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Love, MADdy

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It’s been a while that i posted something here as I was engaged with work.

Hope you all are doing well 🙂

Sending you a work of mine with lots of love ❤

“Keep smiling, read books, care about things, get excited, try not to be down on yourself, enjoy the ever present game of knowing.”

Peace
MADdy

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Live and let live

This post is one of my first ones after a long break. I left blogging for so long due to many reasons – work, holidays, exhaustion and most of all, lack of self-motivation. And now I realized motivating yourself to keep on blogging is not the hardest part. Coming back with bags of enthusiasm, new ideas, and most of all – grasping the fact that your own work has been left out there for so long was the most difficult thing. I had this weird feeling of guilt that I failed myself get my own stuffs running.

So let me get back to track again, and this is a painting i did in support of LGBT communities in India and over the world.

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Medium : watercolor on paper
Work : Live and let live

with lots of LOVE
MADdy

Book : Who Moved My Cheese?

WhoMovedMyCheeseCoverThere was a book lying on my college library from a long time and that was “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. I always heard that it’s a great book. Two years back, I sneaked out of a boring class and went to library, I took this book. It took me only 1 day to complete this book and I must confess that it’s a very good book. It’s a small story that will make you think about your present situation.

A group of old school friends is gathered for dinner and the topic of conversation gets on to change – in career, relationships and family life. One of those present contends that change no longer bothers him after having heard ‘a funny little story’ called Who Moved My Cheese? In this artful way, Spencer Johnson introduces the reader to his fable on how to cope positively with change.

The story involves four characters who live in a maze, the mice Scurry and Sniff, and two little people, Hem and Haw. All is going well because they have found a huge source of their favorite food, cheese. Hem and Haw have even moved their houses to be near it and it has becomes the center of their lives. But they do not notice that it is getting smaller, and are devastated when they arrive at the site one morning and find the cheese is gone.

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This is where the story splits in two. Scurry and Sniff quickly accept the loss of the cheese and go off into the maze in search of other sources. The little people, because they have built their lives around the big cheese, feel they are the victim of some kind of fraud or theft. Yet this only makes things worse, as their clinging on ensures that they go hungry. Meanwhile, the mice move on and find new cheese.

The cheese in this story can be related to many things in your life like work, money, family, knowledge etc.

The fable captures well that moment after we have lost a job or a relationship and we believe it is the end of the world. All the good things were in the previous situation, and all the future holds is fear. Yet Johnson’s message is, instead of seeing change as the end of something, we must learn to see it as a beginning. We have all been told this, but sometimes motivation is lacking. To make himself accept reality, Haw writes this on the wall of the maze: “If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

I am listing down a list of phrases taken directly from the book that are really thought provocative.

Having Cheese makes you happy – Being knowledgeable and intelligent makes us happy

The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it – When you think that you have a lot of knowledge on one subject you tend to hold onto it a lot more and don’t share with anyone.

If you don’t change, you can become extinct – If you don’t upgrade your knowledge you will become outdated

Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old – Check continuously whether you are upgrading your knowledge level on a regular basis before it gets outdated.

Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese – Exploring and learning new things will make you move to more distant places in your work life.

When you move beyond your fear, you feel free – When you break the barrier that stops you from learning you feel happy.

Imagining myself enjoying new cheese even before I find it, leads me to it – The thought of being more knowledgeable, than the others around you, after you learn more helps you to drive yourself in the direction of excellence.

The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese – The sooner you realize that your knowledge or your job is outdated the better it is.

It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheese less situation – It’s better to search for more information and more knowledge if you want to grow rather than cribbing at one place continuously and expecting promotions in your job.

Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese – Doing same things again and again gives you same results but when you want to achieve greater results you need to do different things or do things differently.

When you can find and enjoy new cheese, you can change course – Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that to come

Move with the cheese and enjoy it – Change along with time and you will enjoy life

There are few more things that are inevitable and we must accept it as it is to grow, to learn and be happy.

