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Collecting Smiles, Inspiring Happiness
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New! Kafka and the Doll: Kafka and the doll is one of the best stories I’ve read. It reminds me so much of my Mom who was an expert at spinning a soothing story every time someone felt sad or hurt. I came across this story Reiner Stach’s book Kafka: The Years of Insight. It’s the last year of Franz Kafka’s life, and he’s fallen in love with Dora Diamant, a young girl who ran away from her family in Poland and now lives in Berlin. She’s half his age, but she’s the one who gives him the courage to leave Prague-something he’s been wanting to do for years-and she becomes the first and only woman he lives with. He gets to Berlin in the fall of 1923 and dies the following spring, but those last months are probably the happiest months of his life. Every afternoon, Kafka goes out for a walk in the park. Dora often accompanies him. One day, they run into a little girl in tears, sobbing her heart out. Kafka asks her what’s wrong, and she tells him that she’s lost her doll. He immediately starts inventing a story to explain what happened. `Your doll has gone off on a […] The post Kafka and the Doll appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #Inspiringstories #MindfulLiving #WednesdayWisdom
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Kafka and the doll is one of the best stories I’ve read. It reminds me so much of my Mom who was an expert at spinning a soothing story every time someone felt sad or hurt. I came across this story Reiner Stach’s book Kafka: The Years of Insight. It’s the…
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New! What helped these 20 survivors overcome suicidal feelings: “Life is just not worth living. I want to kill myself” Nothing is scarier than hearing those words from someone you know/love dearly. Of course, you want to scream that suicide is not the solution. It is not easy to deal with feelings of suicide. Sadly, life never came with an instruction manual. It is natural to feel the pressure when you want to help that someone, especially when you are not sure what to do or say, for fear of making things worse. The good news is there’s no hard and fast formula. Imagine changing someone’s life by simply reaching out! How to help someone contemplating suicide Survivors of a suicide attempt have a lot to share about what made the difference for them—what words and actions worked. Here are tips from people who felt suicidal –what helped them? Here’s what 20 survivors have to say about what helped them overcome feelings of suicide Feeling suicidal is not a result of selfishness or being petty. It usually happens when they feel there’s no way out of what they’re going through. Sure, one can talk about those they’ll leave behind, but at this point, this isn’t helpful because they’re already […] The post What helped these 20 survivors overcome suicidal feelings appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #Socialcauses #communication #letstalk
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What helped these 20 survivors overcome suicidal feelings #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #RUOKDay #YouCanTalk #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #SuicidePrevention #WSPD2018 #WSPD #LetsTalk #StopSuicide

“Life is just not worth living. I want to kill myself” Nothing is scarier than hearing those words from someone you know/love dearly. Of course, you want to scream that suicide is not the solution. It is not easy to deal with feelings of suicide. Sadly,…
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New! Let Forgiveness Set You Free: Forgiveness is a tool for healing. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Life isn’t perfect. And like it or not, getting hurt is part of it. When it is unintentional, of course we wish we could rewind time and delete what happened. Well, the next best thing is practicing forgiveness. I know forgiving doesn’t always come easily when we feel hurt and wronged. Why, every time my Mom serenely told me to let it go, forgive, I wasn’t always comfortable with that. I’d think—how can sheforgivenes be so cool about the injustice in her life? How can she smile and shrug off people being nasty, saying hurtful things? Sometimes, friendships/relationships break up over a misunderstanding and the people involved make their own assumptions about why things came to pass. The feeling of being let down stays. There’s finger pointing. And all the while, the anger, or some form of it festers inside. The problem, however, is this. While anger feels good and venting feels therapeutic, keeping it eats away our happiness. We end up wasting precious energy we need for other important things. We become unhappy. Over the years, I’ve realized […] The post Let Forgiveness Set You Free appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #personaldevelopment #forgive #forgiveness
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Forgiveness is a tool for healing. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Life isn’t perfect. And like it or not, getting hurt is part of it. When it is unintentional, of course we wish we could rewind time and delete…
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New! What is on your menu? #WednesdayWisdom: Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is all about meal planning. Meal planning—at least for me—is fun. I love to make a food time-table for the week. As I work from home, this is sensible as it helps me organize my grocery lists and shopping. It helps me manage my time better when I plan. There are enough distractions when working from home without the “what to eat” challenge at mealtimes. Also, being a diabetic, my menu is one of my precious tools in managing my blood sugar levels. But wait. We also need food for our soul, right? That’s where this lovely menu for a fulfilling life comes in. Of course, plenty of choice, as any good menu is expected to be. This menu has starters, a main course and naturally, dessert. It’s a buffet! Help yourself. Feel free to pick as many items as you like. Starters Choose at least two. Wake up earlier than usual. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you’re up 30 minutes before your usual time. Try to exercise at least thirty minutes a day. You could walk, take the stairs, walk your pet, exercise at your desk…you figure it out. Break a sweat. (This […] The post What is on your menu? #WednesdayWisdom appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #MindfulLiving #WednesdayWisdom #lifelessons
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Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is all about meal planning. Meal planning—at least for me—is fun. I love to make a food time-table for the week. As I work from home, this is sensible as it helps me organize my grocery lists and shopping. It helps me manage my…
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When I sit back and reflect, I can’t help smiling at the crazy things that gnaw at our minds, Mi. For example, remember that time when I wondered if the aluminum idli plates would look odd if I took them along with me after I got married? Then you…
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New! The Upside of Downtime #GratitudeCircle: I really meant to get his post up on time, but zero network, stress over something that needed my offline presence and a multitude of other tiny things kept me from sticking to the date. Nevertheless, I am going to backdate this to the correct date: 30 August 2018, the last Thursday of August. Why? Simple. Because I can. Now, I am going to draw on my sense of humor, good nature and tendency to look at the silver linings to proceed with this month’s Gratitude post. I will list the happy highlights of the month, just because I’d rather focus on those. It’s good for my health! ♥ After a largely pleasant summer with my son, who did his summer internship from home, we accompanied him back to campus in the beginning of the month. I have a secret resolution: as long as he’s there, try and cover a bit of Himachal, because I am truly in love with the region. Also, love his campus and its people. ♥ So yes, we had a wonderful four days together visiting Chail and Kufri, Himachal Pradesh. We stayed at the Palace and it was a great experience. We were fortunate to […] The post The Upside of Downtime #GratitudeCircle appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #gratitude #bloghop #gratitudecircle
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