Note to Self #8 – This Too Shall Pass

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Dear T,

A very Happy Belated Birthday and a Happy Belated Diwali and a Prosperous New Year! This year, your birthday coincided with Diwali which made everything everything so special and festive. It was a great day both at the office and at home and you really have so much to be thankful for. So take a moment and thank the Lord for all his kindness and blessings.

I’m sorry for missing out on my daily notes to you this week, T. What can I say? I don’t think I have all the right excuses ready for this one. I want to (wo)man up and say that I wish I had made better use of my time in planning out these posts. However, most of the time I feel like I can express myself in writing best when it’s done impulsively and when I really have something worthwhile to share that comes straight from the heart. There seems to be a mental clash between my spontaneous creativity and my need to manage time effectively. The former is winning of course, as you can see.

Moving on to this note’s purpose, sometimes you feel like all the efforts you are putting into overwriting your old thought patterns are bearing fruit and other days you feel like a big fat failure. I don’t want to go into much detail but you recently felt like you were making headway and then boom, the next day had you backtracking to right where you were even though you hadn’t stopped making the efforts.

This happened on the day of your birthday unfortunately. The day was pretty amazing and you were on top of the world but there was an underlying sense of disappointment that was dragging you down. You felt cheated out of the one day that should have been the happiest day of the year. At one point, you just wanted to give up and sleep it off but luckily as you didn’t want to start your 30th on the wrong note, you chose to learn a lesson instead of falling prey to a temporary setback.

The most important reminder that you received when almost on the verge of giving up was this is all temporary. There will be several good days and maybe an equal number of bad days. There will be trials, failures, disappointments and obstacles but it’s all going to pass eventually.

What came with this reminder was also the realization that you had the power to turn your day around. It’s not always easy and you know it, but you did manage to make the best with what you could and had a bloody good day nonetheless.

What you say to yourself is very important at this point. Your inner dialogue can be your biggest enemy or your strongest ally. This has been the hardest to change but it’s getting easier to talk to yourself as if you were your own personal cheerleader.

Life loves giving out free lemons but remember lemons are actually good for you despite their sourness. It is up to you what you make out of them.

Here’s to being thirty-licious! 🙂

Much love,
Tx


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Note to Self #5 – Take A Little Break

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Dear T,

Today hasn’t been a great day. But it’s okay. Things happen. Just let the angry feelings pass by like a passing grey cloud. I know you’re not in the mood for a big pep talk kind of note so here’s a little impromptu poetry which I know I am not very good at but it might just cheer you up. It will remind you that taking a step back is more important than expressing anger at a situation that is out of your control at the time. Continue reading

Note to Self #4 – ‘Social’ Is Not The New Word For Antisocial

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Dear T,

It’s late and you’re tired and sleepy, so let’s try to make this really short. Today while you were waiting for your metro to and fro from work, you looked around the station and realized something. A large number of passengers on the platform were bent over their digital devices as if their lives depended on them. The situation was oddly homogeneous, with passive faces and bent heads showing little signs of movement while thumbs were moving incessantly. Every now and then, a head would look up and gaze around and then shift their attention back to the screen again. Continue reading

Note to Self #3 – This Is Not The End of the Journey

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Dear T,

You’ve only had one calling ever since you remember – to write your way into this world. Living in an imaginative bubble, your best friends growing up were books, paper, a pencil and your sister’s old typewriter. You were always good at languages and the written word in school but did not have a strong affinity toward other subjects. The one dream you had as a young’un was to become a writer/reporter. Continue reading

Save 5000 – An Update!

When I started this little global experiment to save plastic bags, I mostly did it on the whim of a moment to remind myself that I needed to be more mindful about plastic. The open letter I wrote prior to this was a result of my own frustration at not being able to be more environmentally conscious and making a serious attempt at reducing my carbon footprints.

I received wonderful supporting comments on the experiment from bloggers as well as anecdotes about their own personal journeys to reduce plastic and how their own communities and cities have committed themselves to this cause that it was very heartening.

I secretly hoped that this experiment would catch on; even wished that even if 100 bags were saved this month, that it would be a success in my eyes. Sadly, it didn’t. I didn’t market it suitably and it failed to take off.

But I am not disappointed. My personal resolve to save plastic as much as possible was partially fulfilled in my own way. Grocery shopping is the personal domain of my dad who goes ambling about the neighbourhood supermarkets looking for the best deals and prices so I don’t really interfere in his territory unless I’ve been given an errand. Since I could not persuade him to carry a reusable bag (and believe me, I have tried!), I felt I should do what I personally can in my own little way.

Result: This October, I saved 6 bags out of 10 shopping/eating experiences. It could have been better but it’s a start. I wasn’t able to confidently use my reusable cloth bag inside a mall so I guiltily accepted a big plastic bag full of books. In other instances, I was too shy to say no especially where takeaway food was concerned.

