’ his/her students.

CASTLE IN THE ‘SAND’

Castle the sand

“We are like children building a sand castle.

We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass.

The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it.

Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away.

The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”
Pema Chodron

Castles in the sand reminds me of the popular number in 2005 by the band ‘Philosopher Kings’ If you find time ,listen the song in the the you tube 

Philosopher kings-Castles in the sand

Philosopher kings -Lyrics to ‘Castles In The Sand’

Built a perfect house in a perfect town
Dreamt a perfect dream and it all fell down
We held on tight like hungry lovers
Watched the day break from beneath the covers
Had to know for sure what it’s all about

Oh, this should be easy
Oh, just tell me we’re happy
Just building castles in the sand

I saw the naked light and it burned my eyes
Couldn’t look away no matter how I tried
I watched you explode when you think it’s over
And I burst in comin’ like a supernova
Had to track you down, had to find you out

Oh, this should be easy
Oh, just tell me we’re happy
Just building castles in the sand

And tides roll in, and waves get closer
The night was over
But we get stronger every time
We build our castles in the sand

Built a perfect house in perfect town
Dreamt a perfect dream and it all fell down

Oh, just tell me we’re happy,
Just building castles in the sand
Just building castles in the sand

Oh, just building castles in the sand
Just building castles in the sand

Daily Horoscope..boon or bane ??

crystal ball,crystal ball photography

Methods for predicting the future: 1) read horoscopes, tea leaves, tarot cards, or crystal balls . . . collectively known as “nutty methods;” 2) put well-researched facts into sophisticated computer . . . commonly referred to as “a complete waste of time.” Scott Adams

Crystal Balls are famous for Crystal Gazing ,a methodology used by ‘Readers’ or ‘Seers’ in predicting your future and to tell fortunes, even guiding the clients to decide in solving their current problems.

Let me be crystal clear,I am not finding fault with believers of Astrology.Some times I look up for Heavenly advice,when in distress !

Simply put can Astrology guide our Life ? Do advertisers take advantage of these horoscope predictions…in otherwords do these predictions advice us to buy something so that life is is made simple ?

Positive aspects of daily,weekly & yearly horoscopes

  • It gives the person a kind of satisfaction.
  • Gives enough time to plan for the future course of action.
  • Some times a person can take a once in a lifes’s time decision based on the predictions.
  • Even some claim that,cancer is also diagnosed with the help of astrology, in advance.
  • One can predict the doom’s day so that best possible precautions can be taken in advance.
  • Majority of Indians believe in astrology and marriages,nuptials,foundation laying ceremonies,Ribbon cutting,naming ceremony of the newborn are a few examples where Astrology plays a siginificant role
  • One can go on adding…

Negative aspects of daily,weekly,yearly horoscopes

  • Unfavourable predictions can have a tremendous depressive impact.
  • Dejection
  • Suicidal tendencies.
  • Based on the positive predictions person may go on buying lotterry tickets,indulge in gambling etc and ruin the life and family.
  • Since astrological predictions guide them on daily basis,these persons tend to be lazy and less productive.
  • Impulsive personalities can cause troubles to others and sometimes destructive.

Forget about the future…..Are not the current problems your own making ?

Do you believe in planning your future based on the fortune teller ?

” Forecasting is the art of saying what will happen and then explaining why it didn’t happen “ Anonymous.

Horoscopes.Astrology

Do you remember Paul the Octopus,people used to depend on it to predict World cup football matches ?

Let us start living in the ‘present’ , forget the ‘past’ which is already a closed chapter, and not to worry about the ‘future’ which we know nothing about .

Are you interested to know the varieties of Astrology available to day ? It is said there are more than 80 branches of Astrology and you will be amazed !!!

Do you think Astrology can influence you, based on type of your Weakness ??

Astrology FAQs What are the different kinds of Astrology?

Please share your thoughts/experience on Astrology .

My sincere thanks for going through the article.

Who Deserves To Be Your Best Friend And Why?

Very meaningful and superb article.Thank you Bhavna Saurabh Sharma for giving the explanation as to why we should be best friends to ourselves and an opportunity to reblog on my blog site

A Life Less Ordinary With SauraBhavna

This friendship day, do something really special for that person who actually deserves to be your BEST FRIEND.

