Hope?

“Don’t Worry, You will succeed”

“Tomorrow will be a bright day. It will bring peace, prosperity and happiness into your life”

“There is light at the other end of the tunnel”

“There is a dawn after dusk”

And the list goes on and on…

For ages now, we have been hearing these words from different people, in different situations, at different places. These very words, they say, give hope. They say, hope gives one strength to fight. They say, “Hope is the only Rope in life.”  But is it all true? Is hope a good thing?

To be very honest, I don’t know. Do you?

The dictionary defines Hope as :  Hope is the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.

It’s a belief.  The question remains though, does it do us any good?

Let me tell you, this belief is very powerful. It can do a lot of harm too. Hope can make us believe that at the end of everything, it will all be fine. It will all go back to normal, when in reality, that might be a far-fetched fantasy.

Hope can be disastrous. This is how:

The belief that there will be a bright day tomorrow, can lead us to expect. And, these expectations might not be fulfilled. If that happens, and we can’t face the disillusionment, we could go into depression. As we can all see, the result is the total opposite of what was desired.

In a nutshell, hope might be a good thing, since hoping helps people to not lose heart, to be patient enough to wait and see the result. BUT. It can also lead to ends which are dreadful and undesirable. So watch out! As the saying goes, too much of anything is bad. And hope is no exception.

Worlds Apart

Late into the night with the fifth cup of freshly brewed coffee, disarranged sheets lying all around, haphazardly searching for the right page to finish your assignment, and bam! There’s a power cut! Fear & Frustration cross your troubled mind. You curse, feeling the world to be shut out, and finally there’s a wave of resignation. You realize then that there are others like you too, facing the same situation, at the same stage. A Stage of Purposelessness.

This becomes the occasion for you to visit your front porch and sit down, staring ahead, simply because you have nothing else to do. The soft breeze caresses your face, and you realize how comforting that is, inwardly thanking your sensory nerves. The leaves rustle in the wind, and you realize the music created is soothing, you realize running your hand through your hair creates music too, in a weird way.

This brief period of time, where purposelessness becomes the only driving force to realize the tree in front of your house is huge and beautiful and its branches display intricate designs. You begin to realize the coffee smells simply amazing and has more value than you thought. It isn’t just your usual doze of caffeine to keep you awake through the night. It has a lot more to it than you imagined.

You begin to realize the sound generated when soles come in contact with the gravel differs from person to person, and you could probably identify people just by listening to the sound they create while walking if you tried hard enough, long enough.

You begin to appreciate the moon, the stars, the clouds, the dark blue shade of the sky, and the darkness which is tantalizing, brining your senses alive, making you alive. You wonder how you missed all of this, when it was always there, right under your nose. Ah! You were too busy trying to get hold of things beyond your reach. You realize you want to be there for long, with no thoughts, no worries, no qualms, no grudges…but just to enjoy the moment, to live in the real sense for that moment. You experience divinely bliss, secretly wishing it would last forever.

And then, there’s a blinding light, the whirring of everything coming back to motion. You spring up, back in action, hurriedly reaching for you papers and shut the door hard. Just too hard. The world shuts out again, just this time, it’s different. Unknowingly you promise never to revisit this world until the next power cut.

My Why.

After writing essays and articles on a zillion topics, and reading a hundred biographies and autobiographies, I never imagined that writing about myself would be the most difficult and challenging things to write on. I am the person, who believes that I know myself the best, in and out. Yet, when it came to writing, I found myself pondering over it again and again. Writing and scratching repetitively, never seeming to be fully satisfied with my start. After half an hour, of writing, scratching, and re-writing I faced a white sheet with blue ink all over, yet there was nothing. Painstakingly, after a 10 more minutes of thinking harder than ever, I finally came up with the probably most clichéd sentence ever in the history of mankind – I am Me.

I chucked it then, cursing my teacher under my breath for this assignment but inwardly, I wondered. Wondered why I couldn’t write on that day, wondered why I faced a wall with everything but nothing, wondered why I couldn’t when I knew so much about myself, when I could give full 5 minute speeches non-stop about myself to my friends. A fresh blank sheet, a full-ink pen, perfect silence, yet, I couldn’t get myself to write. WHY?

Needless to say, after a whole year of wondering, thinking and pondering the question still remains unanswered but my quest to find the answer doesn’t end here. Hopefully, I will find the right answer to this seemingly simple question one day.

However, my initial problem to write about myself, I would say has been partially solved.  Partially, because I ain’t satisfied and probably will never be but anyway, atleast I came up with something! After all, something is better than nothing.

But yeah, from this exercise I learnt something we all know but so many fail to realize its full meaning and impact it has in our lives. Identification. We all possess ID cards, we all know a lot about ourselves, but hey, how many of us have an identification in the real sense. Think, my dear reader, Think hard. What is your identification? Who are you really? And, more importantly, remember to Identify You with Yourself.

