a time capsule

“..I had books. Reading them is like travelling to other places. Being other people. Livnig their lives..”

― Liz Braswell, As Old as Time
A Blog as a Time Capsule | theborderofamind.com

Reading personal blogs is like taking a journey to faraway lands, stepping into the shoes of other people, and experiencing their lives firsthand. It’s an opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes, to learn from their experiences, and to be inspired by their insights.

For me, writing a blog has always been about more than just sharing my thoughts with the world. It’s about creating a repository of my ideas as I expounded in my vision of building this space. I hope that my blog and my writings will remain as a legacy for my loved ones to read and learn from when I am no longer in this world.

Writing down our thoughts is, in my opinion, the best way to preserve them and to pass them on to the next generation of readers. It allows us to document our experiences, our insights, and our hopes and dreams in a way that can be shared and passed down through the ages.

So as you read my blog, know that you are not just reading the words of a stranger, but rather the thoughts and experiences of someone who is deeply invested in the power of the written word. I hope that you will find something of value in my writing, and that it will inspire you to think more deeply about your own place in the world.

rekindling ponder series

Rekindling Ponder Series

If you’re a long time reader here, you’d remember “Ponder Series,” I am excited to announce that I will be rekindling this project on my website. The purpose of this series is to delve into the deeper questions that often get lost in the rush of everyday life.

It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane details of our daily routines – what to wear, what to do at work, how to juggle school and parenting responsibilities, and so on. These are all important considerations, but it’s also important to take a step back and think about the broader questions that shape our lives.

Questions like: Why are we here? How did we come into being? Why do we all eventually face death? Why can’t time be regained? What is the nature of time itself? Why is the human body such an engineering marvel? Why is there an order and purpose to the universe?

These are the questions that drive me to write “Ponder Series.” It is my personal reflection on the mysteries of the mind, and my humble attempt to broaden my own horizons and those of my readers. I hope that this series will encourage you to think more deeply about your own place in the world, and to find meaning and purpose in your life.

Some chapters to go through:
> the fleeting dream
Perceiving Time
Is it a dream ?
Ornate Blossoms
Visual Narrative – Ponder Series
Reflecting on Shadows
Stumble over Pebbles
Ethereal Quality | Petals
Golden Ratio
Vision – Pondering on the intricacies
Ruminating on Bird Nests
Living Embellishments
Pondering on Birds 
Perceptions

divine design

Ehan sat by his grandmother’s side, savoring the quiet evening. The sun had long since set, casting a warm glow over the room. Original photography and art by The Border Of a Mind Studios

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of difficulty and wondered why these things were happening to you? It’s natural to feel frustrated and stressed when things don’t go as planned, whether it’s a car accident that wasn’t your fault, losing your car keys, or even not making it through an exam or project that you were well-prepared for.

But the truth is, there is a reason why everything happens. And while it can be hard to remember this when we’re in the thick of it, the fact is that we often only know the goodness or the divine plan behind these events later on in time.

That’s why it’s so important to trust in divine timing. This doesn’t mean that we should sit back and do nothing, but rather that we should focus on our efforts and let go of the heaviness of bringing outcomes under our control. By trusting in the larger plan, we can alleviate our minds and have a more positive frame of mind, knowing that there is a purpose behind everything that happens.

So the next time you’re faced with a difficult situation, remember to trust in divine timing. It might not always be easy, but it can help you navigate challenges with grace and acceptance, and give you the strength and perspective you need to move forward.

shift perspective

An artwork on display in a store at Dubai Marina Mall

When life feels chaotic, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. But sometimes, the simplest and most effective solution is to shift your perspective.

We all have the power to choose how we view the world and our place in it. By changing the way we think about our circumstances, we can transform our experiences and find new sources of strength and resilience.

One way to shift your perspective is to practice gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on the things in your life that you are thankful for, no matter how small. This can help you refocus on the positive aspects of your life and find hope and inspiration in difficult times.

Another way to shift your perspective is to look for opportunities in challenges. Instead of seeing setbacks as failures, try to see them as opportunities to learn and grow. This can help you approach challenges with a sense of curiosity and openness, rather than fear and resignation.

Finally, try to adopt a growth mindset. Instead of seeing your abilities as fixed and unchanging, believe in your ability to improve and evolve. This can help you embrace new challenges and experiences with a sense of optimism and possibility.

So the next time life feels chaotic, remember that you have the power to change your perspective. By shifting the way you view your circumstances, you can find new sources of strength and resilience to navigate even the most difficult times.

“Koko”

My son has nicknamed the robot “koko”

As I watched my little son play with our cleaning robot, affectionately nicknamed by him as “Koko,” I was struck by the intense curiosity in his eyes. He was fascinated by the way the machine moved and how it was able to pick up dirt and debris from our floors.

It occurred to me that this innate curiosity is a reflection of the human spirit and our constant desire to improve the world around us. From the earliest days of human civilization, we have sought ways to make our lives easier and more efficient. We have harnessed the power of technology to perform mundane tasks, to communicate with one another, and to explore the world.

