WRITER’S BLOCK

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Have you ever experienced Writer’s Block? Probably, I will hear lot of “YES” response for this. Well, who can understand this better than a writer himself/herself?

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“WRITING”- it is more of a passion than a profession. You can never compare it with a 9 to 5 office job. Be it blogging, article writing, content writing or book writing – nothing can be easily defined in a boundary of time and deadlines. Ideas start pouring in our brain all of a sudden, our creativity energizes and our pen gears up with a wonderful pace. It continues and we enjoy the journey. But, sometimes the journey comes to an unexpected “HALT”. Exactly in a same manner as your speeding car comes to a halt due to puncture or breakdown. And worst case is you don’t have a mechanic to set you back on journey. Most of the times, you keep struggling trying to find out, why there is a sudden black-out?

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Where are all your ideas and thoughts? The more you think, the worse it gets. Writing is not something that can be done forcefully. It moves on at its own pace, at its own time, in its own way. And this changes as seasons change. There is a time when all circumstances are in your favor. But, then suddenly you may notice a change. Time changes abruptly, blocking all your writing skills – A WRITER’S BLOCK. It is really disappointing and depressing at times. Especially, when it continues for a longer duration. For someone who loves writing, this “block” is equivalent to starvation. It may sound funny to those who do not write. I hope my writer friends here, will surely understand the concern. You start feeling useless all of a sudden. You do your best efforts to keep yourself back on track – changing surroundings, changing topics, changing writing patterns, reading , interacting and what not.

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This is seriously awful experience and scary too. This is what I am facing for quite a long time and was worried about. However, as I searched more on it, I got to know it’s not just “ME”. Almost everyone faces this at some point of time. People adopt different ways to deal with it and this is what I learnt from them. Do not “RUN” from it, instead learn to “OVERCOME” it. With more than 10 half-written topics, I was totally confused. I start every topic, with a new zeal & then I see its not taking a proper shape. I give up, take a break, relax and start afresh on a new topic. Months have passed with this exercise, and it’s driving me crazy now. There is nothing worse than loosing all hope. So, today again I stood up, to fight against my “Block”. “YES” – nothing is impossible, nothing is permanent & nothing is difficult.

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I have to get away of my fears, I have to get away of my “WRITER’S BLOCK”.

So, before starting my half-left topics, I felt why not, I shall start with my fear first. I am here writing about this “WRITER’S BLOCK” and I would love to have your experiences, your guidance, and your ways of dealing with it.

It’s always easy to walk on a smooth road,

Challenge is to walk on a rocky road.

It’s always easy to drive a perfect car

Challenge is to fix an unfit car for driving.

It’s always easy to enjoy autumn season,

Challenge is to enjoy the chills & the burns too.

It’s always easy to do your best in favorable circumstances,

Challenge is to do your best in unfavorable times too.

It’s always easy to run away from difficulties,

Challenge is to stand strong & face them.

It’s always easy to climb up to peak.

Challenge is to stay there without falling.

It’s always easy to welcome success,

Challenge is to welcome failures

And be confident that

Beyond them lies your success.

And the biggest challenge is,

-“TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE”

Today, I am taking my Writer’s Block as a challenge, and I am confident that I will be able to overcome it with my faith, confidence, determination and will power.

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5 YEARS ON WORDPRESS !!!!!!

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5 YEARS ,

58 BLOGS ,

300 + FOLLOWERS ,

1000 + LIKES,

12 AWARDS,

25,000 VIEWS,

And Visitors / Viewers across the Globe !!

Well, it was great to see a CONGRATS message for my 5th Anniversery on WORDPRESS. Five years of association, it has to be overwhelming but in actual I had a mixed reaction on reading it.

I am really grateful for the platform that WordPress provided me, and equally thankful to all my WordPress buddies here whose constant support, comments , appreciations and criticisms have helped in crafting out a better writer out of me. The regular interaction & sharing of thoughts have given a new direction to my thinking and have kept my spirits high , provoking me to write more and more. These 5 years of journey has been inspiring and enjoyable except the last lap, where I started facing the most terrible phase of “Writer’s Block”.

