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The Deadly Game of Power!

Your greed of dominion has seized my existence

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It was sown in your hearts long ago by power

It chained your ability to reason in shackles

It shot an arrow in the heart of your emotions

Devastation overflew since then, going boundless

The fire breathing dragons caged are on the loose

All the dominoes of life have started drifting…

Tumbling down the freedom and ‘being’ of mankind

It doesn’t take long to capture pawns after all!

But it takes only one piece to turn the tables

To checkmate, to win back the lost glory of life!

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And i will stand tall till my last breath to survive

To execute the move which topples your vicious plans

Mountains of pursuit turn to dust, hopeless tumbling around

But till i carry flag of our lost honor, there’ s still a chance!

Take seeds of brotherhood from me, plant in depths of your heart

Water with faith, strength, harmony, plow fields with humanity

Wait in patience for fields to bloom, to light your heart with unity

Let’s leave this game here, and hug each other my dear friend!

There’s nothing lost in the end,we both won match of co-existence!

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(By: LetsSpreadCompassion)

 

 

 

 

Erik Weihenmayer’s Blind Faith

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Life is a challenge, only those with the courage to accept this challenge by will are truly alive.Not everyone reaches the summit of life.The mountain is very steep, there are many avalanches, bad weather, falls and high altitudes.Life is a constant struggle to survive all the hardships and successfully reach the summit.But for some, it is only about escaping from limitations and exploring the boundless self.Those are the ones who make life an endless journey of self discovery, a series of overcoming trials, an expanding list of victories, and their faith rises during afflictions with leaps and bounds.

Some of the survivors of life are those who are met with rigid un-erasable boundaries, which stop them from reaching their thresholds.They cannot stand half way through the mountain when the summit is clearly visible. so they embrace strength, revive faith and break through the verges of inability, reaching out with full devotion to achieve excellence of life,and to experience it by being free, free of all stigma’s and handicaps.It is these few i can see standing on the top of the summit, showing us the snowy paths in the light of their achievement and chivalry, making life easier and encouraging for us.

Erik Weihenmayer is the name of one such valiant inspiration.He is ACTUALLY daunted as the successful climber of the seven summits, the higest peak each from every continent.These include Kilimanjaro (Africa), Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe),Aconcagua (South America), Carstensz Pyramid(Oceania), Vinson (Antarctica) & Everest (Asia).According to Wikipedia, Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber.

Erik Weihenmayer speaking at conference in 2007

Erik Weihenmayer speaking at conference in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s so special about him?Many mountaineers have made it to the Seven Summits!Everything is SPECIAL about him, because he is the FIRST BLIND person to climb Everest to the summit on May 25th, 2001.He became blind due to a genetic retinal disease called retinoschisis which he had since birth, and resulted in total blindness by the age of 13.Still his ambitions to lead a normal life continued.He graduated from Boston University, and proceeded as a middle school teacher and a wrestling coach.He is the author of a book “Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye can See“.

So in short, he is special, because of his relentless thrust for life.He had a vision,which many people with sight do not have.He was able to see that God doesn’t want him to suffer, he is short of one of his senses, but the rest are probably more efficient than an ordinary person.He knew he had to put in more efforts to prove something, but he was totally capable of it, and that only ambitious, brave, strong-willed, determined, passionate and those who have faith in God and then themselves are worthy of making it to the top, sight is no where in the list, vision is their though.Those who never quit, who are not stirred by adversity, who believe in the Creator, life and themselves, always find the way through the snowstorms.

His story really inspired me, and i decided to share with you all. I sometimes think that the disability of some makes them able.And those like us who are able at times show inability.WHY?Now i think i have the answer….we need to feel as passionately about something we have faith in, and then we need to jump start to meet the challenge and venture our hidden potential to achieve it.Passion and faith embraces able and disabled alike, no partiality….

Erik Talks About the Supportive Team which helped him reach the top:

A video portraying Erik’s journey to becoming the only blind man to have ever sumitted Mt. Everest.:

Repent – Show empathy, to YOURSELF!

“Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest”.    Voltaire 

It’s a common practice, many of us live in a pretense world – meaning we hate judging us ourselves, we consider us a superior human,or super human,who can never commit sins or mistakes, especially when others try to make us realize it.Maybe i am one of you guys also.Whenever we are alone, our conscience troubles us with a huge doze of realizations of our capacity to err,and how and when we have taken advantage of it.But believe me gals and guyz, its an indicator of our conscience – that it’s there and alive too!
But this is not enough….we cannot ignore our problem.First of all, to err is human, so don’t be too harsh on yourselves.Secondly, we can carry on in life with a better pace, and with less – heavier hearts and less-stressed brains if we learn to face our setbacks, and rectify our mistakes at the proper time.I know it is tough, gives ur ego a big demotion too, but for long-term satisfaction,it is extremely essential.

