#HappySunday 18- Relationships that matter most to you

I was thinking about all the relationships in a persons lifetime and that made me think, which is the most important, the most essential of all the relationships. Down I walked in the memory lane, thinking about different relationships I have had till now.

The first thought that stuck me was my parents, my mom and dad. I surely thought that this is the most important relation in the world. Then another thought came to my mind, where were my parents when I was was confused about what to do in life, where were they when I had my heart-break, where were they when I had issues with my job, where were they when I was struggling with my start-up,my career ? Most of the things I could not share with them, because of the thought of them not being able to understand. I thought probably this is not the most important relationship.

I kept thinking until I was reminded of the song by Glen Campbell

Friends are never earned
They’re a gift from the loving God
And they’re precious beyond human evaluation

I was certain, friends are the most important relationship in ones life. They are the ones who are there with you in your good times, you enjoy with them, they are there in your mess. But, as I was thinking about this further, I realized that I don’t even have one single friend who fits all these criteria described in the song. I have friends whom if I call at 3 am in the morning, they would not even pick up the call, for ‘Game of thrones’ or ‘Breaking bad’, they are watching is more important (which, by the way I agree IS) or probably phone is lying somewhere they don’t even know. Then I realized, may be a ‘True friend’ is also a myth.

As I was thinking, I saw a person in front of me. This person has been there, in my success and failures, in my highs and lows, through the thick and thins of life, this person has always been there no matter what, and that moment it dawned on me, that this is the most important person, most important relationship I have. I was standing in front of the mirror, and I realized, that my relationship with myself is the most important of all. Whether that person in the mirror is darker, fatter, shorter than the person you idolize, that person will always be with you, in all your situations. Love that person for what he is, accept that person for whoever he is. Cut some slack for yourself, learn to forgive yourself for the mistakes that you did, for those do not define you, it just made you who you are today, a better person. Have a loving and caring relationship with that person, with yourself, because then only you will be in sync with your soul, with your inner self and when you are at peace with yourself, all other things, all other relations will grow and prosper. Embrace yourself for who you are. Love yourself for your imperfections, for your idiosyncrasies, for the mistakes that you once did ; for those are the thing that made you, You.

It is like one of the announcements that they make in the airplane :
In case of low air pressure, make sure you wear your oxygen mask, before helping others. Only when you know, what is to love yourself, then only you will be able to love others.

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#HappySunday 17 – Travel destination I want to visit

The most obvious choice reason that usually dictates a visit to Agra, the Taj Mahal is a beautiful symbol of love, while simultaneously flaunting Indian history and architecture, and leaving the world to marble its fine centuries’ old construction. The idyllic scenery provided by the flourishing surrounding gardens and constructions further enhance the experience that already boasts rich history, wondrous architectural work and a touching love across the generations. Often seen as the symbol of India globally, it is at the top of the places to see near Agra, and a must visit during any person’s lifetime. One of the greatest legacies left behind by the Mughals was the construction of beautiful Persian-styled gardens that provide a beautiful blend of well-designed gardens and intricately constructed structures. Agra is home to one of the oldest Mughal Gardens in India, the Ram Bagh, which was formerly known as the Aram Bagh.

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, FatehpurSikri is one of the top places to see near Agra. Constructed by Akbar and used as the Mughal capital for ten years in the 16th century, it was later abandoned by the Mughals but preserved to a large extent even today it is believed to be the birthplace of the Navaratnas or the nine famed courtiers of Akbar. Built almost entirely of red sandstone, it provides an incredible insight into the lifestyle prevalent during the Mughal Empire and is high on the list of locations for sightseeing in Agra. Besides all the incredible monuments already mentioned, there are places to see near Agra that has equally splendid architectural work, such as the Panch Mahal in Fatehpur Sikri. This is a five-story palace that has intricate work on its red structure.

While famous for its history and architecture, Agra is also a culturally rich location, which would be incomplete without its food culture. Alongside a vast variety of options for every type of cuisine, a must have while in Agra is the indigenous sweet known as Agra Petha. Serving as the perfect break in a hectic day of sightseeing in Agra, the sweet is a delicious dessert made of ash gourd and sugar. It provides a nice finish to what will be a splendid experience in Agra, my next travel destination.

 

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#ThankfulThursdays 36 :Thankful for Technology

When you’re making a list of things to be thankful for, computers and technology usually don’t make the list; as a matter of fact, they often get put on the “hate” list of things that frustrate us! However, I think it’s time to give credit where it is due! Here are the top 5 reasons why we should be thankful for the technology we have available to us:

  1. It allows us to be more “earth-friendly.” Thanks to email and the Internet, document management and cloud storage options, we can all communicate with each other without wasting paper and ink. If you are considering going paperless, we can help!
  2. We can instantly access information on practically any topic we want, whenever we want. I remember when I was a kid, all research required a trip to the library and old-fashioned research with a set of encyclopedias. Now you can research and book your next vacation, see what’s on the menu at your favorite restaurant, study for a spelling test, and asssemble a bibliography with a few clicks.
  3. It keeps us in touch. Although it can be easily argued we’ve gone too far in this department, cell phones and online forums have enabled us to find and stay in touch wit more people more frequently.
  4. It saves us time and money. Nothing has done mre for the consumer than the Internet. In minutes, you can search on and compare various products and services without having to make a single phone call or (even better) getting in your car to drive about looking for what you want. Plus, you can order just about anything online and have it shipped to your door.
  5. It keeps us organized.  Forget those post-it notes stuck all over your desk, slips of papers crammed in your pockets and daily planners.  Electronic and online organizers and calendars keep our schedules organized and synchronize to our cell phones and other mobile devices so we are always organized.

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