Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Happiness pill

What is the first thought that comes to your mind as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? Do you think of the things that you will do to make you happy? Well, I don’t! Mornings are the worst part of my day. First thing, I struggle to get out of the cozy bed. Since winter is approaching, it will become even more terrible for me to start my day :(. Then comes the part of scurrying to office with meetings to attend, minutes to be followed up and deadlines to be met. So where is the time to think about things that will make me happy? Grrr...
Today's post by Cheeky Pink Tulip here had me rather thinking and instead of leaving a comment I decided to create a list of things that will make me happy seriously. :). This way I can think and write on stuffs that will make me happy. Since it’s a Sunday post, I shall focus on things that will make me happy on a SUNDAY.

   Going to the church: A Sunday spent without going to the church means a Sunday wasted for me. Throughout the week, God’s grace and mercy keeps us protected in good health. So I believe in thanking Him for His grace and mercy by offering him prayers of gratitude worshiping Him.

   Writing: Nothing is much more important than writing when the inspiration strike. As soon as I read this post on her blog the sudden inspiration to write hit me and therefore this post. So this post is ‘spur of the moment’ post. A deep sense of satisfaction overwhelms me after doing a blog post. I am sure all you bloggers also feel the same. Those of you who constantly update their blog must be achieving satisfaction now and then which I am so envious of lol. I hardly update this space :(. I have promised myself that I will at least write once a month, and if you notice there is at least 1 post every month hehe.

    Reading: I am one hell of a lazy bone. I can’t sit straight while reading a book. So I lie down most of the time. That way I go to bed with a book and sleep with the book as well. My idea of reading a book is to be inside warm covers in the bed with a good cup of hot coffee. This way nothing can take away my pleasure of reading.   

    Exercising: Yes, exercising makes me immensely happy. I have been a huge fan of Pop Pilates of Cassey Ho, know her more here. I have downloaded almost all her vids yet the lazy spirit inside me overtakes it. I bought a new yoga mat also for inspiration yet I have been too darn lazy. But I make a point to do exercise on weekends and I seriously need to do more of it. 

   Taking a walk: Booming construction in Thimphu especially around the place where I live has made it inconvenient to talk a walk around. While in college we used to take long walks almost every day back then. There was one particular lecturer, an Indian guy who used to take brisk morning walks every morning. Rain or shine, he would be up for walk with ear piece of his iPod plugged in his ears. I wish I could remain dedicated like him for more happiness :P.  

    A clean room: I have this obsession for things to remain in its place in order. So my weekend is basically spent on cleaning and arranging my closets and drawers. That’s why I hardly have time to hang out with friends and family. But an orderly room gives me so much joy. 
Tit-a-bit example lol
   Tit-a-bit:  I could not think of any other title for this description so the name tit-a-bit. From manicure to waxing my feet and using face mask or peel off, all these things I love to do on a Sunday like today.

So these are the pills to my happiness. If I could do all these in a day, what more can I ever ask for? Happiness is subjective. It varies from individual to individual. Since great things come in small packages, my ultimatum to happiness would mean doing these small things.
What is your pill to happiness? Did you ever ask yourself? If not, please do it immediately.

All good things come to an end, thus this Sunday. It has come to an end. I had a blissful Sunday, hope you had the same. So a happy week to all lovely readers!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn muse with a pinch of childhood memoir

Cold has seeped in unusually early in Thimphu this year. It’s just autumn and unbelievably we (I) are already with socks and curled up in bed with warm heater at the bed side. Its getting colder, brrr...Warm jackets, leggings, uggs, thick socks and scarves have already started replacing my wardrobe. 
Just back from a tour to Gelephu where it is still hot in the day and I have been already pampered with the warmth down there that as soon as I reach here, heater was the only thought on my mind. And I know it’s too early, yet I have started using heater also. :(.

December, 2008: that was the last time I had visited Gelephu. Young, fresh and with lots of enthusiasm at 22, I had just completed college and travelled south through that route to Wangdue. I had nothing then except a college degree. The whole world lay before me to be embarked upon. 3 and half years later, soon after my 25th birthday, I got a chance to go to Gelephu, as a civil servant on a tour. Nothing much has changed in these last four years in Gelephu except for the whopping Punatshangchhu hydro power project on the way. But so much has changed in me, in my life. I have heaps of my fair shares of sorrows, downfalls and happiness and yeah not to forget my heartbreaks also.  

Autumn in Bhutan
Autumn- next to Spring I love this season to its end. With abundant sun and cloud less blue skies, I have so many reasons to be in love with this season. Firstly I am the seed of autumn, born in October. I believe that my parents have planned rightly to conceive me to be born in this month. For that matter my father need not wash my diapers in the cold winter water and the weather is so warm with bountiful sun, perfect for my mother to bathe me in the warm morning sun :). I was an ugly and a sick baby then hehe. If I plan to have a child, I would plan just like my parents did for me :P. And of course my wedding, I would have an autumn wedding as well. The warm autumn sun simply amazes me. It is so bountiful and vast in nature. No wonder we had the royal wedding in autumn at this time of the year last year. Why? It must be for the awesome weather and perfect time of the year hehe.

Autumn reminds me of a particular verse from the book of Ecclesiastes in the bible:

“A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is

Autumn is a time to pluck whatever is planted. It’s a season to harvest the bountiful produce of the year and store the barns for the winter. At this time of the year I would love to be in the countryside, merrymaking with the rural folks in the terrace field to store the barns.  Isn’t it beautiful? Yes, God has made everything beautiful in its time. 

Leaves grow, alter its color and fall to the ground in autumn giving way to dry winter. As a kid returning from school me and my brother used to run to catch the leaves falling from the large trees and if we catch it we used to save it in our books. And used to name it “Lucky leaf.” 
Years later, if we see the leaf, it would have turn dried and flat and sometimes left its print perfectly inside the book. That was the best part of autumn for me as a kid.

And I thank God everyday for the beautiful life He has bestowed upon me, for the beautiful past 25 years of my life.  God, its 25 years? I have spent the silver jubilee of my life, yay! and every morning I thank God for this. 

And I hope to do a blog post on the golden jubilee of my life hopefully :).

My awesome readers, wish you all a bountiful autumn. 


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