So yesterday night, I was all bummed out for no apparent reason. You know how that happens sometimes- when you have had a bad day and you feel everyone is out to get you and that all bad things only happen to you and so on. Well, I’ve had one such really terrible week and have had some real trouble sleeping.
So I made this bracelet last night, to keep all the dark thoughts at bay. Concentrating on crafting really helps with calming me down and sort of fills your heart with a blank sort of peace.
Anyway here is the photo.
Here are some other views of the bracelet along with some close up shots.
I hope you guys like it. Would love to hear any comments or criticisms.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Bonnie Jean Wasmund
If you asked me what is the greatest thing a person can do for another person, I would reply – “share their pain”. There is no great philosophy behind this and I am not trying to be all pretentious by speaking of such deep things. In fact, this is not deep at all. It is simple and it is a matter of fact.
Empathy is something that all of us should try to cultivate and nurture within ourselves. Some of us pretend to have it but it’s all just a facade. When you see a person who has no feet, do you feel pity for that person? Or do you empathize? Yes, so many people confuse the two feelings. Empathy is when you see yourself in that person’s place and feel their pain of having no feet.
Many youngsters of today like to pretend that they care for unfortunate people and animals. They have long discussions and debates on how people should be punished for cruelty to animals and how politicians are corrupt and how they should be making better the lives of handicapped people and the other unfortunate ones. But then all they do is talk. If they really knew how it felt not to have basic necessities, they wouldn’t just be talking. They would be out there doing their part.
Have you ever given a thought to how the person serving you coffee at the coffee shop feels when he sees people of his own age hanging out with friends and spending money so freely? Ever wondered how the kid begging on the street feels when he sees you licking your candy? Ever wondered how it must feel like being a street dog going through garbage bins looking for food? And what about the janitor who cleans the washroom after you leave it dirty? Do you think he likes cleaning up after you?
If you haven’t ever given a thought to how these people feel…. Maybe it is time to start now. Scroll back up and read the quote at the start of this post by Bonnie Jean Wasmund. Now it might make more sense. Let’s try to make someone feel good today. Let’s start by trying to put ourselves in their shoes and looking at things from their points of view. We may not be able to bring about a great change in their lives, but we can try and be more sensitive. And if possible, let us try to make their day just a little better and just a little brighter.
If you’ve read my previous post with the same title, you probably already know what this post is about. Yesterday, I didn’t watch House as I had planned. I felt that i would have to wait too long for the new episode (which will be available only on Monday), so gonna see this episode little by little and drag it out till Saturday at least :P. Yeah, I am that crazy about House.
Anyway, today’s post is not about House. This amazing thing happened to me early morning. I was on my way to office in my office bus just like every other weekday. This really heavy girl came and sat next to me so the ride wasn’t that comfortable and I couldn’t fall asleep for the whole 2hr journey. My only pastime throughout was looking out through the window. And that’s when I saw the most beautiful thing.. In fact, I wasn’t even looking. I was just staring at the sun as if in a daze. The sun was hidden behind some clouds and I could see less than a quarter peeking out.
And then, it was as if he just knew. He knew I had been staring at him for quite some time, and he came out from behind the clouds and smiled at me. I know it probably sounds crazy, but he did. He did come out and he smiled. AT ME! It was just so beautiful. And then he went to hide behind some other clouds. All this happened in a matter of seconds. But it really did happen.
I am probably going mad. But that was an amazing feeling. It was as if I never used to notice there was a sun till today. And today, he said Hi to me! 🙂 Wow! That just made my whole day. I want to remember this feeling always.
One of my very good friends told me today that I think too much. She wants me to stop thinking and worrying so much about the future and start living in the present. I am gonna try from today to make a list of things that make me happy each day, even if they are just little things.
Today, I guess I could be happy about the fact that my bus reached my place earlier than usual, saving me half an hour. But is this something to be happy about? Or is it something I should be thankful for? I know i reached half hour early, but what difference did it make to me? That I got to browse an extra half hour on the internet or that I got to spend an extra half hour alone in my room? Hmm… No. I don’t think this makes me happy.
Fine, lets find something else to be happy about. The dinner was good today. I had 4 idlys and sambhar. Should i be happy for this or grateful to God? Umm… I guess that is a NO again.
Alright moving on. I got it!! I am happy that i got to see another new episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 🙂 Yes! Watching Grey’s Anatomy makes me happy. And tomorrow i will get to watch an episode of House M.D 😀 Yay!
Alright, so looks like its gonna be tough finding little things to be happy about. But I am gonna try my best to think of what made me happy before i close my eyes for the day.
Lets see for how long this self-therapy works 🙂
P.S: I am basically a cynical+critical+pessimistic person. Being falsely perky doesn’t really look good on me. This post is a sincere effort on my part to try to be happy with what I have. I am gonna try my best not to worry about the future. Because truth be told, my future isn’t that bright. And if I can’t be happy now… who knows if I will ever be happy! Might as well start looking for reasons to be happy now.. than dying sad.