a date with an elephant

 

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time to take elephants for a walk

down by the river

pick a cozy green spot

and bring out the silver

for elephants love to dine

in great style

why do we thank the earth

only once in a while?

so much beauty

so much pain

we take so much

when there’s so little to gain

time to gaze

into my elephant’s eyes

play on the grass

sleep under the skies

one life to live

one earth to adore

a date with an elephant

i ask no more

 

ps: happy earth day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

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it will be sunday soon

time to sit under the silver moon

think about the time

when daddy taught me a rhyme

when mummy tied my pony tail

and i waited for letters in the mail

it will be sunday soon

i will enjoy the hot afternoon

think about the times

when i choose to have a life of dignity and few dimes

watch sparrows chase each other across my yard

remember there is much beauty even in a life scarred

it will be sunday soon

can’t wait to dream under the silver moon

 

 

Picture credit: Pixabay

 

 

 

 

Finally

I finally turned 50 this year! I used to wonder what that might feel like…I can tell you now – it feels GREAT. I am filled with gratitude for this wonderful life, full of blissful and painful moments. While I am yet to see all the continents, I am fortunate I have had a chance to live in the east and west. I spent the first quarter of my life in Malaysia and India and the next quarter in Canada. In 2015, I went back to India and lived and worked there. I have a new appreciation for my roots. Having my two teen boys with me made it extra special…I got to see my world with my own eyes, and theirs. Coming back to Canada (beautiful British Columbia) in 2017, made me realize how special this place is and how deeply I am connected to it too. So, at 50, what has my life taught me? Many important lessons, but here’s a short list:

  • Don’t complicate life, keep it simple

  • Don’t forget to forgive and move on
  • When in doubt, be kind
  • Find or create work you love doing
  • Be prepared to learn from everyone, especially children
  • Important words – thank you, love you, please, sorry, awesome
  • Don’t miss any opportunity to travel and have new experiences
  • Talk to strangers, they could be friends after the first hello
  • Dare to love deeply and unconditionally¬†
  • Live in the moment and always, choose to be happy

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! STAY WELL AND BE HAPPY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relate (and be grateful)

When I was sixteen, I lived in a small town called Palghat, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. I was happily living my middle class life with nothing much to worry about when I became involved with the Rotaract Youth Club. As a community service volunteer I got to connect and relate to young boys in an orphanage. Many of them had no memory of their parents and spent their school holidays at the orphanage since there was no home to go to. I not only had a home, I had parents and siblings who loved me. For the first time, I realised how fortunate I was and how much I had taken my life for granted. I started to say “thank you” for all that I had in my life.

Over the years, as a social work professional, I got to connect and relate to people from all walks of life…each person had a story to tell. In 2014, I was in Victoria, BC. I was waiting for my bus and I noticed a woman beside me. She looked tired. I started a conversation. She shared that her ex-husband was terminally ill and did not have the resources to have some one to help him out. So, she decided to go over and help him few days a week. She said this was her way of making peace with the past and saying thank you.

Every year, in December, I get a bit pensive and reflect on the calendar year coming to an end. I end up feeling immensely grateful, especially for all those people I have a connection to. I am glad that’s how I feel. Apart from being good for the soul, gratitude has now been proven to be good for your health too.

This festive season, ask for the gift of being able to relate to others and the universe.