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Thursday, April 29, 2010


When I saw these colorful, ornamental fishes swimming around smoothly, calmly and peacefully, my restless mind started flashing the following thoughts:

Why I can’t live peacefully, calmly and unruffled by changing circumstances? Why do I want to fight change? Why can’t I adapt my thinking, life style and behaviour to changed situations and go forward instead of living in the past with remorse and regret?

Why do I want to be aggressive, bulldoze, browbeat others into submission?Why I can't mind my own business?

Why do I feel jealous of other people’s achievements?
Why I can’t use the God given talents to the best of my ability and carve out a niche for myself?

Why should I not be content with what I have?
Why I am worrying about the future without taking care of the present?

Why I can’t be little more kind, generous, understanding and appreciative of others?
Why I can’t spread happiness where ever I go or in what ever I say or in what ever I do?

Why should I fill my mind with negative thoughts all the time? What prevents me from being positive in my outlook and keep feeding positive thoughts continuously?

Why should I criticize, condemn, cut down others? Who appointed me as a judge of others? Don’t I know when I point out one finger at another person, three fingers are pointing at me? Why can’t I let others live their own life in the way they want?

Well, my friends, I think I have done enough introspection for one post. I hope I won’t have to do this for a long, long time to come.


  1. Hi Joseph

    I like your thoughts
    all so true :))
    When i'm looking to your fish photo's
    I see beautiful colorful fish
    and it gives me a peaceful feeling ....
    We need that all sometimes ;)

    ~ Simplicity of character
    is the natural result of profound thought ~

    Thanks for this wonderful post
    the pictures and your words are fantastic !!!

    Have a nice evening
    greetings Anya :)

  2. wow. you are not above asking yourself the tough questions at least. as you well know, finding the answers is not good enough, then you must figure out what you will change or your questions will haunt you ever more...

    nice pics friend!

  3. Hi,
    It has been awhile since I visited many blogs.
    Decided to do a quick visit to say hello to as many blogs as possible tonight..
    Nice to visit your blog its been ages, I am sure it will not be so long again especially now my life is getting better.
    I went out this afternoon for the first time since 19 August 2009 and it was brilliant.
    Lovely to feel my world getting bigger again after all this time in bed.
    Have a good evening and a pleasant day tomorrow.
    Please visit Steve @ The Wheel Of Fortuna

    Important we support him in the first weeks of his bereavement.

    pps lovely photos

  4. Hello Joseph, Do you think you're being too hard on yourself? I think you are a positive , kind and would help anyone in trouble.....yet we've never met. We are all to a certain extent some of those things you write about but we wouldn't be human if we were "Perfect"
    The pictures are awesome and I congratulate you.
    Take care.

  5. Hello Sir,

    Introspection is something that we seldom do, but something thats to be done very often, especially when life takes us through those paths where we feel we are not needed or when we seem to be worthless, comparing to others...
    a god thoughtful post that makes us think.

  6. dear jp
    .... and that breeze wrapped me and the rain gone underneath of my heart had a good blend with my overheaten soul in this april sun. rgrds/salu.

  7. The Law of Least Effort

    (1) I will practice acceptance. I will accept people, situations, circumstances, events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were
    (2) Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation including myself. Every problem is an opportunity in disguise and alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into greater benefit
    (3) I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them
    -Deepak Chopra
    Try this my friend, you'll find yourself more relaxed.
    Melanie Rawlings

  8. Coz youre human Mr. Joseph and these are the common God given human traits..we all are like this, but God has also given us the right to choose.Fishes choose to live a peaceful life..they too challenge their existence by keeping alert so that no one can take their peace the same way we humans que the right and wrong in life and try to give it a new meaning..its just one life and the choice is in our we want to be happy and thankful for the blessings showered on us or do we want to spend our life worrying about this and that.

    Thanks for the meaningful post Mr. Joseph!..the fishes are really pretty..nice and colourful :)

  9. Hope all have these same questions in their mind, good that u had put it down here. The pics that you had put here also refreshing us and the questions u had put it also refreshing us? Hope one day we will stop asking these question since we are trying to find answers now...

  10. Challenging questions, but beautiful serene photos to help calm one's mood!

  11. Joseph, I never would thought you a brow-beater or unkind to any one. When I read your post, they are from a kind and considerate person, you are being to hard on yourself. A New Beginning is correct about you, she mirrors my thought about you and so does Welcome to My World of Poetry. You know we have to beat ourselves up once in a while, to make us realize we are only human. Thank you for coming by.

  12. Great to meet you greet you and read you here

  13. Hello Joseph Sir,

    Lovely post again. It is amazing how our thought process is activated with things that look insignificant. Only a mind tuned to receive meanings from smallest of things can tell great tales, like the one you tell here. The "why" word is indeed a great word to start introspecting. We ask all these question to ourselves, ponder upon them for some time and then ultimately give up and get back to old things. That serves no purpose whatsoever. Life will continue to move on irrespective of what an individual thinks. But if one can transform him(her)self and the world around that would become a fruitful thing to do.

    Have a nice week.


  14. I'm sure those pictures calmed the soul, Joseph. Nevertheless I shall give more thought to the questons.

  15. Thanks you for sharing these colorful many questions, only we knew the answer to them all.

  16. Hello sir,

    Long time - I understand u can,t open ur old blog. G8 thoughts and mssgs. I liked, hope all can keep up. Atleast I do want to - will it b possible???? I am sure, can give a try.

    Good luck and good wishes

  17. Hello Rema:)

    Greetings and good wishes:)

    I was thinking that you and you family would have gone on a long holiday to Gulf since this is vacation time.

    I am glad and thrilled to see you once again. I enjoy reading your comments which is a source of motivation and encouragement to me.

    My best wishes to you and your family:)

  18. Amazing fishes and so are the provoking thoughts.

  19. Beautiful fishes! It is said that watching fishes swim can relieve one from stress.^^

  20. I just today crossed your path. A big feeling I'm going to enjoy reading your words from this day forward. Thank you for sharing with us.