IN THE MELANCHOLY OF SOLITUDE

        Solitude is a choice. A choice to be alone. Loneliness is a feeling, an emotion of feeling alone. It’s an emotion we feel when we have an inner desire to express, but don’t know how to and have no one with whom we can share.

        Being alone is an adventure we take on the inside. It’s a whole new world which we discover or introspect. Solitude is a positive state where we are perfectly happy to be by ourselves, and relish and enjoy our own company. Solitude allows us to reflect on ourselves, others, our life, and our future. 

Solitude can lead to SELF LOVE.                   Loneliness can lead to SELF REJECTION.     

        In contrary,  loneliness feels like punishment or rejection. It is not a choice, but it is imposed on us. One might be loved and still experience feelings of intense loneliness. Though it’s necessary for all to spend some time in solitude, our responsibility as various things prevent us from ever getting the time alone😔. Sometimes, a little solitude is just what you need to clear your mind!

MY EXPERIENCE AS A BLOGGER

     Many people blog to share their ideas, their emotions, and to share information on varied topics. However, I started blogging with the promt of my course on NEW MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE. I did not start this for self-interest, but now I am sure doing it with interest after learning about it.

        If you have to look through If I Have to Speak through my Snaps, you will find articles related to the pictures, that I took. I may not be a professional photographer, but I do like to talk or write about the pictures that are taken by me and I also like to talk about things I understand well. It feels good to me to know that a post published by me is liked by someone. I take this as a platform to thank all who let me know that through your likes and comments.

        When I made my first move to WordPress, I was learning something new myself. As in any field, blogging requires experience. You can’t become an expert over night. Patience is the second essential requirement, when you expect people to acknowledge your work. Another important thing is keeping up how frequently you post. The photographs that I shared in this blog were all taken from my 13 mega-pixel mobile camera.

        I am a person who word vomits .When I opted for photography, I learnt that words may fail but not photographs…( exceptions include).One thing that anyone can agree to is,’ Photography remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.’ If at all I did not take these pictures and blog about it, I myself wouldn’t have enjoyed finding something interesting in an ordinary thing.  I once again take this as an oppurtunity to thank you all for your overwhelming support. I conclude here. Have a great evening☺!!!

The Camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera – Dorothea Lange.

REFLECTION

       This image is a reflection from the river close to my house. I have an easier time reflecting on my life when I walk by the side of this river.

WHAT IS REFLECTION?

      How  you treat others is simply a reflection of whom you are as a person. We grow brave by reflecting, and our experiences when reflected in a right way, leads to understanding.

     Self-reflection is nothing, but YOU QUESTIONING YOURSELF. Through reflection you have the tendency to focus on the negative, but self- reflection should be structured in a safe way to think about the positive as well. With a simple question like ‘was that the best choice?’,we can take steps to do things better. We also view the events that takes place in our lives as experiences, and not as opportunities for learning. 

      If you feel your life is not smooth enough and it has to be mended, then such work requires reflection.Self- reflection has to be encouraged. Viewing your bad experiences at the wrong time might ruin the whole day. Spending some time daily, to reflect on everything you do, will help you to learn new things. 

     For me a five minutes walk alone by the side of this river makes a lot of difference.

CHAMELEON

     We all are chameleons inside. AGREE TO IT OR NOT. To live in a society filled with judgement, we change, we disguise, we adjust to our situations. We remain in our truest form only when there is no threat.

      So how does one actually live without judgement? – LOVE.

I AM NOT DEAD YET

       There were days including today, when I was very much obsessed with death, that I truly did not want to live anymore .I considered this deeply for a while. The only thing at the end I remember thinking ,was the verse that I read this morning.

       “Wherefore I praised the dead which are already  dead more than the living which are yet alive.”-Ecclesiastes 4:2 .

       Now, I said to myself ,’See, even the word of God says it is better to die soon than being alive to see the evil things happening under the sun’…….That was how I concluded first.

        Then, I opened the Bible to the same page,  and kept meditating on the same verse for the second time. After sometime , I returned and pondered on the conclusion that I drew. My dumbness and stupidity I should say ,in understanding life.

         After I was so much obsessed with death, and before I opened the Bible for the second time, there was around around 10 -15 minutes in the middle. Only God knows what all I thought. I was mad like never before, and started to weep. My dumb brain engulfed me and told me to pray like this, and I did pray like this.

