“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money” – John Ruskin

Money Money Money !!! The world is going crazy after it. Everything has become secondary today in front of these pieces of paper. ‘Love’, is something we all search for, we all look for, and we all crave for. But I am confused with the present state of affairs where love, relations, friendship and even being together is directly proportional to money. People killing family members, friends, relatives, husband/wives for money (sometimes even for a very meagre amount).

I agree, money is important, rather very important in life, but it is not the ‘only’ thing or consideration to be with someone. I have seen girls making rich boyfriends for money, for expensive gifts and so on. And the day they stop spending money on them..well, end of the relationship. People who are so called ‘rich’, keep relation with those who match their financial status and look down upon or ignoring those who are below them in terms of money. Relations make or break with the amount of money someone holds in his pocket.

It has always amused me. Isn’t it strange? People have become so money minded, their wishes and desires have become so high and all they want is just money or be in contact with people who have it with them. Relationships, love, feelings, empathy are all things of the past now. Everything is losing their true value and meaning from the hearts of the people. All the things required to be called human vanish when it is about money. These words are dying a miserable death under those stacks of paper.

I am a believer in love. I don’t remember making friends or even talking to people in general based on their financial status. Money has always been secondary to me. Even when I think about marriage, money is never the prime factor. I guess I am educated enough to earn. I also don’t believe that only a man is responsible to feed his family. If a girl has earning capacity, then she can very well support a family after marriage on her own. When we cry so much for gender equality, then why not equality here?

It’s a very weird society we live in. I never understood this mindset of people based on money. Many won’t accept this fact but it is a bitter reality. Have our desires become so big, have our lifestyle and wishes reached to that level that we forget everything and remember just money? Money corrupts mind and a corrupted mind is never sane.

Money can buy a lot of things but not love and feelings. Can’t we all think of keeping the relationship alive in our hearts irrespective of the money someone has in his pocket or bank account?  Can’t we love and respect a person for what and how he is and keep aside his financial status? Can we stop the mental torture someone has to go through just because he doesn’t have what is required to be called ‘rich’? Can’t we value people over money? When we will understand money is just a piece of paper, we have it today; we may not have it tomorrow. People, if we value them, will be always with us, but not money. Better to invest time and feelings in humans rather than a piece of paper. Having a rich and a big heart is all what matters.

Waiting to see the time when we stop the ‘it’s all about money, honey’ thing.

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it; there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the more one wants.”  - Benjamin Franklin

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Quotations are a gateway for the dreamers; breath to the lovers; hope to the hopeless; affirmation to the faithful; a reminder to the disillusioned; and a beacon to the wandering." - Anonymous

I have always enjoyed reading quotes a lot since I was a child. I always had some or the other diary where I used to write the quotes I loved. Some of those I lost (I don’t know where). I still have one with me and sharing 50 of my favourite quotes.

1)   “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  - Oscar Wilde

2)   “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”- Dr. Suess

3)   “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

4)   “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

5)   “In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”- Paulo Coelho

6)   “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”- Robert Frost

7)   “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”- Robert Frost.

8)   “A heartful of you is just what i have. An eye full of you is just what I need.” Abhishek Gupta

9)    “I don't profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.”- Emily Dickinson

10)  “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”- Haruki Murakami

11)  “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

12)  “The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.” – Swami Vivekanand

13)  “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

14)  “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.” – George Bernard Shaw

15)  “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”- John Wodden

16)  " I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.”- Albert Einstein

17)  "Choose your thoughts carefully. You are the masterpiece of your life.” – Rhonda Byrne

18)  “If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.”- Lao Tzu

19)  “What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live / with your self-respect alive and growing.”- Maxwell Maltz

20)  “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”- Swami Vivekananda

21)  “Accept everything about yourself. I mean everything. You are you, and that is the beginning and the end; No apologies, no regrets.” - Clark Montanas.

22)  “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”- Steve Jobs

23)   “You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words that matter.”- Nicholas Sparks

24)   “I’m going to smile and make you think I’m happy, I’m going to laugh, so you don’t see me cry, I’m going to let you go in style, and even if it kills me – I’m going to smile.” - Author Unknown

25)   “There is only one thing that that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

26)  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

27)  “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star...” – E.E. Cummings

28)  “Although actions may speak louder than words, it is our intentions that reveal our soul.” – Hal Elrod

29)  “To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life. -Robert Louis Stevenson.” – R.L. Stevenson

30)  “We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”

31)  “No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”- Dalai Lama XIV

32)  “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”  - Martin Luther King, Jr.

