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15th august indian tricolour
15th August – Independence Day – was more or less like any other National holiday in India and yet, there’s an unspoken feeling in our hearts about this day that tells us that it’s more than just a holiday. The tricolours of the Indian flag were everywhere – in houses, in cars, malls, schools, in the attires of people, on faces..! The patriotic fervour and sentiment echoed in the songs that were being played on TV. Despite the terror of Swine Flue looming large in the atmosphere around us, despite the threats of terror attacks filling the news pages around this time of the year (well, most part of the year, unfortunately..), people in Delhi and everywhere else around the country, filled the Independence Day parades, movie theatres, malls and more.

Is it the great Indian spirit that makes us go on with life, come what may? Or is it that we have become habitual of living a rough, unpredictable life that calamities, terror attacks, riots – all seem to us a mere part of life? Is it that fatalistic philosophy that declares – “what has to happen, will happen” that makes us take life for granted..? I don’t have the right answer but I do feel that life is too short and too precious to live in fear and hatred. If there’s a time to relish life, it’s NOW. If there’s a time to live our dreams, it’s NOW! If there’s a time to be good, it’s NOW or never….

One of my good friends – Vitoria – shared a very beautiful message with me today morning. It has been often circulated on the internet. However, I would like to share it again here as my salute to our soldiers who sacrificed their dreams, their families, their lives – to defend the honour of our motherland. They did this so we could live, let live, love and fulfill our dreams.
Please read this message through the end and read it again and again because it’s all about celebrating the gift that life is…

Happy Independence Day. Sawtantrata Diwas ki shubhkaamnayen!:)

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
34. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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  • Asha August 16, 2009, 8:47 pm

    Hey Rashmi,
    Nice to see your blog. And going by your posts so far, we do have very similar interests. Will be coming back and checking regularly.

    Great going :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 17, 2009, 8:09 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog Asha :) Yes, I too realized from your flickr posts that we have similar interests..! Do share your ideas and experiences on my blog by commenting…

  • Manish August 17, 2009, 11:04 pm

    This is such a thoughtful post.. and the message from your friend is so meaningful – each one on the list. I have saved it to my desktop so I can read it often and try to imbibe whatever I can :)

    ..and btw, the picture at the beginning is too good, and the one at the end is too cute :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 19, 2009, 4:53 pm

      Hey Mannu,
      Thanks for reading the post and leaving comment. Yeah – that message is so inspiring…and something that we can live on a daily basis…
      Good idea to save on the desktop…
      I too have taken a print out and put it on my refrigerator..

  • Srishti August 20, 2009, 1:08 pm

    Really very inspiring, I have taken a print for my workstation since these days I spend most of the time here only :)

  • Rashmie Jaaju August 26, 2009, 12:50 am

    Thanks Srishti for checking out this post! Yeah – each point on that list is worth reading again and again…

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