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Good News: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

 

 

Ann Frank’s story is such a wonderful reminder in these tough times, to hold on to hope. To believe in the goodness within us and that of one another.

The world is going through tough, turbulent times. There is mass unrest, lives being lost, political friction, pandemic woes, mental health issues on a rise, devastations and despair. Yet there are instances of hope.

And today I choose to share a few hopeful instances that have added meaning to my days.

Covid Recovery:

The number of recovery cases from Covid in India are close to 53%. Even though the numbers continue to grow with each passing day.

A heartening news came in this morning. The 8-10 residents who were tested positive in our condo, have now tested negative and recovered. Bless them and their families immensely.

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Covid Recovery staff Credits: Pixabay

A dear friend also shared her day to day symptoms and recovery process, on social media. I believe she is a brave heart to have done so. Especially at a time when she showed responsibility by sharing her test reports, and people went against the grain and used it as an excuse to gossip.

Kudos to your grit, girl. And a heart brimming with compassion!

Doesn’t this just go to show the courage and resilience people have shown in these testing times?

 

Children in the Pandemic:

I have been mulling over this for a while and have shared my thoughts on this with my friends and family. It is heartening to see the outstanding resilience children and young people have shown in these trying times. Nobody prepared them for a pandemic and it’s interesting and inspiring at the same time, how well they have adapted to the changes. Ann Frank wasn’t a hero without reason.

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Kids teach us resilience Credits: Pixabay

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say that their kids are frustrated with the new normal.

Children adapted to being home schooled online. Some of them, like my 12 year-old were barely that hands on with a computer. But they learned. They adapted. And they woke up beaming each morning, infusing our lives with hope and laughter. This goes for my 21 year-old as well.

They also learned to find ways to keep themselves engaged, when they couldn’t go and play outdoors anymore.

They learned to enjoy and celebrate their birthdays over an online call.

And they continue to learn. Thank you Pragun, for reminding me to write about this.

 

In Another News – Between Self, Home and Work:

I’ve spent the lockdown period connecting with the self : meditating, chanting and practising yoga. No better time than this. The days I don’t, something feels amiss. And this connecting with the self is an eye opener of sorts.

It goes hand in hand with reading a lot of relevant literature too. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is just one of them. There are also other books from Soka Gakkai Buddhism, and the others such as these that have inspired me during the last three months – Lisa Ray’s Close to the Bone, Ruskin Bond’s Book of Nature, Anita Krishan’s Fluffy and Me

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Catching the morning sun from our home.

I guess as women we end up taking our role as nurturers very seriously. Not that we shouldn’t, but I believe not at the expense of giving up on nurturing ourselves.

You can't fill others from an empty cup, can you? Click To Tweet

Having said that I do have my weak moments too, like all of you; more often than not. But choose to pick myself up and go forth.

The last two weeks, at my work place I was compiling good news from our forest lodges in the form of our newsletter.

The newsletter started with a poem. An offshoot of staying tuned in to my true self.

I had almost given up on writing poetry, various forms of which I experimented with way back in the 2000s, as a member and co-founder of two chapters of India’s first online Writer’s forum, Caferati. I had set up the North India (Lucknow-Kanpur) and Singapore chapter.

I’m glad the poetic muse returned. And I realised I still can, only if I try and not give up on myself.

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Credits: Gaurav Dhotre, Pench tree Lodge, Central India

 

Whoever said 2020 should be cancelled?

2020 is meant to be.
A year so daunting and tragic,
Jolting us out of our ignorant slumber,
Like a raging cyclone.
Pulling us out of our comfort zone.

2020 is meant to be.
A year that’s an eye-opener
A year we come to terms with change.
Accept change. Embrace change.
And
Be the change.

2020 is the year to stand by each other.
Payback our dues to the precious planet,
And allow it to heal.

2020 isn’t going to be cancelled,
It’s a year to grow and evolve.
A year to just be.

 

Little Gratitude for this Poem:

This poem was inspired by Leslie Dwight’s poem  Thank you Lesile, if you happen to read this. 🙂

And thank you Aditi Kumar who shared Leslie’s poem with us.

I am also immensely grateful to my boss who continues to inspire and infuse patience and positivity, and be our guiding force.

And most of all gratitude to the universe that guides me to keep pushing my pen and imbue my life with positivity. I’m grateful if that positivity spills into your lives too.

 

We got to keep picking ourselves up every time we fall. The crux is to never give up on ourselves. However hard the going may get. The sun of our lives is sure to shine. Click To Tweet

 

And on that note:

I promise you this is the last one. 🙂

My blog, Natasha Musing features among the top 100 Lifestyle Blogs of India, by Feedspot.

Immense gratitude to the universe for these very kind blessings. And especially to every reader, blogger, friend, family member who has contributed to this journey of growth and evolution.
I’m just a medium, a speck in the scheme of things, following my life’s purpose of bringing to you words that may inspire, make you smile, take you back in time, remind you that you’ve also been on this journey, or not. 

