Enjoy the Variety to Sail through Life

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History teaches us valid lessons of life and consequences of our actions. Is it not time not to repeat costly mistakes? We reap what we sow - fair and square.

Part of a Whole

Our lives get complicated and there is no easy ride for anyone. It is a fact of life from time immemorial as the Bard wrote - uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. No moment repeats, but we do have steady periods to pick up the pieces. Creation works at breakneck speed though we hardly feel the rush. We are guided to safety by many seen and unseen forces. When someone we depend on fails us, others are ready to hold our hands. It is as if they are waiting for their turn, layers within layers. No one is really abandoned, but one needs to have patience and willingness to accept the vicissitudes that spare none. We hit roadblocks that could seem like the end of our world, but are they not soon past and forgotten? We help some while others help us – it is the endless cycle of creation. We play our part and leave our impression; in the final analysis, let it be a positive one.

Variety - Spice of Life

Every moment is different. We feel we are at the same station for a long while, but reality can change for everyone any time. The equation is never the same. People come and go in our lives; their attitude, position, change so we have to be ever ready to let go. We should be our own judge and not let others decide for us. Enjoy all the moments – when the good turn is with us, be ready to welcome some downturns too. The endless variety in life assures us that there is never a dull moment.

None has it easy

From the outside we feel some are having it easy, but none is spared the roller-coaster ride. We have our choices as to where want to be to suit our mental equilibrium. The assets that we accumulate assiduously can become liabilities as they tend to attract unwanted attraction. What we are after should serve us well; the effort should be worth our while. We have our choices to exercise wisely. What we have should rest lightly on our shoulders and conscience.

Contentment is Key to Happiness

Without contentment our life will prove a burden. Nothing can satisfy our greed; relentless pursuit of it will make happiness and peace of mind a mirage. Those who share with others their time and resources will breathe easy in life. We reap what we sow - is a fair comeuppance. Few make weapons of mass destruction and blame others for having them. That we are more responsible than others will not sell like weapons!

Participate Wholeheartedly

We come across some who are genuinely interested in the welfare of others, especially those in need. Their goal is sharing their ability and resources, and they work with others – team players - that unite the whole. But our political leaders believe in dividing us endlessly for their own ends. To get the right political leaders, we should encourage team players so that difference of opinion remains healthy. Divisive forces should be given the boot.

Fulfilment comes with Attitude

There are no borders in our world though we create them. Everything that is on this planet will be left behind, so why burden ourselves with excess baggage that we never need; they only prove a burden. Our ability should be judged by how we help others in need, not in hoarding way beyond our needs. All the ingredients are in our planet for a great feast that we all can enjoy forever! And they are renewed every moment! What we value add pales in comparison with what nature provides us.

Though we can learn the right lessons from history, few feel different and tempt fate with their deeds. If everyone contributes to society with their utmost ability, it will not only lead to a better world but also to a life of fulfillment. The right attitude leads to right actions. Let us dream big, but not for self-aggrandizement, to show off, that will lead to selfish, divisive and isolated lives. There is nothing more rewarding than living a life that benefits the society in general. It will materialize only when we, unitedly, give cold shoulder on attempts to stoke greed.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Johnnydod for the moderation and encouragement through star merit. I did a double take at the "new" moderator! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Feb 2014 (#)

when we realize that we chose promote or allow everthing that happens to us, perhaps then we can accept it all...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Yes Carolina, we have to accept the good and the bad and also convert the latter to the former, but we tend to see only half empty cups - siva

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author avatar Hope Roberts
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for your inspiring message,
we need to put them into practice.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Hope for reading and your support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Mariah
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Every experience we encounter in life teaches us something, both the good and the bad..good times come and go..as do the bad times,
true contentment is being at peace with ourselves and others, learning from our mistakes and making a difference where we can.
An enlightening and inspiring post my friend..and as always, a pleasure to read.
Thank you Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Mariah for your encouragement. Life has to have meaning but, sometimes, it comes like squeezing blood out of stone - from within us only! It is an attitude to enjoy what we are given, and we have more of it as the days go by - then it boils down to making a wise choice, especially of our time - siva

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Nice article, Siva. What you say is correct, one door closes another one opens. We should never lose our spirit or enthusiasm for life, no matter what happens.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike for your input. I remember my days in Indonesia when I received ready smile from the heart that proves wealth need not be an ingredient for happiness. President Obama almost got it right when he remembered the shout "satay"! Memories are made of these - siva

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Basically I agree with everything you wrote, Siva.. The few points where I disagree, our disagreement is because of our different religious beliefs.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Appreciate your comment Jerry, thank you. I like to understand the essence of all beliefs though my upbringing, obviously, influences my thought process and posts. However, I believe all are from the same and only source and hence I enjoy the variety - siva

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Feb 2014 (#)

I can appreciate and respect that Siva, although many here apparently do not. A few have attacked me and have called me a gay basher because I wrote an article not favorable to Walt Disney Productions introducing a lesbian couple into a children's program. In response to them I have just uploaded an article called "What the bible Really says Homosexuality." If everything goes as normal it will be live within an hour or two.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

I am all for sticking to one's guns. Regarding issues like homosexuality/lesbianism, I do not really have a firm stand as some are born that way as per latest scientific data. So they have come out of the closet as it were. I read also the Catholic Church is taking a different view. I do appreciate your stand, Jerry - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Your articles are always enlightening, well-written and inspiring Siva. I like the line about judging people on helping others and not hoarding. So true.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie. I have seen in Asia some very wealthy living a life burdened by their excess baggage which they never unload till their last breath! They suspect all, but do not realize their own are getting impatient! I like to free up my baggage, not only wealth and hurts, so that my life becomes a breeze - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for posting this truly inspiring article ~ Siva. I love it.

YES ~ absolutely ~ "We hit roadblocks that could seem like the end of our world, but are they not soon past and forgotten? We help some while others help us."

I agree that we should be sure ~ to the extent possible to ~ "Enjoy all the moments – when the good turn is with us, be ready to welcome some downturns too. The endless variety in life assures us that there is never a dull moment."

Richest Blessings to you from above

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Helen for such profuse encouragement. I have gone through "end of the world syndromes" few times, but I have forgotten them and I do not want to dig my memory! We learn only from failures as success gets to our heads! I remember President Bush's controversial - bring them on during Iraq war - but I do not want to challenge anyone, rather, I am better prepared to face tough issues now than before! I never tell a lie so I do not have to remember the negative parts! Your comments have inspired me - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Good article.Thanks for share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir for your comment; it is my pleasure - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Reading your articles is often like picking up a handful of sand and examining each grain. Bunched together in the hand, it seems like one idea repeated time and time again. Yet each grain is slightly different; the beach would not be the same without it. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for your support and analysis. Love is a positive emotion and we never seem to have enough of reading about it. I dwell on greed as I have seen its deleterious effect not only on the person but also on society in general. Also, their own families leave them to their devises, sort of beyond repair! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Another great read. We learn from our experiences but often the lessons are hard.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for your continued support. We keep learning the lessons as an individual, society, country and also as humanity. We should thank the past generations for passing their wisdom and owe it to future our value addition - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Feb 2014 (#)

You are a philosopher and of late becoming a guru as well. I'm trying to visualize how you look in real life. A man with a serious countenance walking past admirers acknowledging their admiration with a quarter smile. Just kidding. Siva, write some light stuff also occasionally.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear GVR for your take. In fact, I take life rather easy as nothing is assured. Happiness is like squeezing blood out of stone - it can come from within only through contentment. And I have seen the less of worldly possessions, the lighter is our journey. We come with our return ticket and when it is confirmed, my number is called, I want to leave without looking back! However, I will feel fulfilled if I have given more than what I have taken in my sojourn here. In my final analysis, I salute the majority for putting up with a heartless minority - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Nice post Siva. So refreshing!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar joyalariwo
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Inspiring as always Siva.... one day we hope to get there.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Joyalariwo for your support and encouragement - siva

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author avatar Teila
10th Feb 2014 (#)

What an inspiring read!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Teila - happy to see you on my post and for your encouraging words - siva

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author avatar spirited
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Contentment is the key to happiness?

It sounds pretty right, some people would not even be content about being happy when they are happy.

Contentment in all things certainly could open the door to happiness for us.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for your take, Spirited.One should not be contented to the extent of being lazy, just remaining smug with a life of no ambition. On the other extreme, we have few for whom nothing satisfies their greed - siva

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author avatar spirited
12th Feb 2014 (#)

thanks Siva,

I like how you always see both sides of an issue, and then place your thoughts in the middle not to either extreme position.

Extremes like you said above are not the way to go, for example extremes of contentment could lead to laziness, as you mentioned.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks again Spirited. I have personally experienced the fall outs from all out greed. Wealth changes people and the fixation to get higher in the "rankings" becomes an obsession. Even close family members are neglected in the bargain. Eventually, life loses its meaning for them as they are told what they want to hear!

I am contented but change what I can for the better though ready to accept what I cannot. As an aside - one was offered to choose from two boons 1. Happiness without wealth and 2. Immense wealth but no happiness. The greedy readily accepted the second saying - give me all the money and I do not mind being unhappy! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Great thoughts. Greed never ceases. So it needs to be checked, but if we want to do something for others, it will lead to ultimate satisfaction.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. We start with the hope of getting a roof over our heads, but even a dozen will not satisfy the greedy. Life is much more than counting money as many just wait to get hold of it even before our time! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Yet as of today, owing to circumstances and some of my own committed follies in past, I am a bit short on the Greenbacks, and trying furiously to bridge the gap. This is something I did not want to be mad about- but situations are forcing me to do so. But yes, the peace of mind do suffers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for your input Ptrikha. We should know what we want in life.I made up my mind not to go after wealth per se as I have seen multi-millionaires getting fixated in adding to their wealth. Their lives prove of no use to society in general. I can borrow 100 dollars from a poor man than from rich. For me limited assets serves well, but I understand few going after all that glitters; however, down the line it will prove a liability to those that inherit them - siva

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author avatar Carol
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Such a wise and inspiring post as always Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Feb 2014 (#)

"If everyone contributes to society with their utmost ability, it will not only lead to a better world but also to a life of fulfillment...."This is just a gem of insight from your heart Siva and it was at the core of my parents teaching...outstanding article...thank you for this article and this wisdom Siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia, you are indeed generous with your comment. I have seen utter poverty, despair, and also immense wealth of few I knew closely. Th poor are willing to share even a meal but the rich pretend the poor do not exist. When scientists are happy with decent rewards, some manipulate the system to gain unfair advantage. That they are able to stay above law does not mean they are worthy of emulation. Too soon they get their comeuppance in many ways though they may call the tune till their final moments. A life of fulfillment, thankfully, does not depend on wealth - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Feb 2014 (#)

To be content in any circumstance is not for those who cannot be satisfied unless they have made the next buck , or gained something grander than their neighbour dear Siva....but for those who know what it is to be grateful for their daily bread , and a warm safe place to lay their heads and rest each night ...Sadly this is the minority , and yet our loving heavenly Father has made provision for this vast world so that all can be blessed with sufficient , but there will always be those who would snatch the crust out of a babies hand if they think they can get away with it .. They don't.....
God sees and knows all , and one day there will be a reckoning ....
Be very blessed dear friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella for your input. Few spoil our ride, make us look over our shoulders so as not to be taken for a ride. They may get away from man-made laws here, but the long arm of justice will not spare them eventually. But for few the comeuppance is soon enough. If only we led a life guided by our conscience that is a better guide than our justice system with loopholes in it that tempt the few to break! siva

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author avatar Subra
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Very good, dear Siva. Beautiful thoughts. Our life is in our own hands and we can make it positive or otherwise. Everything depends on us as individuals. If we believe the world is beautiful , then it is so but if we think there is an ugly world out there then what we perceive will only be ugly. Our thoughts and attitudes make the difference. Happiness, contentment and positive attitudes enable us to sail through life successfully.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your thumbs up. We should have a positive attitude, but also speak out against injustices so that they get our thumbs down. Many live a deprived life still and it behooves on each of us to set the system fair and square - siva

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author avatar Maria Malone
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Inspiring read Siva! I believe attitude is everything and while our time here is brief, every moment should be lived to the fullest!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Maria - Happy to read your comments. We are given so much variety and nothing, no one, stays same - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Good evening, Siva, catching up and this was one that caught my eye. Thank you once again for writing about the essence of spiritual living: "If everyone contributes to society with their utmost ability, it will not only lead to a better world but also to a life of fulfillment...." Contentment is one of my favorite words in concept and most days, in practice. Thank you friend. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn, happy to read your comments and encouragement. Our Creator should also be wondering why we are not contented. What we value add is insignificant when compared to the feast that He lays before us every moment! siva

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author avatar shannonfarlouis
23rd Feb 2014 (#)

You made some interesting and very good points.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Shannon for your support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

I feel I learn life lessons through your writing Siva..I certainly gain knowledge and understanding, and I will always be grateful for that my friend. Your wisdom shines like a light..\0/xxx

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Songbird for reading my earlier articles and encouraging me through your kind words. My posts reflect my experiences in life and from what I observe others going through. Some have nothing else in their mind than pursuing wealth working like robots. I know of people who have hundreds of millions but still not contented and also those who are happy in life with no material possessions. For me limited assets and no liabilities will suffice. Nobody has left this world in a Rolls Royce! siva

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