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Learning A,B,C…from Ants,Bees,Chameleon…Lessons from Nature!!!

Nature never ceases to amaze me. Every trip to the wilderness is always thrilling & enchanting. There is a treasure trove in the wilderness from where we can gather a few pearls of wisdom and apply them in our lives. The key is to listen intently as nature is always communicating with us…with an open mind and an open heart. The haunting cry of a nightingale, the chorus of the cicadas, the croaking of frogs and the swaying sound of leaves…there is music and also a message. We just need to take a cue and dig into the mysteries of nature.

We can learn the art of camouflage, group dynamics,defense,team spirit,happiness,meditation…a whole lot from nature. It is abound of examples in tactics of survival & strategies, planning & management. The great Chanakya also advises in the Arthashastra to never hesitate in learning from the smallest of the creatures.

Everyone must have noticed the ever so busy swarm of ants marching ahead with an amazing audacity telling us that ‘life is momentum’. There will be setbacks but don’t lose hope & never stop…Keep marching!They work as a team, trusting each other, quite diligent & always focused…teaching us about planning, strategy and management. They follow, they lead and they reorganize again if they go astray. And most interestingly they carry weight which is almost 50 times their own body weight. Now that’s called an ant attitude 🙂  because they believe it’s possible, whereas we humans give in to mental limits.

A butterfly…has always intrigued me. My spirit soars high as I see one flutter by…colorful, vibrant, energetic & so full of life. The life cycle of a butterfly is quite interesting, transformation from a caterpillar to a cocoon & ultimately turning into a colorful butterfly is so amazing & inspiring. It’s a metaphor of our own journey…every individual needs to emerge out of the cocoon of ignorance. And if you ever feel trapped in a cocoon of despair & hopelessness, just don’t give up and think of the beautiful butterfly unfolding its wispy wings to take a flight. With some perseverance you too will come out as a winner.

They can in-fact guide us in the art of survival in this ruthless world. If we can keep our ego in check and be one with our surroundings, we can avoid many agonies. Sometimes it is better not to appear different and intimidate the powerful. The Chameleon changes its color and blends with the background avoiding attack from its predator. At times we too need to have the same approach in life and underplay till we are fully ready for a strike back and overpower our rivals.

Contrary to the above, some situations demand that we assert our distinctive qualities rather being lost in the crowd to be a winner. The stripes on a Zebra,make it stand out and being a social animal they are clustered together confusing their predators and making it tough to target them.

The rule of survival is thus to have a flexible approach and act as the situation demands. After all Life is a Game!

How can I forget the birds?? Romancing the vast blue skies, they travel thousands of miles flying all day and all night with such passion. Flying against the wind and soaring high they teach us to face the contrary winds in life and never give up.

So next time you are in the wilderness just don’t rush, instead pause and ponder on the mysteries around you. Feel the wind and raindrops on your skin. Gasp in awe at the sight of God’s wonderful creations.

 See the world through the eyes of a child…and relearn A,B,C!!!

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Odyssey…!!!

The far horizon is in sight
that is the only light
My heart is longing
and the soul is burning…

The journey long
my heart is ready to soar
in that far horizon
where river meets the sky
where doubt and faith meets

The restless sea
the waves chasing each other
As I leave the shore
carrying desires within my soul
I will bare it all…

I wander aimlessly
in the world of illusion
I keep chasing a mirage
that eludes me
gazing at the sun at zenith
burning inside
with the restlessness of my heart
set out in search for a part of me
the emptiness inside
makes me wander
like a soul in flight

What is it that I am really seeking??


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There is an ancient Indian proverb “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart”

How true! But how many of us are fortunate enough to do what we love? How many of us chose the path less trodden??

Here I am categorically referring to my generation…yes the ones who grew up listening to Vividh Bharti & Ameen Sayani’s Binaca Geetmala, watching chitrahaar on a black & white TV while the antenna was being adjusted in various angles & directions 🙂  So the point here is that we didn’t have much of options then unlike today. Specially my friends & peers from small towns like me would definitely agree. We had to choose from whatever little options available. Moreover our generation was also conditioned to believe that stability & security are the ultimate goals of life & we should not venture into uncharted territories.

Now most of us treaded on this path with little or no deviation barring a few crazy ones with star in their eyes &  fire in the bellies. The ones who believed in their dreams & had the conviction & faith to chase them. Those of us who smothered our dreams due to various reasons definitely regrets it at some point. And It hits you badly when you realize that a good part of life is already gone in a blink of an eye, many a dreams gone unfulfilled…and ironically gone are the people for whom dreams were compromised, times have changed (and you thought nothing will change isn’t it?),relationship equations are different. In fact everything is different today…if only you had the courage to be yourself, rather than being what others expected of you.

We keep on postponing our dreams for one fine day…but eventually our dreams die a slow death & turn into stings of regret haunting us the rest of our lives. The choices that we made or the ones that we didn’t make ultimately decides our destiny.

Many a times while driving we take a wrong turn & travel  several kilometers in the wrong direction. But do we keep going ??  No, we don’t… we try to find the road back to our destination…Isn’t It ? Then why don’t we do so in life. Well just because we are living our lives by default. And to chase our dreams we have to leave our city of comfort and go into the wilderness of our dreams.

Let’s know that time is running out, we don’t know how long we gonna live before we could give wings to our dreams. Let’s pause for a moment & reconsider before it is too late.

Let’s go & get the second lease of life!!!