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4 Ways to Produce Trending Pinterest Boards and Pins

What are your top influencers on Pinterest? How do you produce trending Pinterest pins and boards that generate interest from other pinners? Pinterest continues to brand itself as the leading social media pinboard-style system. Each day, notifications show up in the email inbox of pinners alerting them of the latest likes, re-pins, comments and followers they generate from the Pinterest community. Most popular trending Pinterest boards come from individual pinners who typically do not know you, but share a common interest in pins posted on your pin boards.

There are many people in the cyber community who share a common interest in some of the most obscure things or thoughts, while others repurpose that obscurity into something creative and useful. Surprisingly, a Pinterest pinner may find that many of their boards, regardless of content will get a huge amount of repins than imagined. Here are 4 ways to increase the trend of many Pinterest Boards and pins:

1. The number of repins: Even if you categorize certain pins differently, the picture itself creates an unspoken dialogue that connects common interests among people throughout the global Pinterest community.

2. The level of engagement: Popularity is gained through the number of followers, comments and repins that add to a board’s individuality and appeal. The more people engage, the higher the trend.

3. Pinterest Pins You’ll Love: Each week Pinterest sends suggested pins that align with the profile of your boards’ content. The more you pin, the more your activity shows up and is exposed in the updated feeds.

4. Pinterest Boards are promoted: Personal Pinterest boards are shared through other social media sites, websites, blogs, articles and press releases. The visible iconic “P” invites those who see it, to join and browse through your picture boards.

Trending Pinterest Pins and Boards create a common link among pinners and repinners who many never personally meet in their lifetime. Popular pinboards create an unspoken dialogue throughout this social media entity. Besides being a savvy marketing tool for businesses, these boards serve as a common categorical denominator that creates a community of photogenic dialogue. There is a kindred connection between those searching for or stumbling across pins of interest shared by other members. The popularity of trending boards appeals to a wide range of social users looking for interesting and practical ideas posted by people, businesses, organizations or institutions.

Finding Cheap Smartphones

Consumers usually consider several factors when looking for smartphones. For some, it may be the need to take photos, downloads apps, interact on twitter or Facebook or use other smart applications. If you find yourself in this category, then it wouldn’t make much sense to spend $600 or more on your gadget. All these applications are possible on cheap smartphones that cost a third of that amount.

Once you consider purchasing a budget smart gadget, it is prudent to have realistic expectations. It would be unreasonable to expect your phone to go toe to toe with an iPhone5 or some other high-end Android phones in the market. Still, a budget cell phone would be able to handle many of your expected applications. They may not perform such functions with the speed and vigor of the market leaders, but all the same, they will accomplish these tasks.

The windows Phone and the Google Android are the main operating systems you should expect to find on your budget gadgets. These two operating systems will enable you to download main apps like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Google Maps, WhatsApp etc. If you need your budget device to enable you to download multiple applications, then a gadget that runs on the Google Android Operating System is your best pick. This system gives you access to more apps compared to using the Windows Phone OS.

Examples of Affordable Phones in the Market

• Based on specifications, performance and prices, the first phone that makes this list is the Motorola MotoSmart. This phone has been rated as dull and its performance is poor. The best thing about this phone is that it costs less than $100. For an Android phone, this price is very cheap despite its poor show.

• ZTE Blade 3-When its reasonable price is taken into account, this handset is very stylish and well-built. Its performance is rated as poor.

• The Nokia Lumia 520. This phone is not as feature rich as you would expect of a smart device. However, it surely delivers on the major functions. Despite the fact that Windows Phone 8 is an attractive operating system, it falls short on apps. If you are comfortable operating without extra apps, then the Lumia 520 is a much preferred choice.

• Huawei Ascend Y300- Expect no frills or dazzling features on this cheap smartphone. Nevertheless, its Android 4.1 software enables it to perform the basic functions effectively. The extended battery life makes it a reliable phone. When its low price is factored in, it is a cut above the other choices in its range.

• The Huawei Ascend G300. This Android outperforms all other phones that lie in the same price range. The Huawei Ascend 330 is a similar phone that is considered the most suitable phone for its range of prices.

• The Motorola Moto G- This phone has an excellent screen and desirable cameras. Its built is of great quality. It has a limited storage capacity and it lacks 4G support. This smartphone is considered a great budget phone.

