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Life Lessons and Experiences​

Day 1 – 15-Jul-18

An almost aborted trip, a missed connection aborted in the last minute, a 29-year-old Lyft driver who claimed to have semi-retired, a canceled meeting and a ride on a police van. The only thing my recent trip didn’t offer was the dearth of excitement.

If you have read my previous post you must have learned how I had almost canceled the trip to Louisville, but then the good Soul Linda from United Airlines saved my day. If you have not you can read it here

If you are thinking my share of thrill has ended with that nearly missed flight, you are wrong. Still interested, please read on. 😊

I reached Louisville without any more incidence close to midnight. My connection from Chicago was on time and everything worked out just as expected. The rideshare driver I hailed was an interesting person. While speaking to him I learned he was visiting his sister helping her with her newborn baby. He was young lad so the curiosity got the best out of me and I asked him whether he had taken time off to be close to his sis. His response surprised me.

He was 29 and almost retired. He was from Hawaii, the big island and had two Air BnB properties, the reason for his early rertirement. After he left School he worked for 10 years as a bartender and then as a bar manager. He saved enough to buy his first property in Hawaii. Once that worked out, he bought a second one and now he doesn’t have to work anymore. He was driving rideshare to kill time.😊  A job that you don’t work for money is the best job ever. He taught me two important lessons

Lesson 1 – The clarity in what he wanted from life. At a tender age of 18, he had a plan and he made it happen.

Lesson 2-  Define how much is enough. I may be earning much more than him but I am far from retirement 😛

Our conversation then naturally progressed to the volcanic eruptions on the Big Island. As most of you may know, there is an active volcano in Hawaii erupting lava on a continuous basis. I learned two things from him, the Big Island, to begin with, was small, it grew bigger as the lava from volcanos took over the areas from Ocean. Second, his favorite clear water snorkeling in Big Island would be a piece of land after the eruptions stop. It sure was a big hit on his rental income as because of the high concentration of sulfur-dioxide in the air, there is a mandatory evacuation.

Day 2 – 16-Jul-18

My meeting went really well and with a blithe mood, I headed to the airport. This time I was flying to Miami connecting via Atlanta. I am United patronage but since it was not home turf I had to travel Delta Airlines. I do not have any status with Delta and I was a little skeptical about the experience, but it turned out to be ok. The flight boarded on time but was delayed due to weather and we waited on the tarmac for long.  Enough to make me miss my connecting flight 😩

But the pilot did some maneuvering and we deplaned by 7:07 PM. My connecting flight was at 7:33. I hurriedly looked at the display board, it was a D gate. Atlanta is a humungous airport. From where I was, I had to dash for 1/2 mile first to catch the in-terminal transit train and then another 100 meters to reach the gate. I somehow made it to the gate, only to find they changed it to E terminal. That was another quarter mile dash to the train and few hundred meters to the gate. As luck would have it to my deep frustration they changed the gate again to E8 from E28. I dashed for another 200M to finally reach my gate. I was the last person to enter. I was happy with my run, for I ran with two bags without losing breath 💪 Yay!!

The moment I landed in Miami, I was welcomed with a text message – the meeting for which I traveled was canceled. Apparently, the person I was meeting had some emergency,🚨 nothing I could question about.🤐 I did all the running for nothing. I had two option enjoy Miami or take the next flight back home. I did the latter.

Today, 17-Jul-18

It was an early morning flight. Sleep deprived😴 I reached home and found my car tire had no juice. I thought of getting some Air for the tires, finish a phone meeting and sleep early. Only I could wish. As I was filling the air, my car keys 🔑 fell out of my pocket into the nearby water drainage 💦 😱

The drain must be 8 feet deep. I could see my keys but no way I could move the iron grill. I called the local police.👮‍♀️ After 45 minutes of waiting the police officer showed up but couldn’t do much. He tried calling the Fire Dept, the water dept. but everyone refused to help. Then it started raining ☔️ So, he offered me a ride to my home to get my duplicate key. It was really kind of him to offer that, thank you office Sullivan.

Fellas, this is how it ended. I rode in a police car, 🚘 in the back seat, where usually criminal sit. It was an odd feeling, but you got to do what you got to do.

I had my share of excitement for the day. How did your day go?

