Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Mankind is the only one we know of that has the arrogance to think that our "thinking mind" has made us superior and given us insights into the planets and the stars. How do we know that for sure? Maybe we are the village idiots that don't understand. Maybe every other living creature on earth has far more wisdom than us and has realized the higher purpose. Maybe THAT is why no other species has lofty aspirations to "save the world". Instead they calmly go on with their own little circle of life, relishing every wonder this earth has to offer, quietly laughing at the silly humans trying so hard to cling to something that was never meant to stop changing or evolving.
These might sound like strange words coming from me, considering how many people I've guilt tripped into not using plastic or planting native in their gardens. I guess I'm no different from everyone else; trying hard to cling to these precious gifts, save them to show my baby before it's all gone. It's just such a shame that we can't appreciate our own insignificance in the vast scheme of things.
I guess when all is said and done, it makes sense not to take life too seriously; it is, after all, impossible to get out alive!
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Nothing has changed... no weird looks from strangers who are getting to see my real face; no sudden decline in the number of people who are my friends or acquaintances; not a single inquiry into whether I'm suddenly feeling ill.
It seems to me that all the reasons I thought I needed makeup were just delusions in my head to make me feel better about myself. All along, I didn't really need it for anyone but me! I suddenly am no longer some splotchy, ugly creature that needs to hide behind foundation and mascara and a whole bunch of other war paint.
It's funny that this whole exercise, that started out as a teaching moment for my daughter to find confidence and beauty in herself, just the way she is, has ended up liberating me and making me realize that I needed to find all those things for myself first!
My mornings have suddenly become so much less hectic. I actually get to pay more attention to more important things like breakfast and getting everything ready for the day; even cleaning up a little... just a tiny little bit ;). I come home and don't have to go through a three step process cleaning all the layers off my face before falling asleep. So much time, not to mention effort and money, wasted on delusions.
Now I have the time to go hang in the library with said daughter on a weekday evening; go for a run after supper! I even got complimented by a colleague on how well turned out I was this morning. Parenthood really does make one grow in ways never imagined.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
In the four short years of my daughter's life, I've tried hard to teach her what I think are the important things in life. To be a good person; to be respectful, kind and generous; to value and respect herself as a person. But now she's old enough to learn from what she sees and, without really realizing it, I am showing her that you can only be and feel beautiful by painting your face and nails with expensive colours and dressing in fancy clothes and shoes.
So, now it's time for me to walk the talk and show her that being beautiful and respecting yourself doesn't mean covering up with 5 layers of colours and trying out 3 different outfits and shoes every time one leaves the house! I hope the time I save everyday from not having to deal with all that will not just ease my day but, more importantly, show my daughter that looking and feeling pretty has nothing to do with the things we put on our face or bodies everyday. Instead it is in the joy of loving yourself - perfection, imperfections and all!
PS: Hubby, I should have listened all those years ago when you kept telling me I looked better without any makeup! :)
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Saturday, 15 October 2011
As much peace as I find in the soul stirring stillness of the Silent Valley, and bask on the warm beaches of the marina, marvelling at my own insignificance before the Bay of Bengal, I can't help but stand on Yonge Street in Toronto and be amazed by the amazing transformation that has been brought about, not by some supreme being that is dressed in purple robes, but mere humans!
As much as the pristine Himalayas soothed my soul and made me feel one with the universe, the CN tower and magnificent city lights energize my mind and renew my spirit. I am constantly astounded by the sheer force of will and nimbleness of mind that has allowed the human race to build, generation upon generation, some of the most awe inspiring structures ever.
Sure we probably destroyed the planet along the way and future generations are probably doomed to living in oxygen free, concrete jungles. But, why do we under estimate our kids so much? If we could build these majestic cities, that were probably inconceivable to people 80 or 100 years ago, why are we so sure that our kids, and theirs, won’t find a way to make things better? After all, the human spirit is the only thing that has endured through all these generations.