Making a Simple Telephone Call Can Increase Business

Do you have a phone but rarely use it for telephone calls? Are you constantly on your smart phone or iPhone checking emails, Tweeting, scheduling your life, updating your status on Facebook, uploading your videos on Vine with the hopes of becoming the next viral star, posting photos on Instagram, connecting on LinkedIn or posting a fabulous recipe on Pinterest? Basically doing everything under the sun with your phone except making calls. There is actually a phobia called telephonophobia or telephobia, that is a fear of the telephone and can cause a string of anxieties.

Now there is a new phobia called Nomophobia, which is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

Before the era of email and text, we had to rely on Alexander Graham Bell’s patented invention:THE TELEPHONE

Dialing a number and actually speaking with a person on the other end was the “norm” for doing business or making arrangements with friends and family.

So why do we use our phones for multi purposes but rarely for a telephone call? Do we find that telephone calls are invasive of our privacy? Seems like many calls these days that are from telemarketers are often reading from a script and not listening to what you have to say. An example of this is a personal experience: a telemarketer called in the early evening asking for my mother. I had informed the lady on the other end that our mother had passed away a year ago and her response was “is there a better time to reach her?”

Have our language skills evolved or devolved to email, texting, voice mail, online chatting, emoticons and abbreviations to replace actual conversation?

Text: ?4U. do u wan2 have >(“””,)°> again 2nite? tmb l8r

Translation: I have a question for you. Do you want to have fish again tonight? Text me back later

Text: :@ your leaving? OK bfn TTYL

Translation: what? You are leaving. Okay bye for now. Talk to you later

If you have the fear that you will be rejected or can’t remember why you were calling, write down the key points you want to talk about. If you just ramble, people may get impatient that you are taking up their time. Get to the point of why you are calling.

You can often get more information about what services their business has to offer by speaking to someone on the phone rather than in an email. Always take notes when having a telephone conversation. According to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s 1967 study, body language accounts for 55 percent, voice tone for 38 percent and spoken words for 7 percent for effective communication. People like to talk to people they feel they can trust and feel comfortable with so a telephone call with your voice at the other end may be just the right motivator to speak with a future business client.

You can summarize your telephone call in an email to confirm the points of discussion you had in the business call.

Don’t forget your phone etiquette:

Use your polite manner on the phone and always identify yourself in the beginning of the call

Your tone of voice should come across as friendly and confident

Do not try and multi task during a phone call

Be a good listener and allow the other party to speak

Speak clearly and enunciate

Show courtesy, even if your call does not have a positive outcome.

Fighting Fit – Non-Verbal Cues

From the bedroom to the boardroom, in the heat of the moment people say and do nasty things that cannot be unsaid, unheard or undone.

How do you control a confrontational situation so that it doesn’t escalate or deteriorate into a nasty situation from which there is no coming back?

Non-verbal cues

Research by various universities and organisations shows that between 55 and 93 percent of all our communication is by means of the non-verbal cues we give off.

From your body posture to your tone to the micro-muscle movements made by your face, people read the intention and meaning behind your words through your voice, tone, the way you hold your body and the emotions you try to hide on your face.

That also means that all the words and arguments you’ve so carefully prepared… well actually count for almost nothing.

So how do you use this knowledge to your advantage?

Posture & Feelings

Have you noticed how you can tell what someone is feeling the moment they walk into a room?

Have you also noticed that you hold your body differently when you feel different emotions? For example, you may find you hold your head down when you are depressed or that you walk really upright with a bounce in your step when you’re feeling perky?

Your emotions show through the posture you hold.

There are any number of reasons as to why this happens, but what you need to know is how to use it to your advantage:

Right before you go into a difficult meeting or confrontation

Close your eyes and think back to a time when you were feeling really confident.

This can be anytime, perhaps you won an award, perhaps it was your wedding day; whatever you choose is right for you.

If you are doing this just before you go into a meeting, I’d recommend a memory that comes to mind easily, as its odd how sometimes when you need to recall these moments your mind just becomes a complete blank?

Now settle yourself into the memory completely:

– What were you wearing?
– What were you seeing?
– What were you thinking?
– What were you feeling?
– What was the temperature around you?
– Was it day or night?
– What can you hear around you?

Once you have settled far enough into the memory, you’ll find that the feeling from that moment or time fills your body.

Now, you can walk into the meeting feeling relaxed, confident and setting a completely different tone from the outset.

