In The Beginning

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The beginning of any story can be said to set the tone for how it turns out. A story though is not as simple as how it starts, it is an ongoing journey with uphill and downhill roads and twists and turns. Paths that lead you through sunny fields of flowers to paths that go down dark and dreary woods without a glimmer of sunshine breaking through.

We are all stories that are unfolding day by day; and we are not just one character. We are everything we have to be. Everything we need to be. We are the fighters, the lovers, the children afraid of the dark, we are the magicians, we are the wise men, we are the fools, we are the achievers, the failures, the heroes, the villains, the ones who make a difference, the ones who sit on the side lines. The rulers, the followers, the slaves, the masters. Each of us is everything we would ever need to be to make this life a good story! We are pure potential waiting to be unleashed however we choose!

So really the beginning of the story isn’t as important as the now of the story. Everyday is a chance to write something new into your tale. Everyday is a chance to push yourself, to test your limits, to be who ever you want to be. Your dreams, your passions, they are your roadmap, and you can have more than one. You can chase them all. After all it is only this life on Earth we have to be whatever we want to be, to do whatever we want. I don’t think God ever meant for any of us to not live life to the fullest. It is up to us though to live life right, to write a story we’d be proud of, a story the people we love and who love us will be proud of. A story that means something, rather than just a bunch of words strung together.

What will your pages be filled with today? You have the pen, you get to write. Make it legendary…

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Shutting Out The Noise

The world is a noisy place.

I live in the middle of the city and midday is traffic overload as people leave work to pick up kids, have lunch and such. The sound of all the vehicles zooming through the city roads (which are under contruction) is deafening. You can get disoriented walking on the roads at these times. The big buses honking deafen you. The dust that is in the air blinds you at times cause it’s so thick. The heat roasts you. There is a lot happening. That is the outside world.

The inside world, the world that is you, your family, your job, your friends, can be just as deafening. The number of people that are waiting to give advice, opinions, ask questions, question your decisions, is endless. The more people you interact with the louder the noise. The noise from their lives intertwine into yours and it’s a whole other level of noisy.

Then there is your noise. The noise that you deal with by yourself, your thoughts, your ideas, your feelings.

Our lives are a combination of all these noises and sometimes all you want to do is put your hands over your ears and run!! The noise gets too much. You feel crowded, frustrated and it becomes very hard to concentrate on any one thing. At times like these, we really need quiet but it becomes impossible to find. When you can’t find it, the only solution left to you is to create it. How to do that? Simple. Switch off your phone, go off by yourself, don’t ask for permission, don’t wait for approval, you are anyway no good to anyone if you are a mess. So take time for you. You are the only one responsible for your well-being. Take the time to un-wind, do something you love. Forget the world, outside, inside. You will find the quiet when you are by yourself. You will feel the calm. You will feel better. Go on. Try it!

The Road Called Life

I always like to think of life as a journey. A walk along a road that eventually leads you home. The road changes as you go, sometimes it’s uphill, sometimes it’s downhill, sometimes it’s straight, sometimes full of bends that you can’t see what’s coming up, sometimes rocky and uneven that you slip and fall; well you get the idea. The weather changes too, it’s nice and sunny on some patches along the road and all at once it gets stormy and cloudy. The stormy and cloudy, normally happens when you’re crossing a sea. And yes, sometimes there are seas to cross. The scenery changes as well. Sometimes your road leads through fields filled with flowers and sometimes through dark, musty, humid swamps. And in extreme cases right past a volcano that’s about to erupt! (As you can most probably tell by now, I like imagery!) As you pass along and through all this the biggest  change happens in YOU! Every experience, no matter how slight leaves a mark on our lives.

Another thing to think about is, you hardly ever walk on your road alone. If everyone’s life is a road then it’s only logical to assume that sometimes people’s roads connect. Family, most times, share the same road as you. I think they share for the longest time and even when they go their separate ways they have little by-ways and lanes into yours. Sometimes of course they go home much sooner than we want them to. As to, whether you interact with those whose roads fall into yours is absolutely your choice. Although I think if they somehow stumbled onto your road, it’s fair to say they need to be there. The mastermind wouldn’t let it happen without a reason. Of course don’t assume everyone will bring something good into your road! Some bring clouds and storms and sadness. And sometimes one person can bring both good and bad. Either way you have grown, learned and gotten wiser.

It’s kind of amazing to think of life, like this. If you take the whole world into account, well it’s mind-blowing! We are all connected in some way…

I spoke about a mastermind earlier. For me that mastermind is God. Some may not agree with this, but it makes perfect sense to me. I believe He watches over each of our lives because He knows that we affect each other’s lives. There is no denying that at least. We all do have some kind of influence on one person or another. I also believe that in all our roads, He’s travelling along with us. You might ask, “How does He manage that?”  My answer, He’s God! We don’t see Him though, most of the time. We’re too busy! Too busy trying to pave our roads or move them or control where they lead. But He’s always, still there. You can notice Him if you try: The kindness of a total stranger, or a word of encouragement or a helping hand when you’ve given up. Those things are no accident.

So as you walk along, try and remember two things:

1. You NEVER walk alone!

2. You affect/influence other people, try to be more thoughtful about that.