Some quotes and thoughts #FridayReflections

“Try again, fail again. Fail Better.”

– Samuel Beckett

Fail better. Now that is saying something. When I began my career as a software engineer, I had this manager who always told us “Just do it, don’t try!” when we said, “will try”. His remarks used to make us feel that trying isn’t enough, that trying is an excuse to fail. I see endless possibilities in trying. I see an opportunity to give our best. A prospect to improve and a chance to learn. Failing after trying is always better than failing to try in the fear of failing.

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

                                                                                                                                      – Isaac Asimov

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Of late, I find myself in the company of people who talks non-stop about anything and everything under the sun. And if you are lucky enough you will be bombarded with advices too from these kind souls. The annoyance part is when they assume that we have no clue as to how to live by or get around without their generous advice. In such gatherings, after a while, my listening ability shuts down, switching to a smiley face screensaver and I am saved. 🙂

Silence is soothing. Enjoy it quietly.

– Yours truly 🙂

I made that up just now. It isn’t completely quiet here as I type this. The jingling sound of coins as Kanna decided to count the coins, the debating noise that defeats all other noises which comes from a national news hour segment that has got my husband’s rapt attention, the sound of keys as I type away, the sound of the hot air gifted by the fireplace and the pitter patter on our yard as the rain decided to make a play-date all day today. Finding silence in this silence-less environment is a challenge and an ability I am proud of, way too much. I am enjoying this silence, as quietly as I can.

Reflections From Me

Written for Friday Reflections prompt – Share with us some of your all time favourite quotes, include some funny ones, inspirational ones and maybe even one you have written yourself hosted by Janine and Mackenzie.

Also written in response to the three-day quote challenge nominated by Vasantha.

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20 thoughts on “Some quotes and thoughts #FridayReflections

  1. I cant agree with you more about those quotes!!! Really, only if we are trying , can we get somewhere and get better!!

    And my goodness, don’t get me talking abt people who just go on and on!! And I remember you saying how u feel you are on a higher level!! and I agree!!

    I LOVE silence!!! 😉

    1. Yeah, You know it, Rohini. Trying is what makes us special, right? And the people who talks without even pausing to look if we are interested or sleeping, ugh! Silence is golden! 🙂

  2. I’m smiling at how much in synch your first paragraph is with my thoughts today. I’m glad you are finding silent spaces in the noise and learning to silence the voices of unasked for advice!

  3. I think being able to find that peace within ourselves even in a silence-less environment is a boon…And about those bombarding us with advice, well, I know what you mean and I also know about the smiley screensaver you are talking about but my smiley just happens to have a frown sometimes 😀

  4. Peaceful thoughts indeed after all the pointless chatter you have to hear. I think you and I are on the same wave length because I too am irritated by all those smarty pants who think they know it all.

  5. In the midst of all the noise, if we can snatch our moments of silence that’s what ensures our peace of mind and sanity – it does for me at least! I love silence any day to the noise and din around me…hope you can make the most of your minutes of peace!

  6. I can totally see that you did manage to create the necessary silence for you to pen down these musings. There is definitely a silence-feel to this whole post, Vinitha.

  7. My goodness!! Being able to write and collecting so many thoughts and giving them a voice with so much noise around! You really are something woman.. I just can’t even write a paragraph when my husband is watching TV, lest about other stuff..!! And these quotes above are beautiful 🙂

    Cheers

  8. I admire your ability to find silence in a relatively noisy environment. I wish I was able to do that. I could certainly use it. 🙂

    1. I’m sure you will learn the art of enjoying silence amidst the noises as your kid grows up, Shantala. It becomes a necessity. 🙂

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