This more relaxed attitude enables you to listen without a filter or fear and you are more likely to aim for an amicable solution. It also helps to defuse any potential issues and antagonism from parties on the other side of the table.

Anchoring is an alternative option

If it takes too much time to go through the abovementioned process before going into a difficult meeting, then you have the choice to run the process when you have spare time, and anchor the feeling somewhere on your body.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how feelings happen in waves, with clear peaks and troughs.

When you anchor an emotion, use an easy to create movement like circling your finger and thumb around one of your wrists. Steepling your fingers also works well as it’s seen as a positive body language trait in many corporate situations.

What’s key to the movement you choose is that you don’t make this movement naturally or too often.

Once you’ve identified the movement you are going to make, immerse yourself in the emotion and as the emotion reaches one of its peaks, which usually lasts about three seconds, make the movement that you’ve assigned and then release it.

Anchors are like batteries, they can be charged, recharged, and discharged. So for a stronger effect, repeat the process a number of times.

Now, when you are ready to walk into the confrontational or difficult situation, simply trigger the anchor or charge as you walk in, causing the feeling to be released into your body. The benefit of having an unobtrusive movement is that you can use it when necessary inside difficult meetings.

Are You Communicating Cross Culturally?

Most people believe that translating from one language to another is word for word, especially if they have never been actively involved in communicating with people whose native language isn’t the same as ours. Cross cultural understanding is complicated and requires greater effort, greater understanding and asking more questions.

One of the main principles of cross cultural communication is dynamic equivalent. This is the concept which recognizes that how an idea is expressed in one language may be expressed very differently in another language. My favorite example of the dynamic equivalent is the Spanish phrase hace frio. It is the Spanish way of saying “It’s cold”. However, if translated literally into English, the translation would be “It makes cold”.

The purpose of communication is understanding the other person, based upon true respect for people. Words are descriptive, not constructive. Words have meanings. Feelings may be communicated with words, but are also really understood by facial expressions, body language and actions. So, we cannot translate the feeling of a word into another language if the meaning of the word is different. And, if we do not work at understanding the other person, and being understood, then everything degenerates to superficiality.

Another mistake that novices make in cross cultural communication is failure to recognize that cultures are very different. Often the differences are very subtle. Sometimes the differences are so great that we don’t even grasp their significance. But, the culture and social norms of the person we are talking to are just as important in communication as are the meaning of their language.

In reality, in order to learn English one must not only learn the meaning of the words, but must also learn the cultural context of the words. There are several cultural contexts in the USA, not just one. So, how I use words and expressions in English will vary from what the same words might mean in a Latino-American or African-American or Pittsburgese context.

My cultural context is Midwestern anglo. I don’t have to apologize for growing up white in Midwest farming communities, speaking English. In the same way, my wife does not have to apologize for growing up speaking Spanish in the affluent part of Tampico, Mexico.

Communication is not about criticizing or diminishing other people for their differences, but it is about understanding other people. If their language and cultural context is different from ours, then we will have to take more than 15 seconds to truly understand other people. Failure to take time to understand demonstrates true disrespect, and reflects on the disrespectful person, not the one disrespected.

Gain Imperative Knowledge On Antennas

An antenna or aerial is used to send and receive radio frequency signals. It is usually divided into two categories. The first category consists of the directional antenna. Also called bidirectional or quad directional, a directional antenna gets signal response from a single source only. Surprisingly, it offers better reception from a weak signal source. This source can be a TV broadcast station. The second category consists of the omnidirectional antennas. These do not have to be pointed at a given direction in order to work. Unfortunately, they demand a stronger signal from a broadcasting station. The omnidirectional has indoor and outdoor applications.

For instance, it can be used to boost internet signals for Wi-Fi devices. Because of having poor signal responses, omnidirectional aerials should be boosted with an amplifier. The amplifier is a recent invention that has made the omnidirectional aerial so popular. You can think of an amplifier as a directional antenna that uses a technologically advanced processor to filter the sound on a signal of an existing omnidirectional antenna. Prior to buying an aerial, you should know the purpose you want it to fulfill. Perhaps you want it to boost the performance of your TV or mobile devices.

