Sad I’m over the slow demise of mental stability!
A five minute drive from my home in North Nazimabad takes you a library, which is filled with books but sadly not with people.
Oceans are mighty and they do call us often.
Not many can hear their call but those who do, often pack up their bags and head towards their nearest dock to board a cruise liner or cruise ferry. On those giant floating cities on water, those individuals can enjoy every luxury they can dream about under one roof.
Various indoor and outdoor activities on such cruise ships provide unlimited amount of travel pleasures to the passengers, who either seek an escape from their hectic daily routine or to finally enjoy all the pleasures they were dreaming about during their prime years.
As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t stepped on a cruise ship yet. I had seen one, an out-of-service giant which was docked on Gadani ship-breaking yard back in the spring of 1998. Since it was there to be dismantled up completely, I didn’t got the chance to step onboard and check it out.
So yes, I do like to step on a cruise ship and sail towards the horizon, where there’s nothing but water wherever you look. Though I may get seasick within a minute or two of my boarding, I may want to try it out. Just for fun 🙂
But until that dream turns into a reality, I can enjoy the snaps taken by Reymon de Real as back in December, he answered the call of the seas and boarded Celebrity Eclipse on a two-week South American cruise.
Head towards his blog for more lovely snaps and details about this magnificent cruise ship!
I easily get seasick so I’m probably the last person you’d think would jump on a cruise ship in an instant. Surprisingly, I have been in more than a dozen cruises and am looking forward to my next one June of this year. I have sailed around Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, South America and across the Atlantic Ocean and my goal is to have cruised around the world before I eventually leave this planet. A month ago I was on a two-week South American cruise on board the Celebrity Eclipse and had an amazing time even meeting new friends. The cruise started in Buenos Aires, Argentina sailing down to Cape Horn, Chile, which is the tip of South America, then up to Uruguay before docking back in Buenos Aires. The ship is almost 10 years old but is still in great shape thanks to regular maintenance. Celebrity Cruises is the…
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A world getting crowded up with materialistic wows each passing day but losing the true spirit of human nature and peacefulness.
What it is we are running after? A question we must ask ourselves every now and then because it can give us an insight about our own self.
I read this simple but amazing piece of thoughts at Kate’s blog about surviving or thriving in today’s world, which can be used as a set of good reminders about our own self, about what we do everyday and for what purpose.
Read it out below!
Is life busy but still a breeze
or just surviving with ill ease
Addicted to devices
Chasing desires and vices
Keeping up with trends
Catching up with friends
Botox to lips or face
World flying by at a rapid pace
Duties, commitments galore
Never satisfied, looking for that flaw
Fear and insecurities abound
Need constant entertainment around
Pause and reflect
to see what it is that you neglect
Living is much more than survival
Breath out, give calm a revival
Daily Prompt: Survive
We eat until we aren’t hungry any more. Similarly, we drink until we are not thirsty any more.
But sadly, many among us don’t follow this same rule when it comes to desiring about worldly materialism. As per the current rule of: the more I get under my belt, the more pumped up I should be to get the remain ones in my hands, which is something truly absurd.
Satisfying inner desires is good but at the sake of ruining personal sanity. I really hate such individuals for whom every new shiny gadget of technological wonderment is a must or who just can’t get their hands full of what they already got.
On this very first day of 2019, I read a nice set of thoughts about satisfaction by Kate.
Read it out below:
Ever wonder why we are so dissatisfied?
Unhappy with our lot?
Closely watch what others have got?
Our relationships lacking somewhat?
Not quite sure if we are successful?
Mind and body not so zestful?
The only offender is our own deluded mind!
Restless, wanting – check and see what you find?
We invent our own unrealistic fantasies,
Obsessed with self-concern.
Seldom do we stop, look and learn.
Our habit is to project what our delusions expect.
I should look-like, be-like; have this or that.
“Why does she wear that hat?”
“He shouldn’t speak that way.”
Why does contentment stray?
Our own fictitious fables we want to see.
Never pausing to let things just be …
Have you ever tried to go with the flow?
Stop trying to direct your own show!
Everything becomes our own melodrama
And we are centre stage unaware of karma.
Self-grasping the only cause.
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Do you really need what the world is longing for?
Are you worthy enough to possess what many can only dream about?
It is good to ask such questions with our own selves from time to time. There are countless souls in this very world without the basic necessities of life, for whom every new day is like a grueling marathon with never-ending obstacles on its path.
I do feel highly blessed for not being one of them and for this, I say do thanks to THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH every day for providing me with not only what I didn’t asked for but also with what I honestly believe ain’t eligible for.
