Friday, 10 July 2015

The Key To Happiness Lies In Our Pocket

    Landing a new job, or passing an exam makes us inadvertently happy. It is human nature, after all. What we do not realize is that by doing this, by tying our emotions to such actions, we are basically allowing others to control our state of being.
Let us put it in reverse to better understand this.
Losing that same job or failing the exam has the opposite effect. It inadvertently makes us sad, makes us miserable. Again, we are putting our entire emotional disposition in the hands of others.
The examiner might be fair and give us the grade that we deserve. Conversely, our boss might hold a grudge, so the next time the company incurs losses and looks to cover budgetary holes, our position could be the first one to go.
It does not matter that we have stayed late at the office more times than we can recount. Things sometimes work in our favour, but they can just as well work against us.
This is why it is so important to keep the key to our happiness in our own pocket. This is why it is so important to focus on inner peace and stability.
Our actions alone can either break us or make us. Why give this power to someone else? Of course, it can be quite strenuous to achieve a state of tranquility in such a chaotic and disorganized world that emphasizes materialism over everything else.
Meditation and praying certainly help. Putting ourselves in the service of those around us always leads to happiness.
Doing the right thing will never ever disrupt our calmness. Meeting people, resting, playing, and simply doing something enjoyable are also good ways to find balance.
Ultimately, the best solution to our increasing challenges is to look inward, not outward.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, everyone! Have a wonderful day, everyone! :)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Need For Global Change

    2016 is officially the warmest year in the last 136 years, as temperatures have reached anomalous values each month.
While #GlobalWarming occurs naturally, human-generated greenhouse gas pollution has sped up the process enormously.
This, in turn, has led to severe phenomena, such as droughts and powerful storms that have laid waste in their path. In addition, pollution has negatively effected all those with respiratory problems, and in some cases even causing death.
No longer can this severe issue be ignored, as the whole planet and everyone on it is affected. 

So please consider recycling, switching off, turning down, carpooling, cycling and even walking.
The main focus, however, should be on greed, selfishness and indifference, the primary reasons for these extreme changes taking place globally. While the leaders of the world are responsible for taking action, it ultimately comes down to each and every one of us to combat #GlobalWarming.
Someone once said that it is our duty to leave the world a little bit better than we found it. As it stands right now, we are doing to complete opposite.
Please take into consideration what I have written if you want the next generation to still have a place that they can call home. 
Remember: Earth is our home. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Legend Of The Martisor

Once upon a time, the Sun overheard laughter and joy coming from a village. Taking a closer look, he noticed that everyone was dancing and having fun. Seeing all of this, the Sun resolved to partake in the festivities, so he transformed himself into a beautiful young boy and alighted upon the village. Alas, a fearsome dragon kidnapped him and threw him in a dark and gloomy dungeon. Without a sun to light up the sky, the entire world rapidly fell into a state of dolefulness. The birds no longer chirped, the streams no longer flowed, and the children no longer laughed. No one dared to confront the mighty dragon.

Until one day that is, when a brave young man rose up and set upon himself to defeat the dragon and free the sun. His journey took him three seasons: Summer, Autumn and Winter. When he finally arrived at the dragon's lair, he started battling the fierce beast. The struggle lasted for days on end with seemingly no victor. Both the young man and the dragon stood their ground. Ultimately, the dragon was defeated, but at a high cost. Drained of his power and wounded, the young man freed the Sun, which took his rightful place above the clouds, cheering the world as he ascended. Unfortunately, the courageous hero did not survive, and as his warm blood trickled into the immaculate snow, snowdrops began to bloom heralding the coming of Spring.

Since then, on March 1st, it has become customary for young people to weave two strings: one red and one white. These are then given to loved ones and tied around their wrist. Red symbolizes the love for all that is beautiful and is redolent of the blood which the young hero sacrificed. White symbolizes health and the purity of the snowdrop, the first flower of Spring.  

Tonari no Seki-kun

Tonari no Seki-kun is a short length series that revolves around the eponymous Seki-kun and his attempts to make classes less boring, much to the dismay of his colleague, Rumi-chan. From Shōgi matches to magic tricks to doll playing to a fully functioning postal service, Seki-kun shows his resourcefulness and creativity by making use of everything at his disposal and transforming the classroom into a genuine playground.
Of course, all this goes on with little or no regard for the teacher or for the exasperated Rumi-chan.
I have also read the manga, and I have to say that I prefer the anime version for the reason that Rumi-chan's internal monologue is hilariously voiced by the prodigiously talented Kana Hanazawa-san.
She comments on Seki-chan's every movement with an impassioned voice that made me tear-up... from all the laughter. I wholeheartedly recommend watching this series. Seriously, you need to watch this ASAP! And make sure you tell your friends about it as well. :)

When You Wish Upon A Star...

There is no greater joy than sharing the love within by wishing someone the very best. It is, however, important to know before hand how to wish by forming sound grammatical structures.

It is crucial to understand that wish can be used in other situations as well. Here is everything you need to know about wish when used as a verb:

I wish to make a reservation.

In this particular scenario, wish replaces the verb to want. These two words are interchangeable, although wish is the preferred form.

I wish I were taller.  

I wish I exercised more.

Here wish is used to express the fact that you desire something in your life to be different.

Also, please note the polite form of the copula verb to be.

The auxiliary verb would is used in conjunction with wish to express either impatience, annoyance and dissatisfaction. Here is how you use would + wish in these situations:

I wish the bus would come sooner.

I wish he would stop talking with his mouth full.

I wish people would realize that the world needs more love.

In order to offer someone good wishes, this is the proper way to do it:

I wish you a Happy New Year.

I wish you all the best.

Please note that in this scenario, hope is used instead of wish when it is followed by a verb:

I hope you have a good time on your trip.

I hope your flight is not delayed.

Finally, wish in conjunction with had expresses regret:

I wish I had not done that.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Walking Is Still The Better Option

As a child living in a relatively big city, I could go outside and take a deep breath without having to worry about pollution or getting run over. I suppose it had something to do with the fact that almost everyone #walked to school or work. Public transportation, which ran on either #electricity or #hydrogen, was always an option, of course. But people still liked using their legs instead of hoping onto a car whenever they needed to go somewhere. And as a result, they were happier and healthier. No one died in fatal #caraccidents or from awful #lungdiseases.
Have people gotten so #listless that they have forgotten how to walk? Do we really need millions upon millions of vehicles crowding the streets? The worst part is that you are not only hurting yourself, but you are also hurting your children. I want my child to grow up breathing fresh air and without getting killed in some horrific accident.
Do you not want the same for your child?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Wind Rises

How far are you willing to go to fulfill your dreams and aspirations? This is the question asked by Studio Ghibli's latest and greatest film, The Wind Rises. Most people never realize their potential, settling early on in life, but there are those who push themselves beyond the pettiness of this world by embracing a higher destiny. Jiro Hirokoshi-san, a renowned aviation engineer and the main character of the film, is one such brave soul who dares to dream in a big way. His ardent love for aircrafts propulses him above the skies and into the history books. The road to success, however, is fraught with turbulence, and Jiro-san must do his very best to fly past them. But the film soars higher than one man's ambition as it ultimately focuses on the triumph of the human spirit.

From the splendidly colored visuals to the charmingly sweet melodies to the beautifully crafted planes and characters, The Wind Rises is yet another Hayao Miyazaki-sama masterpiece that zeroes in on the human condition, making it something really special that absolutely no one should miss.