Small Things #31 – A Gift of 21 Inspiring Thoughts for Every Child

Today, I came across a treasure of inspiring thoughts for kids in my notes app. These thoughts are great for character and confidence building. I guess I had put it together for my older one, when he was probably 5 and the little one was a toddler.

As I read the list today, that is four years later, I felt the thoughts are still relevant for them. I thought of sharing it with you, my blog friends! I hope this gift of 21 inspiring and positive quotes help you and your kids in some way. ( Copy and take a print out if you wish).

For Dear Kids

1. I never, never, never give up. I keep trying until I achieve what I want. I am successful because I try.😍

2. I am creative when I paint, write, dance, play music, draw or do any form of art.🤡

3. I am responsible and my parents trust me.✌️

4. I know how to listen. When I listen, I show others that I care.😸

5. If I am kind, I have kind friends. Friends are attracted to kindness.👬

6. I think for myself. I know that in every situation, I have a choice. I know that smart choices are choices that are good for me, that do not hurt anyone including myself.🙋🏻

7. Sharing with others makes me feel good and makes them feel good too.🤝

8. Smiling is contagious. I smile at everyone. I smile at the bus driver, at my teachers and at people on the street. When I smile, others usually smile back.😇

9. When I am not happy, I can always choose to think of the good things that have happened to me and change my mood.😎

10. I am honest and say what is on my mind in a nice way without hurting others.😉

11. When I am in trouble, I can ask for help. Many people around me can help me.🤗

12. It is normal to have good and bad feelings. Bad feelings go away eventually.🌈🌞

13. Sport is for fun. When I lose in a game, I am still happy for participating and having fun.🏃🏻🏃🏻

14. When something goes wrong instead of feeling bad about it, I concentrate on what I can do next time to make it better.☃️

15. I know what good attention is and what bad attention is. I attract good attention by being kind, successful, friendly, supportive and happy. It is the better attention to attract.✨

16. I take care of my body by eating healthy and resting enough.🥙

17. I am unique and special in this world.🤴🤴

18. I am grateful for what I have and every night before bed time I say words of thanks for something I have.🙏🏻🙏🏻

19. When I need to do something that seems hard, I break it down to small tasks to make it easier for me.🙃

20. I have good manners and healthy hygienic habits🧴

21. My parents and family love me the most!👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

Images courtesy Google

Just a Sketch – Smiling Beauty inspired by an Indian actress

Hi there! I felt like quickly sketching something – just pencil on paper. A gifted yesteryear actress from India was my inspiration for this sketch. Does she look like someone to you?

Here is another photo of the smiling beauty. Hope you like her! Be well and sending more smiles your way.

Quotes on Nishkama Karma Yoga

Ever wondered that the profound concept of Nishkama Karma Yoga (Selfless Action with Detachment) is contradictory in nature? How do we find inaction in action? And how do we do anything selflessly without any expectation? We are humans, right?

There cannot be any motivation if we are not result-oriented. Hmmm! But this contradiction is the beauty of Nishkama Karma Yoga. If we go to heart of it, we will know that this great philosophy mentioned in the Bhagavd Gita ensures perfection minus stress and anxiety. And the ultimate reaper of any selfless action is the doer!

We have to understand this – Nishkama Karmayoga is about detachment not disconnect. Detachment is different from disconnect. Disconnect would stop karma altogether detachment will bring karma to the center instead of the result factor. To a detached person, all enjoyment comes from just the action and activity, the result is surrendered. Here are a few quotes that underscore the meaning, the path and the greatness of Nishkama Karma Yoga. These quotes will hopefully dissolve the contradictory factor and make us evolve into our better selves.

What is Nishkama Karma Yoga – This quote helps us understand the concept

If one can joyfully involve in any activity, that is Karma Yoga. If one does it with stressful effort and a motive, it is just karma, not yoga.

Here is why a Nishkama Karma Yogi stays stress free and gets a better result automatically!

How to practice Nishkama Karma Yoga – How to remove the result part from the action part?

Tricky, right? Love and faith is the answer. Nishkama Karma Yoga can only happen if you love somebody or something so completely that you work just for the heck of it. Appreciation and recognition is a bonus! For those who believe in God, every action is an act of surrender. The devotee believes He is the doer, the act and the result, so he stays blissful. And did you know it is being practiced as a great management mantra in some of the big organizations?

Why is Nishkama Karma Yoga so amazing?

If you have been struggling from not getting the desired results, try practicing Nishkama Karma Yoga! Surrender every hard work to the almighty. Everything will fall in place! Haribol!

(Images courtesy Google)

Are you hunting for vaccines too in Minnesota?

Are you hunting for Covid-19 vaccine too? This Tuesday, everyone above the age of 16 became eligible to receive covid-19 vaccination in Minnesota, USA.

And since then there has been a mad rush to book vaccine appointments, which disappears as soon as it appears on appointment booking sites of Walmart, Hyvee, CVS, Walgreens etc..

Those who have received their vaccinations recommended checking the MN Vaccine Connector every few minutes. Some say that midnight is the best time to book.

I have found this particular Twitter handle quite quick in showing the availability of vaccines – Minnesota Vaccine Alerts (@MNVaccineAlerts). I have not been able to book one but the handle is genuine. Another good site is MN Vaccine Spotter. I guess, as this mad rush settles down a bit the vaccines will be more easily available.

People have been comparing one vaccine to other. But which of the three – Moderna, PFizer or Johnson & Johnson is the best? According to Dr. Melanie Swift, co-chair of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group – “People really should take whichever vaccine is available to them. You can’t compare these vaccines head to head because they were tested in different circumstances. They are all highly effective,”

I tried booking for vaccination at Fairview Hospitals when I heard that they were giving preferences to BIPOC. But then South Asians are not in the list.