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I know I know for some of you It will be like the toughest task under the sun to choose that one best friend amongst many, for some of you one face will pop up instantly and you will be like Yeah I already have a plan for him/her and for many of you it will be like no one in the frame.

Let’s try to be our own best friend this time

I have a plan, as they say, that at the end of the day the longest relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself, so let’s be our own best friend this friendship’s day. Spend this day with yourself and for yourself. You are the most precious person in your own little world, it’s high…

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My challenge…..Can you vouch that you have ‘Peace Of Mind’ ?

Peace of Mind,Happiness,happy

Searching for Peace of mind at Lord’s abode.

Present day life style makes us think that leading a ‘peaceful life’ is a distant dream…and I am glad you realised the truth.

The day you are born,you know that life brings lot of stress.At the end, you realise that it is impossible to be At peace with your mind,since you are aware that your mind is like a monkey….restless all the time resulting in piece of mind

” If you are depressed,you live in the past..
if you are anxious, you live in the future..
but if you are at PEACE…you live in the present “
Lao Tzu

What is ‘ Peace Of Mind ?’ Aka ‘peace’ ?

Thesaurus Dictionary says- it is the absence of mental stress or anxiety.

Wikipedia talks of Inner Peace,referring to a state of being Mentally & Spiritually at peace with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress

Being at peace is considered by many to be healthy. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss,happiness,and contentment.

But the question is how do you get the Peace Of Mind ?

Take my challenge and Try these 10 secrets, I am sharing and I am so sure it will be a disaster!
1.Keep calm and don’t be jealous.”Jeaulosy comes from,counting others blessings,instead of our own”Unknown
2.Don’t bite more than you can chew,because nobody looks attractive,spitting it back. ‘Carrol Bryant’
3.Don’t work for recognition,but do work,worthy of recognition ‘H.Jackson Brown Jr.’
4.Never tell your problem to anyone. 20% don’t care & 80% glad that you have them ‘Quora’
5.If you live for having it all,what you have is never enough. ‘Vicki Robin’
6.“Less is not necessarily more. Just enough is more.”
Milton Glaser”
7.There is a story behing every person.There is a reason why they are the way they are.Think about that before you judge someone. ‘pinerest’.
8.Forgive & Forget,but never forget to forgive,you may find a happier heart is the key to a happier life ‘Mahatma Gandhi’
9.Never put off tomorrow,what you can do today. ‘Thomas Jefferson’
10.To keep the body in good health is a duty..otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear ‘ Buddha’

Wise men have given plenty of such advices,my guess is being,a human being it is impossible to get peace of mind,even if you follow the wise sayings 100% and unfortunately for a change,I won the challenge !

Thank you so much for taking your time to go through and let me know if there is some more secrets to add.

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“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…”

-Robert F Kennedy

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Are you responsible for the ‘Ripple effect’ ??

Ripple,Ripple effectRipples can have positive or Negative effects on our lives.

Negative aspect of Ripples

If you try to stop the Ripples

You will create more ripples

Think before you throw the stone ”    Sheila Burke

Here the author talks of negative effects happening in the society. So think many times before you indulge in actions.

Examples. 

Rumors will have ripple effects, so do not spread the rumours and remember , lynchings have happened.

Shooting from the mouth even before knowing the facts..

 Positive aspects of the ripples

You can create Positive Ripples in the world.

Every time you offer a kind word,Loving action

Empowering insight or Smile

Because,who ever receives it

Passes it on to someone,

Who then passes it on

Who the passes it on,

Who then passes it on,

Who then passes it on ”     

Who then passes it on….. Unknown

 

Your behavior influences others through a ripple effect. A ripple effect works because everyone influences everyone else. Powerful people are powerful influences.‘John Heider’

Do You Friendly-walk ?

Friendly walk

Hand to shoulder

Always wonder what makes the INDIVIDUAL to put hand on other’s shoulder !
What is the feeling that makes one to do like this ?

Does this indicate closeness or even comfort level or a kind of assurance….I am not sure.
I am curious whether this kind of behavior seen in Western countries.

Westerners can give more insight into this aspect of human behaviour.