Twenty fourteen to fifteen.

A powerful realization came over me as I lay in bed reflecting on 2014. I felt a surge of excitement and empowerment just by the realization of the thought, as it felt so real and true.

I’m most excited about the life I haven’t witnessed yet, the people that I haven’t met, the places that I haven’t been and the memories that I haven’t made. While my present gives me immense pleasure and I’m truly grateful for my circumstances that make it conducive for me to do everything that I want to do, I’m always looking for my next new excitement. My past isn’t a testament to anything, because I’m evolving each day, and unlocking new energies within me. My past is merely a bunch of anecdotes to reflect upon and cherish. Yes, everything that happened before transformed me in some way, but I choose to make a conscious effort to not live there anymore. I believe in getting better every day, I believe in progressing in some way every single day. I do make an effort to keep in touch with people I care about, I do like to visit the same places once in a while but I’d much rather keep discovering the new. There’s so much life to live, I feel like I want to see it all before I hit the grave. I want to unleash as many adventures as I can while I’m here, so that when I’m gone, I’m able to feel like I gave life its best shot. Too often, I feel that we get entrapped by our own reality by complacence or hopelessness, forgetting that there’s gotta be a next step or a move forward. I refuse to be a victim of my circumstances or enjoy them too much, because for me, I’m already thinking of where I’m headed next. Furthermore, I made empathy and equanimity my strengths this year. I spent time with some of the smartest and the wealthiest people in business alongside sharing some great moments with underprivileged kids and adults from the streets. I worked really hard to pursue as wide a range of experiences as possible and have been able to come back to my reality, as a more advanced version of myself. To be able to experience life through others, and be a source of love and kindness for them, is a very beautiful gift. Sorrow and elation to me have become states that I can snap myself out of, for I’ve embraced how transient life is.  I’m working on getting better at life every day, and this is how I stay sane and driven. I’m out in the arena, facing all facets of life and living like a free and wild thing, hope to infect a few lives with some fearlessness.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Roosevelt

One last thing that I really want to share which I hope changes your perspective a little because it truly 180-ed mine: What’s for me, will always be for me– so while it is great to chase after people and things, its best to know that all the right stuff meant for you, will come to you in its own time. Also, at any given time in your life, you are absolute. You have all the love you need, all the resources you need, and everything that you need at that particular instant. Strive but don’t forget to be grateful for the journey that fuels the ambition, and please, please, please spread love around recklessly.

Wish you a splendid 2015, hope you make it big!

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What goes on in a Winner’s Mind?

Always chasing, always hoping, always waiting…You’re always only ‘almost’ where you want to be- only almost there, almost achieved, and almost present. Do we even realise that sometimes (maybe most times) we’re never present in our own lives? Do we forget how serene and peaceful mindfulness can be? Do we truly realise how precious this very moment is?

For me, I’m part vintage and an admirer of the celebrated ‘me’ time men used to have in the previous century (and before)- those evenings where they would retire into the study and just read, write and THINK. Social engagements, meals, work formed an integral part of their day, but evenings were the treasured and special time to explore and question the knowing of the human race, to excel at something of their own creation and to evaluate the day or maybe life in general. I believe, that most advancements race of the human are a result of an evening of leisure, of deliberate thoughtfulness and mindfulness- even if they didn’t exactly happen during the same evening, but inception of the idea happened, the seeds were sown for something larger, bigger, and better. What was the common ground of it all? Thinking. Mindfulness. Present.

There is chaos, there is fear, there is abundance of emotions, reflexes, thoughts- and everything in between in everybody’s mind. But I think I have an answer to ‘What goes on in a Winner’s mind?’. 

There’s so much life in a moment, in a single breath, in the air around us. Notice how peaceful it is, just there all around us, blossoming and flourishing quietly- enabling our survival, our breaths, our life. The fallen leaves, the little birds chirping, the swaying grass, the clouds in the sky, the crisp morning air..so much happening in just this moment. Think of it, immerse yourself in it, realise the serenity in this beautiful chaos- the life all around us, and in each moment hereafter. All the people around, have their own unique stories. Their faces and bodies have unique lines, scares, imperfections, types- but it feels like we’re all in sync. All breathing the same air, all surrounded by the same life, all encompassed in this bubble that we can’t see from outside. We might have chosen different ways to survive this life, but we exist together, as a whole. We’re all a part of one creation, we’re all a part of each other..we’re individuals that constitute a whole- without even realising that it is extraordinary just to be alive.

So, what goes in a winner’s mind? Life goes on in the winner’s mind- it is beautifully chaotic, and at the same time the most peaceful haven. A winner, regardless, of goals and ambitions, is present in each moment of his/her life. Yes, it is human trait to strive for more, to be more- but once you learn to master and align the life within you with the life around you- you become a direct powerhouse of energy. You start believing.. you start sensing and breathing possibilities, opportunities, and your journey’s greatness. My friend, there are no ordinary moments.

“May you become the magic you wish to see, may you realise that the magic is YOU.

Here’s to magic, may you believe in it, may you see it, may you be it.” 

Shrishti Sahu