Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Making Every Minute COUNT!!!



What would I like to do the next ten years down the line? Prats tagged me with this and I found the exercise very beneficial. For a person taking each day as it comes this was a much needed exercise and time is really running out!!!

The first thing that came to my mind was that my boys would be 20 and 15 at the end of those years and I was terrified to even think that far ahead. I would definitely want to be a great parent, someone they would remember as fun and unique, not as a sour faced witch. Please let that be a reality.

The next is working on my rock of Gibraltar, G! It has been 14 yrs and I no longer look through rose tinted glasses. I see better without them and I like what I see!! He surely is one of a kind. Irrespective of how frivolous I sound when I refer to him, I do feel that when they made him they broke the mold! He can be exasperating at times but I cannot take away his basic goodness from him. He has a wonderful quality– of doing without so that we can do with. There is no need to, but it is a habit he cannot break. So my agenda is to make him a bit selfish and think about himself. I want to make sure he achieves his little dreams, those little things which he has stored away as unimportant. The challenge – making do it…but I’m not a woman for nothing…;)
Pssst…prats, I’m going to get you for this…making me write such mushy things on my blog


I’ve take the first steps in reinventing a new me. I’ve started writing and it gives me immense pleasure. There was a time when books, my art pad and myself were inseparable. Somewhere along the line, these disappeared as more necessary diversions took their place. It's time for a beginning...

It has been my dream to open a children’s centre where books, games and experiences are the focal points. It would be a dream come true to see everyone hooked onto reading. I want to make it accessible to the not –so-privileged. In Delhi, libraries are not popular. Either you buy a book and read or steal one!!! I would like to change that!! It would be different and I'm keeping my fingers crossed….


One day, my boys gave me a fragrant surprise – a small bouquet of flowers from the garden. “We didn’t pluck it Amma, we found them on the ground” my younger one makes sure I know that!!! It still remains the best bouquet I’ve received! Now, every time they go down to play, they come up with their very own Bouquet special, just for me!! ….Why do I write this? Because I want more of that! I have always been in a hurry. I’m going to slow down, act my age and take a stroll, stopping to smell the flowers and enjoy everything that is dear to me. because in the end it will be these beautiful memories, that will become my most precious treasures.

I would like to win a few personal battles. My temper, my impatience, my fear of heights and the fear of being on stage…The first two need a lot of self control and the stage fright has cost me many precious opportunities which I will always regret. I would love to learn meditation but training my hyper mind to stay in one place is like asking my boys to sit still.


A special dream is sunsets shared in a small cozy place with THE reading place. Through the years, the house specifics change, but my image of that special reading place remains.

I wish I could do more for my parents. I have a truly wonderful family and knock on wood, the one above has given me a sheltered life. I don’t do a good job of letting people know how much they mean to me. I have to change that …by the end of 10 years hopefully it becomes a habit


A wish to give back to the society in any little way I can. We sponsor a girl in Mumbai, I try to do my bit with the maid but that’s not IT. I want to do something more, something tangible and involve the children too in this exercise of becoming better humans.

A longing to go back to my roots. And to give the children a glimpse into that world - a place with the lanterns for light and the hills as playgrounds. Ghost stories in the dusk…gossip by the well and a life without television!!Food cooked on charcoal and fire and the animals as sentinels...


Thank you , prats...this was fun too. There is so much more I want to do, backpack all over India, learn a new sport, an instrument, making the kids realize the value of family and traditions, exposing them to differnt cultures ..…Will I do it all?

This was an eye-opener and the little voice tells me, …make every minute count!!!

Now, preethi, rayshma, joy , justjen …and rambler…I hereby tag you…

17 comments:

rayshma said...

very kewl! love d tag... and since it needs me to think... lemme think... and i shall do this one soon! :)

Preethi said...

First one to comment?? wow!! oh my you do have so much focus in your life.. and now you have given me the most difficult task by tagging me!! This is a toughy!!!
I love the library idea and the personal battles, and doing something for your parents.. oh what the heck.. i loved them all!!
And you sponsor a kid.. wow how noble of you!!
well done!!

Just Jen said...

I'll try it but not tonight...zzzz....lol
I'll let you know when its up! Thanks for thinking of me!

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Wonderfully pieced together ,Suma.(Suppose I can You call that)Your hubby sure knows your ID and he may not be in for surprise.
Ghost stories in the dusk,you need a helping hand !!lol
enjoyed every word..
TC
CU

Prats said...

Hey, you've done this so beautifully...and made me all "aaaawww"" For a person with such a pure heart, I don't think its going to be difficult to achieve most of these ...But getting the side support from not knowing what you're upto...lol, tough task...but you'll surely help him there...

Children and books...oh How I know , the uphill task I went through....Roald Dahl came to my rescue..And that was one of my dreams ..didnt list it out for fear of sounding too full of myself. I 've been wanting to open a children's mall...floors of it dedicated to kids and kids only...parents will have a small corner to hang around..."sigh"

Hope you have a great time going about achieving all these and more...

Thinking aloud said...

@ rayshma...

do it girl...u are very vela these days :)...lol

@ preethi...
noble..not at all...If i were to actually meet her, it would be something...but feels good that a girl is getting rehabilitated and getting an education...
and waiting to see te tag...hope teh poetry counts in it :)

@ just jen...
happy zzzzing!!!sweet dreams...and yeah, i'll be waiting!!!

@ Cu...
you can...its my name after all...

ghost stories...hmmm we do have a resident ghost writer in blog ville..good idea CU ;)

As for hubby reading this...i'm going to win either ways...:)

@ prats...
pure and me!!!!!!heh...heh...
it is definitely easier writing on it than going about it...but yes it does bring certain things into perspective and easier to prioritize...Thanks...u're comments are as always a pleasure to read.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Hi..
I have managed to pinch your 2008 wishes pic..hope you dont mind ..thanks..Too lazy to scout around ma..
CU
TC

Keshi said...

Sponsoring a kid has been on my mind for a while...I hope I get to do it in 2008.

Keshi.

Hip Grandma said...

That was a good wish list.Good luck and may all your wishes come true in the next decade.

Hip Grandma said...

'A longing to go back to my roots. And to give the children a glimpse into that world - a place with the lanterns for light and the hills as playgrounds. Ghost stories in the dusk…gossip by the well and a life without television!!Food cooked on charcoal and fire and the animals as sentinels...'
this was the best.

Thinking aloud said...

@ cu...
no probs...go ahead :)

@ keshi...
It is a start...i hope you get around to it..:)

@ hip grandma..
thank you...i wish so too...

Rambler said...

A special dream is sunsets shared in a small cozy place with THE reading place. Through the years, the house specifics change, but my image of that special reading place remains.


oh I would love to settle in one such place..

hey thanks for tagging.. I may not be able to do the tag now, but definitely will do it once I am back from vacation.. sorry about that,

rayshma said...

hehe... the truth is...i'm always vella! hehe!!
and yes, tag done! *phew!* that was a tuff one, babes! :D

Thinking aloud said...

@ rambler...
have a great vacation..and yeah, looking forward to the tag once you r back :)

@ rayshma...
heh...heh...I knew that!!!coming right now :)

Joy said...

This was a wonderful list and hope you achieve each and every one of them. :) I love your points - 3,4,9.

And yes, Thanks for the tag. It was good exercise and yes, I just did it.

Just Jen said...

I finally finished the meme!
Happy New Year!!

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