For today’s blogpost I have chosen a word that many people fear and that word is ‘FAILURE’. I remember this quote which my Literature professor once mentioned in class, She said, ”Failure is one of the ingredients required to make success.” Such a positive outlook on failure really surprised me, as I’m someone who is quite afraid of it.
                    
                 I thought about it long and hard and finally, arrived at the conclusion that what she said did make sense. We are all so bent on being successful because we are afraid of failure, afraid of looking like a complete fool after trying so hard, afraid of being ridiculed and mocked by the people around us (who have no better work than to laugh and comment on the life happenings of others).
                    
                  I guess if it hadn’t been for failure some of the greatest inventions would have still been plans on paper which would have never materialized, great books and their stories would have existed only in the minds of their authors.
                   
                  They say Failure is the stepping stone to success I think it’s because when we fail, we hit rock bottom, there’s nothing left to lose, so we can take a chance and try again, this time more wisely avoiding the mistakes we made earlier.
             
                    So next time I fail, I’m going to thank the people who throw their bricks of mockery and ridicule at me, and use those bricks, to make a monument which I will be remembered for later. 
 
Food for thought :
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Ekam Evelieb

Today, A tiny tot asked me If I believed in magic? Taking into account that this is the Harry potter generation and their fascination with wand yeilding witches and spell muttering wizards is insurmountable, the magnitude of his question hit me hard.

  My answer to his question is in the affirmative. I do believe in magic.As kids we all gave into the fantasies of  ‘The tooth fairy-who left sweet rewards, The garden fairy who made plants grow faster, The elves and gnomes, the invisible Friend : in this world where relationships are fickle and freinds are two faced, he is a friend worth having , not forgetting Santa claus whose gifts were the main reason for our good conduct.

  Being rational and practical has it’s benefits but sometimes the wisest thing to do, is to let go,let the kid within you free.It’s good ,to have a part of you rooted in some imaginary land, because when everything else drives you crazy, that keeps you sane.

    Believing in magic is not a symptom of Schizophrenia, or other mental disorders, it’s more of providing, the kid within you it’s dose of imagination and creativity. Something we lack, and are in dire need of today in this monotonous world. Magic is not necessarily ‘ Abracadabra’ or ‘Expecto Patronum’.It’s more of a feeling, of letting yourself be enthralled by something.

  It’s not difficult to spot magic, it’s all around us. If you take time out, from your busy schedule, you can enjoy : The magic of the setting sun, drenching yourself, in first showers of monsoon. The magic of a mother’s love, in the tiffin she packs for you.The magic of Freedom, in setting a caged animal free. The magic of nature, sitting under a tree on a pleasant day or counting the stars, at night -time. The magic of life, seeing a new born baby or the magic of love, when embraced by a dear one.

 The world out there is full of magic, if you care to look above your I Pad’s, Blackberries and I Pod’s. Life is too short, and too precious to waste buried in our gadgets. Enjoy, the liittle magical moments of life  today, and cherish them as memories for a lifetime. Take some time from your busy agenda and ” Go, Have you Magical Moment.”

Signing off with my favourite sentence from a famous Selena Gomez song,

It’s magic you know, Never believe it’s not so……

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P.s: for those who did not understand the title, read it backwards.
Make Believe.

MAD or Not.

 

                      In Literature class, our professor told us about a certain method found in madness. Of course, she was referring to it from the literary point of view but that triggered a thought on how often madness is negatively perceived by us.
  
                          Out of habit we often call people who behave strangely and don’t work in a normal way ‘MAD.’ At some point of time in our life we all have tried to defy the norms of society through our choices, tried to do something different, tried to go beyond the ordinary. People have ridiculed us and laughed at our faces calling us ‘MAD’ for our radical or maniacal ways.

                          Well the good news is that some of the greatest people on earth: musicians, scientists, artists, painters, explorers etc were all called mad in their time. I think this gave them the impetus to do what they did, because frankly, no one ever keeps expectations from mad people. The Beatles got a chance to create a different kind of music, Columbus insisted on and proved the existence of America, Einstein proved his teachers wrong when they said he was mad and useless. Being termed as mad proved to be a boon for them, so I think being Mad is not necessarily a bad thing.

                        Anyone who lives in their own world is mad. Not just schizophrenics or psychopaths, but also artists, painters, scientists, musicians and day-dreamers. So, if you dream of doing something, of creating something and if people call you mad, guess what, you’re on the route to success. Don’t forget to thank them as they are your greatest supporters.

                        Just as the Mad Hatter tells Alice in Lewis Carroll’s novel when she asks him if she is going mad, and he replies,” I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people in the world are.”
 
I’m proud to be MAD what about you?