Outdoor antennas will obviously offer you the best performance than indoor types. The latter are usually tiny and made to be put on top of a TV set or next to it. The former are big and are designed for the roof or attic regions. Because of their bigger surface area, they are able to receive stronger waves than the tiny indoor equipment. So they offer a higher gain (a measure of signal strength an antenna can deliver to a tuner). Indoor equipment performs poorly not only because it is small but also because of the interference it receives from walls and movement of humans in the house.

The best types of outdoor antennas are HDTV (high definition TV). To receive a clear digital TV signal, you should get yourself a HDTV aerial. This one will receive all HD channels you would love to watch. Note that HD signals are conveyed along the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) band. With both regular and HDTV aerials, you will get signal bounce or multipath because of tall buildings, trees and other objects. Multipath causes the wave to reach your HD antenna many times and at different intervals. To reduce this problem you should have your equipment fixed as high as a position can allow. Note that your HDTV will receive both analog and digital signals.

There are amplified and non-amplified products too. Which ones do you want? If you are having poor signal reception, you need a product that will overcome height, size and distance challenges. Amplified antenna options are known to boost the gain. Both indoor and outdoor amplifiers exist. They can be bought for existing equipment. If you want to buy a new aerial, many modern types have built-in amplifiers. There is one you should know though, about an amplifier. It will amplify both the noise and the signal. If they are overwhelmed by strong waves, your reception will become worse. Thus you are advised to use these supplemental devices when it is really necessary.

Why Improve Your Communication Skills? 5 Important Reasons

There are quite a few skills necessary for success in life and communication is one of the most important ones. If you do not already know how to get your point across to others, while also understanding what they are saying, then it is very important for you to improve your communication skills without waiting for things to get out of hand. Some of the most crucial benefits of developing your communication skills are:

1. There will complete clarity in all of your dealings with other people. Proper sending and receiving of messages ensures that there is no scope for misunderstandings. When there is perfect clarity in a relationship, then each party knows exactly what the other person’s expectations are and can then choose to fulfil them or not. In case the expectations cannot be fulfilled then the other person can at least be informed about it so that there is no residual resentment.

2. You will be able to get people to work according to your requirements. If you learn the skill of good communication then other people will be quite eager to work along with you. In fact, people who communicate very well are generally more successful at everything they do because they get a lot of co-operation from others. Furthermore, people who communicate badly tend to face lots of opposition from others due to many reasons.

3. There will be very little conflict in your life since there will be very few misunderstandings. The very fact that you are required to listen carefully as part of a two-way conversation will help you indicate respect for the other person. You will therefore hardly ever experience frustration and anxiety. As a matter of fact, you will also be able to improve all your relationships.

4. You will have tremendous leadership ability since you will now be able to communicate and motivate people well. Good leaders are the ones who are able to take people along with them instead of forcing or bullying them to do as they wish. Good leadership always gets the desired results in the easiest manner possible.

5. You will have a high level of confidence and satisfaction in yourself which arises from seeing that people understand you well and you can also understand them equally well. This confidence will enable you to do many things that you might not have considered attempting before.

If you improve your communication skills then you will see a marked improvement in all areas of your life.

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10 Don’ts in Professional Emailing

As a freshman in college, I’d come in from the pool, bikini still on, open my account my and poof! There would be an email from a crush back home, or a health article from my mom, a vibrant, goofy animated Thinking of You card, a just-writing-to-say-Hello note. I remember how fun emailing was. I hadn’t associated it with anything other than socializing (yet!) Today, emailing has whole new connotations.

Emailing- can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Let’s see… I now have 5 working email accounts. Two of those are work accounts, one is the same one I’ve always had, and two are for my blogging lifestyle. Although, one of the blogging ones I don’t check regularly (it’s sort of an understudy). Unlike my freshman year of college, now when it’s time to check an email, my mindset changes. I enter “profresh” mode, never knowing if things as intense as a rejection letter or a publishing announcement is going to show up on my computer screen.

I could have an email announcing a new publication of my last poetry submission, or it might be an email from my boss with her third reminder of an upcoming deadline. It might be my mom reminding me of three family events approaching this month, an interesting article I should read, an invitation to a reunion, a donation request to save the Florida manatee, a rejection letter from a magazine, a comment on the blog, some kind of email drama or birthday you forgot about announcement…

I’m sure you can relate. Emailing is now a balancing act that requires grace, wit, timeliness, neutrality, proper grammar, technology skills, social appeal and who knows what more. As email entwines into our daily routines almost as much as snacks and meals (perhaps even more so), mastering the art of emailing is no less necessary than mastering the art of small talk or schmoozing etc.

