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The power of listening

“The power of listening” is an oil pastel painting inspired by my dream. I see such images in my dreams, especially when I feel very lonely. Though this painting looks naive(actually it is), it has a meaning. A meaning that I have always searched for. Even in the middle of a lot of friends in my school and college life, only a few friends are worth to be called as a “friend”.

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Live meaningfully not meaningless

“What is the purpose of my life?” this is a question most of us ask ourselves, especially under the shower or before sleep. I have seen such questions in online forums. Recently, I saw this question on Quora, from a 42 years old IT professional woman in the USA. So even a well-educated, successful person has the doubt whether own life is meaningful or meaningless. Many people reach a point in life where they start to think whether their life is meaningful despite all the academic and financial prosperity.

the happiness we eschew because of hectic life

The happiness we eschew

I woke up after listening to the annoying alarm sound from my cell phone. Like a robot, I did what I do every day — wake up at a particular time, prepare for office. In the office, my eyes fixed on computer screen and fingers dancing on the keyboard to finish a project within a deadline. I have no time to care about others at the office. During holidays, that comes once in a blue moon, I followed the same humdrum routine. It took me a few years to realize that my workload was increasing and my emotional and physical health was decreasing. I resigned my job in 2016 and didn’t apply for another job.

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Which side are you on this Valentine’s Day?

Oh yeah! It is Valentine’s Day! B…bu…but why am I so excited as I am single? Maybe it’s because I got a topic to write. Today is the day of love. The day to propose someone and the day for successful lovers to celebrate, spend magical moments with the lover. Today is the day when beautiful ladies and handsome guys must swim across the ocean of love letters, online messages and costly gifts. I am annoyed when I get frequent notifications on my phone; I wonder how machomen and pretty girls tolerate tons of notification that they get on their phone today. May every nice person who have rehearsed last night to propose to their crush, with magical words, become successful. Ok, I am tired sugarcoating Valentine’s day with my words, now let me express my views about Valentine’s day.

free will and divine will

When free will collides with divine will

Free will is what makes us different from puppets on strings. If you prefer a better definition, let me refer to Wikipedia: “It is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded.” A highly successful man loves the concept of free will. He can feel immense pride as his success is completely based on his actions and decisions. He doesn’t need to look at the sky and gust,”Thank you God for helping me.” A lazy man like me loves the opposite of free will because I am waiting for some miracle to happen which includes winning a lottery. Have you seen the film “Avengers – Age of Ultron”? In this film, the supervillain is an Artificially Intelligent Robot named Ultron. Ultron was designed to serve and protect mankind but it became self-aware. After it became self-aware, it proclaimed – “I am free because there are no strings on me.”