Friday, November 28, 2014

Of promises kept and broken

Promises to self from 27/11/13: 

- Will get those nameless faceless stories out of your system, and give them a definite identity. (Checked)

- Will take at least two vacations with A & A - one, by the sea and another on the hills. (Checked)

- Will live with each set of parents at least for one week each, at least twice a year. (Checked)

- Will spend some time with siblings and siblings-in-law, at least once a year (Checked)

-  Will lose those extra 4 kgs (Checked!)

- Will be a practitioner of light (A promise to keep forever!)

- Will stay away from the screen (either mobile or laptop) post 8 pm (Checked. Almost)

- Will do something about that damned backache (Still struggling)

- Will go back to learning Kathak from the scratch (Started. Yay!)

- Will learn a new Indian language. First option: Urdu (Started two days ago. Better late than never!)

- Will direct a short film on the musings of a mother/several mothers (Nowhere close to achieving it :() 
- Will go paragliding in Bir Billing (Pushed to next year's list)

- Will write a book or two for children (Pushed to next year's list) 

- Will work on those unfinished drafts lying in my folders since eternity (Nowhere close to that!)

- Will take two months off to travel across my home-state (Deferred, yet again)

- Will not worry about sounding stupid, or pompous. Will say what is meant to be said. (Almost there. This post is a proof. :))

- Will remind myself of this poem every single day of my existence, and will remember to be grateful for every single thing (Ongoing)

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”


― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use Them

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