Recently, I encountered some email drama associated with work, and I was flabbergasted to read a message claiming incorrect statements. We will leave it at that. This person’s email was forwarded to quite a few people, including superiors. I ruminated, wondering how a person could make these comments in a documented setting.

Hence today’s post: what not to write in emails at work.

1. Do not spill out emotions, even if something is unfair, or if you’re overwhelmed etc. Convey as little emotions as possible. Use straightforward, literal and polite logic.

2. Do not use sarcasm; tones don’t cross without components of sound and facial gestures.

3. Never say never or always. Exaggerations via email can be alarming, implying an extreme situations. They can also be biased, inaccurate and misleading.

4. Do not convey any doubts or insecurity. For example, don’t use phrases like “I think,” or “personally.”

5. Don’t misspell or use poor grammar.

6. Do not slander or imply slander based on he-said-she-said. It is unprofessional, but also it may get back to your colleague or boss.

7. Do not press blame; you run the risk of sounding “whiny” or irresponsible.

8. Don’t make assumptions or guesses. When in doubt, don’t. The last thing you want to elicit is inaccuracy.

9. If you missed some info at a meeting because you zoned out or because your boss skipped some details, never point out anyone’s deficiencies. For example, don’t say, “I must have been distracted… ” or “You forgot to mention… ” Just ask for the info politely and leave it at that.

10. Don’t mention other priorities on your plate. Your aim should be to make your email’s reader feel like a priority.

5 Reasons We All Need Each Other

“Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it.” Elie Wiesel

Some people might think that the answer to the question of “do we really need each other” has already been answered with the opening quote yet I’ll bet that some people will defend their stance on keeping their fists closed and close to their sides.

What does it mean to stand with an open hand and wait for another hand to enter it? The first word or feeling I come up with is vulnerability.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines vulnerability as “being capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt; open to moral attack or temptation.” I also hear the word weakness in this definition.

Dr. Brene Brown is a vulnerability researcher. In her amazing, down to earth, no nonsense, authentic book Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown says,

“The perception that vulnerability is weakness is the most widely accepted myth and the most dangerous. When we spend our lives pushing away and protecting ourselves from feeling vulnerable, we let our fear and discomfort become judgment and criticism. Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings.”

A lot of us tend to tie vulnerability to something dark like fear, shame, grief, disappointment. What if we did allow ourselves to feel all of those emotions in their proper place and space and time? Dr. Brown spent over a decade researching this question and more and she found that

“Vulnerability is also the cradle of the emotions and experiences that we crave. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, accountability, and authenticity. Vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.”

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.” Maya Angelou

But why need each other? Why be so vulnerable in the presence of another person? For one thing it pushes each of us to become a better version of ourselves.

Here are a few thoughts on why needing each other is a great thing:

1- Community: It may take one person to come up with a plan or an idea but it will take many other people to help implement and bring that plan or idea to life. Each individual person does not have all of the answers. Even though answers to questions are easier to find these days through the internet we each have to realize that someone placed the information on the internet for us to find and someone else did a lot of work to create the answers we are seeking. Before you know it you have amassed a community or village of people to help you make your idea or plan take flight.

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities”
Stephen R. Covey

2- Accountability: Just like a coach holds his/her players accountable to learn the sport they are playing and the position they are attending; just like a life coach holds his/her client accountable to the agenda being worked on so too do other people play important accountability roles in each of our lives and thank goodness they do. Think about any change you want to make in your life or any time you need to just get through a hard time and now think about the people who help you change or get through. With just the right question and just the right amount of care you know, in the end, you couldn’t have done it without the help from someone important in your life. A great example might be a surgeon or doctor that helps us get well when we need surgery or medical care right away.

“The only way we succeed as a group is not simply following directions, but in keeping each other accountable for our actions.”
A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

3 – Competition: A lot of people thrive on competition. Think of all those marathon runners each year that prepare and train and focus so intently on winning that long arduous foot race. Where is the glory of winning if we are only running against ourselves? Where is the fun in competition if we have no one that we want to compete against?

“Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?”
Ayn Rand

4 – Achievement: You passed the hardest test ever! You climbed the highest mountain in the world! You won the Nobel prize for your research or publishing! You worked so unbelievably hard and you finally graduated with honors and a doctorate degree! Can you imagine feeling so incredibly great about your achievement and there is not one single person to celebrate with?