Our stories are tied together. And we are in this together.

Love, Light, Laughter and Gratitude,

Natasha

 

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39 thoughts on “Good News: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

  1. This was such a happy posy, Natasha. I had it opened on my computer for such a long time but kept pushing to read.
    Good to know people you know have recovered. I agree that we need to find blessings and most days I do that. But I also know that I am anxious when day after day I hear a negative news or something that is sad 🙁 I am immensely grateful to have a job. It keeps me busy and my mind occupied.

    1. I do agree with you.
      Some days are indeed tough but if we start counting our blessings they over surpass what we don’t have.

      I’m also so very grateful for my wonderful job and family in these times of duress.

  2. Congratulations, Natasha, for your blog being on the list of 100 Top Lifestyle blogs in India. Your poem makes a positive contribution to all the negative hullabaloo around this year 2020. We have a choice to either go on and on blaming the year for all the worse that is happening or looking at the small and big blessings around us. I am going to remember – we all have good news inside us 🙂

  3. A report was published in today’s newspaper conducted by a few doctors. It studied impact of online classes on kids. The report mentions how it has adversely impacted the behavior of children. It has made kids more irritated and short-tempered. Well, there isn’t much we can do except treat them with compassion and care.
    Well, I’m happy to read your post not so-wordless. Lol, it’s always good to come across posts that are not wordless allowing us to know more about each other. isn’t it so, Natasha?

    1. I couldn’t agree more with both your points, Arvind. 🙂

      The report you mention is absolutely correct. There are lop sides to every thing. And I believe this not just applies to kids but also adults who are online for long hours. It may seem very entertaining initially, but can be so exhausting.

  4. Thank you for sharing this uplifting post, Natasha. Yes, 2020 is a year of unexpected lessons and learnings. It wasn’t a preferred one. But yes, we are adapting, that’s good news. Children are surely adjusting to their best. But I feel sad that they have to adjust. I wish adults would learn from them.
    Beautiful post, Natasha!

  5. Beautiful pictures, as always and an uplifting post, Natasha!
    Lovely poem too.. I’ve also felt that 2020 is special in its own ways, something that cannot be cancelled …rather its to be marked as an important milestone!
    Congrats on the listing and best wishes for your lovely blog 🙂 Cheers!!

  6. Living in a condo has challenges. We have no way if anyone else here has tested positive. Two reasons, our county is doing very little testing. Second, we don’t interact with our neighbours hardly at all. We take caution when we go outside with masks and hand washing when we return. Condo living has disadvantages at this time. If we had a house with a yard we could go home to Canada, but quarantine in a small condo with no possibility of going outdoors for two weeks would be too difficult for my husband’s and my mental health. – Margy

    1. Fortunately we weren’t quarantined in the condo, this time on.

      Everyone is beginning to come to terms with it, as a virus that may impact us any time. Like a flu. We just have to be safe and prepared.

      And yes, mental health surely has taken a beating in the last few months. I pray for all of us battling those anxieties and fears. We are not alone. 🙂

  7. That’s a beautiful postie, Natasha. We love the Butterfly, there are so little this year in our Country, maybe they come later this year. We believe it’s a time to raise awareness with everything that is going on in the world right now. Hopeful Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead

  8. Thanks for sharing such a positive post, today, Natasha and the nudge to keep our eyes and ears open to receive all the inspiration we need to keep moving on. Loved it. And I totally agree with you about being focused on the self too when it comes to nurturing—something we women often need to be reminded for.

    Your poem was thought-provoking and very beautiful, Natasha. Write more poetry, my friend and keep sharing. And, before I forget, my heartiest congratulations on making to the Best Blogs list, Natasha! I’m so so happy for you and your lovely one-of-a-kind blog! Keep writing and keep sharing.

    Stay safe and take care. And have a beautiful week ahead.

    Love and happy vibes,
    Esha
    <3

  9. Dear Natasha! I can not find the proper words to write my impressions about your post.
    I’ve always liked the optimist people. Optimism is a choice of being, very important in our lives,
    especially now!
    “Accept change. Embrace change. And Be the change” is so important and I like that I red this so clear!
    Thank you a lot, dear friend for your ideas full of inspiration and love!
    Wishing you all the best and Happy WW!

  10. We are all learning here. I think that this what it is about-that we learn about ourselves and society to help us become better people. Just my view on it.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. Have a wonderful week.

  11. Oh yes, it’s been a year of lessons learned, for sure. And I don’t know how many more are in store for us.
    Its been a disturbing year, but I guess we need to look at the light at the end of the tunnel, the changes it’s brought in us and the life lessons we have learned from it all.

    1. Yes, there is light always at the end of the tunnel and good times will be back in no time. 🙂 But like Buddha said, “sufferings are far more than the joys in our lives.” so all we can do is embrace them both when they come to us, without qualms. And wait for the good days to add that cheer. 🙂

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