Last week I watched the movie “The Good dinosaur”.I found it quiet inspiring.Arlo was the smallest dinosaur and the day he was born he was weak and small.He was always fearful about small things happening in his life.He felt really upset about it.The movie is all about how instead of being small and weak , he learns from life and emerges out to be strong and fearless.Life throws him in several hardships,but he overcomes them with bravery.He learns from his life that-
A)“You have to get through your fear to get the beauty on other side”.We often miss many wonderful things that life offers to us because we are scared to come out of our comfort zone.
B)You should not feel bad about being scared.”If you ain’t scared, you ain’t alive” .Bravery is not in being fearless but facing those fears,just looking them into their face so that they can no more scare you.
C)“You’ve got to earn your mark by doing something bigger than yourself.” .And is it really possible to do something bigger than ourselves?What an achievement do we feel when we do something which we thought we would never be able to do.The day we do something we think is beyond our strength,we have earned a mark because on death bed we have the satisfaction of doing something extraordinary.
D)Change your perspective and you could be good friends.Arlo initially thought him to be responsible for his father’s death but he found a friend who protected him in this whole journey.
E)Your strength doesn’t depend your size.
F)“A single kindness can change everything.”He saved his friend’s life till the end.
Its only when Arlo was left alone ,he could discover his underlying strength and making a mark was not at all easy,he had to face a lot of problems,but most importantly he learned from difficulties and moved on.In the end he was a different person,and was proud that he finally made a mark.
In a patriarchal society like ours, a women’s life decisions are always influenced by the society in which she lives. She has to take up a career not according to her passion but what is acceptable in society and that could increase her prospect of getting a good husband. She has to marry a person that is accepted by her parents and relatives and then later in life she has to live a life according to her kids. Her whole life actually doesn’t belong to her. Her dreams, passions are actually crushed under the heavy compromises she has to make in every sphere of her life.
But amidst all that there are women who take a stand and make a choice to fulfill their dream , not a compromise. They refuse to choose between being a mother and a career woman , they say we can be a good mother as well as a good employee. They are the ones who set inspiration for other women to fight for their dreams.
One such woman in my life is my mother. She was a Hindi teacher in school but had to leave her job to take care of me and my brother and the pressure from her in-laws. She was the most educated lady in her town and at that period of time very few girls had any career goal. As other women my mother had to choose between being a mother OR being a self-dependent woman. But that didn’t deter her aim of chasing her dreams. She always believed that a woman should be self-dependent and has the ability to support her family financially too. She decided to be an entrepreneur and started her own business of a beauty clinic, so that she can have a good work-life balance. At that period of time , in small town the beauty clinics were not regarded as a very good profession and was treated like a barber shop. Many of our relatives discouraged her for this type of business and many made fun of her too .They said it’s not a very honorable job. But my mother believed that no profession is small or big, its honorable job as its making her self-dependent. She stood strong amidst all odds and didn’t give heed to what people said and what was acceptable in society or not, she just listened to her heart and this is due to her firm and bold step that even with a less salary package of my father and burden of home loan we were brought up in a way that we never felt any shortage of money. And at the same time she gave us her full attention too.
She is an inspiration for others that a woman doesn’t have to crush her dreams to be a good mother, she is not meant to sacrifice and make compromises all the time and doesn’t have to live life according to “what people say”. The journey of my mother from OR to AND might be difficult but today she can proudly say “I am a good mother And a good wife And an entrepreneur”.
This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“.
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I was always fussy about eating food at my home always troubling my mom for eating only my favorite foods,until I went to hostel where I could realize the importance of food.Now I eat every food with a feeling of thankfulness towards God.The habit of mine being choosy about my food was so much responsible for much wastage of food.
Our team used to go out for lunch often.I was the only vegetarian there,so my dish was always wasted because I being the only one to eat that particular dish.This caused so much of wastage of food.All of us actually do so , we order more than required and that food gets wasted.One of my friends was very particular about not wasting food,she used to get the food packed and carry with her.Then she used to either eat it in the dinner or give it to some poor.I learned from her that how we can prevent wastage of food in restaurants.
That’s really a very good idea which we all can follow.
How many times at our home we throw away bread or eatables because nobody is willing to eat.
Here are some tips you can use to help prevent food wastage-
1.Think of a hungry person before throwing away food.
2.Take less food in your plate,if you require more then take again.Don’t fill your plate in one go.
3.You can give old chappati or bread to street dogs and animals.(not the stinky food which could cause food poisoning).
4.Get grocery items in small quantity.
5.Try to first finish off the things you already have then buy new things.
6.Efficiently use the left over vegetables to make some new recipe.
7.Overeating is also a kind of food wastage.
8.Get the leftover food packed when you go to restaurant and give it to some poor or your maid.
Share more tips which you think can prevent food wastage.