A gigantic blessings comparison I read today on Calm Kate’s blog, which struck my heart. You should read it too:
I have food in the fridge, clothes to wear and a sheltered safe place to live …
so I am richer than 75% of our world
I have money in the bank and some in my purse with spare change around …
that puts me among the top 8% of the wealthy
I woke up this morning more healthy than sick …
I am more blessed than the millions who will not survive this week
I have never experienced the horrors of war, the degradation of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of real starvation …
so I am well ahead of 500 million people in our world
I can pursue spiritual practice of my own choice without fear of arrest, torture or death; those that harass are ignorant …
so I’m more blessed than three billion others!
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Speaking about being dragging along on rough surfaces of negativity since this morning, I received another helping hand from Kate Blake through this small but lovely piece of rescue remedies.
Use them frequently for your heart, mind and soul’s peacefulness 🙂
Go for a mooch, more of a meander than a walk … stop look listen
Climb a tree, the world looks different and troubles seem much further away
Pick something, wash it under the tap and eat it raw – parsley is my favourite!
Make your favourite treat with all the embellishments – mint slice, scones n jam
Or make some bread, all that kneading and working is therapeutic
Give someone a bunch of flowers – a neighbour, a stranger, your grocer
Look at photos of old friends, good holidays – have a moment down memory lane
Plant a tree or a shrub – giving back to the environment is healthy
Listen by being still, call it pray or meditation or just connect with the earth
Eat a chocolate frog and offer one to the next person you meet
Buy a friend a coffee or leave one to be paid…
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Would I be here, where I’m right now, if I know about it when I started my journey?
One puzzling question this is indeed and I’m sure most of feel the same way at some point in our lives. Sometimes, what I go through a day makes me question the decisions I’ve made in my past about my current situation. The mistakes I’ve made along the way are just old wound marks now but a big reminder they are for me.
Strangely, I sensed strong alterations in my today’s mood. The reason were few thoughts about what I’m today and what I really want to be, which may not seem so harmful. But they dragged me for long, on rough surfaces of negativity.
Thanks to this post by Erika Kind, which acted like a rescuer for me, as I was able to be stand back on my feet and directed my focus on things that matters the most to me and to those who love and care for me.
Read it below!
Sharing a post from two years ago today:
I am at a point in my life where I find myself at the best place I have ever been. But that is not everything. I find myself at a place where I see that what I believed about life, what I felt for decades in my heart is about to manifest. I perceive myself as a wanderer who lost the compass, then after a while found her direction, and is now standing in front of that path again she recognizes as the path she knew all her life.
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What we runs after in our life explains a lot about who we really are. While many we know do have their own priorities and goals, when it comes to our own selves, we should be doing what is best for us.
The world we live in loves to persuade us into materialism through different ways but once you have set up your own vision and goal clearly, there will be no diversion in achieving what you want to achieve.
Read out this lovely piece by Calm Kate about what is more important to us than what we do consider important.
Do you have to have this and that
Work to renew those devices
Wear the right clothes
Drive the right car
Have the perfect home
Has this made you perfectly
Happy content and satisfied?
If not then shed the unnecessary
Cull back to the bare essentials
Change your attitude and focus
Sort your values, set priorities
Know yourself to find freedom
This brings me genuine happiness
Contentment and real satisfaction
Without trying the alternative
And checking societal norms
You are blindly led down the
Throw away materialistic abyss
Save yourself now to live joyfully
Do you want to be happy
Content and satisfied?
Or are you prepared to waste this life
Slave to your every wilful desire
Chasing a never ending quagmire
Of elusive worldly accumulation
Distracting you from inner peace
You are very precious so please
Be happy content and satisfied
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To those who have no clue about what wonders blogging brings upon, this wonderfully amazing list of blogging benefits by Miriam Blaker certainly packs enough power to let them truly see and understand what they are actually missing.
The world is full of amazing people and I found so many of them through blogging 🙂
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Roses are red, violets are blue, today’s my birthday but the gifts are for you.
Make a wish
I’m 53 years old young today. Hip, hip, hooray, where have the years gone? I still feel 21. Yep, except my need for reading glasses, dodgy memory and aching bones tells me otherwise. Falling off a bike recently didn’t help either.
However, I’ve never felt more blessed and passionate about life than I do right now. I’m grateful for every single day and my heart, mind and eyes are wide open. To a degree, blogging has played a huge part in that.
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning
I started back in 2015, the February before I turned 50, the year before I lost my mum and my life changed forever.
As I write this (a few days before my birthday) I reflect on…
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