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Your Share of Happiness

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Your Love

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Mystery Blogger Award #2

Dear Readers. This is my second Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks to Krishnapriya for recommending me for this award. If you have not checked her work please do so, for her blog is one of the most vibrant, lively and positive blogs in the WordPress community. She writes from the heart and possesses a beautiful soul that one can feel in her beautiful verses. Here is the link to her site Krishnapriya

Mystery blogger award is created by Okoto Enigma. You can read more about it in the below link

https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

The rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for inspiring bloggers with wonderful posts. Their blog possesses magnetism which not only captivates; it also adds to the knowledge. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve the recognition that they get. This award is also for bloggers who get inner satisfaction when fellow bloggers comment on those posts. -Okoto Enigma (https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/)

Three things about myself

Since this is my second time with Mystery Award, I will write three new things about me, which you may not have known before:

  • While growing up I changed school 4 times. My dad was in the AirForce and we got transferred almost every three years
  • I have lived in four countries, India,🇮🇳 Singapore,🇸🇬 France 🇫🇷 and the USA 🇺🇸 (my current home)
  • In a year I travel close to 250,000 Miles – that is 63 times around the globe 🌏


Answers to Question for me

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness and/or peace?

In my opinion, there is nothing called perfect happiness or peace, and we mortal soul in search of that perfection for sure lose our peace.✌️ Happiness to me is a state of mind. If we are content with what we have and let not our desires become our necessity we sure can lead a blissful life. Blithe is in small things, and the collection of such small nuggets in life is what my definition of peace.

  • If there is one issue/problem you would like to help within our society, what would it be?

I think education is one area where I will like to help the society. Consider the following points:

  • Every year about 60 million children are deprived of primary school education
  • Additional 31 million drops out of primary school never to see a school again
  • In developing nations, every additional year of school can increase children future income by 10%
  • Educated women will be more aware of pre-teen/teen pregnancy and can reduce  early childbirth fatalities dramatically

Most importantly, if we can find a way to train the top of the bottom of the pyramid we can not only increase employment but can also reduce crime, infuse empathy, and foster a more socially responsible society.

  • In times of trouble or challenges, whom/what gets you up again?

The word is hope. I have written many quotes on hopes. I am picking my best three for your read

If I have to pick one word that fascinates me the most, keeps me going relentlessly and makes me wake up every morning to work towards achieving the unachievable, it is the word HOPE – By Shantanu Baruah

The odds are against me but it still cannot deter my being, for I have hope – By Shantanu Baruah

Today I may be bereft of options but never of hope – By Shantanu Baruah

  • If you had a choice, which animal/flower/tree would you like to be? Why? (fun question)

A lion – 🦁  for its roar 🐯beside😊 I am a Leo😛

What do you look for in other people’s blogs?

A connection to my soul. There is no definition or word – it is a feeling which comes instantly whenever I see one such.

My Nominees

My nomination is open to all

Questions for my nominees

Feel free to answer what suits you the most

Links to my site

http://ckonfab.com

Thank You for lending your ears to me.😊🌸

I Surged

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Be Tender

Hold your judgment
that unprecedented verdict,
for you don’t know
what she may be going through,
the circumstances she might be into,
the battles she might be fighting
and the scars she maybe defiantly carrying
in the folds of her broken heart

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Aura Of Your Love

The love you infuse
in each one of your deed towards me
makes my blasé soul
transcend to some euphoric blithe

And all the subdued notions
and untoward apprehensions,
I nurtured for long
has miraculously fled into oblivion
such is the aura of your love
and the mercy of the lord

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When They Met

There was an unknown vibe
Complex and impossible to decipher
unannounced it tiptoed into their life
like a strong attraction deviant but divine

And despite the cacophony that ruled their world
there was melody
as if an ensemble was on roll
and the oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon
all played in symphony
beaconing some aberrant song

Away from any licentious ogle
and void of any ribaldry words
they spoke with humor
and the hilarity often hit the chords

In life sometimes you meet people in serendipity
and when you do
don’t waste time reasoning or questioning
just welcome them in your life
with all your heart
spreading some beguile smile

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And Then You Smiled

And when you smile
through those doe shaped eyes,
and when those gentle crevices
forms on your sun kissed visage,
all my ostensible anger,
the long standing apprehensions,
and the tall fortified walls
I had built over time
dissolves in a trice
and I stand there profound and agape
drenched in your beauty
lost in your love

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Hope can never be Defeated

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