Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Forwards?! they actually take us backwards in our faith

Please pass this sms, prayer, picture, story... within the next hour to 8, 12, eight to the power of 12 people...or more?!
Let's see if Satan can stop this!
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven." Mt 10:32 so dont be ashamed to circulate Jesus among your friends... sort of threatening after effects if you dont do it!

Now most of us have received such emails and sms s and forwarded it many times

Saint Teresa of Child Jesus's Prayer..

Mother Teresa started this novena...

The Apparition of O.L.Fatima...
and many more...
Sometimes the content is too good to resist. So i forward it by editing the above said things. Because I beleive in God and all His goodness. He is not a God of Tit for Tat... if u dont acknowledge me i will do the same.... rubbish.

The others are if you forward this something good/miracle will happen today, you will get financial help, your loved one will come back to you, blah blah... come on everyday God is working a miracle in our life. Are our eyes open to see it and give thanks (now its a post on its own). The very fact that we wake up everyday (gift of life) is a miracle! And Our God is Jehovah Jireh, He supplies our needs. "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Mt 6:26 I dont need to forward this message inorder to get what i want!

This whole concept of forward and get something has a bad foundation. Its like do-it-yourself-kit/toy, where God (His grace) is left out of the equation. Christianity is not about doing something to merit his love or blessing or a place in heaven for eternity. Its a relationship based on decision to love God, His ways, His people and His creation. Forwards - do they really take u forward?

Friday, July 29, 2011 will be fondly remembered

Grandmother. what does it bring to our minds? Lots of love, care and delicious food and of course home remedy for everything from dry coughs in the night to diabetes control ! Yes this post is in loving memory of my ammatchi, who passed away a year ago due to renal failure. She was 89.

As we celebrate her first year death anniversary, I am reminiscencing all the goodness she had bestowed on me. Of course after my wedding my ammachi was away and didnt really have good rapport for some reason. Even till day i feel as if she lives in one of my mama's place.

That apart, She is Maria Selvam, the last of the nine children in her family of whom many died, She used to speak very high of her brother who brought her up and educated her. She was a trained teacher and very good in tailoring and embroidery. She taught me some embroidery and crochet too. She worked as a teacher and earned Rs. 20 as her salary, all this pre-independence period! She also used to tell stories of War period when cereals and pulses became scarce and how rava idli came into existence.

Some of her remedies are hand crushed black pepper to be kept in the throat and drink hot water for dry coughs. Bengal gram when dried and powdered can be used for bathing its as good as using butter on your skin she says, she used to have bitter gourd soup without salt for diabetes control. She also taught me how to clean fish and make fish fry even when i was 12 yrs old and said it was good for the brain.

She was very prayerful and did the rosary everyday without fail. My mum and ammachi together instilled in me the praying habit, though i dont say novena after novena like them. She used to write letters (it was the only source of communication as every house hold did not have a landline) from Coimbatore especially on my birthdays and would also send some money. She encouraged me a lot, for my 10th birthday she wrote that she heard in news that the then President of India Mr. R. Venkataraman also celebrated his birthday the same day and wished that i may also do well like him. Most of all she was a strong person as she raised 6 children and got them married as my thatha died early. I learnt to be resilient like her.

I will always miss you ammachi, May you rest in the good Lord' everlasting peace.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Imitations Beware!!

Imitation means "That which is made or produced as a copy, that which is made to resemble something else". Ok i must confess it is featuring my lil baby, or shud i say she inspired this post.
1. She no longer wants to drink from her sipper but from a tumbler just like us.
2. She walks in from outside, removes her shoes and leaves them in the shoe rack following her dad.
3. wants to see herself in the mirror when dressed up just like her mom
4. does not want to sit in your lap instead wants to sit in her baby chair like we sit in our sofa
5. Wants to sing even though she knows no tune nor words when we sing along with the car radio

and the likes which are common in the households with toddlers, ask them they will tell stories... now again to the post, Children learn from imitating the elders at home and its perfectly normal infact part of their development. So beware all of us, whether be it parents or uncles or aunts or even neighbours , we have to be extra careful in all that we say and do for they are in the parrot mode of learning. They cant differentiate and say this is good and this bad. They dont even know what is good and bad. They are like a sponge absorbing everything they come in contact with.

Now the second beware of imitation(notice there are two exclamatory marks in the title) now all of us would have done imitation as part of our learning process but have we progressed or move to the next level? or are we even aware of it!? yeah its INNOVATION. Yes the art of doing something differently from the usual if not totally new or out of the box! If we did we would nt be bombarded with re make movies and re mixed classic songs or even scene lifting (from international movies) song lifting (hit songs from other languages) or even BGM lifting (latest Background score of YUDHAM SEI is from the movie The Village!) These include copying TRP increasing gameshows and reality shows from other channels!

Even though some are aware of this next level, for fear of venturing out in uncharted waters or being ridiculed or have the idea but do not have the required skill set or simply being lazy do not try it. On the contrast those who made it big where all innovators, so while we grow up emotionally from dependency to independency to interdependency, i hope we intectually grow from imitation to innovation and also make sure our children do the same!

The good news is its never too late to start, begin today even if its the dosa you make or the kolam you put, remember little drops of water make a mighty ocean :)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Im no longer Trinity....

Heyya folks its been two full years since i last wrote on this blog.... hopefully i will come with a bang this time! so the very first post will be with a change in my name. I will be hence forth called Divia in the bloggers space instead of my earlier name Trinty as i have named my little daughter the same. So now you would have guessed the reason for my sabatical. Yeah im still tied up with my baby but will find time to blog. Also presenting to you my babe Trinity Yazhini Clement. Will catch yall soon