Why do I Write/Blog?

Last week Joyce nominated me for the vincent-ehindero-blogger-award. Thank you so much JoyceπŸ‘ One of the questions she had asked was: What gives you an inspiration to write or take pictures? What’s your muse?

It was this question which made me think and retrace my blogging journey of last two years.

When I had returned from my trip around the world in end January 2019, I wanted to write a book about my experiences, especially in Guatemala. My son told me that my book hadn’t happened for 15 years πŸ˜› He suggested I start to blog first and then look at the book. Luckily I took his advice 😊 In the past 2+ years I have published 200+ posts and have also published my first book – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life!

I started with posts on my travel around the world. When I was not traveling I wrote about life, that is my understanding of life and it’s processes. The first year of blogging was amazing! I traveled and wrote nonstop. I visited 5 continents (All except Africa) and 4 new countries! I traveled a lot within the country too! And when I was in the midst of planning my next trip to the only continent I haven’t visited, Covid announced its arrivalπŸ˜… Ashok proposes, God disposesπŸ˜ŠπŸ™

Many of my friends and family thought lockdown would be tough for me as I was so fond of travel. Yes, I love people and new places! But I love myself equally or more πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– So 2020 or my second year of blogging was all about travel within, thinking and writing about life, and my books! And it is continuing in 2021 too!

During this period I thought so often of quitting blogging. Musings of a Wanderer was growing pretty well but I wasn’t sure why I was continuing! I knew without me the world and WP would go on! My thoughts at those times were to focus on God/Meditation and my books! My first priority has been God for years and to experience God first hand takes effort! Blogging does take time and time is our most precious possession!

But then I would get one comment which would touch my heart. I would make one relationship which makes all the effort worth it. And I have been truly blessed: I have got one daughter and three grand daughters (Muslim, Hindu and Christian!!) and a bunch of nieces from the blog! And I have picked up some amazing friends from all over the world – black, white, brown, yellow, male, female, young and old!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you πŸ‘ All of you have a special place in my heart.

Last week I was pleasantly surprised when I got the notification from WP that I had crossed 100,000 views! My blog is all about love and joy and peace and nature. I was happy that our community and my blogging family does appreciate it! And my thought now is that even if I can touch one or two lives and bring more peace, love and joy in their lives, my effort would have been worth it. And I enjoy this effort of love ❀️ Though my initial intent and motive was to help others lead abundant lives, I have ended up learning so much from so many versatile and loving and kind bloggers. Am grateful and blessedπŸ‘

This dilemma of mine: To write or not to write, to share or not was not only limited to the blog; it was equally true for my WhatsApp messages! I am more regular on Whatsapp than WP!

I know I am a drop of the ocean. But together we make this amazing ocean – of love, joy, and peace; and universal brotherhood! I am grateful from the core of my heart for your love and friendship πŸ’–πŸ€—

The Little Feather

It was my usual peaceful dawn. I was sitting in the balcony, sipping lime and honey in hot water and looking at the sky. The cloud formation usually gives me a good clue to how the dawn and sunrise is going to be! Early mornings are so divine. The best time of the day for me. Still. Quiet. Peaceful.

All of sudden a small white and grey feather came in my vision. It floated straight for a while and then it started to move up. Smooth, peaceful flight though there was hardly any wind. It was such a peaceful sight, watching the little feather in its flight.

Was it alive or was it dead? Was it cut off from life or was it flying to new life? Was it lost? Was it happy? Was it sad? Was it lonely? Was it at peace? I don’t know. But it left me in pure bliss.

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Wishing you a peaceful day/night. Thank you so much for your love and support πŸ’–πŸ€—

My first Love πŸ’•

If you have been following my blog you would know that I loved my wife the most. She was so lovable πŸ’–πŸ’• But she wasn’t my first love.

My first love was sky 🌌 πŸ’–

I remember one night, just after our marriage, we were strolling hand in hand, after dinner. It was a clear, beautiful night and I started to point out various constellations to Anita. And ever so sweetly she said, β€œ You are supposed to be seeing the stars and the moon in my eyes and not in the sky.” 😍πŸ₯°

If there was a time machine and I could go back in time, I would love to go back to the time when we were newly married. Or the first few years of our married life. God willing some day or in some other life time, or in some other dimension πŸ’–πŸ™

Our 20th anniversary-1995 (I still have this shirtπŸ’–)

My love affair with the sky started when I was still a student. There were no computers and not even calculators at that time. And I used to calculate the distances between stars and the constellations and galaxies with my own hand in my note books! I used to get so awed with the humongous bigness of the universe. It was incomprehensible, the infinitude of creation, of God.

This was also the beginning of my love affair with spirituality! I used to wonder about the infinitude of creation and my nothingness. I am still awed by the infinitude of creation, it’s beauty and freshness. And I wonder why is bulk of humanity running after money and power? Are they blind or what!!

It is not only that I am insignificant or nothing. If the entire solar system of ours got sucked into a black hole, it wouldn’t even cause a ripple in the scheme of things. Our solar system is so small and insignificant. And I think, so is our Milky Way galaxy πŸ˜…

I love the play of clouds in the sky. I love the games clouds play with the moon and the sun. I love dawn. The beauty and the stillness. I love starry nights. I can spend hours and days looking at the sky.