So, I guess I will have to wait longer and keep trying through MN Vaccine Connector. I believe by April – May, most of us would be vaccinated and win against the pandemic.

Have you rolled up your sleeves and got your shot or are you still looking? What has been your experience like? Here is wishing you all the best for your vaccine hunting! #victoryagainstcorona #RollUpYourSleevesMN

Images courtesy Google

Just a thought – Would the next superstar be a digital human?

This is Will – a handsome digital human (courtesy Google)

As Artificial Intelligence continues to grow at top speed, the digital humans may replace humans everywhere in the digital world. Who knows the next superstar we get crazy about may turn out to be a digital human!

He or she would be Artificially created with the best facial features, lovely expressions and acting prowess. They would have an amazing body and dancing skills.

And those digital actors would be inexpensive as opposed to human film stars who need a lot for their upkeep! The producers would not have to spend a fortune on their make up, clothes, botox or fitness regime. Imagine, a digital human would never age so they would keep doing films!

And our current film heartthrobs would be giving interviews and talking about the time before the digital humans took over the silver screen…!

Not only film stars, we will have digital humans as YouTube creators, news reporters, webinar speakers, instructors, teachers, instagrammers…

And then there will be a role reversal – realhumans would begin to follow digital humans because they would be so perfect, so amazing, so stylish, so beautiful…!

I often wonder what that first digital human superstar would look like! And whether the popularity of digital human superstars would continue or humans would get tired of fake, perfect digital humans? And whether humanity would fall in love with human imperfections once again? Hmm…just a thought…let’s see!

10 Stunning Sunset Pictures from the same location

Didn’t I tell you every sunset is different? These 10 sunset pictures taken from the same place, prove this fact. Have a look at the stunning, glorious sunset pictures that will amaze you. And there are some amazing Sunset quotes for that extra effect! Enjoy.

Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles, what is that? It is the sun going to his rest.
Thomas de Quincey
How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now? – Rumi

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
The best way to live your life is this: At sunset, just think of the beauty of the sunset, because life is nothing but what the present moment offers you!
Mehmet Murat ildan
Sunrise is the start of something beautiful: the day.
Sunset is the start of something beautiful: the night.
Juansen Dizon
“I just need you and some sunsets” – Atticus
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
-Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Sunset is always wiser than sunrise because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul!
Mehmet Murat ildan
Don’t forget:beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.
Paulo Coelho
Whenever you want to see me, always look at the sunset; I will be there.
Grace Ogot

Images courtesy – My Iphone

Small Things#29 – Hey Google, does Santa have enough money?

Have you ever eavesdropped on chats between a kid and Google Home or Alexa? Well, it is funny how smart home devices mix up things.

When the kids came down for breakfast this morning, they were pleasantly surprised to find a holiday toy list booklet on the table.

Looking at the pleasure in their eyes, I said – “Maybe Santa has placed it on the table, considering, you two have been very nice boys.” The older one played along but the little one expressed his wish for a fancy toy to ask from Santa this Christmas.

The older one forbid the little one to not go for expensive toys. The little one complained, “Why can’t I ask for expensive toys?”.

“It might be expensive for Santa as he has to deliver a lot of gifts. He might not have so much money. Elves make toys for him to deliver!”, reasoned big bro.

The little one came running to me. “Is Santa rich? How much does he earn?” he asked me.

“I don’t know how much Santa earns!” I replied.

He turned to Mrs. Google Home, his favorite machine, who patiently answers his unlimited questions.

“Hey Google, does Santa have enough money? Will it be difficult for him if I wish for expensive toys? How much does he earn?” asked the little one.

Well, Mrs. Google, answered readily, quoting from a random site – “Freelance Santas typically rake in $150 an hour and some make as much as $500.”

“See!” said the little one victoriously to big bro, “Santa makes enough money. He is rich!”

I silently laughed at the question and the answer by Mrs. Google. While Mrs. Google is a great in telling answers, stories and informing about great things, she clearly has a lot to learn!

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Images courtesy Google

10 Fabulous Fall Pictures of Minnesota

Last week, we went for a long drive towards Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota and saw some breathtaking sceneries along the way.

Here are 10 beautiful pictures that will make you smile and brighten your day.

Every leaf looks like a flower, isn’t it? It is glorious around here this season.

Also, I wanted to wish you all happiness, peace, success and prosperity as the beautiful festival of Navratri starts from today🙏🏻. Jai Maa.

Hope you liked the pics. Take care and stay blissful!

Happy’s Hairy Tale – On Best Sellers List – Thank You!

A big thank you to all those who have downloaded my eBook! Happy’s Hairy Tale was at No #7 in the free Dog book category this morning. It is currently running at No #14. I am very grateful to my readers. Your support makes me inspired to write more funny and motivational books for our kids.

If you haven’t already, do go over to this link to avail this limited time free eBook offer! Thanks a ton!

Free dog eBook for kids – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

Finally, here is my fourth book (Print as well as Free eBook Version) – ‘Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut’. The book will be available free for a limited time only from Oct 8 – Oct 11 on Amazon.com – (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHL8SHT) and Amazon.in (https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08KHL8SHT).

Please download the ebook (only ebook version is free) and do leave a review if it connects with your kids. Also, share it with others if you find it good.


About the Book: Happy, the handsome dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor shuts due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, his Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful and humorous tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Message: This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and humorous bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.
The book will help raise positive kids who would learn to embrace sudden change in life.

Please watch the video preview of the book.

Check out the print version as well which is priced at $6.49 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KQBYRDZ (US only). Your feedback is extremely important and very welcome. Thanks again for being a great support!
Shivangi

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