But, the Anniversery notification from WordPress did it’s part, igniting my sleeping brain & instructing it to get up. On this 5th Anniversery, all I want is to continue my association for many more years to come. So, its time to write, time to interact, time to expand my circle on WordPress & I am sure I WILL DO IT !!

Emotional PUPPETS

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We all must have heard or seen “Puppet show” sometime in our lives. Puppets- Hand made dolls with strings attached to them. Humans catch hold of these strings & make them move as per their wish enabling to act a drama or dance. They just move as per their instructor’s direction.

Now, have you ever thought what would happen that if these puppets have emotions also?

If not, just give a thought to Who Are You?

Yes, we Humans are “Emotional Puppets”.

All our strings are in hands of “GOD” & though we think we have mind, we have heart, we can make decisions based on logics & feelings, but the fact is all that is going to happen is already destined by GOD. We just have to accept GOD’s will.

My only question to GOD is, when HE is to everything as per HIS wish, when HE has to treat us just like puppets, when our lives are just a play/drama for him, why he gave us emotions, why he gave us feelings?

Why we feel attached & detached, why we feel happy & sad, why we feel the pleasure & why we feel the pain?

Nature Vs Habit

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“I do like this, I behave like this, I act like this, I react like this…. Because this is how I am”.

There are so many things related to our lifestyle, to our actions that we believe to be our very own way. We consider it as a part of our individuality & think as if we can never change it. There are times when we see our own shortcomings / negatives but we don’t put much effort rectifying those thinking that its part of our nature.

But, the fact lies in identifying the boundary line between “Nature” and “Habit”.

“Nature” – It’s our inbuilt / inherent quality, our characteristics by birth / childhood days. This is something on which we don’t have much control. Our basic behavior is guided by these & even if we make an effort to modify it, it is almost impossible to change it permanently. Somewhere in our sub-conscious, we will always be guided by it.

“Habit” – These are inculcated by us ourselves & mostly depend on the circumstances & environment around us. But, we actually have full control on these & if we want & if we try we can modify these.

Sometimes, we consider a prolonged habit as a part of our nature. So, it is very necessary to spend some time with oneself, to do some self-introspection, identify what needs to changed & classify if you can really change it?

“WE CANNOT CHOOSE OUR NATURE, UNLESS WE HAVE VERY STRONG DETERMINATION,
BUT, WE CAN CERTAINLY CHOOSE OUR HABITS”.

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FILL IN THE BLANKS – – – – –

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“Fill in the blanks” – Oh, this reminds me of my primary school days & exams. You know the start, you know the end and you just have to fill one word to join that start with an end and make the sentence complete & meaningful.

But, have we left this “Fill in the blanks” exercise back to school days?

What I feel is “NO” & there are so many categories of this still revolving around us in our day to day life:

Case 1: When we are supposed to “Fill” in the blanks.

There are so many situations where we know the start, & where we know the end & we keep filling in the spaces in between the way we like. Sometimes, we fill it based on reality, based on facts & figures, based on practical approach and sometimes we fill it based on what is in our imagination, what we desire / like, what pleases us the most.

Case 2: When we create “Fill” in the blanks for those around us.

There are times, when we want the other person to listen the unsaid, to read the blanks, to understand & fill the void spaces all by themselves. We just start off & think that the other person knows well about what we deserve, what we want & what we like. And, we therefore, give the other person the liberty to fill those blanks the way they wish. But, they are not always up to our expectations.

Case 3: The most complicated of all.

“We are born to die. “

We know the start and we know the end. We spend our whole life filling the blank space in between.Some of us are wise enough and fill the space with happiness, joy, kindness, humbleness, satisfaction, trust & faith. While others fill it with jealousy, revenge, betrayal, dissatisfaction, tensions & worries.But, start and end, they always remains the same. We do not have any control over it. So, it’s totally up to us to decide how we want to fill in the spaces between our start & end.

So, friends it’s not yet over. Keep filling in the blanks to your best & make your life more meaningful & worthy.

