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A Hopeful Tuesday

What are the present situation all around the world ๐ŸŒŽ? What are we going through everyday? There is chaos all over. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Schools closed, offices closed, gyms closed, library closed, stores closed, normal life ceased.

What was normal five month ago is now a problem. Going out and buying groceries is not normal these days. We canโ€™t go out. Itโ€™s like Novel Coronavirus ๐Ÿฆ  is everywhere. Itโ€™s in the car, itโ€™s in the stores, itโ€™s on the carts, itโ€™s almost everywhere. Ordering online is also not normal. We donโ€™t know what is carrying the virus ๐Ÿฆ  in it.

Death tolls are increasing around the world ๐ŸŒ. More and more people are suffering from the virus. We sometimes lose the hope too. We donโ€™t know when will everything be alright. When shall we have the normal days back when people can meet with each other, and overall the virus will be gone.

Still we hope for the best. Hope, hope is what holding us together. Hope is what keeping us brave, hoping everything will be fine soon. Keeping this positive attitude in mind and heart, I am sharing some quotations on hope that might help us in bearing the pain and keep us moving.

Hope is powerful. We are hopeful that this time shall pass too ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™. This is a crucial time that the whole humanity is facing. We need strength and courage to fight the pandemic.

We still believe, hope and have faith that good days will be back soon. Humanity will win over the virus ๐Ÿฆ . Scientists will be able to find a solution to this problem. We will have the medicines and vaccines to combat the disease.

I wish everyone a hopeful Tuesday. May the sufferings be over. May we win. May we have fearless days and nights. May our minds be relaxed when we go to sleep and wake up in brighter days.

We are in this together. Thank you for stopping by and reading the post ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™.

Coloring By Me

Hello Everyone, I hope all of you are doing good in this quarantine situation. Time is too critical these days and my heart sinks deep to see the death tolls raising and more people getting infected by COVID-19 everyday. May God soon relief us from all these pain and may world be a better place to live ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™.

Recently, I finished coloring two coloring pages using gel pens ๐Ÿ–Š and color pencils โœ๏ธ. I hope you all will like it. It was just an effort to calm the mind and deviate myself from the present situation.

Please share your views on the colored pages. Your views will be highly appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ™. Stay at home ๐Ÿก stay safe.

Random Clicks: Squirrel

Since humans are locked ๐Ÿ”’ down in their homes, animals are roaming here and there without any fear. Though squirrels ๐Ÿฟ are very common in my area as there are many acorn trees ๐ŸŒณ that drop acorns all the time, I can find them hopping from one tree to another and running on the ground for food. I also see them playing and fighting with each other.

As squirrels ๐Ÿฟ are so notorious that I couldnโ€™t find them static at one place so that I could click their pictures. I could hardly manage to click some pictures from a distance by not disturbing them.

Itโ€™s very exciting to watch them hopping and jumping all around and even stopping for eating their favorite acorns. One day, I also clicked the picture of an acorn that my son picked to feed the squirrel ๐Ÿฟ. My son couldnโ€™t understand why the squirrel ๐Ÿฟ runs when he goes to feed.

An acorn

I hope all of you are doing well in the present critical situation. May we soon get rid of this virus ๐Ÿฆ . Thank you for stopping by and reading the post ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™. Stay at home ๐Ÿก stay safe.

Sheltering at Home

Lockdowns, curfews, stay at home or shelter at home. You may call it by various names. The meaning is same. We have to stay at home for our own safety. COVID-19, a viral ๐Ÿฆ  disease has spread to around 196 countries throughout the globe ๐ŸŒŽ, showing to us the power of a microscopic living being on the most powerful and the most intelligent animal, the human.

Not going into details of any pandemic diseases, in this post, I am just sharing my views on the first ever experience in my life time till date, โ€œthe shelter at homeโ€ as named by the government agencies in Texas (I suppose). We have a shelter at home quarantine measure from March 24th till further notice. Today we completed 24 hours of the time just staying at home.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

What does shelter at home (shelter at place) means? Sheltering at home ๐Ÿ  or place means to live inside our homes or wherever we are at present, with whatever basic amenities we have. This measure is taken to avoid social gatherings and to stop ๐Ÿ›‘ the spread of any infectious disease. No roaming around, no shopping, no meeting friends, etc, etc. Overall, we have to just stay in our homes ๐Ÿก and avoiding meeting people.

With kids at home, husband working from home, life is not the way it was few weeks ago. Itโ€™s not easy to work from home. Itโ€™s not easy to control kids 24 x 7 and do house chores as well. Itโ€™s not easy to homeschool kids. Life is not that easy right now.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

We have a habit of doing things a certain way. Things fall into place when we have a routine. In the present situation, we donโ€™t have a routine. Husband has his work from home, so he has fixed a suitable place to work from. This was utmost important because work from home requires more dedication and attention. Work from home was initiated from previous week.