Anyway, I don’t mean to give this up. I will still carry my cloth bag with me wherever I go stuffed with a couple of old plastic bags that I can reuse. It’s a huge challenge but gradually I hope to gain more confidence in saying the magic words, “No thank you, I’ve got a bag.”


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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a regular weekly feature hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

Dear Book Genie,

Firstly, I’m so happy and grateful that you’re here and I’d like to thank you for granting me my wishes! I don’t want to sound too greedy or exceed my given quota but it would be great if you could manifest them all for me. I’m sure you have many other wishes to fulfill as well and I don’t want to waste your time so here goes:

  1. Please grant me the wish to go on a few literary walking tours. Some time ago, I had come across an article about 10 famous literary walking tours for a book lover to add to their bucket list which included places like Bath where Jane Austen lived for a few years. I would love to do a couple of walking tours including an Enid Blyton tour that includes visiting the places where she spent her time writing and some of the locations she mentioned in her books, notably Corfe Castle in Dorset.
  2. Please grant me the wish of my very own cozy reading nook or better yet, a home library/reading room! There are so many cute ones here with window seats overlooking luscious gardens, benches hidden in nooks and crannies and armchairs in the corners with bookshelves running from top to bottom! I could go on and on! There are just too many amazing photographs on Pinterest to make me drool!
  3. Please grant me the wish to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival. I had the privilege of volunteering with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature two years ago right here in Dubai and it was an extraordinary experience! I was delighted to meet and be in the same room as some of the world’s biggest authors and celebrities including Jeffrey Archer, Shobhaa De, Shashi Tharoor, celebrity chef Rachel Allen, Ian Rankin and many others. I would really like to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival which is the world’s largest free literary event in the notoriously famous pink city Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. It’s a wonderful way to spread literacy and encourage people to read!
  4. Please grant me the wish to see Rainbow Rowell’s books adapted on screen. I’ve only read Attachments so far but it was such a cute, heartwarming tale of two people who work in the same office but have never met that I would love to see it adapted as a romantic comedy/drama on screen!
  5. Please grant me the wish to shadow a famous author. I would love to know what the secrets to their success is, how they overcome writer’s block, what they do to tap into their inner creativity and how ideas flow and how they keep their morale up. Nothing beats the experience of seeing your characters come to life on paper and I feel like I would have a similar creative experience like Emma from Alex & Emma did- brainstorming, giving suggestions, helping the author form a character and a plot and be on a journey filled with adventure and excitement!

    Let’s take a breather here Book Genie, are you tired yet? Hope not, it just gets better and better! 😀
    aladdin-genie

  6. Please grant me the wish to start and successfully run a neighbourhood library for passionate readers. I can never forget July 2008 when I heard the saddest news that our 11 year old tiny, little neighbourhood library was shutting its doors because hardly anyone was reading anymore! I felt a huge part of me was dying literally (not joking!). I would love to start a library someday with hidden rooms behind bookcases that open when you pull out a particular book and other such fun things. My library would have regular reading clubs, read-aloud sessions, creative story-telling and other activities for both children and adults. I know it sounds very wishful (pun intended) but it would be a dream come true!
  7. Please grant me the wish to have a stronger decisive power and a determined focus while reading. Book Genie, you know how I get distracted so easily while reading – my phone is constantly beckoning, I have to watch that video, or look at Instagram or Pinterest. Sometimes I feel like I have the memory of a goldfish and the attention span of a fruit fly. Please help me. I need to be more focused while reading so I don’t lose interest quickly and actually get through 4 pages without getting distracted.
  8. Please grant me the wish that I may be able to let go of reading books on my phone and read more physical books. This is sort of an expansion of Point #7, dear book genie. I feel like that personal touch has gone out of the reading experience ever since I started reading e-books and I am not able to enjoy reading a physical book anymore. Please help me, I need to get back to actual books even though e-books are really convenient.
  9. Please grant me the wish that I may own the entire collection of my all-time favourite authors Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. Love, love, love these ladies of the 30’s and 40’s and I would love to own everything by them!
  10. Please grant me the wish that my book blog only continues to grow. I have enjoyed writing about my bookish (and non-bookish) experiences here on Thistles and Whistles and I only wish that my blog and the blogs of my blogger friends continues to grow in infinite proportions!

Thank you so much Book Genie, I know my wishes are not too much to ask and that it’s a cinch for you to fulfill them so I am thanking you from the bottom of my heart for making them come true!

Lots of love, hugs and kisses.
Tx

What are your top ten wishes that you would like the bookish genie to grant for you? Let me know below in the comments because I love to hear from you! 🙂


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