Getting out of the Well

The story of the “Frog in the Well” is fairly common. It is used as an analogy for someone who refuses to move out of his or her surrounding because of the comfort.

It is extremely difficult to move out of projects in most companies and I had the opportunity because there was a ramp-down. Once I moved out of that project, which was quite monotonous and relaxed, I felt like I had come out of the well. After moving away, I realized how I was being stifled in the earlier project. I was comfortable with the way things were and I was waiting for the big break which never came.

Once I moved out, I saw the things that I had missed by being in the old project. There are a lot many things to learn and I had deprived myself from doing them. I had become a “Frog in the Well” and didn’t want to move away because of the benefits that I had. I failed to realize that doing so would only bring about my doom.

Now that I think of it, I was very scared to move away. We tend to stick to things because we are used to and because of familiarity. We are afraid of what lies beyond and don’t want to risk running into danger. But what if we are wrong? What if our staying back is more harmful than moving away? How are we to know it?

I am not an expert to answer that but based on my experience, I’d say we need to give it a shot. It might not be easy and not be conducive but it will save us from the regret of not having tried.

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Turn of Season

When This Becomes There

Here, we are starting to turn to summer. So naturally, I’ve just begun to look at spring photos. A few jackdaw pickings I feel signal the season.

First, the longer days with that tangerine evening light and new grass in the fields.

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And then the wildflowers (red clover here) on the road side.

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And of course, all the birds nesting anywhere possible around the house.

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Crawfish boils.
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And then lots of yard puddles. 
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The Baby Hummer Who Crashed Into Glass!

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While busy reading your blogs, there was a very loud thwanking noise on the French doors next to me. I got up to see what it was and there was a juvenile hummingbird on the ground about 6 inches from the door. He was trembling violently and his right-wing was fully extended as if broken. I immediately closed one of your blogs (sorry about that) and googled what to do with a hummingbird who hits a window and breaks a wing. There was all sorts of advice from, “forget it he’s a goner,” to “pick him up and put his beak into the feeder,” to “pick him up and put him in a shoebox with a soft cloth and take him to an animal rescue provider.”
I didn’t like any of these suggestions. A juvenile hummingbird weighs less than a dime. I am like Gulliver the giant in the land…

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The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

TwistedSifter

 

By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:

1. Perfect Place
2. Perfect Time
3. Perfect Angle

Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below. There are countless galleries of these images floating around. I tried my best to compile the most representative of this concept. If you’re craving more, the following links are a good start: r/PerfectTiming on Reddit; Bored Panda (here, here and here); BuzzFeed (here and here)

Enjoy!

 

1.

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2.

lightning strikes statue of liberty perfect timing

Photograph by JAY FINE (via The Big Picture)

 

 

3.

diver whale high five perfect timing

Photograph by MARCO QUERAL (via Daily Mail)

 

 

4.

just a pinch buddah perfect timing

Photograph via Former_Manc on Reddit

 

 

5.

seagull takes ice cream perfect timing

Photograph by Jörn Kessels | Foto…

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(Un)-Expected Gifts

When life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade out of them. But what if you get something that you have always wanted?

Surprised? You might wonder how often it actually happens.  For many of us, it never happens. Whatever we wish for and what we get are never related. We usually end up liking what we get rather than getting what we like.

I got two gifts, one before and one after. In both the gifts, the common thing was that I had secretly wanted to buy them, though not the exact item. Both of them were unexpected and both cheered me up in unimaginable ways. It was a great birthday on the whole.

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21 Roads You Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

TwistedSifter

 

There’s nothing like a road trip to really experience a country. From coastal highways and dizzying mountain passes, to scenic routes through national parks and bridges over great spans of water; roads are the circulatory system that connects a country. After an extensive search online, the Sifter has compiled a list of some of the most beautiful, challenging and unforgettable roads in the world.

While hardly exhaustive, this list should provide great inspiration and bucket list fodder for those planning an upcoming trip. Please feel free to share any additional roads in the comments and perhaps a pt II will be compiled 🙂

 

 

1. Highway 1, Big Sur, California

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State Route 1 (SR 1) is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. The…

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Birthday Hues

 

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God’s Blessings

Yesterday was my birthday and a lot of people wished me via different modes. When I think about how the day went, I have the following points of note:

  • I went to the temple in the morning and not being a religious person I spent just five minutes there. It so happened that they had rava kesari as prasadam and it is my favourite sweet. Having got it as prasadam assured me that God had blessed me.
  • Thanks to Facebook a lot more people wish me than what I would expect. I can safely say that I do not have too many friends but whoever few are my good friends wished me over phone and text. It made me very happy to have received those wishes.
  • I was a total spoilt brat for one day, something that isn’t my true nature. It was surprising to see everyone give in to my tantrums for a day. Having been a good kid all my life, I had a feel good feeling to see people around me care for me genuinely.

With another year gone by, and with renewed zeal, I hope to achieve things that need not be great but with better understanding of why I am doing it.

The Macro World

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I recently got a forward mail from one of my colleagues. It contained pictures of worlds in tiny bottles, like the one above. Having done a lot of reading about copyright and its violation in the last few weeks, I wanted to check the source of the image. So I did a simple Google image search and it led me to the site ofAkinobu Izumi. He is a Japanese artist, who has created these wonderful artifacts.

Our existence is quite small, compared to the vastness of the universe and can as well fit into this small container. So we might as well enjoy the things that we have and live peacefully, rather than aspiring to have things that we don’t need.