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Distanced from World... Nearer to God

These thoughts take off from where I left off in my previous article 'My Life in the time of Social Distancing'. So if you have not read the previous article, I urge you to read it. Like the previous one, this is also from my heart to yours. Hence, I seek your pardon in case of spelling and grammatical errors. My thoughts are racing faster than I can type. We are all keeping our distance from the world outside. Locked up in our homes, fear grips us when we think of the pestilence that threatens our very existence. We are terrified about the economic backlash that is about to come (it has already come upon many of us). We grope as if in darkness. We wonder if there will be light in the darkness? " weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. " Psalm 30:5 This wonderful verse from the Holy Bible gives me hope. It reminds me of a dawn that will bring God's light to this world. It reminds me to endure the darkest moments of t
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My Life in time of Social Distancing

Most of us will relate to the movie 'The Martian'. More in these times than any other time.  In the movie, we see Matt Damon left behind on Mars... all alone. Based on a novel by Andy Wier and directed by Ridley Scott, the movie captures the attention of the audience as 'The Martian' tries various activities to stay alive, occupied and find a way back home. The movie highlights the strong survival instincts of man. We all are in a similar situation. Many of us may say yes. Well, not really. Unlike 'The Martian', we are still on planet Earth. Thank God, we are with our family. Now that we are all at home now, the question that is looming large on all our minds is "what do I do now?" We tried everything that we keep ourselves occupied with. We flooded the social media with our digital discussions. Online gamer's are almost lost in their digital gaming world. We finished our quota of listening to music. We watched all the movies that we ha

5 W's of Wisdom

5 W's of Wisdom The most prized possession one could ever have is wisdom. Wisdom is the source of all good things that you can imagine. You may want fame and fortune. Or you may want to enjoy great relationships. One who has wisdom knows the way to true happiness. It is not a wonder that King Solomon asked wisdom from God. He could have asked for wealth, fame and fortune. He was blessed with everything else that one can ever imagine. Wisdom comes from asking the right questions. Here are five questions that will help. Wisdom starts with the letter W. All five questions also start with W. Who to look up to? All wisdom has to come from some source. The best source one can find is God himself? The Bible tells us in Proverbs 9:10- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom." The root Hebrew word which has been translated fear means deep reverence. This is a line worth memorizing. One of attributes of God is unlimited wisdom. He knows the e

3 Tips for Success

3 Tips for Success Everyone strives for success in life. The definition of success may differ from person. Some may be aiming for little, some for more and some may aim for a lot. "Don't aim for success if you want it; Just do and love what you believe in, and it will come naturally." - David Frost There is great depth in this quote. Love whatever you do. Believe in what you do. Be passionate about what you believe in. Success will come naturally. There are three characteristics that stand out in successful men. Anyone who wants success in life must have these traits in them. They make a person achieve their goals naturally. These are commitment, sincerity and hard work. Commitment Commitment to ones beliefs is the most important trait we must possess. One must be committed to what we do. Many a dream lies shattered because of a lack of commitment. Everything we do must be with commitment. Whether it is our career or relationship. It is like a pillar that su

Sol - The Magnificent Dwarf

When we look at the night sky, we see those little twinkling beauties called stars. So often man has dreamed of travelling to these stars. And when the night passes away, all these little stars fade away to make way for the nearest star we can get to... the magnificent Sol. Sol is Latin for sun. Astronomers classify stars by their various properties. Sol is classified as the yellow dwarf. It is odd that this huge ball of fire is referred to as a dwarf. For us who exist on this planet, Sol is definitely not a dwarf. It is the central figure that holds the planets, moons, asteroids, rocks and dust that we refer to as the solar system. Be it the tiny Mercury or the mighty Jupiter, they all revolve around this dwarf. Sol brings energy to our earth. Life on earth is dependent on this energy. Both the light and the heat it brings plays a vital role in sustaining life. Generation upon generation of every life form has passed away, relying upon this constant, unceasing energy.

Independence Grafitti

Recently I was at a mall. Since Independence Day was approaching, there was an event at the mall. On a large canvas, they were encouraging people to put their thoughts on it. Some were painting our beautiful tricolor. Some were writing messages. I painted our flag along with the word UP signifying the direction our country is headed. I felt really proud. At the same time I felt grateful to God. I was born a free man in a free country. Felt grateful to all the people who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Many did not even see the free country they strived for.  Felt grateful to God for the beauty of this country. Our Country is truly blessed. Snow capped mountains to sun kissed beaches, flowing rivers to flower filled valleys, lush green forests to golden desert sands. Name it... India has it. Felt grateful for the opportunities and the superb education we get in this country. I can follow my religion without threats. I can speak freely. I feel responsible for my country. Fe

The plant that refuses to give up

Couple of months ago my wife and I brought a money plant branch from a good friend of mine. With great enthusiasm we planted it in a pot. I watered it daily. One day I noticed a small, bright green bud appear in one of the nodes. But the next morning I saw the bud separated from the plant. Perhaps nipped by one of the pigeons that roost in the window. After this incident, the plant showed signs of giving up. To my disappointment, I noticed that the leaves became yellowish. Eventually these leaves dried and fell off. For a few days the branch stood, devoid of all leaves. We then noticed that the color of the stem started turning yellow like its leaves had done a few days back. Thinking that this plant had died, we removed it from the pot. A few days later, we were surprised to see a small green shoot rising out of the soil. Perhaps, a portion of the root had remained. This joy was short lived. Pigeons at work again. This small shoot must have looked like a worm. Half of this shoot wa