Love brings peace, not shackles… Then why …?



In our search to fill the void within us, we seem to find fulfillment in relationships that we find ourselves valued in the most. The feeling that someone loves you very much can embrace our hearts unlike any other feeling. Most fulfilling relationships are those in which instead of condemning, you forgive and guide each other, in which you trust that you will be there for each other, no matter what, that you will go to any extent to preserve the beauty of your relationship. You do this because you have invested a lot of time, effort and emotions and you feel worthy of being in the relationship. A relationship based upon kindness, trust, love, patience, respect, care and concern seems to lift up your spirits and fill the void.

But, even such satisfying relationships have limits. We start to depend on the other for our happiness and peace. I don’t think there is anything wrong in wanting to experience as much love as possible, yet, sometimes, we unknowingly monopolize the other to the extent that they have to let go of a lot of things. Sometimes, they don’t let go. At such times, we start feeling hurt, the emptiness creeps in again, and there comes the feeling of unmet needs. I wish there were no limits and that you always felt this joy of being fulfilled, more consistently. But, most times, when the other is absent, you feel less loved. Sure, the other person is the means that you feel valued and loved, but is that the only means? Love is always there, whether someone is there or not. Love brings peace, not shackles. Then why the misery? Why the bottling up of emotions? Why the heartaches? Even the most satisfying relationship does not seem to satisfy us consistently. Why?

Bring yourself to Life!


Sometimes, life is painful and messed up. It gets really complicated at the worst of times. Sometimes you have absolutely no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times, you just let yourself get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge, dark abyss. But we have to keep trying. We have to push through everything that hurts us, work past all the thoughts and memories that haunt us. Sometimes the things that hurt and haunt us are the things that make us strongest. And that’s why, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.

Bring yourself to Life… Bring yourself to Joy… Bring yourself to Love…

Dare to be!


     When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

     When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

     When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

     When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

     When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

     When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

     When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

     When love hurts you, dare to love again.

     When someone is in pain, dare to help them heal.

     When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

     When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a helping hand.

     When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

     When you feel great, dare to help someone feel great too.

     When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

     Dare to be the best you can – At all times, Dare to be!

― Steve Maraboli,  Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When you follow your heart


A dear friend shared a short story with me. The simplicity in which it conveys a very BEAUTIFUL message moved me the most. Here’s the story:

Horror gripped the heart of the World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the ‘no man’s land’ between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back.

“You can go,” said the lieutenant, “but I don’t think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away.”

The lieutenant’s advice didn’t matter, and the soldier went anyway. Miraculously he managed to reach his friend, hoist him onto his shoulder and bring him back to their company’s trench. As the two of them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer checked the wounded soldier, and then looked kindly at his friend.

“I told you it wouldn’t be worth it,” he said. “Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded.”

“It was worth it, though, sir,” said the soldier.

“What do you mean; worth it?”, responded the Lieutenant. “Your friend is dead.”

“Yes, Sir”, he answered. “But it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive and I had the satisfaction of hearing him saying, “Jim… I knew you’d come.”

What did this story teach me?


Many times in life, whether a thing is worth doing or not, really depends on how you look at it. Take up all your courage and do something your heart tells you to do so that you may not regret not doing it later in your life. Dare to follow your heart; it will never let you down! Somehow, it already knows what you want. When you follow your heart, life automatically becomes more beautiful, more memorable, more special! :) 

Celebrate the beauty of life…

Until next time…

Sayounara! :)