All posts by Leandra Rodrigues

:) :P ............... this is my journey with words that magically flow through me… my mind.. my thoughts.. my feelings… my experiences… “Life is a beautiful journey that never ends if you decide TO LIVE despite all the hardships” - Leandra Rodrigues WORDS are immortal…they forever live.. even if I die.. I wish to leave behind a trail of my magic.. that may or may not inspire you.. but nevertheless.. I’ll always be grateful for this gift….

Life is a Bumpy bus ride

I’m sure we all have had a bus ride, have had a window seat, or stood among the crowd in the narrow pass it provides. What all happens in there ? Sometimes we have to sit beside people perhaps we would never like to deal with. Sometimes we meet people who have a great impact on us within a few moments. Sometimes we look out the window and gaze at the nature sprinting past us. When the bus stops we feel stuck too and wait for it to move on and drop us to our destination. Sometimes we meet rude people as well as sweet ones.

When we were small we would think that it isn’t the bus moving forward but the nature outside that is running on and we are stationery.

Now you’ll will be wondering why am I bringing up the topic of a bus.  Right?

Well that’s simply because I relate LIFE to a bus ride.

A bus ride is a journey from where we are to where we wish to go or rather be. Isn’t life the same?

Life is a bumpy bus ride. It’s never a smooth one (if we remember our roads ). There are so many ups and downs. So many potholes jerking us from our seats or making us jump. Not always there’s a promise of a comfy seat. Not always will there be a companion you can think of as a friendly stranger. There are bound to be moments when you meet the wrong or people you’d not rather share a seat with.

There are those whom you can help out- how? giving your seat or carrying their luggage or standing up for them when you think you should. Don’t we do this in life? Helping out those who mean something to us? try to share their laughter and sorrows? help them carry their burdens? advice them? fight ? Sometimes even give up something we love or something that gives us comfort for those who we can do good to? Give away a smile? Or a daring stare to those with ruthless eyes?

There are spectators everywhere whether a bus ride or life. People are bound to judge you or criticize whether in their minds or on your face. Just remember that they like you are having a bumpy bus ride too, so keep calm and hold up your shield against such attacks and just stay aloof and do your work. Waste no energy or time on something so reckless and unworthy. If you know your worth and what you are, am sure no sly comments or thoughts should be enough to make lose your cool.

“Do what you Love. Love what you do.”

What you see sprinting past you become memories you leave behind. You may forget most of the journey except for somethings that will be unforgettable.

MEMORIES CAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN whether GOOD or BAD.  All you have to learn is how to deal with them, as and when you face flashbacks. The best way is to accept and chase them back and not run away from.

One last thing, YOU ARE NEVER STUCK IN LIFE. No matter how much you feel you are. Confused maybe. But never stuck. Just like the bus keeps moving on stops here and there and finally drops you off at your destination. Same-way in life, you perhaps take some halts here and there, collect yourself, learn something, let go of somethings, amuse yourself over the drama and the role you play and so on. In all this, whether you’re happy or sad- you keep walking on- Accept it or not. But you do.

Life is a Journey that stops only when You reach your Destination.

The more breaks you take or the many times you space out thinking you’re stuck or confused, the more farther will your destination be.

So if you wish to make it shorter and pleasant. Stop spacing out. Get a grip. Learn fast. Accept without denial. Run (forward) if you have to. Don’t walk backwards, it’s pointless unless you wish to start all over again on the same route from square one and delay all the more crossing the finish line. Walking back is accepting defeat at the hands of failure. Don’t be a loser. Hold yourself and step forward . Accept failure as a lesson.

Every failure helps you master the art to succeed. Deal with your problems without lamenting and complaining. Prioritize your wants, dreams and wishes and goals. Plan your journey.

Just like the stops the bus takes, make the stops of your life short. Let go of the people who would be better out your life. Let them leave when it’s time. Welcome the  new faces. Enjoy the journey.

Live life with a fever of Never backing down -of not clinging to your comfort zones.

Swing in the adventures. Jump high. Fall back. Climb up. Take risks. But only risks you can afford. Don’t Blow up. Make it worth. But in it all “Listen to your heart .” Do not make decisions to please but take decisions to Live better.

Rekindle the flame of goodness in you. Even a small spark is magical. You’ll live without regrets. You will live in harmony with the positive vibes. A wonderful key to an optimistic life.

When you reach your destination, if you made the journey worth it – You will carry this with you till your last. But if you didn’t- then it adds up to the meaningless things you pile up.

Your LIFE DEFINES YOU- so make sure the definition is good enough.

ONLY YOU CAN DO IT . So Dear Master of your own-Life, Enjoy the bumpy Ride.

