Sunday, October 11, 2009
Especially for you
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, said Confucius, thousands of years ago, when travelling a thousand miles probably took a few months. Yet, even after so many centuries, the depth of what he said is just as relevant.
I too embarked on a journey three years ago, when I began blogging in this very month (On 22nd October, to be precise) and I had no idea what a long way I would come since then. This is my 364th post! But something even more special happened today. My blog crossed an important milestone, for any true blue blogger-- 1,00,000 visits! Yes--One lakh! (In case you thought it was a typo) :-) The page views had already exceeded 1,60,200 a long time back.
A big thank you to all of you, who read whatever I write, who leave me such wonderful comments, who mail me regularly in case I don't update in three days, asking what has happened. It would surely not have been possible without you--so a big and heartfelt thank you.
When I first started blogging, it was to overcome a deep loss, as many of you who have read my book already know. As things stand today, I have made some of my closest friends only because of my blog and also because the Universe conspired to make us meet, not just virtually, but in real life too. And to think that it was only because of my thoughts and words is a bit overwhelming!
The power of words is indeed tremendous. Words do have a life of their own. This is why we must always think before we speak and say only what we mean. Even to ourselves.
I also think it is important to express the positive thoughts you feel, because they have a way of resonating and filling both people, the person who says it, as well as the person to whom it is said, with a vibrant, happy and warm energy.
It is also said that one picture is worth a thousand words. At times when words fail me, I turn to art. Not many , especially the newer readers are aware that I have an Art site too :-) Click here if you want to see my pictures.
The 'surprise' that I have mentioned in my previous post is that I am now doing an Art course in Human Portraiture that will lead to an NCFE level 1 qualification! (NCFE is the nationally recognised certifying body in UK) I have always wanted to do portraits and I jumped at the chance to learn it, when I got it. Needless to say all my time these days is spent sketching and sketching and more sketching. The course is very intensive and I am really liking it.
Above are some of the portraits that I did recently. They are all pencil sketch portraits ,except for one which was sketched from a live model using charcoal, chalk and sanguine. I have been getting a lot of praise for these and someone liked them so much that they enquired if I'd do it professionally!( and yes, I would be!) For me, it is like another dream come true. I always wanted to draw realistic portraits of people. I used to be fascinated to see Artists doing it. I never dreamt I would become one of them. :-) [Just like I never thought that my dream of becoming a published author would actually come true too]
"Never, never never give up." Said Winston Churchill. He also said "If you are going through hell, keep going."
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step--and the secret is to keep going even when you think you no longer can.
Confucius and Churchill definitely knew what they were talking about!
Apply it to your life today and you will surely see amazing results. I can vouch for that.