And me? Well, am going to get on with life, in other words, tread on the path of self-discovery, and hopefully, someday I will conquer my quest to find the answer to my Why.

Love after Love

The time will come

When, with elation,

You will greet yourself arriving

At your own door, in your own mirror,

And each will smile at the other’s welcome,

And say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

To itself, to the stranger who has loved you

All your life, whom you ignored

For another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,

Peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

 

– Derek Walcott

Blue…

Life offers various hues and shades. Blue being one of my favourite colours, I have tried to capture the various moods that it offers. Have a look…

Into the blues: The Reef - Calmness

Blue Illumination - Tranquility

Texture of Denim depicting depth in its intricate weave

Universal Illusion - Eternal

Blu-Print - Sadness

Media – The Voice in our heads.

The Media is a distinctive feature of our society today; its growth has supplemented an increase in the complexity and degree of societal actions, rapid social change, and the decline of some traditional forms of control and authority.
In this world, overwhelmed by television, commercial, billboards and the Internet, I believe that the media is an instrument both more powerful and flexible than anything in previous existence, for influencing people, especially the younger generation.

Arguably, the proliferation and globalization of media are among the key factors that have shaped and defined the current generation of young people. In many countries, youth have access to a greater number of multi-media choices than ever before—conventional, satellite and cable TV channels; radio stations; newspapers and magazines; the internet and computer and video games. In addition, many are exposed to the same programs, the same characters and the same marketed spin-off products. Today there is greater availability of foreign programming and media, and less official censorship and control in many parts of the world. Information, email and images flow around the world faster and more freely than ever. Indeed, mass media are making the world smaller, and culture and media are increasingly inextricable, especially for young people.

A look at the world media landscape for children and youth immediately presents two opposing themes: opportunities and risks. For example, globalization of media brings opportunities to broaden children’s outlooks and provide more equal access to information, but it also threatens cultural identification and values. Technological advances bring the promise of new skills and greater youth participation in society, but also increase the risk of child exploitation and informational divides.

Media, in its various forms can be either detrimental or beneficial for the youth today. How it influences the younger generation is subjective as it depends on a variety of factors, like the perspective of the audience and also the method the news is presented and what purpose it serves.

Celebratory  endorsements & personalities have a  great impact & the youth follow their icons very closely by not only using the products they endorse, but carrying the attitude, impersonating them as they are visible.  Size Zero figure among the young women & girls is a classic case in this direction. The same goes for the young lads who are hitting the gyms all over to get their six-pack V body figure even going to the extent of using steroids to achieve the results without their realizing the mid-long term detrimental affects on their health.

A classic example of  changing perspective among the children  was the reporting  by media on the presence of pesticides found in cola drinks of  extremely popular multinational companies which the world had accepted , that though they were not healthy drinks but at the same time were not harmful for consumption now proved otherwise with the truth out  through research & lab analysis. This brought about  a virtual movement among the children who started anti-cola campaign by just refusing to consume  which in turn was being reported by the media bringing in more non-consumers to the fold. This ultimately brought down the giants to their knees who were  now forced to widen  their  product portfolio to include more healthy drinks which is now become a movement in itself-consuming fruit & health based drinks.

That is the power of media.

A final look at the world media landscape and one can safely conclude sans doubt that Media definitely does influence youth opinion and their positions. Nowadays, it’s a fact that the potential of Media is enormous, in fact immeasurable, as it does make a real difference in the lives of the upcoming generation around the world by informing, listening and ultimately empowering them.

Challenges

 ‘Challenges’ I am sure this is not a new word to us. We face challenges everyday throughout our existence on this planet. Challenges are present everywhere, at school, at work, at home. We face challenges with our spouse, children, colleagues, teachers, peers, rivals…and the list goes on, so much so that people call Life itself as a challenge as there are so many ups and downs, makes and breaks in relationships, not to forget situational challenges.

However, the greatest challenge is one’s own mind. Often, it is possible to take charge of everything else, but taking control of one’s own mind turns out to be a Herculean task. Being master of one’s mind is no less then being the master of the world. If the mind, one’s best friend, can be controlled and taken charge of, then time, relationships, life, everything can be managed and taken charge of. 

If the sense of well being, tranquility, inner peace can be instilled in one’s mind, then he can be the king of the world and his life would be a bed of roses. But, if it’s otherwise, he can be worse than a beggar. This is where spirituality, the science of managing one’s mind comes in. Spirituality, not bound by the confines of religion helps you realize, and is most of the times an eye-opener, to the world’s realities. 

It can help you see the change you want to see. Life can be the most beautiful thing you ever had, but it all depends if you really want to be that way.