Coming on to kids, their school has started โ€œremote learning programโ€ where kids are getting assignments on their chrome books. As it is new for kids to work on a laptop, they are having many difficulties and confusions. And since they have no one else than me to clarify their doubts, both of them come to me for rescue simultaneously ๐Ÿคฆ. Kids are at home since March 7th when the spring breaks began but that break is still in continuation due to COVID-19. I think kids are suffering more than adults are. They are just stuck in homes, not going out to play. How much can they study, how much will they watch TV, how much will they play video games. Kids need to go outside and play with their friends. But as of now we canโ€™t take the risk so they have to stay at home.

Navratri ( 9 days worship) festival has also begun from yesterday in which we worship Goddess Durga for 9 days. In the present condition when everything is out of stock, no deliveries at home ๐Ÿก available, the festival has also lost its charm. This time, we are just offering the Goddess with whatever we have right now as nothing better can be done. She also understands that. We are praying ๐Ÿ™ for the whole world ๐ŸŒ. May Goddess Durga take away all our problems and bestow us with Her blessings.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

Days are passing with ups and downs or rather new adjustments. Too much of negativity is around the world right now. We need some positivity around. Thatโ€™s why I decided to do some meditation for at least 5 minutes a day. I am also involving my kids in this process. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more relaxed day than today.

With all these chaos, itโ€™s hard to take out time for writing โœ๏ธ or blogging because the mind is preoccupied with various things. Kids need help with their assignments, husband needs pin-drop silence for his on-call office meetings, and then my household chores.

I hope ๐Ÿคž everything will be back to normal soon. We will definitely make through this suffering. Please let me know how your lockdown situation is treating you. Thanking you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ“– my post ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™. Stay at home stay safe.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

Random Clicks: Water

In this chaotic and difficult situation, I thought it would be better to share some pictures of water that are always calming and serene.

I hope you all will like it. Water is clear and flowing. The creek has its own biodiversity that I will show you some other day.

Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ“–. Stay at home stay safe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป.

New Myths Busted by WHO

I have already shared with you all the myths busted by WHO in one of my previous post (https://penofhearts.com/2020/03/04/myths-related-to-covid-19-new-coronavirus-answered-by-who/), there are few new myths that are busted by WHO recently. Some of you might be aware of this (those who are closely monitoring the COVID-19 news and facts). I thought of sharing the facts with all of you.

You can ignore this post if you already know about it. If you donโ€™t know about new myths busted, please read the facts carefully. You can also download these images from WHO official website and share with others.

As I always say, please trust authentic health agencies, websites and government agencies to get the facts related to COVID-19. Spread the facts not the fake news.

Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ“–. Stay calm and Stay blessed.

Every Bit is Counting

Today, when I just opened Google page to find something, I found an interesting Google doodle. If you havenโ€™t seen it yet, please go and check. This is how the search page looks like.

Picture Curtsey: Google and WHO

Click on the play button to see what happens. I am sharing the link here so that you can watch the video here itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8OX0FNWANM&feature=share

All the rights for the video remains to the Google Doodle. I am sharing here just for public interest.

Picture Curtsey: Google and WHO

This is how Google and WHO have made an attempt to reach the public on global scale. Public awareness is a must and big companies are trying their best to build that.

Now, itโ€™s our turn to do the best that can be done to fight the invisible enemy (the novel Coronavirus). Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป. Stay safe.

Book Review: Everything Happens For A Reason And Other Lies That Iโ€™ve Loved by Kate Bowler

As the title of the book says โ€œEverything Happen for a Reason and Other Lies That Iโ€™ve Lovedโ€, it tries to find out the truth in the phrases that we hear on common basis. We, at some part of our lives have experienced this, people often say, we also sometimes, that everything happens for a reason. But is it always like this? What do you think about it? In this book, the author tries to explain us that at some point of time these are just lies, not facts. Not everything happens for a reason. If it does, who owes the explanation for whatever happens in our lives?

The motivational book โ€œEverything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies That Iโ€™ve Lovedโ€ by Kate Bowler, is a good read that inspires the reader. The words straight comes from the heart and mind of a person who is suffering from cancer. The book is a journey of a cancer patient who is also a daughter, a wife and a mother who is longing to live for her child, see him grow everyday but doesnโ€™t know whether she will be able to make it or not.

Nothing was broken yet that could not be fixed. But what gives the prosperity movement breadth and depth for many is its through accounting for the pain of life, and for the longing we have for restoration.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: xvii, Preface)

I deserve what I get, I earn my keep and keep my share. In a world of fair, nothing clung to can ever slip away.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 8)

Like any other human being, the author, in her hard times, trying to find answers in the spiritual world. She, being an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School, student of prosperity gospel, looks for answers everywhere. Why is she suffering? What caused the suffering? Is it the past deeds or anything else?

In a spiritual world in which healing is a divine right, illness is a symptom of unconfessed sin – a symptom of a lack of forgiveness, unfaithfulness, unexamined attitudes or careless words. A suffering believer is a puzzle to be solved. What had caused this to happen?

