In Between

From the texts that teach,
To the men that preach,
Faith lies in between.
From fervent declarations of love,
To blood thirsty hate,
Control like a trapeze artist balances in between.
From zenith of joy and happiness,
To depths of despair and sadness,
Equanimity satisfies in between.
From playful, carefree childhood,
To pensive, responsibilities filled adulthood,
Life is to be savored in between.
From quiet contemplation,
To intense discussions,
Wisdom searches a niche in between.
From passions that overcome obstacles,
To indifference leading to humdrum,
Vast majority live in between.
From follies and frivolities of youth,
To sagacity of the golden years,
Moments and memories of life are lived and made in between

Comparison

From appearances and achievements,
To offsprings and occupations,
We all have fallen prey to unhealthy competition,
One of the worst amongst human affliction.

Why is this habit-an easy bait?
And such a destructive and debilitating trait?
Besides creating a recurring restless state,
It dissipates relations and friendships at a fast rate.

How does one keep away from this indisposition?
Isn't vying, a natural human condition?
That some can say, leads to advancement and distinction.
And acts as a stimuli for progress and perfection.

Staying away from comparisons needs rethinking and re condition,
Feeling true gratitude and grace in life is a benediction.

Keeping to one’s garden is a lofty aim,
Abandoning competitions can lead to immense gain.
While friendships and associations are vital,
Keeping one away from comparisons is also pivotal.

Each life is unique and distinct,
Competition tries to confine all to the same precinct.

No one gets only a smooth road,
Each one carries a different load.
Understanding this with a mind broad,
Can lead to satisfaction and happiness hoard.


Your Six and My Nine

You might see a six, when I see a nine,
Should this be a cause to draw a line?
Perspectives can differ between yours and mine,
Life offers a smorgasbord to wine and dine.

Entertaining varied ideas help us grow,
Opening doors to new views and vistas bring a fresh glow.

Likes and dislikes, options and opinions can vary,
But mirrors too can soon get scary.

Our life experiences shape our thinking,
Upbringing, education, values and conditioning,
Play a role and have a strong linking,
But, our differences don’t have to be stinking.

It is tough to entertain dissidence,
Easier to practice indifference or reticence.
Yet, life is richer approached with an open mind,
Its not tough to think distinct, yet remain kind.

Every individual’s life journey is unique,
Understanding involves giving up critique.

Your nine and my six,
Both can co exist in life’s mix.

Your Way And My Way

If I am wrong, does that make you right?
Between day and night,
There’s a period of twilight,
When dark merges with light.

Life is beyond white and black,
As it exists on myriad rack, 
where facts and feelings stack.
Restricting to binary elements is a thinking lack,

Looking beyond obvious is essential,
Since growth happens beyond provincial,
And understanding the differential, 
Is vital to appreciate that perspectives are beneficial.

Having opinions is easy,
Understanding makes many queasy.

Several paths can lead to a desired end,
People can prefer different bend,
Curved-straight, long-short, shaded-unshaded,
Let not one path make us jaded.

Life’s on a Lease

As humans, we are tuned to be restless,
Momentarily grateful, but mostly thankless.
Holding on to myths and beliefs that are baseless.
Falling prey to harmful anxiety and stress that is faceless. 

Its human nature to aim higher than before,
Since status quo can quickly bore.
Partaking in a perpetual race is in our core.
Reaching and looking for more is our life’s lore.

Seeking is good, helps us explore,
Thinking about new ways and ideas to soar.
Our faculties are to be used, not store.
Many issues need our energies to pore.

But endless desires can tire,
Halting is essential to rekindle the fire.
Reflecting on personal purpose helps rejuvenate,
Persist and participate or pivot and re evaluate.

Its vital to deliberately stop and cease,
Give our hearts and minds some needed ease,
Prevent our bodies to be burdened with burnout and disease, 
Life after all is on a lease.