Weekly picture challenge : Wish

…From ages, philosophers have been preaching and guiding all of us to live in the moment. To simply be present to enjoy life….

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Today’s  challenge led me into a weird thought process. I started thinking what are the different emotions and tenses(time period) a ‘Wish‘ is associated with. Its funny and amusing at the same time how our thoughts flow in out of no where just from a word and this is exactly why I love the picture/word challenges. In short it is ‘food for thought’.

On thinking about what anyone would wish for , I could broadly classify them into positive and negative wishes which again is sub classified into three categories.

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  1. Living in the past : This is where we all mostly wish for something or someone associating to an event that happened in the past. ex : ‘ I wish I did..’ , ‘I wish he was ….’ , ‘I wish my team won..’ etc. It is mostly  associated with regret , desire, missing out and so on.
  2. Living in the future : This category consists of wishes like ‘All the best’, ‘Wish you succeed..’ ‘Wish to  do well’ etc. which is associated with expectations , hope, looking forward to and so on.
  3. Living in the present :  I just realized this is my favorite category of wishes like ‘ A very good morning!’, ‘ Happy Birthday ‘, ‘Congratulations’ etc. I could not associate these with the past or the future. Could not associate these with anything else but Happiness and being content.  Through a simple good morning wish we don’t only live that very moment, but share and make someone else’s day too.

From ages, philosophers have been preaching and guiding all of us to live in the moment. Living in the moment devoid us from a lot of stressful feelings like regret, expectation etc. Best is TO BE. To simply be present to enjoy life. The word ‘Wish‘ got me into thinking how important it is to let go, not to expect but just experience life right now. In this very moment.

I could associate the picture above to ‘Good Morning !’  which has made to top in my list of wishes 🙂

-FreeSpirit

 

What if The Buddha’s wife was in today’s time?

Don’t we have many Yashodharas who are living by themselves taking care of work, family, kids, chores, finances and not to forget themselves too

Hello there,

Tomorrow is ‘International Women’s Day’ and best wishes to all you lovely ladies out there in advance . Being a woman, life ride is not all smooth and easy at various stages of our lives. But kudos to our take on different situations we have been on and lets celebrate it with pride and a big smile in our eyes.

Speaking of wishes, reminds me of the whatsapp messages wishing me for being a woman. One of the forwards was about Gautham Buddha’s ‘Wife’ and is below given .

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When I heard the story of Gautam Buddha, my question was always about his wife and son that he left behind…this write-up by Vikram Bhattacharya touches that part of the story 
He left her in the middle of the night. 
When she heard the news she was devastated. Yet, she did not complain but her life lost all meaning. The only reason for her to live now was her son. She wanted him to grow up to be a man that the world would look up to. 
Her friends and relatives came around and asked her to forget about the man who had left her and start life again. They asked her to marry again but she refused. She was young and beautiful and suitors queued up outside her door, but she refused each one of them. 
As the years went by she turned into a shell of her former self. She ate only one meal a day, did not care about how she looked, hardly slept the long nights and focused only on her son.
Then one fine day he came back!
He stood in front of her and she could hardly remember him as the man who had left her. “They call you the Buddha now?” she asked him gently. “I hear they do,” he answered in a calm fashion. “What does it mean?” she further inquired. “I think it means the enlightened one, a knower,” he informed. 
She smiled and then a silence.
“I suppose we have both learned something. Your lessons will make the world richer in spirit, but my lesson will unfortunately, remain largely unknown,” she reflected deeply.
“And what lesson is that?” he probed.
Her eyes sparkled with unshed tears, 
“That a woman alone does not need anyone to complete her. She is complete on her own.”…
Dedicated to all women on this International Women’s day.

On reading this message, it hit me hard how difficult it would have been for Yashodhara to live by herself independently without a man in her life in those days. A period when woman’s identity was driven by the man in her life.

It also made me wonder what if she was in today’s times? Don’t we have  many Yashodharas who are living by themselves taking care of work, family, kids, chores, finances and not to forget themselves too. With so much responsibilities on hand, today’s Yashodhara, if her husband abandoned her overnight , would say  ‘ Well I am happy that I have one less thing to worry about ! ‘ :).

With this, I once again wish all you lovely, bold, independent courageous women out there ‘ A Very Happy Women’s Day !’  Lets continue to rock the world! Good or bad, let us face it all with grace, kindness and love 🙂

-FreeSpirit