Understanding “MISUNDERSTANDINGS”

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MISUNDERSTANDING – Root cause of several conflicts, disputes, disassociations & break-ups.

It is human tendency to judge people based on their actions. We observe, judge & make some opinions about everyone surrounding us. In the process we sometimes end up with a wrong interpretation also. We shall remember that neither we nor our observations are always perfect. At times what we see is not what is behind. There may be different circumstances and reasons for a person to behave in a particular manner. What matters are the intentions.

The only way to tackle such misunderstandings is to talk, to openly explain your confusions & ask for clarifications. But, some people become so egoistic, so self obsessed, so angry or so confident that they prefer ending up the things instead of moving forward & resolving.

Before framing any such opinion, one shall listen to instincts, one shall evaluate the past records, one shall always give a second thought, one shall always analyze how trustworthy & faithful the other person was? No one can change in a day.

It’s not the person or intentions that tend to change with time its only “circumstances”.

So, if a misunderstanding is cropping in between, move forward and evaluate the circumstances in between. Focus on “what” has changed and not on “who” has changed. It’s better to cut the roots of such instances before they become too firm and you end up building a big boundary line on its foundation. Few relationships are too precious; don’t just let them fade away for mere misunderstanding.

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But, again there is a word of caution. There are two faces of every coin. When I say we can be wrong at times, we can be wrong at any phase. It may also happen that the one who we trust was never worth trusting. It may happen that when something objectionable & alarming happened we ignored it thinking it’s just a misunderstanding. It may also happen that when you approached for clarifications you were misguided. There are people with dual faces, they look sweet and they attack you from back. One needs to be alert with such people. In fact, sometimes such experiences make us see everyone around us with doubt & suspicion.

With all this said, I would like to conclude that-

Listen to your mind..

Listen to your heart..

Listen to your instincts,

Watch the actions..

Frame the observations..

Do the analysis,

Try to find out..

If it’s the person..

Or the circumstances,

If it’s a correct interpretation..

Or misunderstanding,

Track the past records..

But, be alert if such instances repeat,

Don’t just ignore..

Don’t over-react,

Be balanced..

Be Calm..

Be patient,

And just move forward,

With what pleases you the most.

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Alarming ALARMS

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Trrinnnn Trrinnnn … Beep Beep…Blink Blink… – Hope this is what comes to your mind when you hear about Alarms.

Wake Up Alam, Fire Alarm, Emergency Alarms are one of those few alarms which alerts us when we listen/see them. We then either respond to them / ignore them. And we all know ignoring them may get us in trouble —- Getting late at office/college, getting caught in fire or emergency & we may land up paying a lot for our ignorance.

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Alarms are there to avoid such critical/ troublesome situations, to get cautious & alert, to act & respond to them on time and to tackle them wisely.
Now, the question is –
Do all Alarms have these sound/ light effects which get attention easily?
Or, have u ever heard of “SILENT ALARMS” too?

Let’s move from the theoretical image of alarms to the practical image. Alarms is anything which passes on a signal to be cautious, to pay attention, to be alert, as something disturbing, abnormal, dangerous awaits us. With these in mind, we can conclude that they cannot be symbolized with sound & lights only.
They can be in the form of circumstances, in the form of experiences, in the form of instances & in the form of incidences faced by us in our day-to-day life. But, to listen to these & to see these… we don’t just need our ears & eyes … but the capability of understanding the unsaid & looking at the unseen. We need to observe & we need to react accordingly.

But, how to recognize such Alarms? How can we judge? Is it worth to be so judgmental? Is it fine to keep everything under the scanner & analyze each & every person for each & every act?
Answer is of course “NO”…you cannot see everything with doubt & suspicion. But, at the same time you cannot ignore anything that seems to disturb you, that warn you, that demands your attention.
Because alarms are for warning & if ignored we may land in big trouble.
So, would just like to conclude by saying that:

Never ever ignore any alarming situation.
Develop a good vision to analyze your circumstances.
Alarms are for responding not for ignoring.
So,Wake UP friends, Stay Alert & Stay Happy…!!