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Today, take time to pause and breathe. Enjoy a small dose of positivity via this beautiful poem. The Goodness of Life Though there is much to be concerned about, there is far, far more for which to be thankful. Though life’s goodness can at times be overshadowed, it is never outweighed. For every single act that is senselessly destructive, there are thousands more small, quiet acts of love, kindness and compassion. For every person who seeks to hurt, there are many, many more who devote their lives to helping and to healing. There is a goodness to life that cannot be denied. In the most magnificent vistas and in the smallest details, look closely, for that goodness always comes shining through. There is no limit to the goodness of life. It grows more abundant with each new encounter. The more you experience and appreciate the goodness of life the more…

What a positive way to begin the month of March with World Compliment Day. How are you celebrating it? Are you going to say, “Oh, wow. You look fantastic! You look so much slimmer!” “Is that a new hairdo? Looks great on you!” “Your skin is positively glowing today!” “You inspire me” And why should you compliment someone? LifeHacks.org offers 7 reasons, which are: 7. It takes the focus off you 6. Smiling burns calories 5. Compliments spark creativity 4. Kindness doesn’t actually kill 3. Sincere compliments build trust 2. What goes around, comes around 1. Compliments are FREE! Those are good enough reasons for me. To quote World Compliment Day website: ‘World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power. March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area…

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” I was going through my archives and came across the “Joy of Giving” week and found that we’re right in the middle of it. Oct 2 to 8 is Joy of Giving week. Celebrated through a variety of initiatives. The word “giving” always makes me fondly think of my Mom. She was the sort who would immediately hand over anything she owned, if someone admired it. I remember various instances of this. A colleague of hers at school praised a new saree she was wearing that day and the next thing we knew, she laundered the saree, packed it up and gifted it to her. Another time, she bought a pair of sunglasses she had saved up for. The moment someone said ‘wow, what a fab pair of glasses’, she took them off and…

As a parent I tend to view my life as a two-phase thing. BV and V. Before Vidur and Vidur. Such is the transformation a baby brings. I fondly recall the day when I discovered I was pregnant. I remember literally bursting with joy and we couldn’t wait to tell my Mom. We rushed to the nearest phone (those were non-cellphone days) and called her with the exciting news. Of course, she was totally delighted and we began counting the days for her to join us. I couldn’t wait to get her flight booking done. Soon after, we brought her to live with us and together we looked forward to the arrival of our angel. I still remember how much we laughed over Sury having to take an Air India flight while Mom and I followed by Jet Airways. It was my Mom’s first ever trip by air! Anyway, fast…

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