Reach!

You can relate to this if you’re a short person like myself. The moment when you have to get something from the top shelf and you make it a 30 second mission to reach with your tippy toes and arms out in full extension. You know you can easily go get a step ladder or a chair to stand on but for JUST A MOMENT you know you WANT to do it all by yourself.

That level of determination, skill, focus and aim takes place for literally 30 seconds, and then we get the item we want and feel like a BAWWSSS (boss).

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we used that moment but for everything else we did. Maybe for some important things like, finishing a painting. (lol) I’ve had a painting sitting in my room half done for over a year now. (No clue why I haven’t gotten to it)

OK OK , maybe for more important things like school, at a work place, or helping someone. I think many people just go on day by day putting in an average amount of effort into things, because, well….it is OKAY to do so. We get by, no ones complaining and it gets the job done. But if Chefs had the same attitude we would be eating mediocre food at fancy restaurants. EFFORT is the key word here folks. We choose to put less effort into certain things. And more effort into other things.

I’ve witnessed people who don’t make an effort to clean up after themselves (which bugs me, but might not bug someone else) simply because they can get by with not cleaning up. I know that everything starts with yourself, and i’ve also heard that if you want to clean up your life and make it better, it starts with cleaning up after yourself (I’m not kidding). Physically cleaning up after yourself can make such a big difference in your attitude and your life. Oh gosh I might be ranting again.

The point of this is. EFFORT is the word of the day, REACH for the things you want, don’t just use something that’ll “get you by”. Yes the job gets done, but how do you feel about it? Where is the sense of accomplishment? Where is the excitement? Where is the hard work?

“You may be short but you have a very tall personality”

Here is a happy picture!

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-Mansi Parasher

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A Miracle

Came across this touching video….

Before you watch it, read my words.

It is a miracle to wake up everyday, healthy, smiling, and having a functioning body. We don’t realize that. It is a miracle to interact with others and be able to express yourself. We don’t realize that. It is a miracle to have love of any kind in our lives, we don’t realize that. As beautiful as life is and as beautiful as we are as human being, we go out in the world and spread negativity by judging others, assuming things about others, and hating on others beliefs, actions, and appearance. Please, next time you even think a negative thought about someone else. I hope you are reminded of the miracle of life and our existence, and not to waste it on such things.

Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152740206624625

-Mansi Parasher

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Plot twist ;)

Saw a quote today that made me smile.

“Whenever something goes wrong in your life, just yell “PLOT TWIST”, and move on”

How AMAZING would it be if we just treated our lives as an exciting novel, or movie. Well lets see….

1) Heart breaks would excite you. Every time someone hurt you, you’d be like “DON’T YOU WORRY, GOOD THINGS ARE COMING MY WAY” (well because that usually happens in a movie. Girl breaks boys heart, boy cries, meets amazing girl, falls in love, realizes that bad things happened in the past for a reason.

2) Tragedies would motivate you. Usually when the character goes through something horrible, its followed up my self awakening in some form of adventure of journey. Prime example FINDING NEMO! Guys wife is brutally murdered and son is kidnapped. LOL, but through the spiritual journey both father and son find their love for each other and see the world outside of their coral that they once knew.

3) We would’t judge people so much. Movies and books always have wacky characters but in real life we tend to stay away from wacky characters. Maybe we would just learn to accept people more for what they are and just .. go .. with . it ;)

4) We would always want to dig deeper. Think about it, without a good search, journey and questioning; a mystery novel is NOTHING. We would question everything and seek more from life.

So next time you break your nail, stub your toe, your cat wants to kill you…. think of it as a PLOT TWIST and deal with it. and of course you can treat less serious situations that way too (stubbing your toe is killer).

Mansi Parasher

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SMILING TILL IT HURTS

A smile can make all the difference.

Think about it, whenever we go somewhere to get some kind of assistance, If the other person does it with a smile, we usually consider them a very nice person and our experience is thus all rainbows and sugar candy. But If the person does it without a smile, we think bad things about them (admit it).

How is it that we judge the character of another person just by whether they smiled with us or not? BECAUSE WE ARE JUDGEMENTAL HUMAN BEINGS.

You can sit there and say naaaaaaah uuuuuh I don’t judge people, nope. YES YOU DO! We all do it :)

Look, just by adding that smily face, me yelling at you through text became “okay”.

All I am trying to say is that, you should always smile at people because you might see them again in life, or maybe you will never see them again. But chances are, you want to leave a good impression on someone when you meet them, greet them, interact with them. If you don’t care about that, you probably stopped reading a while ago.

Sometimes your smile can make someones day better. They may go home and tell their family “oh I was having such a bad day but then I saw this really nice looking person and they smiled at me” (chances are no one tells other people about someone smiling at them but hey we can pretend).

Sometimes your smile can be creepy. but that is not your problem, thats how the other person perceives it. The point is, you did your job.

Sometimes your smile can be just the thing to motivate someone. Someone could be contemplating a big decision and then they raise their hands up and say “GOD GIVE ME A SIGN” and your smile is the next thing they see. and BAM! You just made someones future better (long shot, but very possible).

Sometimes your smile can give you better opportunities. Next time your boss asks someone about you, they wont say “Na don’t give him a promotion he looks miserable”, they’ll say “OMG HE/SHE IS SO NICE, they always smile at me”. There you go, now you are a millionaire.

You get the point.

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Mansi Parasher

Who did you smile at today?

