Trapped In Time.. #Waiting


Trapped in time
I stood there, crouching behind the pillar
Suppressing the urge to climb up
Resisting the little light
My only link to the outside world

If you call me a coward…you may
I wouldn’t defend myself
As I was guarding peace
I was shielding secrets
Spilling them could have doomed us

Keeping myself away was the only hope
Waiting for the hour to pass
Longing for cataclysm to cease
Hoping to see the love and light
Of the new world

Trapped in time
I froze…But…
Some issues remain unresolved
Some sores keep festering
My whispers to self still reverberate

In our palace of plaintive peace
Eerie sounds of strife shake me
Self-doubts stir me out of slumber
Challenges of the new world
Stare at us, sardonically!
© Balroop Singh
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Inspired from Sue Vincent’s Waiting #writephoto photo prompt.

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Towards Love And Light – Gold – #writephoto


‘Just few more steps…just a few…
Keep calm… move slowly
One step at a time
And you would be there’

Out of this weary world
Into the luminous land of peace
I can see the blazing light
Beckoning, inspiring, exhorting

Just one more step…
Frightening forces can’t fetter me
No more of these baleful blisters
This lull seems real

This is the defining moment
The sky stands with open arms
A new dawn is guiding me
Out of this ignominious desolation

All directions are conceding peace
Each step towards love and light
Welcome to this halcyon harmony
Conferred by Mother Nature!
© Balroop Singh
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How Faith Grows…Only One Way to Absorb it!

67143A63293741479FFDC079ACE506CA.ashxI have often pondered over the word: ‘Faith’…asked many people about their opinion, discussed with my students too but could never be fully convinced about the arguments in its favor.

Probably ‘Faith’ was never forced on me and since I had the freedom to choose it or leave it, I never made an attempt to understand it. But I was always curious and whenever I threw this question to my students, I was bewildered by their response.

In a class of 40-45 students, the hands that went up in belief were almost all! One or two students, who wouldn’t put up their hands, were asked to explain more and one of the most honest answers that I can never forget was: “I believe in God because my parents tell me to, but I am confused.”

The answer gave me great relief…at least there was someone who shared my thoughts, at least one odd voice!

I always had my unanswered questions, my moments of wrath and protest against blind faith; I always would wonder why God is so unreasonable…till I read this:

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”—Max Lucado.

How could He be right in giving so much suffering to some and so much love and happiness to others, absolutely no rights to some and all the privileges to others.

Is faith ‘spiritualized imagination’? Or a ‘passionate intuition’?

Though I have figured out most of the answers, many questions still keep cropping up. Now I try to snub them because the way Faith unfolded itself to me, I was left speechless. With the passage of time we tend to brush aside such exhilarating moments, I keep reminding myself.

All my doubts melted at that moment, all those questions that I kept raising to myself vanished when I felt the presence of God around me. Yes, I agree with you…how could that be possible? I also agree when you call this a hallucination or my imagination; even I would say the same, if somebody tells me so!

Let me reconstruct that moment for you. One day as I was going to my work, early in the morning, the speed of my car was nearly 80 (well, I was living in Delhi at that point of time) and I happened to touch the central curb.

Obviously my car flew away and landed after three somersaults. I went completely numb, with only two thoughts in my mind: Oh… it’s all over! Oh…my little children, what will they do without me! That is the moment I am talking about.

The moment that introduced me to the real word: FAITH. Now I knew why is it so much woven into the fabric of our life, why is it so inseparable from us? I knew how it proves itself, slowly even to the most skeptical. I knew why people propounded it so much.

But it raised more questions: How could I escape unhurt, just with a few bruises? How could I walk home myself? Why did He come to my rescue…I had rarely prayed to Him with full conviction?

Faith does not sway the decisions of God, however hard we may wish him to, eventually it changes us, makes us realize certain hard facts of life and makes us more positive and tolerant:images

  • It keeps our hope alive.
  • It keeps us emotionally healthy.
  • Develops respect for ethics and values.
  • Relieves stress and worry.
  • Is Instrumental in healing physical and mental wounds.

“Faith is the spark that ignites the impossible and causes it to become possible. When a person’s faith is activated, it sets in motion supernatural power that enables that person to do what he normally would never be able to do!”—Rick Renner.

We may be hazy about it but it develops slowly and surely. True faith is the one, which comes from within.

I would love to hear from you, friends. How did you discover faith? Were you easily convinced or did Divine presence mesmerize you, like me?

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Opportunities Knock and Knock! Be Optimistic!


Who says opportunity knocks just once? That is the view of an eager pessimist who wants to grab the very first opportunity he comes across. I would say; opportunities keep knocking every now and then.

Even now as I write this, my ears are at the door, at the windows…eager to hear the knocks, waiting to perceive whether it is the knock of an opportunity that is exciting!

We have to be alert enough to recognize the right one. Each opportunity comes with a promise, with a dream and a threshold.

Like the artist who always wanted to paint a masterpiece but had never started it, waiting for the right moment, the true inspiration.

Like the girl who lived in an oppressive and conservative society but wanted the best education. She didn’t give up even after being shot at!

Like the destitute who was abandoned and sold by her biological mother but who managed to find a life of dignity.  

Like the young man who wanted to drive out foreigners from his motherland. He consolidated all the forces before grabbing the opportunity.

Like the leader who wanted to wipe out slavery from the face of this earth.

They waited for fresh opportunities, each time they saw disappointment. They built their own chances! They believed…“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”—Milton Berle.

I gave up a secure job at the age of 23 to follow my dream. I was scoffed at, guided by my well- wishers to reconsider my decision but I refused to be cowed down by the so-called mature opinions. I was confident that I would meet many more opportunities and I did. I gave up my second job to raise my child, once again with robust optimism to explore new avenues.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”—Francis Bacon

 Opportunities kept knocking and I welcomed them as and when I wanted them. If we possess the zeal, the determination and the doggedness to wait for the best one, it comes knocking at our door. It is our intuition that guides us to open the door, when there is the need to welcome the opportunity we wait for.Image

 Sometimes opportunities come in the form of blessings, most unexpected but they also come in the form of misfortunes, which we keep cursing, failing to comprehend what they have to offer.

Haven’t you heard people say: ‘I hate my job but I’ve got to stick to it’. Those who live in the constant fear; those who are indecisive; lack the initiative and confidence to face the risks can never meet new opportunities.

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mist of circumstances blocks our imagination, stops us from making new beginnings. There is a silence within us, which responds only when the opportunity connects with our passion.

Opportunities are like drops of rain…you have to welcome them, harvest them and make them turn around! If you carry an umbrella all the time, you will miss the fun of soaking in their grandeur. They make you the person you would like to be, one day!

If you want to pick up the right opportunity,

  • Have faith in yourself.
  • Banish fears.
  • Follow your dreams.
  • Take initiative.

“Create the world you want and fill it with the opportunities that matter to you”—Alicia Keys.

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