Lessons from the lit train journey

Travelling in a train right now.

Started late afternoon. Will reach at night.

Thought something incredible:

During the day, when we peep out the glass window, we see nature.

As it gets dark, and we peep out, all that we see is our own reflection. Nothing external.

Darkness reveals ourselves to us. The pain, powerlessness and peeping for peace – show us who we really are.

No matter how much we wait for the morning to come, if we ignore the dark, we create another version of our dark in the light as well.

How my writing journey began

When I was in Class 6, I wrote my first poetry.

In Class 9, I asked my English teacher: “What shall I do in order for you to give me more than 7 out of 10 marks, in the Writing section?”

In Class 10 and 12, I was the national topper in English language.

In University exams, I got 63 out of 70 in English and Commercial Communication – the only exam I did not study ANYTHING! (Don’t know who the topper was :D)

In the 3 months vacation after giving CA exams, I ended up writing my first book!

In 5 years after writing that first book, I was finally able to let go of a stable career as an Internal Auditor and plunge into writing full-time.

What we see that happens suddenly, has years of unseen practice that goes into it.

But here is what I know for sure:

1. Your heart knows it, before you know it.
2. Your life is always showing you signs, it is just you – who has to stop and listen.
3. Your journey is always going to be different from someone who “made it before you.” But still, your journey is yours. And you won’t want it different.

5 minutes

5 minutes after work, sit and reflect.

5 minutes after food, sit there only.

5 minutes after meditation, do not reach out to phone directly.

5 minutes after workout, breathe.

5 minutes after waking up, revise your affirmations and goals.

The space of 5 minutes creates all the space we need.

Weird ideas

Having some weird ideas, don’t know when (or if) I’ll be executing on them, but let’s see:

  1. Be an English teacher to Class 11 and 12 students.
  2. Have a coaching curriculum online.
  3. Open a piano (read: keyboard) only Instagram account.
  4. Adopt a plant.
  5. Get on a counselling with millennials and GenZ (just like in my book Fit Doesn’t Fit)
  6. Do nothing for a week, other than reading and reflecting.
  7. Switch off the phone for a day a week. (Soon to be!)

Let’s see where things go:)

Btw, 1, 2, 6 and 7 are in progress – which may even lead to 5 getting somewhere in place. Let’s see!

The true measure of your bigness

We become big

on the day

we refuse to feel small

on small acts of people

who don’t know

they are acting small.

They perhaps know this much only.

And thus, are acting this way.

But if you become like them

in the process of teaching them a lesson,

you have lost the biggest lesson of your own life:

“To not to be like the ones who try to pull you down.”

Because in reality, they aren’t trying to.

They just know this much.

They just know this much.

Perhaps you also need to alter your perspective.

Strong and happy. Maybe!

I want to put a strong and happy face and tell it’s going alright.

I also want to be grateful for the love and blessings that I have been blessed with.

I also want to do great and productive stuff.

However it just isn’t.

Family thinks I’m too lost. In reality, I am too lost.

They think I’m working too much. In reality, I am trying to work too much.

They perhaps believe I don’t care. In reality, can someone please care without conditions attached?

Will learn to deal with it, navigate it, fight it, tell myself it will be over.

And it will.

Till then, we may just learn to switch from spreading awareness to becoming the awareness.

When you don’t know

When you don’t know, you still know.

It’s just a question of going deep within.

Let’s say you don’t know what to do when a friend does not respond to an important message of yours.

When you say: “I don’t know,” it is rather you deciding to overlook the option of staying calm mentally as well as physically.

The journey is never of the answer. The journey is of acceptance. You know it. When you do, how are you going to handle it? Most of us don’t know how to handle ourselves. Learning that, is the goal.

To soothe you…

1. Everyone is simply doing their best. Even if it is hard to admit, it is the truth.

2. Your role is to love. Starting with you.

3. Your role is to improve yourself. Everything else will eventually rise.

4. People making it to the world records – don’t have to make you feel worried – if that’s not where you want to be.

5. It will all be sorted out in the end. What you need to take control of, is today.

The mishap

The mishap is the truth.

You went through a lot of bad stuff – that is the truth.

Fortunately, that’s not the problem.

The problem is, how many times the mishap is repeated inside our head and in our words.

Repetition is what makes the difference. Place is repetition hardly matters. What really matters is the doer and the deed.

The solution, then, is to reduce the frequency of repetition. The method, then, is to be the master of your thoughts. The fortunate thing, then, is that you can control it.

The train journey

Ever slept in a train journey?

The long way seemed like seconds, right?

Ever stayed awake during the journey?

A small journey made you see and learn a lot.

Well, it could be a great way to define life as well.

What’s our status, depends on what we do. Live the life, or let it pass by.