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 16)

Spiritual laws offer an elegant solution to the problem of unfairness. They create a Newtonian universe in which the chaos of the world seems reducible to simple cause and effect.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 25)

I was trying everything and caring less about whether it made any sense. I just needed it to work.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 31)

As someone who has never had overly mushy feelings about babies, I have to say it was the most bizarre feeling I had ever had. It felt like something had pushed the reset button and my life had only begun. I should have asked for a birth certificate for myself.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 50)

This is what a new born mother feels after delivering a baby. She is in immense love with her child but her life feels like upside down. Her life feels like full of emotions for her child and her life. She has to balance everything around her child. Definitely itโ€™s a rebirth of her also.

Live unburdened. Live free. Live without forevers that donโ€™t always come.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 60)

I keep having the same unkind thought – I am preparing for death and everyone else is on Instagram. I know thatโ€™s not fair – that life is hard for everyone – but I sometimes feel like Iโ€™m the only one in the world who is dying.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 63)

With age we slowly lose our senses and even our pleasures, our parents and then our friends, preparing us for our own absence. An interesting thoughts.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg: 69)

What we gain with our age and what we lose are two different things. We gain maturity, sense of gratitude, feeling of completeness, we genuinely grow older in our thoughts. What we lose are people, we lose our parents, our friends, many times our kids, loss is big, but we live.

The world cannot be remade by the sheer force of love. A brutal world demands capitulation to what seems impossible – separation. Brokenness. An end without an ending.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:70)

The spring is trying to make everything new, but my world feels increasingly dark.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:114)

But they offered me this small bit of certainty, and I clung to it. When the feeling recede like the tides, they said, they will leave an imprint. I would somehow be marked by the presence of an unbidden God.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:122)

I canโ€™t reconcile the way that the world is jolted by events that are wonderful and terrible, the gorgeous and the tragic. Except I am beginning to believe that these opposites do not cancel each other out.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:123)

GOD, we can feel Him, in happiness and in grief. We thank him when we feel obliged to Him for the blessings that He bestows on us. We also fight with Him, become sad from Him, ask questions for the grief and pain that we think He has given us. Like wise the author feels blessed for the son and the family she has but also questions Him for the intense grief that she has due to the colon cancer that has eventually changed her life completely.

The horror of cancer has made everything seem like it is painted in bright colors. I think the same thoughts again and again: Life is so beautiful. Life is so hard.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:123)

Sometimes this ability to live in the moment feels like a gift. My pain pain feels connected to the pain of others somehow, I notice the look of exhaustion on the young momโ€™s face at the grocery store and help her with her cart. I stop to talk to the homeless man sitting on the corner. I give money away more freely, less begrudgingly. I can see now how hard people work to keep it together, but the walls that keep their lives from falling apart are brittle.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:144)

God, I am walking to the edge of a cliff. Build me a bridge, I need to get to the other side.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:145)

It feels impossible to translate the kernel of truth: Iโ€™m not dying. I am not terminal. I am keeping vigil in the place of almost death. I stand in the in-between where everyone must pass, but so few can remain.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:147)

The world is a balance sheet. Subtract from one column, add to another, as if we could all agree to share pieces of this too-short, too-short, too-long life.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:149)

But I donโ€™t want ice cream, I want a world where there is no need fo pediatric oncology, UNICEF, military budgets, or suicidal rails on the top floor of tall buildings. The world would drip with mercy. Thy kingdom come, I pray, and my heart aches. And my tongue trips over the rest. Thy will be done.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:151)

I failed to love what was present and decided to love what was possible instead. I must learn to live in ordinary time, but I donโ€™t know how.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:156)

Plans are made. Plans come apart. New delights or tragedies pop up in their place. And nothing human or divine will map out this life, this life that has been more painful than I could have imagined. More beautiful than I could have imagined.

Kate Bowler (Everything Happens For A Reason, Pg:161)

A short list of what not to say and what to say to people suffering with terminal disease or intense pain is truly incredible. Through this book I got to learn how we often become judgmental and pass our comments without understanding the person who is in pain or completely lost due to sudden changes. We should be careful while choosing our words and framing sentences for people suffering with terminal illness because they do not need that sad look or our judgements. What they need is just a feeling that we are with them. They do not need sympathy, they need love, care and support.

The feeling of the author are real, intense, full of emotion, happiness and sadness. The book is not a sad story, it is a mixture of feelings, emotions, courage, breakdowns, etc. The story is about a family, how it fights from cancer, about the friends who stand by her friend in the crucial time. I bet, you will enjoy reading this autobiography. The book is a good read indeed.

Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™.

Coloring for Fun

Hello Everyone, today I am sharing with you some colored pages from my coloring book that I colored recently. I really like coloring pages as it keeps me engaged and also relaxed.

This time, the coloring medium I used were the gel pens. Itโ€™s easy to color with gel pens as less pressure is required to color and link flows smoothly and there is no smudge and blotting at all. Let me share you the pages. I hope you will like them.

I have fallen in love with the floral patterns. I have five coloring books that I have bought from different stores but when it comes to coloring the pages I always choose the pages that have floral patterns or flowers in them.

The pages might seem dark due to their quality or me not being a good photographer. Forgive me for that. I hope you will like the color contrast and the pattern too. Thank you for stopping by and reading ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™.

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