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Discrimination

Why can’t we just appreciate each other for what we are? Why can’t we just see each other as humans rather than judging based on skin colour or social status?

Recently I was hurt by another person’s words when they told me they didn’t like a certain colour of people. It is up to ME and YOU to not judge people, first of all. It was hard not to judge, when someone says that to you. But it all comes down to being the person that your dog thinks you are. (lol).

I’ve met my fair share of closed minded people, but when you come across people that make you sad, make you upset or make you frustrated, simply remember..that YOU are aware, YOU are the one who’s open minded and YOU accept all types of thoughts…and those thoughts also include negative ones. Be happy that you are not the type of person that discriminates, be happy that you aren’t the one making someone else sad. There is nothing that anger ever fixes. (well it might temporarily, as anger brings passion and sometimes honesty) but for true solutions to such mind boggling situations, simply, explain your side of things. Give the other person something to think about. Because the only way we will bring change into this world is by sharing our positivity, sharing our opinion and influencing others to think differently.

That person hurt me because I felt sorry for their unfortunate thoughts, today they hurt one, tomorrow they will hurt more…..unfortunately. Lets hope more people will stand up for what is right.

-Mansi Parasher

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Travel advice from an amateur

1. Pre-departure meditation.

It is really important to do some mental work before travelling. In my opinion, you should never have pre conceived notions about a place (or try not to have any). I never try to have expectations. WHY? Because you’re already setting your mind up for comparison. If you go thinking “oh it is going to be like this”… and its not what you thought, your mind will be left battling the reality. What I mean by that is…. you won’t get to experience THAT MOMENT for what it is. There is a reason “surprises” are a positive thing. They come out to no where, we see them for what they are when it happens. Therefore resulting in a happier experience and one that is PURE. So, in less confusing english, I am saying….DROP THE EXPECTATIONS and TAKE IT ALLLLLLLL IN. The good and the bad. :)

2. Open dat mind!

It is probably making some people cringe as I wrote “dat” instead of “that”. Loosen up a little! It is REALLY important to stay open minded when in a different environment. YES this doesn’t look like home, YES these people are strangers, YES you want your normal stomach activities back. But if you spend more time thinking about what you miss about home and less time about what is new out there, you’re going to set yourself up for a bad time. New experiences bring about new opportunities! Treat every new day as a new opportunity and LEARN from it. If something goes wrong, treat is as something that is PART of the experience. I think bad things just add a little taste to the travels ;). All in all, you never heard a good story out of a perfect, by the book, experience. Things don’t always go as planned, people don’t always act as you thought they would, SO WHAT? The more your open up your mind , the more room you have to love everything around you.

3. Make a connection!

This one is kind of hopeful. Once again you’re reading this from a person who’s only traveled to a handful of countries and is pretending to give travel advice. But this one makes sense to me! Something that adds to each trip, each experience is the QUALITY of the experience. Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or work, make a connection that will constantly make you smile about the memories you have of that place. Whether it is a person you can relate to, a spot that made you feel alive or even an object that you found there that made the experience that much BETTER. “Success is when you think back to your memories and they make you smile”. A successful trip is when I leave behind a piece of my heart with someone or something that I know will keep it safe. :)

4. La deeeee daaaaa moments

WRITE THEM DOWN.  I cannot stress enough how amazing it is to refer back to something in the future and be able to read how you felt at that moment. Yes, it is nice to look at pictures, and trust your memory to remember how happy you were. But it is a whole new level of reminiscing when you can open up a journal and be like “Omg, i totally forgot thats how i felt that day.” I know writing is something you might have NEVER done before, but there is a first time for everything. During a new experience, you need at least 15-20 minutes (longer the better) per day to reflect on your amazing accomplishments that day. These special moments can stay with you forever and remind you that your happiness doesn’t have to stay behind in that country, you can take it home with you, and feel that way everyday!

Maybe these are things you already knew! And maybe these are things you need to think about in the future. I just wanted to share my two cents on how I perceive new experiences!

Plan a new adventure.

Speaking of an adventure… Come out to our open house on Feb 2nd/2014 at 1pm to our burlington office! Check out upcoming events at http://www.solidarityinaction.ca

-Mansi Parasher

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NOT FUN!!

By far, the highlight of my entire year of 2013 was reaching the end of my Salkantay Trek after 5 days. Climbing a mountain is NOT FUN. Being exhausted is NOT FUN. Being dirty is NOT FUN.

It is ONLY the feeling of accomplishment, adventure and the experience you get out of it after you have finished it. Most of the journey during it felt like “Oh my gosh, why am i doing this?” So even after all the NOT FUN parts, the overall experience was fantastic and the most memorable physical experience. 941200_10151944854976038_181735734_n

I like to look at life in a similar perspective. Life isn’t all about fun and games. Unfortunately, we have to do things (a lot) that we do not like. Go through struggles, put up with unpleasant personalities, problem solving, overcoming fear, or anything that you consider NOT FUN.

It is only after we do it, we feel so good for overcoming these mental and physical obstacles in life. We feel so good when we finish a task. We feel even better when we get good results out of the hard work.

This is a new year, and some people like to think of it as a new beginning. But why wait for a new year to give you motivation? A new day is an opportunity to do something different, something better than yesterday.

So go out there and do something thats NOT FUN with full efforts.

Never thought I would be giving that advice out.

I recently reflected on my past experience that WERE FUN and still rewarding. Check out my video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/solidarityinactioninc.

Tell me what you think!

-Mansi Parasher

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