Tag: Philosophy

Freedom vs. responsibility

I came across this crisp post from Seth, which i am quoting below. Freedom and responsibility   Which do you want?   Freedom is the ability to set your schedule, to decide on the work you do, to make decisions.   Responsibility is being held accountable for your actions. It might involve figuring out how…

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I am Sorry, I was Angry

  Last few years, I have been angry at something, mostly it was about trying to do things in the best possible way (or when things won’t happen like that). now I am simply tired of explaining to everyone what perfect is!! Stacy: “I had to do what I thought was right”. House: “It’s the only…

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The Demon inside me

My family has been telling me for years now that I have the Anger of my father and fore-fathers. Yet, until recently I never thought of doing something about it. I did not see it a as something that needs to be fixed – I just had it and it was a trait of my…

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Beautiful Question to God

Teri is duniya me ye manjar kyun hai? (Why is Your World like this?) Kahin zakhm to kahin peeth me khanzar kyun hai? (Someplace there is pain and people are backstabbing others) Suna hai ki tu har zarre me hai rahta, (We hear You are everywhere) To fir zami par kahi Maszid Kahi Mandir kyun…

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Right vs. Right

It was "right" to dismiss Ian Bell; he was silly to take the run; but it was also "right" to recall because of the confusion. When I think about it; it seems like a choice I have been asked to make so many times - "The Practical thing" vs. "The Right thing". India decided to recall was the right thing to do; although it was not as per rules. They could have decided to let go of Bell and play on and nothing would have been wrong about it as per the rules of the game, but it would have be such a sad thing to do. All those people who in India, who are currently critisizing Dhoni for this; are not thinking if there was a role reversal and it was Sachin Tendulkar instead of Ian Bell. In most cases, knowing England they would not have recalled him; just think how we would have felt about it. We would have been all over the English side and critisizing them for this "right foresaken" thing. But, now when we have chosen to do the right thing - why are we upset. We should be happy that we have a team who thinks on moral ground and while they play to win, they also understand the importance of fair play.

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Mantra to Happiness

“Do we have to lower our expectations to be happy?”. “Do we need to let go our aspirations to be happy?”.

I do not say that. All, I say is that you need to know what expectations you have from your life and how you are going to keep up the balance. The more you live your life in the 4th Quadrant, the more dissatisfied you will be in your life. I do not want to infer or plan to let go of all of my goals in life and the good things I want for my family. However, over time, I have started to realize and categorize in which areas do I need to have my expectations run high. And, in which areas do I have to start with a lower set of expectations and hence do not set myself up for a disappointment.

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Expectations and happiness are inversely proportional

"Do we have to lower our expectations to be happy?". "Do we need to let go our aspirations to be happy?".

I do not say that. All, I say is that you need to know what expectations you have from your life and how you are going to maintain the balance. The more you live your life in the 4th Quadrant, the more dissatisfied you will be in your life. I do not want to infer or plan to let go of all of my goals in life and the good things I want for my family. However, over a period of time, I have started to realize and categorize in which areas do I need to have my expectations run high. And, in which areas do I have to start off with a lower set of expectations and hence do not set myself up for a disappointment.

Happiness and Expectations

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