        ‘GOD GIVE ME ONE WHOLE DAY’. That is, I asked God to shorten my life span to one day.And I laid two conditions. 1. After 24 hours ( 1 day), I should no longer be alive. 2. I should live this whole day fully for you, and fully pleasing you. My God ! What have I done ?…How can I please God with such kind of prayer? I failed in the very step to please God.

I asked these 2 questions to myself.

AM I THAT GREAT IN KNOWING  THINGS BETTER THAN GOD ? 

Or

AM I MORE WISE THAN GOD THAT I AM ABLE TO GIVE SUGGESTIONS TO GOD?

The answer is a big “NO” for both .

       Solomon,said these words (Ecclesiastes 4:2) under a circumstance in which he was so much grieved to see might prevail against right.Then it hit my head. If HUMAN AND WORLDLY THINGS were our chief good, not to exist would be preferable to life. Without understanding this before, there are times when abominable words ran out of my mouth.

       I was so angry, but not God. His love has no extent that He loved me, even when I forgot to love myself. God proved that I was wrong, not through his wrath, but through his kindness. He changed my insight towards life. He will change your’s too.  Some people say ‘God is good all the time’.That ‘some people’ are none other than the ones who had tasted and experienced His love. Today that I have tasted His love ,I testimonise before all who are reading this that GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. If at all God was angry at me, can I stand against the wrath of God? No. Never. Not even the kings can stand against the varied shades or the degrees of God’s wrath. God is slow to anger and great in power. He is patient. But if you are going to be wicked to test His patience, then God has to show you that He cares. Which means He has to show His wrath.

        “LACK OF WRATH AGAINST WICKEDNESS IS A LACK OF CARING, WHICH IS A LACK OF LOVE.”

       Do not worry if someone has done any injustice to you and never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God. Because it is written in the book of Romans 12:19 that, 

       “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord”.This is one of my favourite verse. 

        Now I was happy and at ease, that I clicked some pictures of these beautiful beings grazing in the pasture land behind my house this evening.

In the Bible, cattle signifies truths from which is good.

       2016 is coming to a close, and I ask every one of you reading this to stop feeling negative about yourselves and trust God. Keep calm and wait for the miracles that are about to happen in your life. GOD SHALL BLESS THE UPCOMING YEAR 2017 and I wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR in advance !!! ☺☺☺

DUCKHOOD

         Let me introduce these three ducks to you,which are petted by my neighbour. 

          Some may not just know how unique these birds can be.These ducks are sure to surprise you if you meet them. 

DAY ONE:

         Who or what a duck sees in the first hour of it’s life will affect it’s behaviour for the rest of it’s life. In normal, a duckling sees it’s mother and other duck siblings when it hatches and imprints on it’s own kind.When you watch a duck hatch in an incubator and interact with it during the first hour of life,it will imprint on you.YES IT WILL !!!☺ It’ll also want to be where you are at all times,  and peep or quack loudly when you are away.

HOW DO THEY COMMUNICATE?

         They quack to communicate across distances or to find each other. They also will bite each other if they want other ducks to move out of the way.

                   Don’t get carried away by this picture 😄,  as you might think they are well disciplined. As I have observed these ducks from day 1,they are known for making such a mess of food and water bowls at meal time, that it may be tempting to take away water when they are eating 😆 .Yet water is an essential part of meal time for them, as they need to moisten each mouthful of food with water.

RAISING IT’S BABY:

        I’ve also heard that the mother duck will also pluck feathers from her own breast, to cushion the eggs and keep them warm when she begins to incubate. (Look at the unconditional love that even a duck has for it’s baby) .❤That’s mother’s love.

CLEANLINESS :

         They keep clean by preening themselves. They do this by putting their heads in funny positions and putting their beaks into their body.

        They do not like to be handled by humans and can find their own food.

         If you plan to have ducks as your pet, make sure to house them in a large waterbody such as a pond or a lake with plenty of trees growing around it.

DID YOU KNOW?
        *Male ducks are called Drakes, females are called Hens, baby ducks are known as Ducklings and a group of ducks can be called a raft ,team or paddling.

       *Ducks have good vision and they see in colour.

Hope you had a great time reading this.Thankyou.😊