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Lesson 2 – Acknowledge The Presence Within

My feet kept running from door to door

Tears gushing down evermore

and I still couldn’t answer the question haunting me , “Where do I go? “

My mind kept shouting ‘RUN … ESCAPE’

Would it feel better drowning in some lake?

and then I heard her scream ” STOP RUNNING PLEASE, AT LEAST FOR MY SAKE.”

Who do you think screamed?  there wasn’t anyone around, then?

Sometimes when you walk around and see people sing alone or talk to them-self , Do you find that weird? Do you think you never do that? Like your lost in your own world and your mom asks you to go get something from the grocery shop, and then you keep grumbling all way down there or you entertain yourself with a little speech??

Tsssk Tssssk .. now don’t say you never do that! There are definitely endless moments when you talk to yourself and sometimes you don’t even realize this.

SPEAK TO YOURSELF WHENEVER YOU WISH.

Its not called madness. It simply is – giving yourself a priority, ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR VERY PRESENCE.

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081e09a20fd86c9871d89d6bd0cd3133TELL YOURSELF WHAT YOU FEEL! ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU WANT?  indulge in a self talk. UNDERSTAND AND LISTEN TO YOUR INNER SPIRIT – YOUR SOUL. It has a voice- DO NOT SUPPRESS IT terming it as an act of madness.

When you die, you are no longer called by your name, they call you “BODY”-  ever been at a funeral? heard people talk? – “Yes they brought the body home……..”

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UNDERSTAND THIS FACT.

NURTURE YOUR SOUL instead of bashing around loving your mortal being.

YOUR SOUL IS YOUR POWERHOUSE. Open yourself and welcome its presence , and you will never feel alone.

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We are too busy dealing with life that we never realize that it is the soul that is actually in the battlefield.

DO NOT SUCCUMB TO your WEAKNESSES  and  NEVER MAKE YOUR SPIRIT-  YOUR WEAKNESS.

Feed it with love, courage and understanding  and you will never fear the wounds to your mortal being.

YOU HAVE IT IN YOU TO SMILE THROUGH THE DARKEST STORMS.

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YOU HAVE IT IN YOU TO LIVE WITHOUT GIVING UP .

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DEFEAT AND FAILURE SHOULD NEVER BE ENOUGH TO BREAK YOUR SPIRIT.

“THRIVE ON THIS SPIRIT AND LET IT THRIVE IN YOU.”

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Lest in any occasion of falling, should you be afraid, remind yourself that :

“MY  SPIRIT  WILL  NEVER  BREAK even after FALLING  A  MILLION  TIMES, IT  WILL  ONLY  GROW  STRONGER!  CAUSE  MY  SPIRIT IS  NOT  OF  FEAR  BUT  OF  LIGHT!”

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LESSON 1- Lets get a few things on track……

I break and then hustle…

I fall and again stumble…

hmmmmphh …..I wonder “WHY??? why only me?” ..

then I hear them say “You oughta learn to say ‘Life try me'”

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  Watch a toddler learning to stand. He falls and falls , cries and screams, and sometimes also laughs from within—-

Does he give up?  NO

Should you? must you? How many times have you fallen? Did you keep a count? Is it hard to remember? Are you still stuck at that spot where once you fell? have you counted the miles since you moved on? 

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YOU ARE NEVER STUCK IN LIFE. TIME AND LIFE KEEP MOVING ON. WHAT PERHAPS IS STUCK- IS YOUR MINDSET. DON’T BE A PRISONER TO THE PAST OR TO THE MANY FALLS YOU HAD/ HAVE / WILL FACE. SET YOUR MIND FREE.

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RESOLVE AND KNOW THAT NO MATTER HOW MANY FALLS, YOU STILL NEED TO RISE, SOMETIMES THERE WON’T BE ANYONE TO HELP. YOU CAN’T KEEP CRYING ABOUT IT. SO KINDLY DO THE HONOURS TO RISE and DUST OFF THE REMINDERS OF YOUR FALL. MOVE ON.

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If you’re wounded- Remember WOUNDS DO HEAL. If you say- sometimes scars remain.. then “Come on TOUGHY, treasure it like an achievement. Wear it off. Flaunt it. Fall in love with it.It is the tattoo of your strength.

Whether visible to human eye 

or not.

CHANGE  YOUR  ATTITUDE  TOWARDS  EVERYTHING THAT DEGRADES  YOUR  SPIRIT.

You cannot escape the falls you’ll face in life. Each time you fall try to change your  vision to see only the good in it. If you still can’t. Laugh at it. But stop grieving, STOP LETTING IT BOTHER YOU, stop   cursing, STOP SELF PITY.

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EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE.

You want to be happy?  CHOOSE happiness.

