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Stripping away the inessential

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Hello, people!

I caught one of my fleeting thoughts today…it is very much like this….

Believe me, it’s very hard to catch one of those thoughts when you’re about to fall asleep. And then I acted upon that thought…

 Yes, the elation you get to know that your instincts are your best guidance…I was as happy as this Spongebob. Ok, it’s high time that I reveal that treasured thought- Out of nowhere, my mind told me to watch the commencement speech of J.K.Rowling at Harvard. I mean, I was about to fall asleep and this is what I thought of, aik dum se (Urdu for ‘all of a sudden’).

After watching the video, I found these words levitating on my head

”Shedding my fear of failure was actually a stripping away of the insessential”

So what is essential? What is inessential? Whenever you hear of someone’s success, whenever you see that object you want on tv or online, whenever you start to envy or daydream wistfully about the ideal future, THAT is inessential. Essential is WHAT YOU WANT NOW, WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO RIGHT NOW!! You are important. Not the image of success that society has created for you. Don’t picture yourself telling someone in the future, ”I own this, I own that, I graduated from that univeristy, I have this car, that outfit”…change this scenario. Picture this instead: Sitting on a chair outside a cafe, eating ice cream with your heart at peace, with knowledge that you saw someone smiling because of your efforts, that you exist, exist in the truest sense.

Ice cream
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Just do this. Now when you come to your present, you may take a little time to adjust to this image of the future. But that is your battle; remember to use your sword, your tranquil dream of the future. By the way, you should not be thinking about the future but if you do, think about the ice cream thing…or anything of that sort 😛

So…what do you want to do right now? Nothing? Even that’s fine. You’re important. 😀

Ice cream!

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Neither the future, nor the past

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Even when everything is perfect and all that you wished for in times of need and distress is granted, you still feel like life is not easy. It’s like you keep finding the perfect posture to sit on a small couch but every posture has a flaw; either it hurts your back or pinches your elbow. I have been yearning for vacation but now that I’m free, I feel like having my responsibilities back. Does it happen with everyone?

Then yesterday, dad solved the predicament with this
“A true believer never worries about the future or the past; he lives in moments” – The Quran.
I was relieved… and the scorching afternoon heat outside suddenly became beautiful sunshine. I’m thankful to God for having a dad like him :’) (happy tears)
Now, I live in the present.. in MOMENTS of my vacation, exploring each second instead of thinking of to-do lists. And this is not just for vacation, it’s for working days too because I really want this to be the idea of my life and not a vacation experiment. I wish we all do that and stop looking at clocks. Speaking of clocks, I’m going to leave you all with this fantastic Coldplay song, hoping my message adheres and makes its way to practicality.
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