Change Happens – they keep moving the cheese

Anticipate change – get ready for the cheese to move

Monitor change – Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old

Adapt to change quickly – The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese.

Change – Move with the cheese.

Enjoy change! – savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese.

Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again – they keep moving the cheese

There is a lot more story in the book that will make you think about what you are doing now and whether it is the time to change or not.

P.S: When I thought of start writing about books I read, this book came first in my mind as it was the first book to complete since I joined college.

P.P.S: I read this when I was down with a lot of tensions and Needless to say it didn’t help me as I thought it would ;p but I still feel it worth a read.

Peace

MADdy

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The Unnamed Art

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Hi everyone,

It’s been a passive month and i wanted to post something here, so here we are.

Every painting has a story, and this is a simple and quickly done painting one or two years back and the crazy thing about it is that I did it on a night before my final semester exams  :p

I haven’t named it yet so feel free to call it anything you like 🙂

Love
MADdy

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Quote Challenge #2 – Day 3

Hello blogging world,

This is the fourth day of the challenge (i extended it) :p sorry for delaying my last post in the challenge.
This is me, this is my life. I’m too lazy sometimes. OK forget it :p

I was nominated by one of my favorite blogger, This is my life. and this is a blog i’d proudly recommend to my friends and fellow readers.

The challenge rules:
1) Post in three consecutive days.
2) You can pick one to three quotes per day.
3) Challenge three different bloggers per day.

My quotes for the day:

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[I’m a Joker inspired guy, i don’t know if normal people can handle me, but am not gonna change for others, period.]

Nominees: 

1, Chai & Biscuits
2, The Crazy Bag Lady
3, new2writing

 

Peace
MADdy

The Impression

[A free time in office chatting with the girl whom I never spoken before sitting behind me through local IP messenger]

Me: Hi
She: hi
Me: Please do check my blog if you have time: madsoulofficial.wordpress.com
She: So you a writer?
Me: well I don’t know I’m just trying to build some audience on the blog so that when I write/draw something good it’ll reach out people.
She: I had a sneak peak, tell me a story now 😉
Me: a story?
She: ya anything like a flash fiction or something, lemme see what ya got :p
Me: well, ya let me think for a while.
She: okkie
Me: Once upon a time there was a guy who believed that one sided love is the purest form of love, No complaints, no demands and no risk of heart breaks and he thought, he could never express it but still pursue the love of his life forever.

And then I turned around and looked into those beautiful eyes trying to communicate my heartbeat.

She: The End?
Me: The End.

Love
MADdy

Why normal people worry me

Normal people worry me. They make me a little uncomfortable, let me explain.

I don’t believe many people are ‘normal’ and if they are that kind of makes them a bit abnormal in itself. However, a lot of people pretend to be normal and these are the one that worry me.

Firstly they worry me because I’m afraid that they are not being honest to themselves. They are repressing all their weird little quirks and foibles, the things that make us interesting and unique. Repressed thoughts and feeling often have a way of growing and developing into something darker, less healthy and much more worrying. They impact on peoples psyches and create serious behavioral problems.

Secondly they worry me because if they are being honest with themselves then they are not being honest with me. Psychologists recognize the fact that people who are portraying one thing and feeling another cause discomfort and distrust in those around them. They say that we are picking up on their in congruence, the fact that the inside doesn’t match the outside.

Thirdly I have found that on the whole people who consider themselves ‘normal’ tend to be a bit ‘judgey’ on those who are more comfortable with their inner freak. They tend to lack empathy and understanding that we don’t all have to come from the same mold in order to be happy, healthy valuable members of society.

Lastly they tend to be a bit dull. This dullness combined with a tendency to judge can take the wind out of the most creative and fun souls, leaving the world less interesting.

So if we ever get to meet, don’t try to pass yourself off as normal.

Let your Freak flag fly.

I’ll be waving mine too.

MAD
MADdy