Awareness and Acceptance

As a parent we always face challenges in raising kids. Being parents for last 7 years, we also faced some anxious moments. We thought to share two of them with you all.  An incident which happened with our daughter related to eye and how still there are myths about wearing glasses.

She had a mishap in school at the age of 6 years. The incident was, while playing in school someone unknowingly poked finger in her eye. The epithelial layer was peeled off and she couldn’t see  with that eye.  We were scared, panic, restless and immediately took her to an ophthalmologist.

The Doctor explained about epithelial layer which is  made up of epithelial tissue and covers the front of the cornea. It acts as a barrier to protect the cornea, resisting the free flow of fluids from the tears, and prevents bacteria from entering the epithelium. We guess many people are unaware of it. If this layer is broken the person is unable to see with that eye for few days. This can also happen because of ball hitting the eye, Holi colors etc. In case of children it gets healed within a week, but visiting doctor immediately is required.

After this issue, we became alert and cautious about her eyes.  We checked her eyes every 6 months. In one of the check-ups, doctor told us that she has Refractive error. Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye keeps you from focusing well. The cause could be the length of the eyeball (longer or shorter), changes in the shape of the cornea, or aging of the lens. Its completely natural. As a parent we had feelings, Oh! at this age she has to wear spectacles? What people will say? Will she accept it? Is it because of television or reading?

We are thankful to our doctors who made us understand first and then our role started for our daughter to make her accept wearing specs happily.  Spectacles are not age defined. There are many myths about eyesight.

Watching television or continuous reading does not lead to glasses as long as eyes are blinked at regular intervals while doing these acitivities. More information with respect to this can be found in following blog-post-about myths-

If a child is wearing glasses we should avoid negative remarks about child’s look, that can affect child’s psychology and may create inferiority complex in them. It is responsibility of everyone who comes in contact with that child, e.g. teachers, parents, grand parents, friends, relatives etc. We have this habit of making fun of a child wearing glasses, which is strictly a No No . Instead we need to make them aware that it is completely innate having glasses and there is nothing to feel bad about it.

This Awareness is lacking within us and many children unknowingly feel inferior. Negativity affects child’s performance. Children minds are very sensitive. They accept, pick things very fast. Its our responsibility to motivate them, which can help in their betterment and they can become tough, strong in upcoming life. The surroundings in which the child is living matters for overall development too. Children wearing specs  don’t need sympathy,  just an Acceptance. Its all natural and science is advanced so much to dig into it.

Its a sincere effort to make all aware about misconceptions and child’s mindset. Do regular eye check-ups for children and make them understand to accept things positively. This can be done by explaining how eye functions and how better the world will look with just an add-on. We can take help of friends and family members to support them. Positive outlook reflects our and their future. Lets make a difference then, after all we are building Next Generation!!!





Life at Seattle

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle, city in Washington  is surrounded by water, lush green forests and mountains. Its a hub of tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon. Most of the year city experiences rain showers making days cozy and tempting to cheer with Starbucks coffee. Starbucks is originated in Seattle. It has first Starbucks in the world situated in downtown Seattle.

The weather here forces to relish barbecue and hot coffee. As weather demands the attire changes, compelling to groom in gum-boots, rain-winter jackets and all time carrying multicolored fancy beautiful umbrellas. These things stand out boldly adding color to life and making everything lively.

Romance blooms in air and soothing  songs makes evening more romantic and worth spending with loved ones.

The Futuristic Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair is the landmark of city. Pike Place Market famous for its fresh sea food is a delight for taste buds. Mac & Cheese i.e. macaroni pasta from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese pulls the crowd to its freshly prepared delicious cheese.

In Seattle, you don’t have to know each other to start a discussion, the custom of greeting ‘ Hi, how are you?’ starts the discussion with beautiful smile on their faces and very soon leads to the famous “Seahawks”. Ya, Seahawks is the name of (American) football team that represents Seattle. People here are passionate about Seahawks and Starbucks just like how Indians are about cricket.

Work culture follows 3-D’s i.e dedication, determination and devotion. No breaks while working!! Early to bed and early to rise can be truly visualized. American pizzas, salmon fish and a bowl full of salads are most  popular over here.

Each city, country has its own identity. Food, customs, clothing defines it in depth. Its amazing experience to know different people, their language, rituals and food habits. Its a small world as they say but vast to explore and learn.

The Art of Achieving what you want

Everyone in this world wants his dream should come true. We can achieve what we want provided if we think in an appropriate way.

Dreams can be achieved by removing negative thoughts and concentrating on only positive thoughts.

We need to first believe that we can achieve, what we are dreaming. Once we have that strong desire, we need to keep telling our subconscious mind about the desire and register that thought in our mind.

There are different techniques explained by various authors for achieving your dreams.  Two of them i would like to explain in brief here.

Positive Affirmations –

Louise Hay in her book “You can Heal your Life” explains this concept.

We need to create the affirmation statement for overcoming the problem that you are currently facing  or for achieving your desire e.g. if you have problems at work and your dream is to get a good boss who treats you with respect  at work, affirmation statement for this can be

 “I always work for wonderful boss”.

Once you have affirmation in place, keep saying this aloud daily. Repeat this for 300-400 times a day, say it with belief, make a song of it, write it down on piece of paper 10 times daily. With this all you are doing is registering that thought in your subconscious mind. Once it is registered there,  you will start experiencing the magic and slowly that dream starts coming to reality. Below link will provide more input to this concept. I personally prefer reading her book though.

Creative Visualization –

In this technique, you need to visualize your dream in your mind as if it is already fulfilled e.g. you have a dream of owning a big house.

You need to detail out how your new house will look like in your mind, close your eyes and imagine yourself already staying in your new house. Imagine each and every details of you staying and enjoying in your new house. Imagine as much details as you can.

You need to visualize your dream daily until you achieve that dream. You should visualize in quiet place closing your eyes. This is just like meditation, but in meditation you empty your mind and you do not listen to any of your thoughts, in creative visualization you need to put your mind to work and ask it to visualize your dream. Important thing here is you need to imagine that you have already achieved that dream. This is very well demonstrated in Video series by Lisa Nichols and you can refer books from Shakti Gawain.

These techniques work with faith and strong belief. So go ahead and make your dreams  a reality.