Over and over again

Image by Jamie Street

I saw myself desperately trying to hold this life together.

Like a mad man building a house of cards,

Until the wind blows and disrupts it all.

And he starts over, and I start over.

Her chaotic pilgrims

Image by Alessio Lin

There she was, standing again at the edge of the cliff. The only way forwards is through a hair-like thin substance of a rope serving as the bridge.

She would still have flashbacks of old days. Apparently her scars were not as filled as she thought they‘d be. She was still very vulnerable. Still very scared.

And still the only way for her was way forwards.

So she stood there, quietly absorbing all this energy. Staring into mist, trying to visualise the other end of the edge. It was not the finality, she was dubious about, it was the course she had to take to reach that. It was a blind leap of faith. Yet again. Suddenly all her scars were lit, accompanying her on the journey like an unwanted caravan of chaotic pilgrims. 

Word Prompt: Dubious

5-year Window

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A few days back I talked about fear. How fear is a predator that feeds on self-doubts. The more you analyse a situation, the more you compare, (the two being sort of inevitable) the more doubts you create and consequently fear multiplies, causing you more distress.

I’ve recently found myself devising an alternative pathway of thinking that escapes this perilous cycle. 

How about envisioning your life in a 5-year window? 

How much do you want to attain at the end of 5 years? Think, analyse, compare in this window instead of a narrower period of one year. If things are not working out for you right now, imagine the impact of delay not on your immediate routine but at the collective end of a 5-year experience. 

What it does for you, is it takes away the anxiety of momentary delay. It takes away the fear of lagging behind and not attaining things at the end of a year.

It also opens your mind to try out new things. Even if you fail, you have time to make up for that lost in trying a new thing. Consequently, you gain experience without losing anything. 

We all instinctively desire a gingerly ride when it comes to career. Even though, like anything else, a part of it is not in our control. So combat fear and appease your mind. What is due will come your way. 

Daily Prompt: Gingerly 

Sky or no sky?

Are you ready to spread your wings, or are you just going to dream about it?

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? To go to the sea despite the fear of storm?

Are you ready to face your fears, insecurities and doubts?

Will you dare open the closed door, or are you going to take the open door?

Because if you’re not, then step back. Stop dreaming of the sky.

Plant your roots and settle down and watch your family grow.

Because the sky is for dreamers. And dreaming demands mettle.

Make your call now.