33)  “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” - Mark Victor Hansen

34)  “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” – John Maeda

35)  “People will suffer almost anything as long as it means they don’t have to change.” – Deepak Chopra

36)  “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucius

37)  “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” - Robert Brault

38)  “When you’re scared, when you’re hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you’re going to see what you’re really made of. And then you’re going to get the only respect in the world that matters: self-respect.” - Sylvester Stallone

39)  “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” - Oprah Winfrey

40)  “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

41)  “When you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it's just as hard as what you're going through.” – Nicholas Sparks

42)  “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf

43)  “That's the thing about pain...it demands to be felt.” – John Green

44)  “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” – Jane Austen

45)  “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

46)  “Time is very slow for those who wait
Very fast for those who are scared
very long for those who lament
Very short for those who celebrate
But for those who love time is eternal” - William Shakespeare

47)  “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Gautama Buddha

48)  “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.” – Leo Tolstoy

49)  “When love is not madness it is not love.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

50)  “We know what we are, but not what we may be.” William Shakespeare

I can go on and on as there are just so many of them. Hope you all enjoy these and yes, you are free to add your favourite ones. 

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I really feel all these years have made me forgot the real me. All this time I have tried my best to make people happy, to understand them, to be what they want me to be just because I valued them and wanted them to be with me ( I won’t claim that I did that 100%, I may have ended up failing a few times, but I am sure that wasn't deliberate). I feared losing them (that’s the biggest fear I always had, the fear of being alone).

I realized in the process of valuing others and pleasing them, the real me got lost somewhere. It makes me think when I see people with clear thoughts and ideas; about things they believe or not believe in, about what they want, what they feel about a certain issue or thing. But me, I am just lost thinking what exactly my views are? Can I really take a stand on something I believe in (for that I need to find what I actually believe in). This is what happened, I ended up being a confused soul.

I made many mistakes, like most of us do (side effect of being human). Like others I was also not sent here with an instruction book to follow and live accordingly. Yes, I made a crime of not learning from my mistakes initially and I kept repeating a few over and over again. Result. Same pain, same suffering and yes, it hurts more each time.

Finally I grew up, learnt to say “NO”, (trust me; this is by far the most difficult thing for me to do). I started to hurt people (I don’t know intentionally or unintentionally), reason, well!! I was hurt too the same way, I too felt bad, but did anyone care? No. So why should I? And it stopped to bother me. I tried to be bad as subconsciously I felt good people are bound to suffer, I tried but that little goodness in me sometimes didn’t let me do it and sometimes the bad side took over. I knew not what I wanted to do or what actually my intentions were? When anyone says I am good, nice, sweet et al, I feel, do I actually deserve these words? Am I really what people think me to be? No clue. As it is yet for me to find out. Yes, I have a habit of underestimating myself terribly too, don’t know what my correct estimate could be.

I am not perfect, nor do I intend to be. I have my share of weaknesses and I sometimes find it very difficult to accept them (ego, may be), though from inside I know what they are. I carry, regrets, pain, lots of burden in my heart and mind. A lot of habits I want to improve and want to succeed in winning over them.

I truly want to find out exactly who 'Richa' is and what it is she believes in. I know I am still acting like a confused soul. Well, I wish I will succeed one day and discover myself completely. Till then, trying to be happy with a messed up mind and heart. 

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“Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.”
-Marilyn Ferguson

There are a thousand things we are afraid of in life. Fear of change, failure, fear of losing someone, rejection, death, life, taking decisions and the worst, fear of the unknown. I feel we are our worst enemies when it comes to fear. These fears if not checked at the right time can destroy our lives. Small fears we face in our daily lives tend to become too big with time.

Some fears may appear to be very small and unsubstantial, but they add up eventually and we don’t realize what mess we create of ourselves. These surely need to be checked. We all are afraid of something or the other, sometime we face it and sometimes we find ways to run from it. Every fear we cultivate within ourselves actually takes from us the joy of living. Why can’t we take them one by one? Big or small.

-          - The best thing we can do is to first define our fears and look for the source of their origin.

-         -  We can introspect, how life would have been, had we not fear something; I am sure life would seem way better.

-         - Trusting yourself is the best way to overcome any fear. Keep moving forward and never lose patience.

-         - We many a times fail to enjoy the smallest of our successes. We need to find a reason to be happy, to celebrate, to feel inspired and motivated and feel positive about ourselves.

-         - The best thing that can help one feel better and strong is by lending a helping hand to someone in need. This is something that can add up to one’s confidence in a great way.
      Fears should never be kept into dark and should never be left unchecked or untouched. It can really be killing from inside living with a fear each day and each moment. So better try to work through it. Be brave, be fearless.

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
- Frank Herbert

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Ek rishta kuch aisa,
Andekha anjana sa

Ansuna par fir bhi pehchana sa,
Begana sa hote hue bhi lagta kuch apna sa.

Patjhad me bhi hari pattiyo ko talashta hua,
Anjaani in rahon me apne hi nishan banata hua

Duniya ki bheed me, Parchhaiyo k jahan me,
Apne wajood ko tarashta hua.

Har mushkil sehta hua, har gum baant ta hua,
Duniya ki har buri nazar se khud ko bachata hua.

Anjam se bekhabar,aant se anjaan,
Dil ke kisi kone me chupke se panapta hua.

Na kisi ke apnane ki fikar,
Na kisi ke thukrane ka dar,
Apni hi dhun me khoya sa muskata hua.

Ek rishta kuch aisa,
Andekha anjana sa

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