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An important factor is our false pride.We are boasting everytime everywhere of how fantabulous we are!It develops added social pressures on us in accepting it when we are wrong.We start to enjoy hiding ourselves behind somebody who we really are not.
First of all, we need to stand infront of the mirror, and reiterate to personal selves that this is what we are, and it’s perfectly ok.Once we accept it, and start believing in the new us, next it’s time to say a very precious but difficult word, “Sorry!”
The one who deserves our repent before anyone else, is the Creator Himself.We take everything in this world, and whatever we are blessed with for granted.We consider losing morality once in a while as not a big deal.Morals come from our faith,our societies, and cultures, above all they come from and are made for humanity.Therefore we surpass all, and become rebels considering it our right and thinking we’re really cool.Repent, is not an easy thing, but if we ask for forgiveness from the depths of our hearts, we feel light.

Repent is extremely easy as compared to guilt, and guilt is what we bear until we repent.If we can ever imagine how painful,nerve wreckening guilt is, we will never commit mistakes to acquire it.It’s easier to bear the cries of the devil inside of us, then to face the remorse.Like George Crabbe phrased beautifully:

“To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent”.       George Crabbe

Let us stop being devoid of realisation, let’s make a fresh start today, by trying to repent, from the core of our hearts, we’ll emerge more relieved, positive, and pure.It’s never to late….

                  Repent   by   LETSSPREADCOMPASSION

Tormented, with all hopes lost
Wailing and accepting defeat
Turn around, stands sorrow
Dark, twining way infront
No one to hold or console
Scorching heat, no shade in sight
No dreams, fears…..only pain
Crossing all barriers of strength
A pure tear of repent rolls down
Falls on the rugged, barren ground
A gust of cool breeze falls from the sky
Gives rise to life within the dead earth
Light fills the sky and the surroundings
Vanishes the woes, buds joy
The destination is visible, path clear
The devine help guides and gives strength
With purity within, no burdens on the heart
The soul embarks on a new journey again
A teardrop vanished the agony
A footstep seeded hope
Countless lie strugling
With a drop of repent!

Imagination and Dreams – NOT a fool’s paradise!

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”   Bob Goddard 

What wonderful moments in time were the ones which were painted with the fabricated “Goody-goody” fairylike stories of life and the set of neat rules to lead it, which our older generations had told us.That: Life is easy as a pie – say no evil, do no evil, hear no evil, follow truth, honesty, generosity, justice, sacrifice, honor, faith….If so, it equates to a world with righteousness, peace, tranquility, humanity, colors, flowers, butterflies, rainbows in short beauty!The storybooks seemed so real, we believed that we had acquired some sort of magical potion to control life, and anything that’s in it.Cartoon characters were so full of life, genuine, as if we’ll reach out and catch them, and transform into them.We believed in the fantasies of the books and the screenplays and we believed in our own vivid imagination which was being woven with the most placid of all emotions and thoughts.For us, life was a picture perfect!

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Our eyes had never seen the harsh realities of life.We though of ways to climb the rainbow, jump on the clouds, discover the magical lands in our closets, and riding the old brooms in our houses hoping they might start flying lolz….Actual life, although poles apart, seems far more unattractive, strenuous, difficult.We were raised on the verge of hope, of a beautiful world far and beyond what older generations could create for us, but what they wished for.Our generations, sat crying out loud on their failure, and in return failed ourselves in doing the same.Now we don’t even have the time to sit back and dream because we have filled our lives with hustle bustle and immense efforts to survive.They transfered their dreams and visions to us, which we considered burdens – a punching bag.We are literally beyond bounds taking a shot at them every now and then,but the disappointment outraged.As a result, there are shattered dreams, low morale, and hopeless eyes, and no sense of direction.

Paoulo Coelho is no doubt one of my most favourite authors, because he sows the seeds of optimism.In his book The Alchemist, his bestseller and highly recommended by me if there are any who haven’t read it, he states:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The main charter of his book Santiago, a shepherd boy does so by going on a journey of his dreams.

We often choose not to dream at all, because we can’t bear to see them crumble, or because we lack the will to make them real.We let hopelessness haunt us.When we are young, we don’t know what dreams are, we just have imaginations, power to create images in our minds.When we saw a dream, we used to ask:”Mama, when did this happen?Why do i know it?”, and she used to say:”Honey, don’t worry, it was just a dream”.With the passage of time, our imagination drew colorful fancy images, which seemed fit to tie all up into a dream.As we grew older, the impressions of our dreams grew stronger, and so did the need to transform them.But some of us buried them deep within us, while some lost courage and hope to follow them, and let go.For some it was impossible to achive them in todays times.

In my childhood, i had a stationary box, with images from Disney’s “The Little Match Girl”, which is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story The Little Match Girl.The girl holding the matchsticks in her hand,with colorful flashes of light all around, and the colors and shine of which had all gathered in her eyes.She was beaming all over, with an aura of her dreams, which she still dare to dream in the darkest hours of her ending life.There was no impression of death, only the beauty of her sweet dreams.The color of one’s dreams can’t be more perfect, subtle, intense and spirited.In her eyes one could see the ultimate longing of her desires.While facing my academic endeavors, one look of her raised my enthusiasm.

