{H} is for Heart, Mind and Soul: #AtoZChallenge

{H} is FOR Heart, Mind And Soul

Have you noticed, how when we put our heart, mind and soul to the simplest of acts, it becomes a success, a master piece, something that you are utterly proud of?

It happens to me and around me on a day-to-day basis. On most days I put my heart, mind and soul to my writing and I am able to churn something totally worthwhile. But on some rare days when I don’t, my success rate is abysmal. I also notice this pattern when I am trying to whip up a storm in the kitchen, which I don’t do too often unfortunately because we have a cook. Even when it comes to making a simple daal (lentil soup), or a hung curd dip, or the most basic sweet-chilli prawn recipe; when my heart, mind and soul are into the act, the end result is lip-smackingly delicious.

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I noticed how valuable this simple quote is, early this year. The nine-year old had been trying to make slime for over two years, but failing miserably each time. But not once did she give up on the process. Of course it meant toothpastes, shampoos, liquid soaps, shaving creams disappearing overnight from our shelves. But she refused to give up, and we let her indulge in her passion. She watched endless number of slime making videos, but none brought her closer to her dream.

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Early this year, one fine evening she cracked the code, on a play date with friends. A friend’s older sister told her the magic potion to slime making was boric acid. And there after there has been no looking back. The nine-year old now makes slime almost every day. Slime of different colours, hues and sizes. We have bought copious amounts of glue and Fevicol bottles. I patiently allow her to indulge in this simple pleasure. After all I am impressed by her tenaciousness and “never give up attitude.”

Life is too short to be lived dispassionately. When we seize the moment, and give ourselves completely to the simplest of acts; life becomes meaningful, worthwhile and purposeful. Click To Tweet

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Similarly, the nineteen year old who loves to paint, would spend a few hours indulging in the simple act and turn out some very captivating pieces of art.

It is therefore clear that when we put our heart, mind and soul to certain things and aspects of our lives, we can truly reap rich dividends. Things done half-heartedly, without any enthusiasm will never give us the same results or joy, as compared to those done with our heart, mind and soul.

Life is too short to be lived dispassionately. When we seize the moment, and give ourselves completely to the simplest of acts; life becomes meaningful, worthwhile and  purposeful.

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

38 thoughts on “{H} is for Heart, Mind and Soul: #AtoZChallenge

  1. Soumya says:

    So true, Natasha! Without putting your heart into something, nothing will ever come out of it.

    I have seen this time and again with people around me. Also, when people do things for the sake of it, or just to prove a point to someone else, things never work out right.

    • Natasha says:

      I completely agree with you Soumya. I have been in that space in the past, wherein I have done things because I had to do them. And each time I did so half heartedly it would kill the pleasure of the job at hand and the results would be nothing worthwhile.

      There was a time I would dread household work. I would go about it begrudgingly and it was the worst feeling. Now when I take pleasure in putting together lunch boxes or tidying up my kitchen the results are oh so worthwhile. Jus a little leaf from the past pages of my life. 🙂

  2. Meha says:

    This was a beautiful message Natasha. I love how you can weave shards of wisdom from your day to day lives. Keep sharing and happy to know your daughters are walking the paths of creativity. Like mom like daughters…

    • Natasha says:

      I’m glad you are enjoying these April Anecdotes, Meha.
      Yes, my girls are pretty much creatively inclined and I’m so glad they are. Creativity is one such thing that bails us out of the darkest of moments, doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. Arjun says:

    Give it all you have got and do it passionately and sincerely. Something I love to follow on the weekends only :P.
    There was a time when I would have considered these kind of quotes as platitudes but when applied, they really do make a difference.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, absolutely bang on. Relationships especially. Very nicely pointed out Ramya. When people give just fifty percent to those, the success rates start petering off.
      Thank you for your thoughts. <3

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, Leanne that’s right.
      It’s so important to put your entire being into what you do, to reap the fruits of labour.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.

  4. Novemberschild says:

    Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Heart, body, mind, soul: four words that are deeply connected. The body cannot function without a heart, and the heart, to be a good heart, needs a soul, but to have a soul, you must have a mind. These four things are just words to some, but to others they mean much more.

    • Natasha says:

      Cape Diem! Yes, that’s my mantra. have a tattoo on my ankle with those famous lines from Dead Poets Society.

      Where IS you slime Keith, I wonder? Did Rosey steal it. *wink* *wink* :-)))

  5. BellyBytes says:

    Indeed when one puts one’s heart into something it does turn out better. But what’s with the slime? I can’t understand these kids’ obsession for it…..

    • Natasha says:

      Ha! Ha! It’s a ginormous obsession Sunita, and I still haven’t figured out why. But I love slimes too, and my daughter and her friends think that’s cool, as most Mum’s hate it!
      *Cool Mum* tag! Ha! Ha!

  6. Vasantha Vivek says:

    You are right, Natasha. When you put your heart, mind, and soul into anything, then happiness is sure for you. Great post. Happy that your two kids are able to find their happiness in little acts they love.

  7. Akshata says:

    Fantastic Nats and a lesson each of us should bear in mind. Putting our heart and soul into anything, even the most simplest thing is sure to yield better results .There is no point living life dispassionately. Your stories bring this out so vividly -Like mommy, like daughters!

  8. Shilpa Gupte says:

    It’s the rule of the Universe that when we put our mind and soul into an activity, we succeed in creating a masterpiece. That’s because we then are oblivious to the world and its thousand distractions, only focusing on the task at hand, which soon becomes the reason for our joy!

  9. Wolf of Words says:

    I can feel when I am putting everything into something I am writing. I literally feel hot and there is an intensity and giddiness that I can feel. I am very passionate about almost everything I do. The only things I’m not passionate about are the things that are not fun but I have to do.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, writing is one such activity that makes me so happy, and I’m so absorbed in it that I lose myself completely to it, oblivious of the world around me. That’s the kind of passion one can have towards ones work, ones relationships and so on.
      Yeah I have also realised over the years that trying to put some soul and passion into things that are not so much fun, can lead to joy too. Try it, it really is worth the effort, and you will see the shift happen. 🙂
      Thank you so much for swinging by and leaving your imprints. 🙂

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