But it’s not just the practicality of these innovations that inspires us. It’s the philosophy behind them. The belief that with hard work and determination, we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.

As I watched my son play with his “Koko“, I was reminded of the importance of this philosophy. It’s the driving force behind every technological advancement, from the wheel to the smartphone. And it’s the reason we will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible, seeking new ways to improve the quality of life for ourselves and those around us.

nurturing gratitude

True love is not found, it is built and cultivated. How you nurture and cultivate your connections with others has a significant impact on your own happiness as well as the happiness of the people you care about.

True love is not found, it is built and cultivated.

It’s easy to get caught up in the things we don’t have and feel like we’re lacking. We see what others have and compare ourselves to them, always coming up short. But this mindset is damaging and ultimately unproductive. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, we should focus on what we do have. When we look at our lives and appreciate the things we already have, we realize that we are more blessed than we thought. We have more than enough to be happy and content.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should stop striving for more. It’s natural to want to improve our lives and achieve our goals. But it’s important to do so with gratitude and appreciation for what we already have. So the next time you find yourself feeling like you don’t have enough, take a step back and look at what you do have. You might be surprised by how much you have to be thankful for. And by focusing on what you already have, you’ll be able to enjoy it more and find greater fulfillment in life.

before you’re ready

Life will say to you, “here’s a sorrow, let me teach you about strength,” before you are ready. Life will say to you before you are ready, “Here is failure, let me teach you how to develop.” Life will say to you before you are ready, “here is loss, but I will educate you to respect what was while enjoying what is.” Life will say to you before you are ready, “Here is treachery or unkindness, but I will educate you to be loyal, honest, and kind.” Life will say to you before you are ready, “let go of your pride and arrogance, and allow me to teach you humility.” Life will educate you to be bold before you are ready. And when you’re ready, life will say, “Here is everything we deserve and have worked for; it’s up to you to value it.”

accepting divine destiny

Divine Destiny | Original Fine art from The Border of a Mind Studios

In order to live a peaceful and sincere life, it is important to maintain an even tempered demeanour and graceful attitude towards events and encounters in life, no matter how large or small it is. We should not idolize things and believe that they exist outside of God’s control. Saying things like “this medicine will work for me” or “my boss will be angry” are just thoughts created by God. It is wrong to let these events control us and make us forget about God.

It is essential to stay connected to God and understand that everything is created by Him. By doing this, we can try to understand the messages that God is sending and stay aligned and peaceful within. Life can be beautiful, even with its challenges and hardships, which are also a part of God’s plan.

We should not let ourselves be controlled by events and forget about God. Instead, we should strive to maintain our connection with Him and understand that everything including conditions, events, thoughts, situtations etc are created by Him. By following this path, we can find beauty in life, even in the midst of difficulties. This is a miracle of God.

persistence

“Persistence” – Original Fine Art from The Border Of a Mind Studios

Failure is only a temporary setback on the road to success, as long as you have the courage and ambition to keep trying. Persistence is the key to victory.

We have all experienced failure at some point in our lives. Maybe we didn’t get the job we wanted, or we didn’t get accepted into our dream school. Maybe we failed a test or a project at work didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Whatever the situation, it’s easy to feel discouraged and want to give up.

But here’s the thing: failure is not the end. It’s simply a temporary setback on the road to success. As long as you have the courage and ambition to keep pushing forward, you can turn that failure into a success.

One of the keys to turning failure into success is persistence. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up when things don’t go your way. But if you keep pushing, if you keep trying, you will eventually achieve your goals. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

So if you’re feeling down about a recent failure, don’t give up. Remember that failure is only a temporary setback, and with courage and persistence, you can turn it into a victory. Keep pushing forward, and don’t let anything stand in your way.

seasons of happiness

Principal Photography: The Border Of a Mind Studios

It’s incredibly magical how, as we become older, our definitions and perspectives broaden and deepen. As I approach my mid-30s, I’m contemplating a lot about fulfillment and what it means to be happy and content. Perhaps my grandson will read these sentences when he gets older, God willing, and Netta could read them when I am not around in this short world.Perhaps the most difficult times in your life teach you a new definition of happiness. Perhaps in such seasons, the things you live for, the things you cherish most, look so tiny in comparison to what you were filling your spirit with before, so quiet in comparison. Perhaps it is at such times that your eyes are opened, that you learn to discover pleasure, calm, and safety in things you didn’t see before.

Perhaps happiness alters throughout the seasons of life when your heart hurts or grief has made a home inside you. Perhaps it is the way the light interacts with the trees in your favorite park; perhaps it is the way the sky appears at your favorite time of night, the way the moon fills the air with an energy you can feel in your bones when you really sit with yourself and let your isolation to wash over you.  Perhaps it is the beauty you feel when you see your friends’ or loved one’s smiles, when you embrace them for twenty minutes straight, when you sit in quiet with them and feel so understood, and so seen, in all that you are.