“there is nothing more beautiful in life
than celebrating the talents, dreams,
joys, and accomplishments of another being
to see – and call attention to – the best in someone else… ”
Kate Mullane Robertson

5 – Love: It is important to find reasons and completely believe those reasons to love ourselves first so that we can love other people. However, it is also important that someone love us first and teach us how to love in order for us to know what it feels like and how to give it to others. Without love where would we be as a species? Love does make the world go round.

“Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need. ”
Margaret Mead

One of the very first lessons I learned when I was going through my coach business training was that it will always be important to have my own coach, whether for something specific or in general. The importance of that being the fact that you immerse yourself in the language and processes of coaching and at the same time work through your own personal road blocks so that you can be what your clients need you to be with empathy, authenticity, experience and hope. There are coaches for just about any life situation. For example there are coaches for teenagers, coaches for executives, coaches for life in general, coaches for relationships, leadership, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, ADHD, etc. I have a coach for coaching itself and a writing coach for the book I am working on and I have a supervisory coach. I couldn’t have come so far in my coaching practice without the help, guidance and love of all those mentors, classmates and colleagues. All it took was courage and vulnerability to let the work I wanted to accomplish begin to work its magic.

So I am a life, career, heart, and soul coach. My deep satisfaction and purpose comes from being able to take the scattered puzzle pieces of the life’s journey you are on and help you put them together; help you create a life road map with places to stop along the way and appreciate all the splendor of all that you have already within you. To empower you toward whatever you set for your life purpose, passion and potential. What I ask of you is to be vulnerable with me, have courage to stare your life in the face and create what you want from it. Everyone needs a little help now and then. That’s what I’m here for.

Why would you want to share those deep emotional parts of you and face the things you are most afraid of? Well, because that is what I ask of myself and so I have personally been where you are and can create a safe space for you to explore where you want to go; who you want to become. I need to go to those darker more vulnerable places too so that you know without a doubt that I am on your side, walking with you on your journey.

“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.” Iyanla Vanzant

Our life experiences are not meant for only us. Our life experiences are meant to not only teach us something important but also to be shared so that someone else might learn as well. On your journey please know that I honor you in your pursuit of purpose and passion and personal growth. Your courage and vulnerability to share, stand and influence another person is a cause for celebration.

Communication Woes

The communication flow within same age group is always natural and comfortable. There is invariably a communication gap between parents and married children. However there is no communication gap between siblings, although they may not enjoy harmony in their relationship. Children avoid sharing communication with those parents, who are ever ready to offer unsolicited suggestions. They start hiding information from parents. Spouses may accept suggestions from respective parents, but resent the same from in-laws. Parents must respect the privacy of their children’s families. An optimum, balanced communication between married children and old parents is a coveted goal for all of us.

To communicate or not

My son has gone abroad, with his family, for a week.

When did he go?

He didn’t tell me.

When will he be back?

He didn’t tell me.

I am unable to contact him, on his mobile.

It is switched off.

He isn’t responding to my e-mails.

He isn’t responding on ‘Skype’.

How to communicate with him!

I am frustrated.

How could he be so casual?

No news, for 3 days!

I am worried for him.

Does it solve the problem?

It doesn’t.

Yet, I feel satisfied, having done my duty.

Expectations

My father is very old, and is not too well.

My son does enquire about his health.

Still I feel lonely, thinking of my father, and nursing him.

I want to share my father’s memories with my son.

There is a generation gap.

I realize: my father is not an immediate family member for my son.

Me and my siblings share the childhood memories of our father.

Sharing communication!

My son may be having his own priorities in life.

He is entitled to his family’s privacy.

He may not like to share his privacy.

As a parent, I am worried about him.

God bless his family, with all safety, and security.

Only God can look after our welfare

We can look after our family, when God blesses us.

My son is grown up.

He is gone with his family.

If something goes wrong there, what can I do?

Can I prevent?

Can I help?

I can only worry.

Do animals behave better?

They groom the cubs for self-reliance.

Then, they wash off their hands from ‘baby care’, and they live on their own.

Only God can look after His creation.

When will human beings shed ‘attachment’?

Let’s learn from animals.

They trust God, to look after His creations.

We have trust deficit.