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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Constant Learning: Day 3 of 3 Day Quote Challenge

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I had bad initial years at my schooling as I have written many times before. Though my parents didn't leave any stone unturned to make sure that I get best of the world, still my plain Jane looks and timid personality gave me many ugly incidences where I was treated real badly. Once a teacher even told me before a packed class-room, that I am a good for nothing girl! Can you believe a teacher saying things like that to an under-confident child? And from my experience I can say that if a child is subjected to weak foundation, it has a lifetime impact. For many years, I would get highly intimidated by the contempt in my teachers eyes. Later, even when I was proved to be gifted with the talent of artistic skills, I had to struggle with strange attitude by new people in life that would lead me to question my existence and my abilities. That is what physical and mental abuse do to people. Sometimes I would hate myself, sometimes pity myself but being a human and having the strong survival instincts, all that contempt made me to renovate and rediscover myself.  It made me to think and reflect maturely way ahead of my age.
I began to realize that I had to shine somehow so that people don't look past me as if I am invisible. Adaptation is key to survival. Every cloud has a silver lining and so my worse encounters made me look into a positive direction in life and made me believe that constant learning is very important. Over the years, I have groomed into a confident person. I still meet people who simply ignore my presence but now I have learned to ignore them as well while taking positive cues from them. Though, coming from the other side I have a bad tolerance for arrogance and hatred. Still, I believe in learning from everyone and anyone. I look at people, nature, wildlife, things with the perspective of imbibing their goodness. I am so much conditioned to learn that I cannot help but notice the positives of everybody. Even if someone doesn't treat me right (which I have been quite used to now) I don't or I can't just write them off without taking my lessons from their strong points. I can learn from people who are stronger than me, or are weaker than me, my elders, my juniors, teachers, friends, peers, competitors (yup, people still compete with you even if you have no inclination to do so), my maids, my cook, my daughter, her friends everyone and anyone whom I come across. And I am used to it so much that the day I stop learning will be the day when I die. Hence, the quote mentioned above expresses the principle of my life. And that is something I would advise everybody, yes you too even if you are old now and feel that now you have nothing to learn. Look at the young generation today and don't close your mind to them to only teach them. You too can learn a lot from them. Old age doesn't mean you stop living, right? Life is like a full-time course where you have to keep learning regularly till your graduation day and that is the day when you breathe your last. :)

As for my struggles, you might find them superfluous and so here's a quote from me to explain what exactly is meant by struggle:







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My nomination for today : Piyush from Pseudorandomthought.in

Day 1 of 3 day Quote Challenge: Quote by Tolkien
Day 2 of day Quote Challenge: Inception 

23 comments:

  1. A touching post Roohi.. Truly soulful. And the words framed as quote are insightful .

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  2. No one can understand the quote and its importance better than a trainer (aka - me)
    Lovely insightful post Roohi! Thanks for sharing 😊

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  3. Making the best of the worst encounters is the hallmark of a game changer. Keep it up Roohi.

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    1. In life, we can't afford to loose, right Somali? :)

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  4. What a soulful post Roohi :') Kudos!

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    1. Thanks for paying me your generous visit, Maitreni :)

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  5. In spite of rejection you did not lose courage and wanted to shine and are shining like a bright sun...its inspirational for me :) the quote apt too :)

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    1. I doubt if I am that good an inspiration, Shweta. Just have strong sense to adapt :)

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  6. This is such a straight from the heart post. And so true too. I like the way you turned your negative experiences into such a positive attitude.

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    1. Negative thoughts come to me, Tulika I should not lie but yeah, they tend to make me empty so I don't entertain them for long. And hence, my writings are always a product of untangled, mild and compassionate thoughts..

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  7. This is such a straight from the heart post. And so true too. I like the way you turned your negative experiences into such a positive attitude.

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  8. They say a good teacher even learns from the student. Shocking that some teachers discourage like that. I like the quote and that it is your motto :)

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    1. Some teachers just happen to be employees of an institution called school, Vinay. I doubt if they understand it's not just any job!

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  9. Absolutely. So true! We should always be a learner.
    And Roohi, the incident you shared, I could relate so much to it. After my mom passed away when I was twelve, I became a very timid person with low self confidence. I used to stay quiet in school and never participated in any extra curricular activities from class 8 to class 10. My class teacher one day told me that I am just good for nothing. Now, when I look back, I feel glad that I could turn all those negative experiences into lessons and stand back on my feet.
    Thanks for sharing this incident. It instantly connected me to you.

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    1. I feel connected to you as well, Purba. And let me tell you that you are doing a fabulous job as I have seen your work :)

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  10. A very inspiring quote, Roohi. I believe that one shouldn’t just survive, but use the survival instinct to live. Now I’ve an example to share with quote.

    A hammer shatters glass but forges the steel. You are a steel, Roohi, who laid a solid foundation with stones others had thrown at you. Kudos! :)

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    1. One who choose to live will survive anyhow. Just we have to make sure that we don't end up being like dead sea :)

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  11. I could connect to it so well. Even my school days were not good. And I can't take anyone's arrogance or ignorance. A wonderful post, inspires me to rise as a better person :) :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am glad if my experiences, thoughts and insights can help anyone as well myself to rise as a better person, Deeshani. Great to see you here :)

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  12. You got it. Life is a journey of learning

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  13. Indeed, I'd there's no one in the world who could say I'm perfect everybody is learning something daily.

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