William Arthur Ward, an American motivational and inspirational writer said a beautiful thing, which is so true:

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”

He also said:

“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.”

Similarly, in life, we need motivation.Charlie Chaplin, the famous comedian of the silent movies era, spent his life on streets after his mother’s illness and his father’s death. As a tribute to his works, his statues are placed in London, and Switzerland where he is buried.He faced the troubles of his life and still kept his dream alive of  becominga comic actor.With only miseries to experience, and laughter to sell, he once told about his dream during those distressing times:

“Even when i was in the orphanage, when i was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat, even then i thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.”

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However, no one can dream without paying its price.Dreams when turned true need a bitter price to be payed, sometimes with sweat and sometimes with blood.With every dream comes a sacrifice, but it should not come in the way of dreaming, because the fruit dreams bear are reaped for generation and generations.Martin Luther King Jr. made a revolutionary speech called “I have a dream”, in which he stated his dreams for his people, America, and humanity.He gave up his life, but the whole world saw the fulffilment of his dreams and how they transformed us all as exalted human beings, with a broader sense of equality and justice for mankind.Similarly, sometimes we have to work till the last drop of sweat in order to accomplish our dreams, they have to be achieved as honor, no one gets them accomplished in charity.

The dilemma of todays human is that he/she has ceased dreaming, and has given up on achieving them.Life is just a rat race, following the same ‘ol routine EVERYDAY!We have created a world which suffocates us, we need to work everyday in order to carve in space for us, and it leaves us no time to carry out our ambitions because we are fighting for survival every moment.We have certainly raised the bar of our life’s standards, but in the process we have left our dreams so far behind on this road to progress and existence, that we can hardly see them.What’s important is to dream, whether of the past or future as per Bob Goddard sayings, because our past always motivates us to do more and inspires us, to be what we couldn’t be, and the future promises hope of the times to come, of what we can become.
Here is a peom by Eugene Field called The Dreams, it’s one of my favourites, read it and you’ll be transported into the land of your own times when you used to dream:

Two dreams came down to earth one night
From the realm of mist and dew;
One was a dream of the old, old days,
And one was a dream of the new.

One was a dream of a shady lane
That led to the pickerel pond
Where the willows and rushes bowed themselves
To the brown old hills beyond.

And the people that peopled the old-time dream
Were pleasant and fair to see,
And the dreamer he walked with them again
As often of old walked he.

Oh, cool was the wind in the shady lane
That tangled his curly hair!
Oh, sweet was the music the robins made
To the springtime everywhere!

Was it the dew the dream had brought
From yonder midnight skies,
Or was it tears from the dear, dead years
That lay in the dreamer’s eyes?

The other dream ran fast and free,
As the moon benignly shed
Her golden grace on the smiling face
In the little trundle-bed.

For ‘t was a dream of times to come–
Of the glorious noon of day–
Of the summer that follows the careless spring
When the child is done with play.

And ‘t was a dream of the busy world
Where valorous deeds are done;
Of battles fought in the cause of right,
And of victories nobly won.

It breathed no breath of the dear old home
And the quiet joys of youth;
It gave no glimpse of the good old friends
Or the old-time faith and truth.

But ‘t was a dream of youthful hopes,
And fast and free it ran,
And it told to a little sleeping child
Of a boy become a man!

These were the dreams that came one night
To earth from yonder sky;
These were the dreams two dreamers dreamed–
My little boy and I.

And in our hearts my boy and I
Were glad that it was so;
He loved to dream of days to come,
And I of long ago.

So from our dreams my boy and I
Unwillingly awoke,
But neither of his precious dream
Unto the other spoke.

Yet of the love we bore those dreams
Gave each his tender sign;
For there was triumph in his eyes–
And there were tears in mine!

Dreams are magical, they transport us to a place of their own, which is unique.Somewhere inside each of us is a desire to experience the dreams but we are reluctant.Let’s give up money-making for a day or two, lets forget about our status in this world, let go of our apprehensions and pack our bags to embark on the journey of our dreams, the paths we will follow will release us from our miseries, let’s show compassion towards ourselves sometimes, so that we are not answerable to our souls for enchaining them for so long, depriving them of what them could have become.
Our generations now have to teach the future generations the art to dream which is long lost.The pleasures that dreams give us, and the personal satisfaction we obtain while we are on our way to achieve them is matchless.No bank balance or heaps of property which every individual is after can replace it.It will be better if we accomplish our dreams to set an example for them, by making the world suitable for them to dream in.They should not carry the burdens of our incomplete unfulfilled dreams which aches and discourages them.We have no more excuses to calm them with.We cannot face them with the empty dreams we have, we need to build them brick by brick, as well as the dreams of generations before us, so that they move ahead with no stress to bear, into a world made worth living in with the power of our dreams and our ancestors.Let’s prove that we CAN build castles in the air, we CAN dream!

Here is a beautiful inspiration of a song, by a wonderful favorite band ABBA, called “I have a dream“…….let’s sink deep in to the beautiful melody and the revived will to dream: