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Saluting Mother nature in all of us

I am my Father’s daughter. I have so many of his mannerisms that I can predict with almost 99% accuracy what he is thinking or saying. Growing up, I looked up to my dad, and he was/is my best friend. I would tell him everything and still, to this day, do so. And he never judged me or told me what to do – which is probably why I told him everything.

My relationship with my mom was more of a rebellious nature, primarily around marriage. It seemed to eclipse all other memories. My mom wanted me to get married, and I did not. Looking back more than the marriage – it was the act of ‘Being Told’ to do something. Life works out in mysterious ways, and I decided to do my MBA to avoid marriage. And I met my husband, Adam, during my MBA. As Master Oogway says in Kung-fu panda, ‘You often meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it.’

I took the course ‘Creativity and Personal Mastery’, which started changing my relationship with Mom. I was beginning to see where people were coming from. Yes, for the longest time ever, I was very selfish – still am but relatively less. And I understood her more than before. And as I have grown as a woman and been a wife, the understanding has increased. And my respect and appreciation for what a mother does have shot up exponentially.

Switching tracks, my brother has two daughters. And the youngest one was born when my parents were there. And I watched my mom and my dad interacts with the baby. My dad was amazed at what she did and said, ‘Wow, she grabbed my finger.’ And my mom even watching her over skype – the unconditional love in her eyes was so evident. She didn’t have to say it, but it was so clear that she was just so happy that my niece existed – however she was, regardless of what she was doing. I do not think my mom existed in that space – isn’t that wonderful. My niece responded to that love in ways that she did not to others. It is the unspoken language of true love. When I am sick, I want my mom around me. I am sure most of us do.

Women in my mom’s generation got married relatively young and were primarily housewives. They cooked and cooked and cooked some more. My mom still cooks for us as a family when we are all together. And she does that without any grumbling. I complain if I have to cook during the week or if cooking takes more than fifteen minutes. Granted that I have a day job. My mom and others like her have made peace with what is for the most of their lives. They have surrendered and learnt to live with the present moment and accept what it offers. There is very little resistance. All roads lead to Rome.

Recognize the mother nature in you and rejoice in it!

If Nature could speak…

I just finished a week of an exciting event called – Give Back Hack. It is an event where strangers come together and form teams around something they are passionate about – and then turn it into a working idea by the end of the weekend. And due to COVID this year it was a week-long event. And all events have to have a social impact.

I was not very keen on giving up an entire week when I started, but when I heard the pitches, I knew I was all in. There were a few ideas that caught my interest. The one I settled on was – making sustainability a way of life by getting individuals to pick a habit which reduces the carbon footprint in some fashion or other.

My team was a lovely bunch of folks. We got along really well, and we worked hard! To cut a long story short – we won the first prize and got what we asked for in terms of funding. What’s next? We will see.

The name of the company is called 3tree – feel free to check it out and please do leave us your details if you are interested. Or, even better pick up a habit.

It is amazing what happens when people get together at events like this – it’s like magic. Think about it, a week ago as far as I was concerned most of the team did not even exist. And the website that we created where almost 42 people signed up did not exist. And now it is an entity in its own right. How cool is that!

As most of you are aware – I am a true believer that change comes from within, and as an individual, you can lead from where you are. This is what fuels my passion for the environment. And a part of me feels like what we as humans are doing to planet earth and the environment is not right. We are taking unfair advantage of their goodness. Mother earth and nature – it is in their nature (pun intended) to give. And sadly, for humankind as a whole, it is in our nature to take. 

We, as humans, have the option to voice our feelings, hurt. But it is not the case for the trees which we cut down or the animals who are dying because of us. That weighs heavily on my mind. I feel guilty because I feel like I am in some ways responsible for it – and that is what drives my passion around the environment. 

If nature and mother earth could voice their opinions, it would be unbearable for us to listen to cries of pain and agony as they suffer the insanity called humans which has been inflicted upon them. Just because we cannot hear them does not mean there are no consequences.  

Balance is the way of life, and the scales will tip and what the world will look like is scary, to say the least, unless we do something now however little. 

What will you do?

On The Other Hand

Recently, I have started noticing different things.
There are a lot more people who are walking their dogs.
I see father/son going on a walk.
I see mother/daughter running with their dog.
I see families going on bikes together.
I see couples walking around the park.

With the coronavirus quarantine, we are spending time with people who matter the most in our lives. We are beginning to look – really look at our spouses, children and see them for who they are. We are calling up family far and near and zooming/skyping with them.

The question does arise, ‘Does it take a pandemic for us to wake up and do what we should have always been doing?’ Somebody wise said, ‘If you want to be enlightened, then spend a month with your parents or closed one.’ Because those closest us to know our hot buttons and prolonged exposure to them will force us to deal with the hot buttons – thus making us all a better version of ourselves. There are some blogs doing rounds predicting an increase in the baby boom and divorce after the pandemic.

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Dolphins/Swans/Fishes are coming back in droves to Italy waters.
People are travelling when necessary, be it via car or planes.
Aeroplane travel is almost down to the bare minimum.
Most industries have shut down.

Can you hear mother nature heave a sigh of relief and take a deep breath as she gets much-needed downtime to recoup and refill her coffers? Again, the question arises, ‘Does it take a pandemic for us to stop depleting Mother Nature’s resources?’ Some say that this is Mother Nature’s way of imposing her will on us so that she can take a break. Can you imagine what a positive impact this is having on the environment? The air quality will improve tenfolds.

The coronavirus is forcing all of us to have a holistic detox – lifestyle, food, people. And with the slowing down comes the free time, which will spark our creativity. People are playing games, reading books, watching movies and soon as the layers of daily life lift from us we will start to gravitate towards activities that were looking to bloom like drawing, writing and whatever form this creativity may take for each of us.

W.H Davis said, ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs. And stare as long as sheep or cows.’ Guess what, now we have all the time to stare.

We are spending a lot of time with ourselves, which can be very dangerous. Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” We will see what comes of this. It is up to each of us to make the most of this time and most importantly when this passes, and it will pass – take the lessons we have learnt into the new consciousness that will arise.