“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers”.~ Ruth Benedict
After months, I came out of the room to my work area because finally, the sun was out. I was cozily snuggled under the blanket for long that I didn’t realize that months had gone by. Heck, four months had gone by this year and I didn’t even know how and when.
Yesterday, I was all by myself, dusting and cleaning ‘my room’. I realized that I had so many plans when we came into this house. I wanted to decorate the room with my books and posters. I wanted to sip a cup of coffee and sit here while I read or worked.
And then I stared at the desk for long. All the plans, goals and targets stared right back at me. My brand new planner laid there untouched. The book stack made me wince. The TBR list has grown to more than fifty now. The exercise cycle needs to be dusted off.
I realized that I was distracted all this while. I was doing so many things at a time but I ought to shape my thinking. I needed to keep it together and find answers. There weren’t any Oprah-worthy ‘Aha’ moments. But a sensation of ‘you’ve got it in you’. There is no one answer. There are many. And it becomes a lot clearer when you start looking for it.
You needn’t find a friend or an actual person to vent out your frustrations. All the words in the world can’t change the fact that sometimes we just need to sit with our feelings. No amount of validation, advice, or external support will provide you with the choice of choosing solutions to our problems. The right answer for me may not be the right one for you. Other people can be there to help us, but at the end of the day, we need to find the strength to find answers and to execute them.
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Lata Sunil says
True words Shalini. Sometimes life passes by while we are still making plans. I guess Muffy must be keeping you on your toes.
He is, Lata 🙂
Yes quarter of the year is over and where did it go? I find the years go by faster than the pages of a calendar and each year the speed increases till one day a time will come when moments stretch to eternity especially when the end of life is near.
My Era says
I guess such phases come in everyone’s life and if you’re determined to look only at the upside, the perspective the break gifted will surely help you gain momentum in your new ventures.
Loved that quote, Shalini ❤
Debbie D. says
Yes, there’s nothing like a little inner-reflection and pep talk. You have a young puppy to take care of (and he’s adorable! ♥), so it’s understandable that other things might be postponed. This looks like an interesting blogfest. Do the prompts come out ahead of time? Have a good weekend!
That’s so true. Sometimes the only place you can find answers to your questions is within you. And being alone with oneself is the only way to do it.
Corinne Rodrigues says
Like Lata said, life threw you a curveball – the sweetest one – Muffy!
One a more serious note, I know just how you feel – but I’m too exhausted to worry about it!
Sapna Anu B George says
Just what i needed to inspire me to , perk me or poke me out of the slumber that i have fallen into! you could call it slumber, lethargy or even fear of facing reality , or what ever excuse we can give to ourselves. ” i have got in in ME” yes i have realized and going to work towards my Goal’ which is to write more and reach where i should be reaching. Thanks Shalini
True, sometimes we just need to sit quietly and gather all our thoughts. Our mind is a powerful tool in itself to shove us into the right direction. 😊
So true, the answer for one may not be the right answer for another and the answer today may be quite different from the answer yesterday for the same question. But then that’s what makes each path unique and life interesting.
How very true, Shalini! I catch me making plenty of plans and executing none of them on some days and on other days, without much action plan I accomplish plenty of work. Sometimes we need to gather ourselves, our thoughts and reflect on it doing nothing, without getting upset on the doing nothing part, don’t we? Thought provoking writing, Shalini!
Ramya Abhinand says
Finally sunshine time for you shalini. And glad you came out of your room and soaked in a whole lot of warmth. an see the impact it has had on you, as words seem to have poured out in the form of this blog post. See , its finally us and only us for ourselves. We need to put an effort to pull ourselves up. So get going decorate the home the way you wanted. Knock down that TBR one by one. and see the difference…
Yes, dear Ramya. So much that I don’t even cook or blog 🙂
I cannot agree more, Shalini. The real struggle is that there are too many answers, too many courses of action that we can take. And sometimes these choices can overwhelm us, but I have learnt the hard way that while it’s important to have aspirations, it’s always best to focus on the here and now and take one step at a time.