Reading List Interchange

Usually, I am the one to pound Adi’s email inbox with must-read articles.

Nowadays, he forwards the most interesting stuff about latest research,findings and articles.

Here is one that caught my eye.

How To Live The Good Life: 4 Easy Secrets Backed By Research

Here’s how to live the good life and easily boost the positive emotions in your life:
Smile: Flex that happiness muscle. (Feel free to thank me repeatedly over the next three decades.)
Laugh: How many things prevent divorce and can help you deal with the passing of a loved one?
Touch: Telling them how you feel need not involve telling. And you’ll be a better team.
Tease: Free your inner snark. A little teasing makes things fun. And it makes things last.

Nietzsche once wrote:A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.

And what do kids do a lot more often than we adults do?

Smile.
Laugh.
Touch.
Tease.

Today, resolve to approach life like a big kid. Now that’s the good life.

 

Neruda’s Poetry

When there is too much going in my life, I try go back to where I find solace……within books.

Today morning, in the midst of the rolling thunderstorms, I decided to walk over to the book shelves and pull out a treasure . This treasure was gifted to me in Summer 1999 by a treasure (my grad school friend Gargi Adhav) that loves shayari (poetry) as much as I do.

Neruda thoughts are going to be my best friend for the next few days. I’ll possibly carry the book with me everywhere I go… and amongst the hustle and bustle of life, my mind will soak in what Neruda calls for.. “a poetry as impure as old clothes, as a body with its foodstains and its shame, with wrinkles, observations, dreams, wakefulness, prophesies, declarations of love and hate, stupidities, shocks, idylls, political beliefs, negations, doubts, affirmations, and taxes.”

Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He wrote his poetry in Spanish. I am reading the translated version in English. I am sure lots has be lost in translation…yet, the beauty of his thoughts have survived. Read more about him here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Neruda

 

Too much Reading

Adi is a terrific role model for Ari.
But, in some scenarios, he is being such a bad influence on Ari.

Take for example, his avid reading.
Ari takes after his brother.
I know. I know.
We all think reading is a good habit.
But, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

He reads in the restroom.
He reads on the street.
He reads when I am nagging him to get ready to school.

Ari observes all this.
And, chooses to do the same as his big brother.

Today.
It is a beautiful day out.

Ari is walking back home.
His lovely friend is walking back home.

She is urging him to stop reading so as not to walk into a bush or tree.
He doesn’t listen to her.

Now, let me ask you a question.
Let us assume you had a lovely companion of the opposite sex (or of the same sex my dear LG friends), would you keep your face stuck in the book.
No. I don’t think so.

You would make conversation.
Would you not?

Well, that is what I would do.
If I had a lovely friend to walk back home with, I would make conversation.
I would ask if their lunch was good.
I would ask how their day want at school.
I would ask if we can play outside in the evening.

I think I am going to have a strict chat with Ari later today and try to wean him off the bad influence that Adi (well, that one is a goner! hopeless!) is having on him.