Thank you so much for taking out your time to view, read and comment on my posts. It means a lot to me and that is what keeps me going – the love of the blogging family and friends πŸ’–πŸ‘

All pics on my mobile in last 12 months from our home in Pune, India. Copyright Β© Ashok Wahi

Happy Easter 🐣

Thank you Thank you Thank you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Two amazing years of blogging gone by – as if in a jiffy πŸ˜‡

2700+ Followers; 80,000 views; 40,000 visitors πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thank you so much my dear followers, family and friends. You know in the beginning every small stat was so meaningful and important! And then I completely stopped looking at stats. I got so busy writing and interacting with the amazing blogging community.

A few of my recent posts got more than 600 likes and 300 comments. This is so heart warming. What I like most about blogging is the personal touch and interaction. Content is important but for me it is more important to have that feeling of kinship! 40-50 bloggers interact and encourage regularly and I love that.

And a handful of bloggers have become more than friends – they are family now. And that is the biggest gift of WP to me and am so grateful πŸ™πŸ™

Thank you so much once again my dear friends for all your love and support and understanding. It is this love and support which has helped me publish my first book – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life. And so many of you have already bought and acknowledged it. Deep gratitude πŸ™

I Don’t Know

I don’t know from where I have come

I don’t know why I was born

I don’t know where I would go!

I don’t know the purpose of life

I don’t even know if life is real

Or it is just a dream!!

I really don’t know much!!!

But I do know that

All of us want to be happy

And I do know that

Doing things for others

Makes me happy!

I also know that

Watching a sunrise

And a sunset

Or just passing clouds

And watching birds in flight

Makes me happy!!

And that makes me think

Why should I worry about

Why I was born

Why should I worry about

The secrets of life

Let me just be happy and

Do things and stuff

To make others happy!!!

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For more on Happiness and Giving do read my book – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life

Thank you so much for your continued love and support. Am indebted πŸ‘

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All pics on my iPhone

PUBLISHED – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life Β© πŸ’–πŸ™

I am so happy to share with you that with God’s grace and Guruji’s blessings, my first book β€” 4 Pillars of Abundant Life, has been published. The book is now available for sale β€” on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Partridge Publishing. It would also be available in leading book stores shortly. This was made possible with your love, encouragement and good wishes. Am deeply grateful and seek your continued blessings, prayers and support πŸ‘

I have written the book with lot of love and compassion. And it is written with the hope that it would touch and enhance the quality of life of all those who read it. I would encourage you not only to read it but also share the link/book with your family and friends. They might need it equally or more than you!

Shall await your feedback. Also please do Rate and Review on Amazon, Good Reads, Barnes and Noble and Google Books.

I hope and pray that 2021 turns out to be your best and most abundant year ever πŸ’–πŸ€—

Ashok

If you like my writing and my thoughts – please do Read, Share and Reblog and Review and Rate. Thank you so much once again for your love and support

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Happy Birthday β€” and Love Continues to Flow πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–

Let the stream of love flow

In Life or Death

In Pleasure or Pain

In Loss or Gain

These dualities

Ever at play!!

But let your stream of love flow!!

Life is but a dream

Of shadows and light

But why look at the mud

In a star filled night

Let the stream of love flow!!

Those who love truly,

They live!

For love abounds

In unending life!!

Let the stream of love flow!!

And merge with the sea

Into One

Eternal Love

Anita would have been 65 today but am sure she would have still looked 31πŸ’–

All pics from her portfolio of 1998, the year she started to act. She was 43 at that time.

Related posts:

She was love

There is no separation

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THANKSGIVING and JOY

When I had published Small Joys Tag with 15 day to day small things which bring me joy, Sujata had mentioned a few small things which bring her joy. I had realised that those things brought me joy too but I hadn’t mentioned those: I had to list 15 things only and my list was hundreds! But more significantly: I think of many such joys with gratefulness. I am grateful for πŸ’― things everyday πŸ™

And this realisation made me think: how closely related Joy is to our feeling of Gratitude. Once we become grateful for every circumstance, every situation, every happening in our life: we shall always be joyous and at peace. And that this gratitude should not be kept only for big and momentous happenings of our lives, but should be expressed in our day to day blessings. We take so many of our blessings for granted, as our birthright!

Always be Grateful to everyone, everything and every circumstance. That’s what our Holy Books say too:

Every living entity, especially persons in the human race, must feel grateful for the benedictions offered by the grace of the Supreme Lord β€” Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.36

If you give thanks, I will give you more; but if you are thankless, My punishment is dire β€” Quran 14:7

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christβ€” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pic of last October near Toronto. Am Filled with joy and gratitude πŸ’–πŸ™

HAPPY THANKSGIVING β€” It is Thanksgiving time in Canada!! Being thankful to God all the time would always keep us happy πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ˜Š

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement and love πŸ’• πŸ€—πŸ™

Stay happy. Stay grateful. Stay loved πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

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Let Love Flow πŸ’•

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It renews

It Heals

It Redeems!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It is Harmony

It is Joy

It is Peace!

Bury thy Ego and sink thy Greed

They Differentiate

They Disharmonise

They Divide!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It brings us Hope

It gives us Courage

It fills us with Cheer

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It Purifies

It Sanctifies

It is Sublime!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

With abandon

It is the very essence of life…..

Dawn: renewed promise of love and life πŸ’–

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