I frequently come across a video of the superstar Amitabh Bachchan. In it, the bollywood superstar narrates about the days when he was struggling for an opportunity.
After coming home the disappointed, ‘yet to be’ actor would say, “There is too much struggle in life.”
To this, his father, Sri Harivansh Rai Bachchan, would say, “So long as there is life, there’s going to be struggle.”
Such a powerful statement to remember. And one that will enable us to #keepsmiling come whatever may! Just being aware of this FACT makes everything much simpler.
Walking on the street, sitting in a restaurant, standing in a shop, choose anything!
Whatever you do, wherever you go, make it a practice to observe. When you begin to observe the people around, you will find numerous moments that will make you smile.😝
Just yesterday I was near a bus stop in Chennai and a person slept off on the roadside. He appeared heavily drunk. A shopkeeper came to pick him up and the drunk guy tried to hit him (maybe he felt that someone wants to kidnap).
Then the shopkeeper got furious and man!!! Slap upon slap upon slap, he pasted six to seven right on the cheek of the drunk. And the drunk was sent back to sleep on the road.
I stood by the side and I could not stop but had to #keepsmiling😊! And whenever I remember the scene I am made to smile!!! No, I didn’t feel like doing anything except to #keepsmiling.
There’s more to this observed incident that I will share later! Have you ever had such an experience to #keepsmiling? Would you smile if you were in my place? Just curious 🤔
Job, family, friends, relatives, paying bills, buying vegetables, meeting doctors, do this, do that, on and on and on… It’s very natural to feel overwhelmed at times with such a long list.
Breeeathe and just sleep off! Yes, I am not saying to just do it. Instead just leave it.
when you wake up everything will stay! no earthquake is to appear if you sleep. But you will be able to #keepsmiling. 😁
What has been bothering you? What is it you have been wanting to speak about?
Are you scared about how it will impact the other person? Hmm!
What do you feel about the impact of ‘not saying it’ on yourself? Show some empathy towards the person and say it. He has the right to know!
It is needed…. You must show some empathy towards yourself too! They will definitely understand you.
My last post tried to help you #keepsmiling by revisiting what you liked doing. Today, I write the opposite! Do what you have never done!
We are frequently told by family/friends/society how to behave, what to do and what not to. Humans, as social animals, by their very nature, are inclined to listen to people for approval or to be part of a group, etc. And we try to make others happy.
At one point, we realize that it was not something we really wanted to do. You are not responsible for everything and everyone!
So, what is it that you have always wanted to do? But have never done? Go back in your memories, and think, “what is it!” Then come back and JUST DO IT!
When I used to counsel a few months back, people often used to say that they wanted to be/do something this or that. But here they were in a different world all together. And that often used to be the reason other areas of their lives had been affected. Can’t deny right?
Frankly speaking, they couldn’t change professions as well due to various commitments. Are you too one of them? Can you make fifteen minutes for ‘YOUR’ activity? Be it taking a nap, or gossiping with an old friend or whatever!
It can make you smile and will soon spread through into other tasks that you do! In such cases, often, people are able to smile while doing other tedious activities too.
What is it you would want to revisit?
Usually, social media is considered a nuisance. But not for me 😝. I frequently browse through internet. In fact I would be among the heaviest users of Chrome. But it helps! And I smile, chuckle, laugh and what not reading the hilarious jokes and memes.
Other posts? Yes, I too see the hurtful and painful posts on my wall. But I choose to pay attention to the ones that can make me smile and laugh.
A few minutes of smiling is believed to take you a long way. Be it due to social media jokes! So, why not?
Do you use social media? Does it help you smile? What do you choose?