What makes December 31 special, most probably, is that it is a representative day for what we were last year and the changes we want to see in the upcoming year. While for some, it is a reason to party, for some an opportunity to resolute and start afresh with new beginnings, and some-some so on for the remaining rest. It’s a birthday of ‘hope’ and gives all the reasons to celebrate. The celebration takes its form and favor.
Some dance, fireworks, Some read, social networks, Some family, blog, sleep, Some something else, beep, A cake, a celebration, a peace.
I am a person who always needs a metric and check. It has worked with me well, for earlier, I used to organize with a periodic task list and now I align them all with my year resolutions. The resolution plan also has contributed to the effectiveness and satisfaction factor. Oh, I so much have fallen in love with January 01 for it brings the passion, love towards commitments, and new beginnings. I started having resolutions since 2017 and it has worked for me most amazingly. Here is what happened in 2018 and then here is how I wrapped up 2019. Below are the works I would want to work on for 2020 with my utmost commitment (And of course, I really want to improve with my blogging commitments, like I used to do two years ago).
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Task Set 01: Writing
1.1. Write at least 100 blog posts on itsphblog 1.2. Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes 1.3. Take up A to Z Challenge in April 1.4. Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July 1.5. Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2020 1.6. Post 30 short poems on Instagram
Task Set 02: Publishing
2.1. Give final edits and get NaNoWriMo 2016 novel titled – i 4 you published 2.2. Revise, edit, revise, edit and NaNoWriMo 2019 novel titled – The Art of Ageing Gracefully published 2.3. Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords
Task Set 03: Reading
3.1. Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels 3.2. Read and explore two new domains in depth (Life Sciences and Digital Society)
Task Set 04: Research
4.1. Read 50 or more research papers 4.2. Publish 5 research papers (academic, research, management) 4.3. Build four new models related to research area 4.4. Implement 5 workable components for Knit Algorithm
Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)
5.1. Design and deliver two new courses (Semantic Web and Functional Programming) 5.2. Improve Coding profile (complete Basic CodeChef DSA certification) 5.3. Take up and complete 5 courses online (MOOC) 5.4. Design and deliver courses in unique environment (DSA, MT, APS)
Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)
6.1. Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena 6.2. Host Knit School 2020 6.3. Host 2 events from the company 6.4. Grow as Technical Lead at Transil (Internships, design, research, consultant, technology etc. )
Task Set 07: New
7.1. Conduct 3 workshops on various topics 7.2. Travel to two new places 7.3. Cook 5 new dishes 7.4. Work on building meaningful components for kids growth and development (dedicating to my kids) 7.5. Start and complete at least 3 new series/soaps
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What are your resolutions for new year? (if you already have made one, if not I would recommend to do one, or more).
After growing up listening to pixie tales and movies which put in the picture of ‘happily ever after’, the query is that, are we still kid enough to be told that ‘if it’s not happy, it’s still not the end’?
May be its different than what we think. When I sit with a novel and read some heart soothing pieces, I do sense the happily ever after moment. I do feel the same, while for the happy personal and professional moments. But I very well also know that they are momentary. Perfectly assured is that body and soul reaches the happily ever after when we stop living and while others mourn, we rejoice for leaving this sullied world behind.
My intentions are not to pull the same old thread of discussion that it is a myth and we need to learn to live by the moment blah blah stuff. Our ancestors have built an institution of ‘Happily Ever After’ and there must be some real take home to it. May be it’s a phase wise phenomenon that can never be understood. May be it’s a series of stitched stories which all have a happy ending, giving happiness one step at a time, one after the other.
I think it’s possibly this and many more:
One has to understand that pain is inevitable and suffering is like really and really optional
One needs to learn to use the energy through a positive channel
It is completely senseless to brag and cry over a problem for days and weeks
When conscience and actions are in the play ground, actions should passionately join the pace
Life has no meaning without ‘mad deep passionate never ending love’ towards something at every and any given point of time
Slow moving lives who take years to decide minimal something, might end up with nothing
Something is really not right if we have time and don’t know how to use it
This short story is written for the Indispire Edition Number 117. Here is the supplied prompt:
Just when everything started looking fine, the phone rings.. [Build a story]
The link and stories submitted by others can be checked out HERE.
It was her engagement and a gathering of associated family and close friends. There was a delicious black current cake as a witness of celebration. She had got some awesome presents and day was going just fine. Just when everything started looking fine, the phone rings. It was awkward because she had stopped using that SIM from a long time as it had some unwanted associated memories. Moreover the call was from an unknown number.
She was hesitant enough to pick the call. ‘Why did I not destroy this long ago?’ was the torturing question in her mind. It was her old dedicated SIM to whom she had assumed was love of her life. She did not wanted it to be him, the long past love, for whom she had spent months to overcome the sadness. He had longed for a break up in spite of all her begging’s and he never told a reason for the case. The ring from unknown number had freaked her out as she had finally moved on and engaged to another seeking true love.
Her hand had an engagement ‘ring’ which was joyous and cell phone which was giving out a ‘ring’ which made her miserable. This guy, with whom she was engaged, who already knew her past clearly noticed her anxiety, came running to her and exclaimed,
‘Oh! It’s me who has called you to your old number from my new number! I want to change your every sadness to happy ones and I want to start with this. Until we get married we shall interact using this contact and make better memories. Let’s replace old ones with new fresh and blissful ones.’