#QuotedStories linky party 12

The written word is truly an amazing thing. With the help of it we can record out innermost thoughts and spread them if we like. With the help of the written word we can look far, far back into time, through the decades, the centuries and, yes, even the millennias. Today I would like to look back into the past and see what the wise people who have walked on this earth can tell us about happiness and how to uncover it. No matter if you live today or lived two thousand years ago.

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stacey Charter

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”
Dalai Lama

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”
Charles Caleb Colton

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#HappySunday 20 – Favorite Quote

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

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#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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