Month: July 2013

Blue and Gold

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Caught her mid way as she was sliding gracefully within the space allotted for her… Almost looks diaphanous as though she might just disappear into the royal blue in a whiff of smoke!

Beauty in blue and gold!

The many faces of Lady Liberty

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A couple of months back I did get to visit Lady Liberty. And though denied the regular visit to the Island (Thanks to renovations due to Sandy), I still went on a ferry ride and went berserk with my camera.  Here are some of them.

1. The sky, the clouds and she…

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2. A side profile you can see

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3. A bad day at New York maybe? 

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 4. This one focuses on just her and her individuality

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5. Symbol of freedom for eternity

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6. Did you take time to get to know her personally ?

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Do tell me, which one spoke to you at least slightly? 🙂 

Parents, siblings,friends,spouse – strangers

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In the past 4 months of 2013  –  I have heard 4 similar stories , almost one for each month – that of estrangement of relations. One was between a very close brother and sister, the other between a  mother and her son, the third between a girl and her long term love who married someone else suddenly, and the fourth a divorce. Most people exhibited common feelings of betrayal, confusion and anger. What I have attempted to do – as an observer -is to just filter out the top 3 feelings that I felt most of them encountered.

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3. Ego –  “Relationships never die a natural death, they are killed by Ego, misunderstanding  and lack of trust” . Most of us would have come across this quote at some point. Most of the people I spoke to – lost out on a relationship, because they kept waiting for the other person to initiate a call, or apologize or something that they decided the other person must do or vice-versa. Needless to say, with this conviction grows a chasm too large to cross. Well, if you think the relationship is important – then the logic of fair/ unfair has to take a back seat. Bury the ego and save what is important.

2. Taken for granted tfgThis was the other negative emotion that came up during most of my talks about relationships gone bad. Parents felt they were being taken for granted, same goes for wives, brothers , mothers… the person who felt victimized at the end of it. While most of them talked themselves into looking at it as the closeness or lack of boundaries that their relationship had erased, definitely felt used and felt that they had NO role whatsoever in the other person’s life. This feeling of pain and hurt was a trigger to ending the relation, or unwillingness to patch up the relationship. Nothing is worth your unhappiness. If you can, walk away before it causes you more pain. You have the choice. Chances are you will feel more relieved than guilty. choice

1.Lack of Self-respect and thereby low self-esteem

selfesteemmThis was the top emotion that came out during discussions. The feeling of estrangement and distance that one felt with a loved one, became much deeper when people viewed it as a lack of self-respect. They regretted the time invested in it, the mind share one devoted, the power you give a loved one over your feelings and emotions and how it felt when all these emotions were trashed by their loved one! And with it a lot of guilt. “Maybe it was my fault. ” “I am such a loser.” ” Did I not do enough?”

Well here is some good news.

Truer words never said
Truer words never said

Obviously dealing with a lot of negative thought can make you feel as though ,all these social and familial relations are just not worth it.

Like the good man says...
Like the good man says…

But a little distance between people, a few rules and regulations, and lots of comfort with yourself would probably help reduce the feeling of validation we seek from our close ones, thereby giving them infinite power over our happiness. A bit more self worth and a little less emotion – that should be the key to get out of this vicious cycle.

love yourself

Best of luck all!