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You want to stop Self Pity? CHOOSE to give yourself some RESPECT.

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CHOOSE to treat yourself BETTER than any other.

CHOOSE to Rise when you Fall.

CHOOSE to Smile amidst all agony.

CHOOSE TO SOAR YOUR SPIRIT- TO LIGHTEN YOURSELF.

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CHOOSE to be the self you can LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY.

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So let’s get something RIGHT!!

YOU  AND  YOU  ALONE  HOLD  THE  KEY  TO  YOUR HAPPINESS.

Do not give it away and then regret.

Nostalgia…..

Screenshot_2014-04-04-16-16-02  And When I walk down the traveled lane..

I come across memories perfect & lame..

I watch it like a movie in Rewind motion..

Thus further drowning in this nostalgic notion..

Beautiful memories make me smile..

Oh how I know they’ll keep me warm for thousand miles..

And then What I see makes me twice blink and further think..

In those moments had I been afraid..

Why didn’t I ask myself “what would have I done hadn’t I let that fear over me cascade?

Would Life be the same?

If my fears had I tamed?”

I see the mistakes I committed and the downfalls I had..

The challenges I accepted and the lost opportunities I never before cared!

I also see that part of me who thinks she’s free.. but never was..

Laughter was indeed there and all of it wasn’t as bad.. but now that I see more clearly.. there’s a lot messed and tossed..

They say “LIVE WITHOUT GRUDGES , HOLD NO REGRETS.”

I say ,” Smile at all the bad, Let go and Walk along to see what better in Life you can get!

and so I move on, chucked all the bad behind a wall,

Carrying with me all that will help me when I face times where I’ll crawl..

Good & Bad I’ll always see.. Small & Big life will make me..

Why not I put a seal on Life’s package deal?

And in all it’s grandeur .. I could as well fairly LIVE in splendor..

Life…

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Ages after ages pass by

bringing happy and sad cries..

it may be if someone’s born,

or it may be if someone’s gone…

Life is not everlasting..

nor is it everything…

for everyone one day has to die

as his reward is an eternal life!!

No one is special,

just because happiness is more and sadness seems to be very partial..

Life is a game and we all have different roles to play.

we do not know what’s the real aim!…

nor if the very next moment we have to go back to clay.

times can be good or bad.. harsh or sweet.. fun or sad..

Life can be a drag or it can be an adventurous journey!

It’s always for us to decide what we choose our life to be..

embrace the reality or run after dreams that aren’t for one to see..

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To all those who lose hope…..

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Tough times become rougher….

Sad times get you all frustrated…

You’re struck with the question “Why me? when will this end?”

If you are still BREATHING in all this pain..

It means you are STRONGER to get over this rain.

Hold on to the ROPE of Your HOPE for better..

Cause when you are tossed over the seas,

you might never know when a wave leads you onto the shore..

If you fail to be strong… You’ll leave this rope… and you’ll know you’re FOREVER GONE…

SO CHOOSE.. what you see..

THE SHORE…. or THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA….

CHANGE…..

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Times Change… People Change…

Thoughts Change.. Feelings Change… Paths Change…

EVERYTHING CHANGES…

You.. Me…He..She..We..

all change.. CHANGE IS LIFE!

Smiles change to Tears.. Moments to Memories..

Hope changes to Faith… and Understandings To Expectations…

Love to blind Trust..

A fresh green leaf one day withers away..

small babies in time grow old..

WHAT I HAVE NOW , MAY NOT BE MINE TOMORROW..

when time plays games.. Nothing can stop the power of CHANGE.

EVERYDAY, EVERYONE, EVERYTHING,  EVERY MOMENT, changes…

Why nights turn to days??

Why happiness is followed by sorrows??

Things we EXPERIENCE, Things we DO, Things we SAY, Things we LEARN, Things we THINK, Things we FEEL, Things we HOPE, DREAM, WISH ,WANT.... Things we DESIRE

ALL THINGS CHANGE!!!!!!

LIFE CHANGES ….

not because we want it to change, but “BECAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING IT WANTS TO CHANGE IN US”

WE CHANGE…..

not because life wants us to change, but “BECAUSE WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR LIFE”

like a spark of lightening across the darkest sky ,

a ray of hope in the smiles we receive…

signs life gives us,

sometimes we are prepared…. sometimes we aren’t..

CHANGE can be SUDDEN..

CHANGE can be SWEET..

CHANGE can be a PAIN..

CHANGE IS SIMPLY A NEW BEGINNING EVERY TIME WE WISH NO CHANGE…

we can’t avoid change but ACCEPT it… UNDERSTAND it.. GROW with it…

and let it CHANGE us for better…!